Spring fishing for herring in the Don. Part 2

Spring fishing for herring in the Don. Part 2

Types of Effective Postings

At first, we mainly used uniform wiring at medium speed. But somehow, with the next calm of the bite, driving the lure as usual, I slowed down the wiring, and then after a couple of revolutions of the coil a bite followed. I began to experiment with the speed of posting and got the result: for slow posting on the verge of stall petal the number of bites increased. Although Kolyanich sometimes refuted my findings using faster wiring. Once Kolyanich asked me a question, and I had to distract myself during the wiring, stopping the rotation of the coil. Immediately followed by an unexpected bite. After this incident, I continued the experiments, giving the spinners an animation, changing the speed of posting, inserting pauses, changing the horizon during posting, and all this often gave unexpected results.

For myself, I have identified several types of wiring:
1) The main type of wiring is a uniform, very slow wiring on the verge of stalling the rotation of the petal. If the spinner falls on the “return”, then we increase the speed of rotation of the coil so that the petal does not stop spinning, and when the jet pulls the spinner again – again reduce the speed of the reel.

2) Posting with pauses. Starting wiring, we make 3-4 very slow spins of the coil, followed by a stop for 2-3 seconds. During a pause, the petal rotates under the influence of the current and should not stray. Then we continue the rotation of the coil, alternating with stops. With this wiring, bites occur at the moment the spinner stops.

3) The third type of wiring is slightly similar to the previous one. We begin the slow wiring, slowing it down for 3-4 turns of the coil until it stops. Then with reverse acceleration we increase the speed to the original one. Next, the cycle repeats. Bites mainly fall on the deceleration phase, less often on the acceleration phase.

4) Posting for demolition. We cast it at an angle of 45 degrees relative to the edge of the water downstream, remove the slack of the cord, the flow of water picks up the spinner, and after pulling the cord, the spinner starts to rotate, the coil “stands”. We are waiting for it to be delivered to the stream, and then we start one of the three stream postings described above. Bites usually occur when approaching the stream or at the beginning of the wiring. Often the result is the wiring after the demolition, made not along the stream, but next to the stream.

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5) Sinusoidal wiring. After casting, deepening the bait by a certain horizon, we begin to make a slow uniform winding, while simultaneously changing the position of the spinning tip with an amplitude of about one meter – for one revolution of the coil moving the tip of the spinning down, then for one revolution moving the tip of the spinning up. Bites more often occur at the time of raising the baubles.

6) Posting using twitching. Making slow uniform wiring, in the beat of rotation of the coil, we make short jerks in the form of an easy hook. After a jerk, the tip of the spinning during the revolution of the coil is smoothly returned to its original position, preventing the cord from loosening and controlling the rotation of the spinner petal. At this moment, just bites occur.

Sweeping and fighting

If there was a bite during the posting, you must immediately make an easy short hook. In the herring, the lower jaw is quite strong, and if it is traced for it, then the fish has practically no chance of gathering. But when it is detected by the upper lip, with sharp cutting it can be torn off the stigma, and then the likelihood of descent will be great. If the herring is not detected, you need to continue posting at the same pace or with deceleration until the stop. In most cases, the bite is repeated. In a large herring, the bites are more distinct, they sometimes feel like a sharp blow, reminiscent of a blow from a shallow gadget.

After hooking, if the herring has been detected, it is necessary to reel out carefully, without applying much effort, keeping the cord in constant tension. Herring has the ability to make “candles”, sometimes jumping out of the water almost a meter high. At this moment, you need to be especially careful – the slightest weakening of the cord, even for a moment, will necessarily lead to a descent. If you notice that the cord is quickly directed to the surface of the water, then it is necessary, while increasing the tension of the cord, lower the tip of the spinning down. Thus, we will not allow the herring to come to the surface and make a “candle”. If the fish entered the stream during fishing, it is better to withdraw it from the stream to a quieter place.

