So the ice came down. Crowds of fishermen who missed open water reached the ponds. Ah, how many expectations are ahead of the first floater-feeder fishing! But early spring is a difficult period to find and catch white fish. The water is still cold, a strong current carries heaps of garbage and earth, coloring the river in an unpleasant brown color. The bare bushes and trees along the shores give this ugliness an even more dull look. Soon the water will warm up, brighten and the fish will begin to actively peck. But we do not have the patience to wait, because we want something now, I want something here, I want it no matter what. Let's try to figure out how to spend time fishing in the early spring in order to both relax and return home with the catch.
Tell me, where to catch? Definitely not at great depths with a strong current. Floating garbage in a dirty spring stream is unlikely to allow long casts. And the chances of catching someone on the fairway are slim. And that's why. Immediately after the ice melts, pre-spawning migration of fish begins. Belle becomes more active, leaves the wintering pits and goes into shallow sections of the river. Here the water is lighter and warmed by the bright spring sun. Such shallows with a middle course bordering the channel are most promising for the angler. Basically, fishing is carried out at depths of up to 5 m. You can also try your luck in quiet streams and small streams – tributaries of the main river. But in this article we will talk about fishing in big water with the presence of currents. And here is what we need for this …
What to feed fish and what to catch?
The fact that the fish are not very willing to respond to bait is a feature of early spring fishing. Feed, of course, necessary. But do not expect that it is possible to create a fodder spot and the approached fish will constantly stand on it. Now the bite is more like short raids, during which it is possible to catch a couple of specimens. And often from one point different species of fish are caught. An ide can peck, and it is immediately replaced by a chub. The ubiquitous roach gives way to perch. It happens that the pike does not refuse the proposed worm. Given this inconstancy, at this time you should not bother with a lot of sprays and mixtures. While the water is still cold, use standard prepared bait without pronounced sweet aromas. To enhance the effect, add flavorings with animal smells of a worm or bloodworm. Also, the bait itself is introduced into the bait, which we will catch. Bloodworms and maggots can be added whole, but the worm must be cut into small pieces.
Since fishing is carried out during the course, bait should be “glued”. At the same time, its consistency should be such that it does not fly out of the feeder upon impact with water, but is washed gradually over a couple of minutes. This can be achieved with the help of millet porridge, flour or oat flakes. Despite the fact that the feed is washed out of the feeder, it is not carried away completely from the fishing point. At the bottom of the pond there are always bumps, shell rock, pebbles, sand, in which particles of the mixture get stuck. The smallest fractions are carried faster and to a greater distance, attracting fish to the place of fishing. Larger ones serve as food, which will delay for some time those who come up for a treat of fish. Therefore, when harvesting bait, combine it from different in size and weight components: from the most “dusty” to sinking.
Taking into account the peculiarities of fishing on large rivers in early spring, the feeder is the lifesaver that will not allow you to come “empty” from fishing. The versatility of gear is undeniable for different conditions: from quiet ponds to mighty full-flowing rivers. In this case, I would recommend a fishing rod with a length of 3.6 to 4.2 m with an upper border of dough up to 180 g and with medium or medium-fast action. Such a rod has a sufficient margin of safety, allows you to make long casts, and it is convenient for them to work when fishing. Among the range of Maximus feeders, I will highlight the Red Devil series as the most suitable for fishing in big water. Another plus of Maximus rods is that in the event of a breakdown of the signaling vertex, it can always be purchased separately.
Although the feeder tip itself is a bite signaling device, novice anglers are interested in how to attach a bell to the feeder to “sound” the bite. I agree that constant visual control tires your eyesight and turns rest into work. Special mini-bells are sold in stores, which are mounted on the top of the feeder rod. They also provide a place to insert a chemical firefly in case of night fishing. The disadvantage of this device is that when fishing, bells thunder throughout the district, annoying fishermen in the neighborhood. If you like tinkering, then make a simple device with your own hands. The main frame is made of resilient wire. From it, the central part also bends, which hangs into a tube from a dropper or into any other. Both parts are connected using rubber bands. That's all. Such a mobile and responsive signaling device will not damage the tip and will facilitate the work with feeder gear.
When fishing at a long distance we use a cord
When fishing at a long distance, we always use braided fishing line! It does not stretch and clearly conveys bites to the sensitive peak. I am fishing with a Power Phantom PE4 cord. It is available in a convenient unwinding of 150 m. The thread itself is very smooth and glides well along the rings of the rod. Every 10 m of the cord is painted in different colors, so you can measure the distance at which fishing is carried out. As for the diameter, I would recommend PE4 0.14-0.16 mm thick. Although here, too, everything is individual. A thin cord sails less, but cuts its hands when casting heavy weights, and too thick is blown by the current, pulling off the feeder. Therefore, I recommend taking along a spare reel spool with a cord of a different diameter and orienting yourself by the place which one is currently best used.
There are various designs for fishing on a feeder, and basically they fit right on a fishing trip. I make blanks at home. I prepare asymmetric loops from a 0.3-0.35 mm monolesque on feeders with different weights. In places of fastening I supply them with swivels and put them in a special box. When fishing, it remains to choose the appropriate equipment and tie it to the main cord. An asymmetric loop is rarely confused and passes bites without shifting the feeder even when the fish pulls the bait towards the feeder.
As a fishing line I always use Colmic's Xilo. It has a decent breaking load and a wide range of diameters: from 0.053 to 0.25 mm. As for the length of the leash, then there is no definite advice. Under different conditions and factors (fish species, course, bottom topography, soil density, fish activity), the corresponding leash length is also used. But if you are just starting to engage in feeder fishing, then put a leash of 30-40 cm and do not bother.
So, for fishing in the early spring on the rivers we need a powerful and long feeder rod. The bait should consist of fractions of different sizes and have a certain viscosity. Adding to the bait of animal components improves nibble. It is better to choose a place from the side of a gentle shore, where the flow is less, the water is cleaner and warmed by the spring sun. When working at long distances, a braided cord is used. Have in your arsenal two spools with different diameters of braids to adjust to the strength of the current and the weight of the feeders.
author Timur Kolesov
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