In this way, I began to fish as a child, when I lived in Siberia. In our river then there were quite a lot of lenok, taimen and grayling. If non-predatory fish in the summer hunted for various insects, as a rule, in the upper layers of water, then predators behaved somewhat differently. Of course, you can’t call a big taimen’s strike a splash, since even a 10 kg copy gives itself out as “cannon” tail blows when hunting. You can hear them at a considerable distance. Taimeshata weighing up to a kilogram and lenka “appear” differently. When chasing a fish, they often leave weakly expressed breakers and zigzags on the water. And you just find these predators in a characteristic "handwriting" when the victim pursued flies out of the water and jumps on the surface like a flat pebble thrown by a skilled childish hand.
From predatory fish, taimen, lenok, salmon, trout, coho salmon, sockeye salmon, pike, pike perch, asp, perch and others can be objects of splash fishing. As baits, I usually use oscillating and rotating baits, which allow me to “reach” the predator when casting for 40-50 m (these are vibro-tails and twisters with a load head, wobblers, mainly surface ones such as poppers, wabiks, etc.). In this case, the fisherman must be able to distinguish between the nature of the burst (impact) of a predator in order to offer him the right bait. If the pond is not familiar to you, it is not easy to navigate. Moreover, in the part of the reservoir you have chosen, say, in the early morning, several species of predatory fish prey at the same time.
In general, among the most famous spinning players of the world, splash fishing is considered to be one of the most sporting methods, which requires the observer of the fisherman, knowledge of the habits of predatory fish and, of course, mastery of spinning gear (there is a special discussion about fly fishing). When a predator attacks a prey and finds itself with blows or bursts, it is important to quickly determine what kind of predator it is and offer it the right bait. But everything is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. There are predators that are very easy to “detect”, and there are those that are easy to confuse with others. The most understandable perch. When hunting, he behaves like any swarm predator. Perches surround a flock of fish trifles and begin beating her. At the same time, the fry fly out of the water with silver splashes, and from time to time there are chomping sounds – these are perches that devour their victims.
It is much more difficult to deal with predators such as pikeperch and asp. On the Moskva River and Oka, for example, on rifts, most often, along with asp, the zander also often beats. The only difference is that the pike perch never flies out of the water during an attack, while the asp can completely fly out of the water. But in most cases, asp and zander strikes, when they go hunting, for example, for mounted fish – bleak, are very similar. In this case, the asp after a successful or unsuccessful attack continues its rapid movement, but in most cases the zander remains in place and it is naturally easier to take it for a splash.
A pike can most often be detected by blows when it hunts in shallow water. Typically, these are noiseless breakers, weak tail strikes, or roosters, rudd, and other small fish jumping out of the water. Sometimes the trail of a fattening pike can be determined by the "mustache" diverging to the sides, when a toothy predator impressively defiles among a school of fish trifle walking around in the upper layers of water. With asp, everything is much more complicated. The fact is that this predator is able to long pursue the victim. Sometimes it turns around 180 degrees and continues the pursuit. It is at this moment that you can hear a distinct blow of it during a sharp turn. Of course, an asp will never jam a victim with its tail. Most likely, he disorientates her in choosing the direction of flight.
As for the pike, in contrast to the asp, they usually catch it for a blow by accident. However, such fishing can be considered even more effective, since the likelihood of pike biting after casting for a splash is much higher than asp. He, after an unsuccessful attack on a fish trifle, usually immediately leaves on his route, and the pike in anger awaits another victim. And if you offer her a bait, a grip should be taken immediately.
Quite often in the fishing literature there are references that fish such as taimen or asp kill their prey with their tail. Most likely, this is not entirely true. During sharp maneuvers during an attack, these predators use tail feathering exclusively for sharp turns. And, of course, the chased fish from fear lose their orientation. For a splash (strike), it is best to catch in the early morning hours and immediately after sunset, that is, when a predatory fish goes hunting and is most active.
author: Kazantsev V.
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