In the breaking wave
Returning to the camp, we learn that my 14-year-old son Ivan, who remained on the farm, also did not sit idly by: a pike, a few perches and a couple of offensive gatherings of “something good”. He fished directly from the coast, from the leeward side of the island. In the morning we take spinning rods – and to the water. The wind does not stop, but under the cover of the island is quite quiet. The fishing zone is a shallow bay, bounded by the “open sea” with a sandy scythe with a reed jacket. A gentle sandy beach smoothly goes to a depth of 1.5-1.7 meters. 30-40 meters from the coast there is a small dump and a strip of grass, which in some places is visible on the surface. I am doing the first casting with a turntable, moving slightly to the side, doing the second – and a sharp bite. The friction clacked at once. I can’t understand what kind of fish I am fishing for: by the nature of the resistance and very sharp, hard jerks, it doesn’t look like a pike or perch expected by me here! Pulling closer – something red. Chub? Ide! So handsome: a golden body with red fins!
Alexey and Ivan also have bites, but the fish do not sit down. I catch one more ide, and right at the sand spit a good perch comes across. Soon it becomes clear to us that there are a lot of ides in the coastal zone: at times you literally feel a few bites on every posting. I had a couple of fish gatherings of a decent size. One brought almost to the coast – about 700-800 grams in appearance. We did not prepare for such fishing, and out of the whole mass of baits that we had, three or four were fit for strength. Fish did not respond to turntables with a too large petal, for example, deuces from Mepps. And even more miniature baits simply did not fly – they could not break through the wind. The reason for the large number of gatherings was that the turntables we used had too small hooks. The ide even of a small size is very active in resisting and easily disappears. Moreover, almost all fish took the bait very carefully from behind, and often sat on only one hook of the tee.
After the first ides that came across, we inspected all our stocks of baits in order to collect a special “ulcer” box. It immediately became clear that there was very little suitable. Of those that fly well and at the same time have compact dimensions during wiring, there was only Lilla My spinner from Muran (I caught three fish on it, then it was bitten off by a pike) and a dive 7-gram Silver Creek with an oval petal. We also had “screams” with a narrow petal, but they did not fit the fishing conditions: the “willow leaf” petal did not allow slow wiring in such shallow water, it failed. It is interesting that there were no bites at all for the golden “Cries” – only “silver” worked. Neither the masters, nor the wobblers, even the smallest ones, who could only fly upwind to the "working" zone, did not work at all – not a single bite.
That there are a lot of ides in the coastal zone, it became clear almost immediately. Subsequent fishing confirmed this. We had no doubt that among the 300-400 gram roaches there are also quite serious fish. Another thing is that to catch them like this, from a raid, there are very few chances. Not only is ide ide sensitive and cautious, but its qualities are greatly enhanced when it gathers in a school, especially in shallow waters. Such a flock acts as a single organism: any anomaly in the behavior of one fish makes the whole flock, if not move to a safer place, then stop its feed activity for some time.
This was fully confirmed by the nature of fishing. The only true tactic was this: very carefully approach the shore, it is better not to go into the water, make an aimed cast at the desired point, a little further than the dump with grass. The wiring is very slow along the bottom. Attempts to catch together or three from one place, covering a large area of the bay with fan casts, have never led to positive results – we did not catch any fish. Only point fishing brought success. After the next ide came across, it was possible not to catch it further: ides were hiding and the place needed a rest for 15-30 minutes. Cessarsky even dragged a folding chair ashore so that you could wait out this time, comfortably contemplating the surroundings.
By the evening of the first day of our ulcer fishing, we decided to try to detain the fish with bait. True, we did not take any ready-made mixtures with us, so I had to invent from what was at hand. Buckwheat porridge was boiled to the state of clay, a little oatmeal was added, Alexei found a bottle with garlic flavor in his box. Clay, for its complete absence in the vicinity, was replaced with half a loaf of black bread. It turned out to be a fairly thick and viscous mixture that molded well into balls that could withstand long-range casting. The calculation was that the bait would tighten and concentrate the fry in the fishing zone, and even the ides themselves could be supported by such yummy.
I do not know if this technique worked, but ides continued to be caught every day, and in any wave and wind of any direction. One morning I went to our beach and saw that the wind had changed and a high wave was beating right on the beach. Well, I think now the pack is definitely gone. What should she do at the very shore in such weather? However, to check, I make a couple of casts. There are no bites, but out of the corner of my eye I suddenly notice that right on the beach, in the very shallow water, fish jump out of the water every now and then. Gold with red – go! So, in place of the flock, did not go anywhere! Apparently, the fish feed on something in shallow water, and when the waves carry them to where it is very shallow, they are saved to the depth by jumping. I change the direction of casting – and immediately catch the first fish. And it’s in such an excitement, almost in a storm!
Spinning is everything!
We engaged in this fishing on our beach almost every day and a lot of ides were caught. Not for the sake of boasting, but as a statement of fact, I must say that of the three of us, I was the most successful in this matter. I can confidently name the main success factor: I had one with me that turned out to be the most suitable spinning for such fishing. How many fishing trips were there when success directly depended on the right spinning! Yes, almost every fishing, when the fishing conditions changed a little and became not as expected, required a change in the rod. Length, test, rigidity, power, spinning sensitivity – all these parameters became decisive.
Unfortunately, we only had three light-class rods with us – after all, the mood was still to catch jig and wobblers from a boat. Therefore, taken in this case as a “boat perch” spinning Norstream Discovery II with a test of up to 18 grams was the only accurate hit on target. The "Typhoon" that his son was catching was a little longer and more powerful than necessary, and the "Black Hall" of Alexei lacked sensitivity. Attempts to catch at the Norstream Stage were unsuccessful: the slow posting of light lures is not his element. My favorite three-part Sage 7.0 is too oakish for such fishing and was also powerless here.
And what other spinning rods from our arsenal would get to the point here? From what was left at home, most likely, Extrasense from CD-Rods up to 14 g, to a lesser extent Gary Loomis 842. It is weak in terms of pushing through the grass and tearing it away from snags, and there was plenty of this stuff in the coastal zone. It is clear that they wanted to catch everything with my Discovery: you gape a little, leave the tea for a drink, and there’s no spinning next to the tent: Vanya ran away with him to the other side of the island. After a couple of casts, Alexey immediately sensed the difference (“Yes, now everything is clear”) and returned the spinning reluctantly to me.
But the main conclusion that can be drawn from this fishing, as well as from many others, is that no matter how bad the weather is, no matter how difficult the pond in terms of fishing, active fish can almost always be found. The only thing to remember when going on a trip to an unfamiliar body of water is that the gear you plan to use there may not be needed, but what you need most is what you are going to leave at home .
author Vladimir GERASIMOV
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