Surprises of the last ice

Surprises of the last iceIn the middle lane, it so happens that by mid-March streams will rustle together and meltwater will rush under the ice. The fresh, oxygenated water of yesterday's phlegmatic perch turns into an active predator, eagerly grabbing both spinner and mormyshka. In large reservoirs (vast lakes, reservoirs), perch leaves its winter shelters at this time and moves closer to the coast. Often it is caught in the same places as the first ice. Entering meltwater under ice activates the predator. However, it should be borne in mind that the abdominal cavity of fish at this time is clogged with caviar and milk. Therefore, the bait should be much smaller than when fishing, say, on the first ice. I must say that the concept of "last ice" is very arbitrary. In early spring, the active biting of perch can begin already in early March, and in the lingering season, when thaws alternate with frosty weather and snowstorms, this predator can “strike”, as well as other fish.

At this time, our perch leaves its winter havens and its exits to relatively small places are much more often observed. Warm air, rains and sunbeams quite quickly “eat” snow cover on ice. Hard ice becomes thinner and shatters on the shallows. Sections of open water appear near the shore, and oxygen begins to flow under the ice. Although the water temperature at the lower edge of the ice edge is still close to 0 ° C, and at a depth of 9-10 m – 4 ° C, plankton and small fodder fish return to the shallows if there is enough oxygen there. Following them, striped predators follow there. The last ice is the most dangerous. Under the weight of the fisherman, it collapses without warning, so your task is to end this fishing period in time and be extremely careful when moving on such ice.

In March-April, as on the first ice, perch is most often caught on coastal dumps, where the depth is from 1 to 1.5-2 m. Sometimes up to 3 m. In search of a perch pack, it is advisable to drill holes so that they can move “ ladder. " What I mean? Having determined the top and bottom of the dump, you move to the right or left along the coastline, trying to catch at different levels. As a rule, a larger perch stands deeper. At the same time, it is useful to fix the depth in each hole, even paying attention to the difference of 15-30 cm. These can be small ledges, grooves, pits, tubercles, where the food carried by the current accumulates and where striped predators like to wait for prey. Of course, such a search is best done by two or three. So faster you can go to the school of a fattening predator. When searching for perch flocks with a previously tested spinner, it is more convenient to use fishing rods without nodding.

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In late March and early April, quite often there are days when there is too much sunlight, which, penetrating under the ice, blinds the fish. Then, for catching perch, it is advisable to choose sites with opaque ice, or even better, look for it under semi-melted snow drifts on ice. In such shaded places, perch seeks salvation from all-pervasive sunlight. At this time, often the largest perches go to the shore, where the settling ice squeezes out insects and their larvae. Humpback gourmets are squeezed under the ice, where the depth is only 20-30 cm. It is impossible to shine under such conditions, but with the help of mormyshki with a couple of mounted bloodworms, you can become the owner of weighty trophies. In my opinion, flat-oval mormyshki are best suited for this purpose, which during the game, when touching a silted bottom, raise small fountains of turbidity – some living creatures are busy either letting or taking. Big perch, of course, can not stand it and makes a fatal throw.

On the Nerl, for example, I came across such specimens that after cutting for several seconds I didn’t even think about fighting, hardly holding a kilogram humpback on the fishing line, and only then carefully led him into the hole. Unfortunately, this fishing is interesting and exciting only a few days – before the turbidity of the water. Then the perch moves to areas with clean water. If you find a large perch, when fishing with a nozzle, it is advisable to close the sting of the hook of the jug. Experience shows that in this case, perch-humpbacks boldly attack the bait. Especially this rule applies to those reservoirs that are actively visited by amateur fishers and athletes. True, with active biting, this circumstance does not matter much!

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After the fish is discovered, it is important to competently offer it a bait. When fishing for balancers, you should check the different horizons of the water, try to find the right game. Sometimes it happens that the spring perch takes only half a water and a short, rather sharp swing of the fishing rod is required. Fishermen mormyshechniki, considering the increasing predator activity, increase the number of vibrations and the jig is carried out somewhat faster wiring. Lure make more vigorous shaking. And the spider line is no longer suitable. The hooked perch stubbornly resists, its jerks are sharper when fishing, which can lead to the breaking of a thin fishing line. The last ice does not mean solid zhora, and if you fall on beklevy, you should not be surprised. True, after the perch enters the coastal zone, its search is much easier.

At this time, fishing with or without a head can be successful. In the second case, significantly more vibrations of the bait are made (300-350 per minute). Usually, with this fishing method “devils”, “goats”, “witches”, etc. are used. In shallow places, the most catchy baits are green and black, in deep ones – with a silver-plated shell. Some catch not on an empty mormyshka, but equipped with a "red thread" tendrils, cambrices, beads, a piece of white foam, etc. And often their catches are richer. It seems to me that the success of such fishing on the last ice is simply explained. Perch in early April is literally full of caviar and milk, their stomach is reduced. Therefore, they do not pay attention to the most catchy large spinner or balancer. The fisherman should take this into account and apply smaller spinners with a center of gravity shifted down and an extraordinary game.

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Even on the last ice, perch behaves differently in different water bodies. Somehow, in early April, several fishermen actively caught perch on the Uchinsky reservoir. I sat down and I was not far from them. He made two lead reels of the Ural one, which he eagerly took a perch on the Volga a week ago, and most likely under the ice. But alas! Perch seemed to ignore her. When I, on the advice of a fisherman sitting next to him, set up a non-mounted “ant” with a large yellow bead, things got more fun. So on remote and often visited by fishermen reservoirs everywhere there are their own rules and their approaches to fishing.

author: Kazantsev V.
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