Shore jig in November

In recent years, it is very difficult to catch the autumn zhor of a predator on the water bodies near Moscow. However, this does not prevent spinners from fishing at the first opportunity in October and early November, hoping for a good bite of pike perch or pike. Often their expectations are justified, and not at all thanks to zhoru. Compared to summer and early autumn, it is easier to find a predator in November, since there is a pre-winter discharge of water in reservoirs, primarily in reservoirs. In addition, there are no two summer problems: thermocline and vacationers. Catching a predator with a jig on a pond when the thermocline is at a depth of 5-6 m is a futile business; it is much more effective to fish with wobblers and lures the coastal zone. But here you have to endure the neighborhood with lovers of noisy rest on the shore and water entertainment. As a result, the usually modest catch cannot compensate for the spoiled mood. However, in the cold autumn wind, few remember the negative aspects of summer fishing. When mastering coastal jig, spinningists often have questions about tackle and fish search.

Tackle selection

It is generally believed that a shore jig rod should be long and fast. Theoretically, it seems to be correct, but on a pond such a choice turns out to be ambiguous. A spinning rod 3.0-3.3 m long allows you to send the bait, say, 70-80 meters from the shore. However, at this distance, most rods do not allow you to feel or see the moment the bait touches the bottom, and the only indicator is the line slack. Of course, a lot depends on the nature of the bottom – the denser, the easier it is to track the touch – and on the quality of the graphite. There are two simple rules for rod sensitivity. First: the longer the spinning rod, the more it suppresses all signals from the bait. Second, the faster the rod, that is, the relatively thinner and more flexible the tip, the worse it works in the hand. The second position is often disputed, giving examples of very fast spinning rods with high hand sensitivity. Although there is no contradiction here, since the tuning depends on the geometry of the blank, and the sensitivity in the hand also depends on the modularity of the graphite. Therefore, the second rule is valid for graphite of the same quality, and different options are possible.

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In general, it is not at all necessary to require the rod to transmit a signal about touching the bottom at each step. It is quite possible to be guided by the line sag or by the length of the step. A bite is another matter: it must certainly be transferred to the hand. Sometimes the spinning player sees how the tip bends when biting and manages to hook, but more often, especially when fishing is against the background of waves, the hook fails. The reason is that during visual control it takes more time to analyze what he saw and take a response action, that is, hook, than when the bite is felt by the hand, which hooks. So, hand sensitivity is a must for a good rod. However, this is not enough.

Many spinning players are familiar with the situation: there are bites, but it is impossible to hook. Moreover, these are not the cases when, say, a pike perch hits the load or a perch grabs the tail of the twister. A clear bite, a sweep – and nothing. It happens, of course, that the angler is late, but more often, in my opinion, the rod is to blame. When its tip is overloaded, for example with too heavy guide rings, it has too much resting inertia. In this case, the tip starts to move with a delay when hitting, and the longer the rod, the larger it is. These fractions of a second can be critical: when the hook reaches the bait, it is no longer in the predator’s mouth. Those who have caught the jig with elite Japanese spinning rods for trout fishing know that they do not always have a fast action, do not convey the touch of the bottom with the bait in the best way, but they very clearly signal a bite and react instantly when striking, so that they are often much more suitable for jigging than many “specialized” rods.

The main requirement for a reel is good line lay. To be honest, I have never seen bad styling on Shimano or Daiwa models and, perhaps, on products from other companies, starting with the middle price class. The situation with the quality of wicker lines is much more complicated. Each time you wind up a new cord, you don’t know what to expect from it, since it is almost impossible to visually distinguish a fake. Buying in expensive brand stores also does not give a 100% guarantee. It is very easy to check the breaking load of the cord. A simple knot is knitted on the cord and the fishing line is wound around the hands so that there is 40-50 cm between them, and the knot is in the middle. Bringing our arms together and sharply spreading them to the sides, we get an effort of about 4 kg. You shouldn’t tear very hard: you can cut yourself. A high quality cord with a real 10 lb strength cannot be torn in this way. However, 15- and even 20-liber cords break very often. The cords that passed this test never let me down, at least when catching a predator up to 3-4 kg.

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Fish search

This is the main question that arises before the fisherman who went ashore. The answer suggests itself: in late autumn, the predator should be at great depths. It remains to determine where it is, this depth. If you have a boat and an echo sounder, the task is relatively simple, but when fishing from the shore, it is more difficult. The easiest way to figure out the depths is to find out in advance from friends or on the Internet the features of the proposed fishing site. If you are late, talk to local anglers. Most often, they say where the channel runs and what depths there are. If you have to look for more depth on your own, do not rush to take up the spinning rod, first look around.

Do not expect to drive to the channel from a gentle, especially sandy, coast. In the summer and early autumn, in such a place it is not out of place to try to make several control casts, counting on a pike or perch, and in October you don’t have to stop here. However, if even on such a coast there is a cape, albeit sandy, it is worth staying. Most of the capes have an underwater continuation in the form of a spit with a nearby pit. The difference in depth above the spit and in the pit depends on the strength of the current, but even if it is only a meter or a little more, this is a great place for a predator to ambush. Here you can expect a grip of a pike, including a large one. Pike perch also appears in such places, but only if the pit is connected to the channel.

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The sections of the shore are very interesting, where the flooded river bed approaches the shore at a casting distance. They can usually be calculated from steep banks, especially when combined with a concave coastline. Often the bottom leaves the coast very smoothly, but after 20-30 m the gentle descent ends in a sharp drop. There are such places on many reservoirs near Moscow, in particular on Mozhaisk. The depths there reach 12-14 meters and more. It seems that you cannot wish for the best, but it is here that spinningists are often disappointed, since places with maximum depth with a weak current most often turn out to be highly silted. Pike is still caught here, but pike perch appears only by accident. The dumps themselves are another matter. In many reservoirs, these are the best places for catching pike perch, and it is not only the depth difference, but the snag there is.

The fact is that when preparing the bed of the reservoir for flooding, the forest was usually felled, but, as a rule, it was taken out only where it was quite easy to do this, that is, on the plains that turned into irrigation after filling. From the steep slopes, the fallen forest was not taken out at all or was done very carelessly. Therefore, here echo sounders still show not only individual snags, but also whole trunks. It is believed that pike perch does not like to stay on steep dumps, but prefers more gentle slopes, but pike, moreover, large, does not bypass such walls. However, fishing here is complicated by the fact that when casting from the bank, the line, passing over a steep edge, often cuts into it.

The most promising places are the confluence of various streams and small streams. At first glance, their influence on the bottom topography of a large reservoir is minimal, but it should be borne in mind that they existed even before the reservoirs were filled. Therefore, a small hollow, visible now, may be the upper part of a deep flooded ravine. In addition, the channel of even a small stream usually stretches to the main channel. Zander very often uses these underwater ditches, leaving the main channel for feeding.

Andrey NOVIKOV