Roach on the Ruza Reservoir

Roach on the Ruza ReservoirAt the Ruza reservoir, I usually purposefully catch the scavenger, therefore this time too, I initially tuned in to it. The temperature dropped to -15 degrees, and it has long been noticed that the stronger the frost and the higher the pressure, the better the scavenger takes, although sometimes everything happens the other way around. Until recently, the catches of white fish on the Ruze were quite large. This was due to a strong discharge of water in the winter, which increased the concentration of fish in the remaining water area. In the same year, the water did not seem to be dumped at all, so the level is now almost summer. Searching for fish in these conditions is much more difficult.

Seat selection

When catching an undergrowth, most anglers choose the maximum depths on the channel. Sometimes it is justified, but more often not. I have repeatedly been convinced that the scammer can be found almost everywhere, but he concentrates only in certain places, and far from the deepest ones. Among the most productive points are dumps in the riverbed, but even here the scavenger is unevenly distributed. The fish prefers to stay at the bottom differences, on the edge, where there is more than various feeds. Even in lakes where there is no current, roach often stands on the dump itself, and the scavenger is on the edge. As a rule, it can be located 3-5 meters from the edge in both directions, but then its concentration decreases markedly. Given this, I rarely catch on the channel itself, where it is more difficult to fish and bait, and raising it from great depth takes too much time.

It is not difficult to determine the beginning of the channel on any popular water body: the guiding lines are the ranks of the covetous tents that go above the deepest part. At the Ruza reservoir, the depth here is 10-11 meters. Having shifted a little to the side, I drilled a chain of holes in the direction of the shore. The picture of the bottom turned out to be quite simple: there was a gentle rise from the channel, passing at a depth of 6 m into a table that gradually rose to the shore. He fed a chain of holes at a difference of depths from 7 to 5 m. I do thorough starter feeding: a large feeder in each hole. After that, it remains to wait for the fish to come up, and this time usually ranges from an hour to a half.

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Most often I use the simplest options. When catching perch – clean small bloodworms, and for white – small, clean or dirty, but always mixed with bait. The bait is also the simplest: "Unicorm – bream" and "Unicorm – base." A kilogram bag of bait is a pound of dirty bloodworms or 300 g of clean. On the labels of ready-made mixtures, as a rule, there is a name for a particular fish, but this division is rather arbitrary. Say, the only difference between the bait “Unicorm – roach” and “Unicorm – bream” is the particle size: they are smaller in the dam. However, the roach is quite suitable for bream, you just need to add breadcrumbs to it, which are usually coarser ground than bait: larger fractions hold the bait in place longer.

Some anglers prefer to feed with a clean bloodworm. Indeed, this is the only effective bait in water bodies with maximum fishing pressure. But on reservoirs it is quite possible to mix bloodworms with bait: the effect is almost the same, and the costs are much less. In addition, such a mixture holds the fish in place longer. In cold weather, the prepared bait must be kept in the bosom, otherwise it will turn into a piece of ice, which is difficult to drown. Feeding should take place as quickly as possible. Therefore, it is better to knead the bait in such a way that all of it is immediately consumed. It should be borne in mind that the bloodworm mixed with bait remains alive for no more than an hour: the dry mixture dries it and the flavorings added to the finished mixture inhibit it. Water, of course, should be used only from the hole: a strange smell can scare away the fish.

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After feeding, you need to check whether the fish fit and which holes. This can be done by playing mormyshka with a bloodworm. Rarely, but still it happens that the fish completely does not respond to the game. Therefore, it is worth checking for a stanchion, lowering the mormyshka to the bottom. It is noticed that at high pressure the fish reacts worse to the game and better to a motionless mormyshka. It takes 4-5 minutes to test the hole: if there are no bites, then either the fish has not yet arrived, or it does not exist at this depth. This time where and what the fish is worth it became clear after the second pass. There was no fish at the shallowest depth, and at six meters bites began, but not of the scavenger, but of roach.


Counting on the scavenger, I began to catch with a corresponding fishing rod: a 0.12 mm fishing line and a 5 mm mormyshka. For roaches, this tackle is rude, so there were bites, but not too active. I had to switch to a thinner one: 0.08 mm fishing line with 3 mm jig. Bites became more frequent. The roach went smoothly, 100-150 g. Since it pecked quite actively, it was possible to plant not one bloodworm, as is often done with careful biting, but 2-3; after catching the fish, I often simply planted one fresh one. At first the fishing went briskly, but then it began to fade. It is quite difficult to answer for sure whether the fish remained under the hole or departed. The nodding continued, and this indicated that the fish had not gone, but only stopped taking it. I had to switch almost to sports equipment: fishing line 0.06 mm and miniature mormyshka 2.5 mm. The bite resumed, but the roach took better not for the game, but for the stanchion. Moreover, the bites were sharp, so that the left fishing rod was pulled into the hole. Fishing was fun, but not very comfortable due to severe frost.

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Roach, as a rule, is kept at a shallower depth than the scavenger, and takes better for the game than for the stanchion, but this time its high pressure seemed to crush it to the bottom. If usually a roach is not at the bottom, but ten centimeters higher, then this time it behaved like a scam. With weakening of the bite of the scavenger, a good result often gives such a technique: after making some very sharp postings, the mormyshka is again lowered to the bottom. He acted on roach. Almost all roach bites went up. Moreover, if the mormyshka is too large, it is usually very difficult to hook: the larger the mormyshka, the less fish holds it in their mouth and the more difficult it is to catch it.

Oddly enough, but on this day, the fish practically did not respond to the fishing rod. The hook did not interest her — only a mormyshka with a bloodworm lying at the bottom. I have encountered such selectivity before, but so far I have not figured out why this is happening. So, choosing a tackle, each time you have to try both. The absence of a scavenger and the unwillingness of roaches to hook were not the only surprises of that day. On the way back, it turned out that the pike was on strike: not a single one was caught on the girders. The perch, even in the snag, took much worse than usual, and only the smallest.

In general, I was quite pleased with the fishing. Although it did not work with the scavenger, fishing roaches was no less fun – roaches are also fish, after all.

author Roman BUTUZOV