Ten asp questions. Part 1

As an object of interest for a spinning player, asp is very ambiguous. For some, it is the main predator, and they prefer catching it to all other types of fishing, while others have a vague idea of ​​this fish, although it is very possible to catch an asp half an hour away from their home.

There are different opinions as to whether the bait should be placed below or above the splash point when catching asp “on the hit”. So what’s right?

In a first approximation, a cast above the burst should be considered more justified, but the exact answer to this question depends on the characteristics of the place where everything is happening. If, for example, an asp beats under a pronounced transverse scythe, and very shallow on the spit itself, then it does so, coming up from below and almost immediately turning around and floating downstream. Here, casting just below the splash point gives the best result.

On a more homogeneous section of a river or channel, the asp continues to move in the same direction in which it went before the surge in about three cases out of four after the impact and, possibly, a very small, in a couple of seconds, pause, and this is almost always against the current. Accordingly, and should be thrown higher. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that the diverging circles are carried down by the water, and it would be a mistake to become attached to them, choosing a reference point for the throw. At the moment of the splash, you need to detect a fixed landmark and lay the bait relative to it. If you throw it right after the splash, then the optimal distance from it to the point where the spoon falls is six to seven meters. If you can’t throw it instantly, then more – up to twelve to fifteen meters.

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I am an ardent fan of spinning lures, I almost never use other baits. What, in your opinion, is the best asp “spinner”?

Indeed, there are spinners who rarely go beyond any one type of artificial bait in their practice. Most often, this type is the jig, but there are also a lot of radical fans of “turntables”. I know one spinning player from the Moscow Region who prefers to catch even pike perch with a classic “spinner” … As for asp, in this context the use of a spinning spoon is much more justified, although, to be objective, you cannot call it ideal for all cases of asp fishing. If we talk about a specific model, then my favorite here is Mepp’s Long Heavy. Even in the smaller version (the size of the petal corresponds to the second number), it weighs 16 g and is thrown very far, almost not inferior to the half-ounce “Castmaster”, but about the “three” – and not even talking about. The heavy “Long” has a core shape such that the petal does not stick even at relatively low wiring speeds, as is often the case with other options for axial weight of the same mass with the same petal. Well, asp, which is most important, is clearly not indifferent to this spoon. And the use of a heavy “Long” is most justified in those situations when the asp is caught mixed with another “white” predator.
Among the “most asp” spinning lures are often called “Muran”, but I honestly have not been impressed with these “Swedes”. And in general, and in relation to asp in particular.

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Once I caught a strange asp on the Upper Volga – with red fins. Does it happen, or is it a hybrid?

And if this happened on the Moscow River near Bronnitsy, the assumption would arise that a mutant was caught …
Perhaps ichthyologists will disagree with me, but I am inclined to consider the shape of its jaws to be the most characteristic distinguishing feature of asp: the upper one with a notch in the middle, the lower one with a protrusion in the appropriate place. In a “purebred” asp, the mouth should have just such a shape, while the signs associated with coloration may vary. At the same time, the asp is more uniform in shade of its scales and color of fins than chub and ide, and red fins are almost certainly not one hundred percent asp.

Several times I myself came across fish, which, most likely, were hybrids of asp with other carp – with the same ide and chub. By their appearance, if we take “non-asp” characters, they were more likely closer to chubs, but it is easier for chubs to cross with ides, because in these fish spawning takes place at about the same time, while chub spawns later. What does all this pedigree clarification have to do with fishing? Perhaps almost none. But cognitively, it’s interesting.

If you are now choosing the optimal tackle specifically for catching asp, name the “stick”, reel, line, bait – one for each of these four positions.

Stick – CD Sunrise 10’6 “, 7-28 g. Reel – Mitchell Alu 298 GV. Line – Power Tresse braid 0.12 mm. Bait – Kastmaster, 21 g. This is – if very briefly, limiting your choice only to those tackles that are currently being produced or discontinued no more than a year and a half ago. Five years ago, I would have named something else for three of four positions.

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So many times I tried to catch asp on the “Castmaster” – it always takes worse than on the Devonian. And I can’t understand why people are fanatical about the “cut”?

This is another variant of the manifestation of “monogamy” on lures – as a little earlier in the question on “turntables”. Moreover, the question of preference is almost always decided not taking into account the general objective capabilities of this type of bait, but on the basis of personal experience. Each of us has his own personal experience, and very often it happens that we master perfectly well with one type of bait, while it comes down to the rest only on the basis of the residual principle. Hence the conclusion that one type of bait is a cut above the other in terms of catching power.

Tellingly, the number of radical fans of “Castmaster” is still several times greater, which is no less radical adherents of the Devonian, but this ratio is not indicative, since “Castmasters” (even if only Chinese ones) are in any fishing store, while a high-quality Devonian is needed still look. If to be as objective as possible, then each of these two types of asp lures has its own relative advantages and disadvantages. And they are by no means interchangeable. But in terms of aggregate, “Castmaster” is still in the first place – it is both more versatile and more accessible, and in general it is easier in terms of fishing technique.

author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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