Moreover, several times, when I came to the pond, it turned out to be covered with a thin layer of ice. And then you had to throw a weighty stone to break the ice, and then catch in this gap. I will not say that the bite in these cases was excellent, but, as a rule, it was possible to catch a dozen or a half good roach. It is believed that roach is best caught on the side nod. Most often this is the case, but if you approach fishing seriously, you can catch almost any fish from bleak to bream, including carp, tench and, of course, crucian carp.
Since when fishing, the rod is always in hand, choosing it correctly is very important. In autumn, not only the most rigid, but also the longest models are preferred. I prefer 8-9 meter ones: shorter ones may not reach the fish. But catching 10 meters is uncomfortable, and it’s not about the big weight, but about the wind, which almost always blows in autumn. It makes no sense to talk about specific models of rods: the choice is now large and often everything is determined by the financial capabilities of the fisherman. Although the water becomes transparent in autumn, you should not switch to the thinnest lines. Unlike winter, this practically does not increase the number of bites. High quality line with a diameter of 0.18 mm can be considered optimal.
Speaking of jigs, it is difficult to give clear recommendations. In this fishing, they still play not the main role. I usually use a dark elongated tungsten jig, equipped with a hook number 4 according to the domestic numbering. Note that the domestic size system is still simpler than the international one. When choosing imported hooks, it is important to know the number and series, because even in the products of the same company, the hooks of the same number in different series can vary greatly in size. In addition, some firms, especially Japanese firms, have their own sizing systems. When you buy ready-made jigs, at best you can find out which manufacturer’s hook is soldered into the bait. But it is simply impossible to find out its series and numbers, so you have to focus on the distance from the tip to the forend, as was done in the domestic sizing system. Often, suitable jigs are sold in the “winter version” – with beads, but they are easy to remove.
After the rod, the nod is the most important element of the entire tackle. A lot has been written about the side nod in the fishing periodicals, so you can not talk about it in detail. I will only note that metal nods, which are preferred by most anglers, in my opinion, are not the best option. The fact is that when playing fish, especially large fish, the line often overlaps by the nod, and if it is metal, then it can easily end in a cliff. Therefore, I prefer plastic nods, primarily made of astrolon. This material is good in all respects: elastic, retains its shape for a long time. The only drawback is that it is not very easy to get it. The length of the nod should be 30-35 cm. Unlike a winter jig rod, where the nod should provide the required game, the nod should not play much in a summer fishing rod, at least for autumn fishing, so you do not need to adjust it under the jig. It is enough if he bends a little under her weight.
The best attachment, in my opinion, is a piece of colored foam. There are many color options, but I prefer iodine. The method is simple: put a piece of foam rubber in a whole plastic bag, fill it with iodine solution and press it through the bag to soak it, then take it out and dry it. Then we soak it again with iodine and dry it again. The next day this piece turns dark brown and is ready for use. Unlike many anglers, I do not cut out a neat strip that resembles a worm or maggot, but simply tear off a piece the size of a pinky fingernail. As I was repeatedly convinced, an unevenly torn piece attracts fish much better than a neat strip. It is possible that the torn edges create additional attractive vibrations during wiring. For an hour of fishing, a rather large piece of foam rubber turns into a very small one. Fish often pinch it, tearing off small pieces, and the nozzle “melts” before our eyes.
In autumn, the best places for fishing with a side nod are various dams and dams with a depth of 1.5-3 m at the fishing point. My favorite place is the dam on Senezh. It is covered with concrete slabs and is easy to walk on. The place is popular with local anglers, but they prefer to fish with a float rod with a worm attachment. They usually bite very quickly, but the fish are caught very small. In this respect, the side nod gives a noticeable advantage, if not in the number of bites, then in the size of the fish.
I don’t use bait and fish, so to speak, in a free search. I stopped, did the wiring, if there were no bites – a couple of steps to the side and wiring again. No bite – a few steps to the side and a wire. If it bites, you can make several postings from one place. The posting is the simplest: a smooth rise of the bait from the bottom. The additional play along with a nod does nothing in most cases. The amount of lift depends on the specific conditions. If all the bites go a meter from the bottom, then there is no point in fishing the entire thickness, but sometimes, when the fish is scattered, you have to raise the jig to the very surface.
The biting time usually depends on the temperature: the colder, the later the biting begins. In October, as a rule, bites start at 10 am. Before, there were practically no bites: perhaps the fish simply did not have time to catch up to the shore. The only exception is tench. This one can start taking in the very morning, but it is not present in all water bodies in noticeable quantities. Fishing with a side nod, especially in late autumn, is often an advantage. Floaters can sit nearby and not see a single bite, but the fish willingly takes to the rise. A roach or a breeder can completely ignore a stationary bait, but respond well to a jig. When planting on a jig, the worm takes perch very well.
At one time I tried to understand how exactly the movement of the bait affects the bite. He did this: he put a worm on the jig and lowered it to the bottom on a stretched line. There were bites, but very rare. When I started fishing with the usual slow ascent, the perch grabbed the bait on every line. I also tried to fish with a piece of foam rubber lowered to the bottom. I did this in various places, but never saw a single bite. However, when the foam rubber planted on the jig, having lain on the bottom for ten minutes, began to move upward, bites followed very often. For the purity of the experiment, I then planted a small worm: bites were both on the one lying on the bottom and on the moving one.
At the same time, one interesting pattern emerged. In the same place, there were more bites on a moving worm than on a piece of colored foam, but the fish came across much smaller. There was even an impression that the smaller specimens are more oriented to the smell, and the larger ones to the waves created by a piece of foam rubber that vibrates when it rises. However, when I tried to catch the smallest twister on the jig hook, I only pecked small perch. Perhaps it was worth experimenting with the color of the bait. But carrying bait of different colors with you and picking up working ones is unnecessary trouble. In my opinion, it is much easier and more reliable to use the long-proven dyed foam rubber, on which all the fish that came to the coastal zone.