With the beginning of April, the major rivers of the Astrakhan region, such as the Akhtuba and the Volga, are freed from the ice cover. And a couple of days after the ice drift on the river, a wonderful action takes place, which attracts hundreds of anglers on Akhtuba – the zander of the pike perch begins! The spring increase in the activity of pike perch has long ceased to be a secret, especially for metropolitan fishermen who come to the river with whole water-motor brigades and try to catch thorny luck by the tail. In such conditions, competition between anglers increases — often on a catchy pit or “in-and-on with that white beacon”, up to a dozen boats accumulate, and yet you want to catch fish, for some reason, everyone. But not everyone is able to do it – someone didn’t guess the place, someone didn’t tack, and some were not lucky with the bait. Finding a place is a matter of experience and, often, good luck.
We will not dwell on it in detail here, many, I think, and they themselves guess about everything – the pit is deeper, more koryag, the current is weaker or suppressed, and here we are. With tackles it is already more difficult – not everyone can fork out for an expensive “jig” stick, and some manage to adapt one spinning for fishing with a microjig, with a maximum of 10 grams and for the so-called hei jig when the weight of the sinker head reaches 50 grams . The fact that the sensitivity is reduced, and in some cases, the overload can easily break the “stick”, people sometimes do not even realize. There is nothing you can do, one stick on spring fishing is not enough, you have to arm with two. And it is better here to naturally approach the problem with the head. Choose a quality working rod from a reasonable price.
One is 240-270 cm long with a test of 3-15 or 4-16 grams with a coil of two thousand series and a cord with a diameter of 0.14 mm we will use for fishing on Akhtuba on coastal dumps and snags, and the second, 270300 cm long with test 12 -45 or even 20-50 grams, with the coil of the 2500 series and a cord of 0.18 mm, will help us out on the riverbed holes and holes of the glorious Volga River. If we talk in terms of price and quality, I chose two Salmo Jig Specialist rods (length 2.34 m, test 2-18 g) and Okuma Octana Spin (length 2.55 m, test 10-40 g) . the first of them costs about 50 "American", the second is about a hundred. What are good? First of all work! Okuma passes into his hand even the weakest skips of pike perch, throws well, despite his not at all "Uncle Stepin" length. Jig Specialist I really like vyvazhivoy. Not a single failure, not a single hint of failure.
And now we come to the heart of this article, which became the reason for its writing – the discussion of baits for spring fishing. Consider why classic silicone and foam baits were so attractive to fish at the beginning of their appearance in our country? That's right, because they were new to her, and did not cause fear or apprehension. And later, when the fish near Moscow was filled with the same type – “standard” silicone and stopped actively getting caught on it, the Akhtuba predators rushed to the bait with double hunting, and all because there were few anglers, and, accordingly, the bait was also new. And now – no! What to do? In this case, in my opinion, it’s not worth waiting for the weather from the sea, but experiment with non-standard foam baits. With silicone baits, everything is much more interesting, and here, as they say, not to take color – too many color variations for each particular form of silicone. As a result, my choice was made in the direction of changing the shape of silicone in the direction of American bass worms, represented in abundance by the trademark Lucky John.
Roughly speaking, in my collection there are three radically different types of non-standard silicone lures.
1) Silicone worms without a tail – that is, just an elongated cylindrical body of bright red color.
2) Worms with a tail – are something like a very elongated twister.
3) Various crayfish. These imitations are so different in their formations and color variations that they simply cannot be described, although their structure is also understandable – it is a passive element — a little body and active elements — tentacles, legs, claws.
As can be seen from the description, worms without a tail and some models of crayfish will not play on their own and will only be animated by the actions of the angler, that is, direct play with the bait using the rod tip and the speed of the reel revolutions. Accordingly, worms and crayfish with active elements also have their own game. In fairness, it is worth noting that the fish is actively caught both on those and not others, and pike and pike devour such baits with much more enthusiasm than the usual, "standard" silicone. Silicone baits are mounted using various tooling. The most common methods are equipment with a double and a standard “cheburashka”, in some cases additional hooks are required on the leads – this is mainly used when using very long or bulky baits (the average length of the silicone worm is 1 218 cm, there are also larger models ). Also, for especially zakazyazhennyh places you can use the equipment type "Texas" or "Carolina".
Specialized fishing techniques for non-standard silicone baits do not exist, this is an experiment, but it is worth remembering that for their animation it is necessary to make smoother movements with a fishing rod, to make longer pauses – as a rule, this best affects the predator's activity. It is also worth considering that the cutting should not be very powerful, but short and sharp – in this case, you can cut through the fish that can hold the silicone worm just in the clenched jaws, not pickled on the hooks. In conclusion, it should be said that silicone worms are far from a panacea, but only one of the small pages of ordinary fishing experiments, but definitely worth a try.
author Alexander ZOLOTAREV,
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