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Something about herring materiel

To catch herring, I used a 2.4 m long spinning rod with a test of 3-15 g, with a complex formation. He made it possible to make timely cuts, and when fighting, he extinguished the jerks of the fish well, giving her no chance of going down. Spinning, in my opinion, should be of medium stiffness, since the lower jaw of the herring is bony, and this will allow it to be well cut. The reel must match the balance of the gear, have a smooth ride, making it easy to control the movement of the bait. I used a thin cord with a load of 6-8lb, it bent less under the influence of the current and did not sail when casting in windy weather. Spinners. Some spinning reels for small herring recommend small spinning. We also sometimes used light turntables. The lure Meps Aglia Long 1 + of silver color, traditional for many “chubs”, proved to be quite good. But such spinners are not suitable for catching areas very far from the coast, easily drifted by the side stream and unsuitable for posting in the bottom areas at great depths with a strong current.

Aesthetic approach to fishing

Traditionally, a herring is caught in the Don with the so-called “rubber bands” —this is bottom tackle, which consists of a large load, several meters of round rubber and the main fishing line, to which leashes with hooks equipped with cambrices or microtwists are attached. Cambrices and microtwisters are set in motion by twitching from the shore for the fishing line. Such manipulations imitate the game of the fry and attract the herring. This method brings a quantitative result, but, alas, does not provide quality. Herring is small, 15-17 cm in size. Large specimens are found only as an exception. Spinning, as a rule, catches a larger herring, it can be said to be perfect, on average 25-30 cm in size. Moreover, it is caught even on those days when everyone believes that a large herring has already passed, and a trifle comes across the gum no more than 15 cm in size. Spinning, in my opinion, is a more interesting fishing method. Spinning allows you to use a large arsenal of various options for the behavior of the bait, which sometimes play a very important role in the search and fishing of Don herring.

Heavy Silver Creek – Herring Killer

Daiwa Silver Creek lures fit perfectly as bait. Due to the weighted core, the spinners have good flying qualities. The spinners are very well balanced and perfectly maintain the horizon when posting, which can be easily changed by controlling the tip of the spinning rod. After casting, the petal is easy to start, and its rotation does not stray even with very slow wiring. As for the size of the spinners, from 6 to 15 g can be used for catching herring, depending on the conditions of the bottom relief, the strength of the current, and the required flight range. On 12 and 15-gram spinners, the hooks are large for a herring, because of this there are many empty bites and gatherings, so it is better to replace the hooks with smaller ones. At Silver Creek, the hooks are secured through the crown, so replacing them is not a big deal.

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The color of the petal is better to use silver. New spinners with holographic petals have shown themselves very well. Since it is mainly necessary to catch in strong currents, it is recommended to use models with an elongated petal shape. Not only herring, but also any predatory fish may be tempted by Silver Creek spinners. Once Kolyanich changed the direction of casting towards the drunkard in order to draw a spoon on the “return” in search of a herring, but then a powerful blow followed, the spinning bent into an arc, the friction clutch nervously wheeled. Kolyanich immediately pulled the friction clutch, for a while the fish stopped, then began to take meter by meter. But halfway through, she abruptly changed direction, leading into a deaf snag. The cord is pulled to the limit, the friction clatter again!

Then the cord tension sharply loosened. I was already ready with a landing net, and the amazed Kolyanich pulled the spoon to the shore. He got it, looks at the tee – one of the hooks is unbent. While Kolyanich was trying to come to his senses, I, putting aside the already prepared landing net to the side, cast in the same direction. A sharp blow immediately followed, the petal of the spinner barely had time to start. But, alas, the cord immediately sagged, a pike (it was a damn one) cut it off above the leash. I used a lead from a guitar string No. 1 10-12 cm long, and its main purpose was to prevent wear and rubbing of the cord on the shell rock and other obstacles at the bottom. But for the big pike, alas, he was a little short. Therefore, all experiments with the pike had to be left alone until the next time. And we didn’t come for the pike, but for the herring.