When fishing with thin lines, a clean workplace is a prerequisite. Otherwise, there will be problems when lowering the jig and when playing the fish, when the wind blows the line to the fragments of ice. Therefore, as a rule, I do not fish from those old holes, around which ice is scattered or there are frozen depressions in the snow from anglers’ tracks. On the last ice, when the air temperature is above zero, the angler encounters these difficulties less often. In frosty weather, the hole must be constantly cleared of ice. In this case, it is advisable to use heavier jigs, which easily break through the top layer of small pieces of ice with snow and quickly deliver the bait to the bottom. In this case, the fishing line does not stop against the edge of the hole.
It is better to choose hooks No. 22-24 from thin wire and with a slightly elongated forend, since the catching of bleak is fast enough and in principle there can be no trifles. Everything is important: how quickly you put the nozzle on the hook, and how quickly you remove the fish from the hook, so that the approaching flock of bleak does not move away from the working hole. Jigs are best used depending on the depth of fishing. If you fish at a depth of up to 3 m, where there is practically no current, it is advisable to put a light jig weighing no more than 1.5-2 g. But sometimes it happens that bleak takes better on a slowly falling flat-oval jig made of tin. With a good bite, the shape of the jig, as well as the color, practically does not matter. The hungry bleak is not enough for a piece of metal, but for what is attached to the hook. Sometimes, with a strong zhorra, I put two short leashes above the jig with hooks and different attachments. What does it do? Two or three fish at once? Not always. But it happens.
When fishing for bleak on the last ice, I mainly use bloodworms, small maggots and burdock moth larvae as baits, including fishing with various combinations of these baits (“sandwiches”). But there are other “delicacies” too. On the Mozhaisk reservoir, for example, bleak, and quite large, perfectly takes on tiny sticks of lightly salted bacon, mounted on a hook of a jig or a float rod.
Some anglers are quite successful in catching this fish with a float. But, as I was convinced, such fishing is good only in thaws or when the air temperature is stable above 0 ° C. In addition, let’s not forget that a layer of bait on the surface of the hole interferes with fishing with a float. In this case, I advise you to drill another hole next to the lured and fish from it. If there is snow on the ice, it is advisable to sprinkle the working hole with it and make a small hole in the snow for the float. If the bleak is taken from the bottom at a depth of 2.5-3 m, it can be caught from an open hole, from time to time pouring it into the neighboring food and stirring it. When fishing with a float, both jigs and hooks are used. Catching bleak is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. As with other carp fishing, success largely depends not only on the ability to own delicate tackle, but also on being in the right place at the right time.
Tips for those who prefer to catch bleak
• During the last ice period, bleak leads a more active lifestyle than during the winter. Even occupying a certain area of the reservoir, it is constantly in motion. Therefore, it makes sense to feed several holes located 15-20 m from one another, and from time to time check them for fish.
• Bleak usually favors certain areas that biker anglers are well aware of. Therefore, upon arrival at the reservoir, first of all, pay attention to the crowds of fishermen. Sometimes there are quite long breaks in the bleak bite, especially at lunchtime. In such a situation, you can go in search of taking fish or wait for a bite on old lured holes.
• Fatty bleak quite often swallows the jig or hook deeply. In this case, you will lose precious time when you remove it from the hook. A pair of tweezers or an extractor is therefore a must-have.
• During the next play, the bait particles slowly settle to the bottom (if there is no flow), attracting flocks of bleak. Just remember that even in a moderate flow, this feeding method can have the opposite effect. The food carried away from the hole will carry away the feeding fish.
• At a depth of more than two meters, even with a weak current, the bait will carry. I recommend in such a situation to determine the direction of the flow and drill 2-3 holes below it. If biting stops in the working hole with bait, try fishing in additional holes.
• On the last ice, small roach often walk along with bleak in half-water. If you don’t want to catch them, replace the bloodworms or maggots with a tiny block of bacon. Only bleak will come across this nozzle. And the larger ones.
source: Catching from the ice. All the secrets of winter fishing