If eight or ten years ago only a few people practiced night fishing, now there are more fishermen on the ice at night than during the day. At the same time, many note that the behavior of bream has also changed over the years. In the last two years, night fishermen in the most visited reservoirs have become less effective. Moreover, it is not uncommon for daytime catches to be in no way inferior to nighttime catches, especially in hard-to-reach areas that are not subject to strong fishing pressure. In general, regardless of whether the angler prefers night or day fishing, it is better to start exploring an unfamiliar area of the reservoir in daylight. How to find fish, especially on an unfamiliar body of water, and so that not only to see a few bites, but also to enjoy fishing?
First of all, it is advisable to collect in advance all available information about the upcoming fishing spot. For example, it is very useful to look at the depth map on the Internet. It is not worth taking on faith all the reports of the fishermen, but you can get a general idea of them. And the best thing, of course, is to get acquainted with a local fisherman who is ready to talk about the peculiarities of fishing in his “own” reservoir: places, time, preferred lures and baits. Usually, local fishermen do not rent their points, but otherwise their words can be completely trusted. Once on the chosen or prompted area, you have to look for fish on your own. I usually start by looking for a fallback to the mainstream. It is good if near, on the very channel, there are depths of 10-15 m and more or less extended watering with an even depth. Although the bream does not avoid steep dumps, it does not stay there for a long time.
A chain of holes extending from a depth of three to four meters to the channel itself allows you to find the fish site. In a shallow area, the approach of roach and silver bream is quite possible, and closer to the channel, on deep watering and directly at the dump itself, one should expect bites of bream. On a new or unfamiliar reservoir, in order not to waste groundbait, it is worth starting with exploration: use a small feeder and open it half way. This method allows you not to scare away fish, which may be standing under the hole, and to lower the bream if it is above the bottom. When the place is known, it makes no sense to be wise with the bait: the starter feed is made – a large bream feeder in each hole.
Bream preferences for bait differ in different reservoirs. On one reservoir only clean bloodworms work, on the other – crackers or “loose” mixed with bloodworms, and somewhere bloodworms are not required at all, since bream is used to dry mixtures poured on top of it in kilograms. There are also places where fodder bloodworms may well spoil fishing: instead of bream, it will attract a ruff and small perch, which will persistently fiddle with the nozzle until they have selected all the bloodworms from the bait, and only then the bream can come up. The “shallow – depth” tactics of feeding and fishing usually work in all bodies of water. If a roach or silver bream came up for food, the fishing, as they say, took place, and if the bream comes up, then you can choose which fish is more interesting to catch. On two-day trips, a simple pattern can often be traced: the bream is pecked only on the second day, and on the first day you have to be content with roach. During one-day trips, without seeing a single bite of bream, one may decide that it simply is not in this place. This is the impression that anglers often have when they go out for one day, say, to the Mozhaisk or Yauz reservoir.
If you are lucky enough to find a bream camp, it makes sense, if possible, to pitch a tent and stay overnight. At night, bites of the largest specimens are more likely, as I have repeatedly been convinced. The most popular night spots are always marked with tents and are fed directly from the first ice. Therefore, on an unfamiliar body of water, it makes sense to nestle to the tent camp. The main thing is not to violate the fishing etiquette and not to drill a hole at the exit from the neighbor’s tent. Personally, in order not to get into such situations, which, unfortunately, are far from uncommon, I try to stay away from the towns. More often than not, this tactic justifies itself: catches at the “outskirts” are usually smaller in number, but the fish are larger.
However, choosing the right site and getting to the bream site is only half the battle. Even on a patch of several tens of meters, which is very small on the scale of a large reservoir, nearby and equally fed holes can differ significantly in the number of bites. The recent fishing on the Yauzskoye reservoir once again made me and my friends make sure of this. The area we fed stretched from a 9-meter plateau to a 13-meter-deep bedfall. Piglet and in general was quite small, but in general only one depth worked. The impression was that the bream moved exclusively along the dump at a depth of 9.5 m. All holes at this depth worked almost constantly, while others, on the plateau and the riverbed, brought only ruffs and small perches.
Recently, after the first day of fishing, we continue to feed only working holes. This allows you to collect fish more closely and achieve a more stable bite. When fishing for several days in one place, bream can often observe a kind of change in preferences. He practically stops taking on the devil and switches exclusively to bloodworms. In this case, a large jig with a brush of 6-8 bloodworms works well. However, even this can get bored with large bream, and then it remains to switch to a classic float with a sinker and a hook on a rather long leash. Each time, going for bream, you have to take the entire arsenal of tackle and be ready to follow the whims of this largely unpredictable, and therefore especially interesting fish.