As you know, in the spring with the heating of water, all fish is activated. This also applies to large crucian carp, which is very difficult to catch at another time, and other “float” fish – bream, ide, roach, bleak, etc. Although I consider myself an avid spinning player, I pay tribute to float gear all May. Fortunately, not far from my Gagarin, where I live, there is a beautiful reservoir – the Yauz reservoir. Roach and bleak – fish, in general, all-weather and common for the central strip. But in May at Yauz they become a very welcome trophy. The reason is that at this time, the largest specimens are suitable for shore, in shallow bays.
The famous Yauzian bleak sometimes reaches 18-20 cm, my personal record is a 23 cm long specimen. But still, roach attracts more fishermen. Although it is inferior in size to the “marine” roach from Rybinka, it still reaches quite decent sizes. The weather in May, as always, turned out to be unstable: after the heat, cooling, then warming again. In general, as soon as it got warmer again, my brother and I went to the pond. Our path, passing along a dirty and broken road, lay to one of the well-known bays, which we had not been on since last spring. We got only for dinner. However, it didn’t make much sense to leave early – the fish at this time only became active by 10 o’clock, when the water had time to warm up well.
There are quite few accesses to the reservoir and, as a rule, they are not located in the most interesting places for fishing. Even if there is something suitable, I don’t want to go there – I’ll have to sit side by side with a bunch of people and listen to the noise and cries of drunken fishermen. This time it was lucky – no one was in our place. One of the reasons, apparently, is that few people want to throw a car in the forest to their own devices and go a couple of kilometers through the forest to the water. On the approach to the creek, the heartbeats in anticipation of the upcoming fishing, but doubts are overwhelming: what if there will be much less fish in the creek this year than in the past? Carefully approaching the water, I peek out from behind the bushes and look around. On the surface is clearly visible a solid herd of walking bleak of small size. Everything is good! Medium-sized bleak is a kind of indicator of the presence of solid fish.
The pourer is simply classic: the depth under a slightly flooded shore is up to two meters, and the entrance from a large water is shallow. Therefore, fish is collected here in large numbers. We decompose, trying not to make noise. In shallow water, any movement and steps are transmitted very distinctly. You have to tinker with the bait: we make the balls smaller and make them as loose as possible, so that when you hit the water, the ball will gently crumble rather than rattle with a stone. In the basic mixture – “Unicorm” for cold water – add a little bloodworm and maggot. With this, everything is simple.
Having fed two points at a sufficient distance from each other so that the roach does not rush from spot to spot, we collect fly five-meter measurements. Accessories with a fishing line of 0.14 mm, a lead of 0.9 mm and a half gram float. Hooks Owner or Gamakatsu – in this case there is no difference. The main thing is that they should be made of a sufficiently thin wire and have a small size, but at the same time they would allow us to confidently lift two hundred grams of roach into the air. Although if you experiment, then from a wide range of these companies you can pick up a hook that will unbend on a hook with a leash of 0.1 mm, but to confidently hold the scammer for 500-700 g.
First I try to feed the bleak and equip the second swing with a half-gram float. Constantly tossing a semi-liquid bait, leaving a column of turbidity, I lay on it a snap with a couple of maggots on the hook. What I like about bleak is my lightning fast bite! Time! And the float is gone. Maybe someone doesn’t enjoy carrying small “sprats”, but bleeding 18-20 cm long is no longer a sprat. This is a real “herring”, and it resists quite seriously, making it clear that you can’t take it abruptly with thin gear. The weather is simply amazing: the wind is practically absent, the sun is warming. In polarizing glasses, one can see how smaller schools of fish constantly ply next to the float. They constantly try to intercept the maggot when it only touches the water, and often they succeed!
Pulling out a substandard “sprat” once again, I decide to increase the weight of the float, and this helps. With a heavier load of 2.5 g, maggots instantly slip through the “danger zone”, rushing into a deeper layer, directly to large fish. Out of the corner of my eye I am watching a brother who, judging by the bent rod, is fishing a decent roach. It’s time to pick up another rod – roach stood on the bait. The very first wiring ends with a neat inflow of the float, and after hooking, the heavy roach, rushing from side to side, strongly bends my “five”. I try to quickly pull the fish away from the feeding place, which is not immediately possible. The next bite should already be at a small interval, however, now, with a sweet patch, roaches can not be beaten with a stick either.
Roach takes much more powerfully than crazy bleak, so in order to hook for sure, you have to adapt a little to its bites. The bites are varied: either a slow drowning, then the float moving to the side, then slight up and down movements, followed by lifting. Bleeding is constantly spinning in the fishing zone, allowing you to switch to its fishing when an excessively active carpenter makes noise when playing.
At the next cast, a sharp movement of the float follows to the side, and after hooking, a small chub appears on the hook! I didn’t expect to meet this resident of the rapids in the reservoir. And this is the second case in my memory. The first time a fishing comrade spoke to me about catching a chub, the fish was caught at the very other end of the reservoir. The peculiarity of his capture is that there are no chubs in the rivers carrying their waters in the reservoir – this is a hundred times verified fact! In general, the chub is very unpretentious and able to live, grow and compete not only with crucian carp, silver bream, perch, but even ratan. I met him even in a pond 3 by 4 meters in size, with a depth of 1.2 m and a muddy bottom. The chub managed to winter there, mix it with the flock, it is not known how the bleak that got there, which I myself witnessed.
Meanwhile, our cage is regularly replenished with measured roach mixed with bleak at regular intervals. Among the carnivores, a handsome scavenger of six hundred grams also came across. Behind it, it was worth going to the neighboring bay, with a more serious depth, but the roach comes across much less often there, and now it is more interesting to us. The result of our afternoon fishing is an almost full bucket of fish for two: a bonus scavenger, 150–200 g roach and enough iwashi bleak. Nearby, beyond the exit from our bay, under the overhanging bird cherry bursts of large fish are constantly heard. We are guessing who it might be. On the next fishing trip, you must definitely grab the rod with a side nod and mormyshka, check who spanks in the bushes there. Such fishing is no less exciting and reckless than hunting for roach or bleak.