In our opinion, a jig when fishing with a line, especially in early spring, brings much better results than a hook. What is the matter, one can only guess, but the fact remains: the fish bite on the jig more often and, more importantly, larger. On the one hand, the jig is more noticeable for the fish with its brilliance, and on the other hand, it allows the bait to be carried as close to the bottom as possible. The fish sees the shine from afar and comes closer to it. Here the bait, located on the hook of the jig, already falls into the field of view. I must say that jigs for fishing in the harness need to be done independently. It is very simple, and if you have minimal skills in working with a soldering iron, you can make up to hundreds of excellent wiring jigs in an evening. Naturally, in no case should you save on the quality of the hooks, because the success of fishing directly depends on this.
It should be borne in mind that on every fishing trip there will inevitably be losses of jigs due to hooks. At this point, you need to treat philosophically, as to the planned losses as a result of bottom fishing with the bait. We even have a sign about this, according to which, if only 2-3 jigs were torn off during a fishing trip, it means that I was catching incorrectly, and, accordingly, the catch would be small, and if 10-12 jigs were lost, it means I was not lazy to change the depth and constantly monitored the bottom. Of course, the result of fishing for someone who does not regret to tear off jigs is always higher.
Worms, caddis larvae and bloodworms are best suited as baits in early spring. You can also use maggot, but, as a rule, it works worse during this period of the year than the above baits, since the fish simply lost the habit of it during the winter. It is always better to take the bait with a margin, since in good fishing spots it is useful to feed the fish slightly, literally with pinches, with the same food that you fish with. At the same time, the consumption of bait is small, and the bite is significantly improved.
Fishing technique and tactics
Spring harness fishing is a constant movement from place to place, fishing for interesting areas with control of the bottom. At the same time, you do not need to be lazy to change the depth of the descent, since often, even if the nozzle goes 10-15 cm above the bottom, the number of bites is noticeably reduced. Spring fish are not yet very active to chase food throughout the water column. In addition, basically all of its food either rolls along the bottom, or is carried away by the current in the bottom layers, the Fish is used to this. Therefore, our nozzle should simulate the bottom movement of natural food as naturally as possible. But here we should note that the very delicate adjustment of the float does not allow us to make too long a wiring, otherwise it is difficult to control it and you can easily miss a careful spring bite. And even at a distance of even eight meters of wiring, it is extremely rare to have the same depth.
In general, each bump and depression on the bottom must be very carefully fished, adjusting the tension or loosening of the line and changing the depth of the float. In wiring fishing, as in jig fishing, it is possible to distinguish wiring “from shallow to depth”, “from depth to aground”, “with an even bottom”, etc. Each of them can bring success. Within the framework of one wiring, it is better to use not a reel, but to stretch the line in loops through the rings. This greatly speeds up fishing and makes it possible to cast the rig even with a stationary rod and a locked reel. While fishing, you do not need to get hung up on any one area. Any current anomaly, deep whirlpool, steep bank, rift, snag, piles, bridges and other similar places can be a shelter for fish, and it is difficult to say where, for example, a flock of ide, roach, dace or grayling is concentrated today. Therefore, on every fishing trip, try to check as many radically different places as possible. It is most rational, moving downstream, first to fish a narrow zone along its coast and only then to make more distant casts. Otherwise, the fish will get scared and leave the warm, coastal area before you throw your bait there.
In early spring, pay attention to the weather first. As a rule, any cold snap worsens the biting. Certain hours of daylight hours also have a very serious impact. The best bite is usually the warmest time of the day, that is, noon. At this time, the sun begins to warm up, the illumination increases, the water temperature rises, and the metabolism of the fish is significantly activated. By the way, it is on a warm afternoon that it is very useful to more thoroughly fish the coastal shallows with a depth of only 0.5-1.5 m, where the bottom is visible. The fish quite often goes to such places to warm up, and at the same time to have a bite.
To control the temperature of the water, it is advisable to always have an alcohol aquarium thermometer with you. Upon arrival at the river, you need to immediately measure the temperature of the water and repeat the measurements every two hours during the day. As a rule, the difference in water temperature in the river in the early morning and at noon is 2-4 ° C in spring. By the way, according to this indicator, it is possible to accurately determine the time and even the probable place of spawning of many fish. Previously, you just need to look into the ichthyological reference book and write out the necessary temperature values from there so that they are constantly at hand. We assure you that after several such fishing trips, having thoroughly analyzed the effect of the river water temperature on the biting of fish, it will be possible to predict the exact time of the beginning and end of the bite, even within one day.
The Shcherbakov brothers