When you drive through the Moscow region in late autumn, you often see small ponds and lakes. In the summer they were full of life, but now they seem completely lifeless. Nevertheless, in the last weeks, and sometimes days before the freeze-up, it is possible to quite successfully catch a predator here.
Despite their small size, pike and perch are present in almost all such bodies of water. As a rule, there is no large pike in them: I came across up to three kilograms, but this is an exception. Most often, squints up to 600 grams are caught, sometimes fish from a kilogram to one and a half. As for the perch, the bulk is made up of specimens of 90-120 grams, and very rarely there are 200-300 grams.
The main feature of such reservoirs is that they become available for spinning fishing only in autumn. In the summer, they are very overgrown, and it is extremely difficult to catch with a spinning rod there. In autumn, the grass dies off, which means that there is a place for wiring. The conditions and hunting of the predator are changing. He begins to move more around the reservoir, but he is already clearly visible, and the fry does not let him close. So often predators are forced to fast.
As a rule, on such reservoirs, the main diet of a predator is bleak, small roach, and perch. By autumn, the underyearling fry grows to 4-5 cm, which determines the size of the baits used. Such reservoirs, as a rule, are heavily silted, moreover, dying grass, even when it lies on the bottom, is a great obstacle for bottom fishing. Attempts to fish with a jig lead to the constant collection of various debris and grass from the bottom. The situation is no better with spinners. The predator reacts poorly to the turntables, the vibrators in shallow water bodies at this time are also ineffective: they cling to the bottom or require fast enough wiring.
In these conditions, the wobbler is out of competition. Its main advantage is that it can be carried out in the water column at the slowest pace. But not all models are suitable. You have to catch small mines weighing 3-4 grams. Suspenders should be preferred as they are more suitable for slow wiring. If we talk about specific models, then, in my opinion, the best is the TD Daiwa 1061. In any case, this is my clear favorite. Other companies have similar models, in particular Rigge from ZipBaits, Pointer from Lucky Craft, Orbit works well on some reservoirs.
Color, as far as I can tell, does not play a special role. The main thing is that there should be nothing flashy, no “acid mongers”. In clean water, baits of natural colors always work better: light silver, yellowish, somewhat faded, ideally similar in color to the trifle prevailing in the reservoir. The wiring is the slowest, with stops. To properly simulate the movements of the fry, it is useful to observe how the same bleak behaves. Now she is inhibited, sluggish, passive movements – the same should be the wobbler wiring. During a pause, you can slightly pull the wobbler with the tip of the rod – the lure will move slightly and freeze again.
It is impossible to give the bait the most natural play without good tackle. It is better to use a light rod, on the border of ultralight and just light, with a bait test up to 10-12 grams, and a line up to 10 lb. This is quite enough for playing a pike weighing 1.5-2.0 kg. The bottom test for the bait is desirable from 3-4 grams: this allows you to feel the bait well. The length of the rod is not the main parameter in this fishing, but it is more convenient to fish with short, 1.8-2.4 meters, spinning rods, and their sensitivity is much higher, which is fundamental when fishing with small wobblers, especially with a passive game.
An important point is the choice of line. I prefer the braid because it provides maximum contact with the bait, but there are some difficulties with it. The fact is that fishing often takes place at subzero temperatures and the line freezes a little. When fishing with small wobblers, it happens that even after a slight pull, a small loop is formed on the line, which can “catch”. It is not always possible to keep track of this, the result is a “beard”, which takes a lot of time to untangle. This can be avoided by using relatively stiff cords. Some Japanese PE cords and most American ones, in particular, SpiderWire and Stren products, have such properties. I also give preference to them.
If you want to find a predator, look for fry. Most often, the fry adheres to small bays, reed islands. Here, on shallow, up to 1.5 meters, the predator is also pulled up. You should not look for a predator in clean areas where there is no grass or snags. Even if a fry turns around here, a predator, even a perch, appears very rarely in such places. The low temperature affects the biting time. As a rule, in the morning there is often a light frost and there is no bite. It starts from 9-10 hours and lasts until evening twilight. It is noteworthy that there is practically no difference in biting on sunny or cloudy days, the main thing is that the weather is relatively warm and calm. Although it is believed that a predator reacts to the weather differently than a person, on chilly days, as I noticed, there is usually no bite.
Fishing with a spinning rod on small reservoirs continues until the very freeze-up. This year the ice on some ponds has already risen, but has melted, so there is still time for such fishing.