When you arrive at a large and unfamiliar reservoir, at first it is not clear where to start fishing. In a good way, you need to ride with an echo sounder, look at the bottom topography, find promising points. But this is half the battle. If we talk about spinning, then we still need to understand what kind of bait and to which wiring the fish will respond at these points. The task is not easy, and when the arrival on the pond coincides with any weather disasters, then it is generally difficult to solve. Aleksey Tsessarsky and I encountered a full range of all these difficulties a couple of weeks ago when we arrived at the Rybinsk Sea. We stopped twenty-five kilometers west of Rybinsk, on one of the islands of the "archipelago" of Tryas'ye. This is in the vicinity of the village of Larionovo and Shumarovsky Island.
I visited Rybinka more than once, but in completely different parts, and for Alexei this was generally the first visit to the reservoir. That is, the water area for both of us was completely unfamiliar. Plus, they fell into a gale with all the consequences: a wave, agitated water, a sharp drop and then continuous pressure surges.
Lures large and small
The fact that there is a large and very large pike at Rybinka is known to everyone. But how active will it be in such incomprehensible weather? There are different opinions about whether "the head of a pike hurts with a sharp drop in pressure." That is, does its activity decrease to almost zero? Ichthyologists believe that pikes are almost not subject to this “meteorological dependence”, but many experienced fishermen, relying on their fishing experience, hold the opposite point of view: often after a sharp drop in pressure, the pike completely ceases to bite. In addition to pressure, I was also worried about the strong turbulence of water that arose after prolonged storms. How will it affect the bite of a predator? In my previous trips to the Rybinsk Sea immediately after long storms, the fish was inactive. The weather nevertheless provided us with a chance to find out these issues, giving half a day almost full calm.
Friends from among the Rybinsk regulars gave us some reliable pike points. All of them were located along wide shallow braids. Pikes, as you know, move mostly along the brows – because the fish do not have navigation equipment, here are the brows and they serve as landmarks on the routes to hunting places. We came to the first point clearly in the classics, in depth, and castings began to be made in shallow water and along the edge. The baits are the largest, as the learned “fishermen” taught: vibro-tails about 15 cm long on a jig-head with an additional tee on a leash pinned to the tail of the bait. We don’t have much time to hurry – we are not at competitions, therefore, at each point we can stay as long as we see fit. But all is useless. There are no pike or other active predators. So does a sharp drop in pressure still affect? Or a swell of water?
No, most likely our crew lacks just sports anger. We are simply too lazy to pull out the anchor every 10 minutes and move to another point. I want a measured, calm fishing. So, in order to get maximum pleasure from the process at each point: here there is a soft bottom – there is no end to the hand, you can only navigate by the sag of the cord, but here the bottom is very solid, almost concrete, followed by a wide strip of shell rock and a sharp dump on the Volga channel – how long the bait freezes! And how beautiful and realistic the huge vibro-tails “Hume” play! A real roach! And how beautifully on the echo sounder screen the bottom breaks into the Volga channel from 6 meters to 13, and how many fish symbols are there! But there are no bites either on "concrete" or on a dump in the riverbed.
Patience is over, we move to shallow braids. Then we change another five points. There are no bites anywhere. The sun is almost touching the horizon, you can already go to your island. The main sign of complete lack of bite is the lack of local fishing boats. When fish are caught, they are constantly in the field of visibility worth five or six pieces. And judging by my fishing at Rybinka, right after the storm, the nibble never starts: until everything settles down, until the water clears, the food chains will be restored … Our second attempt to catch in big water occurred a couple of days later. In the evening, a complete calm was established again, and we immediately went out into the water. The pond came to life after the storm. Over the entire water area, bursts of fish, most likely scammers, were visible, and bubbles rising here and there spoke of the possible activation of a large bream.
A boat of our friends passed by: the guys have been trolling hard for several hours, but so far they have a complete zero. So the pike is still inactive? But the perch became more active. Bursts and characteristic chomps come from everywhere. And seagulls dive to the water – the boiler! We drive up. Around, wherever you look, perch feeds. Alexey throws the engine oil-colored bursts toward the bursts and, one after the other, pulls out two percents of three hundred grams. But that’s all. Perch does not respond to any of our bait. The water around is literally boiling from the fish, but our turntables, castmaster, silicone and wobblers return empty. Neither a jab, nor a bite! And in the upper horizon, and halfway, and at the very bottom.
Nerves can’t stand it, and we begin the chase: the flock moves, and we rearrange it. But no matter what we do, everywhere is a complete zero! Finally, chasing a perch, we find ourselves at one of the points next to the "pike" scythe. Here, too, perch rampages everywhere. I put the most killer perch option: a small red jig head with a tiny silicone fish. Slow wiring along the bottom, pause for 2-3 seconds. Bites have begun! Good, evil, percussionists, but the fish are not detected. What, have you already eaten so much?
And suddenly, along the line of casting, the bites abruptly cease. It has long been noticed that the sudden disappearance of perch is associated with the appearance of pikes in this area. But I did not manage to realize this signal in time. Another cast, slow wiring, and suddenly a soft and powerful pull. Friction began to sing, I immediately press the spool with my hand on the machine. “Lesha, the net!” We must not let the pike turn around and come to our senses: the hook is disproportionately small, and indeed there is no leash! If possible, I force events, gently pump the fish up. So she appeared, rests, shakes her head. It looks like three. From the second approach, Aleksey gets the net where necessary and throws the fish into the boat, where she immediately flies off the hook. Yes, you can write it in your personal records in the nomination "Big fish on a small hook."
What was it? An accident? Most likely. Although there are many stories about how seasoned pike attacked ultralight lures. Maybe there are some certain weather conditions when they are especially prone to this? Rybinka did not allow us to find out: from the night the wind blew again so that fishing in open water was out of the question.