This tackle – a kind of hybrid of a fishing rod and a donka – in some cases is the most effective when fishing non-predatory fish. As a matter of fact, in my youth, every spring, I most of all caught the Siberian dace exactly with a half-wattle. However, on European ponds she helped me more than once in the most “disastrous” situations. Half-fishing is an irreplaceable thing, especially when fishing on the course, especially in the spring, when the pre-spawning movement of the fish begins. The fact is that the same roach, weakened during the winter, does not differ at this time by special agility and rarely reacts to a fast-moving nozzle. After opening the rivers, it will take some time until the fish that came here from large reservoirs take their usual form.
I remember how on the river Ild (Rybinsk Reservoir) I got on a very "finicky" bite of a rather large roach and ide, weighing up to half a kilogram. It was in mid-April. Lumps of ice still lay on the banks of the river, in places it still remained on the bays, but the water was relatively clear, and the fish from the reservoir went up the river to “breathe oxygen”, and it seemed to be less interested in food. Be that as it may, catching the wiring, I drew attention to the fact that only about two out of ten bites fell on the wiring itself, when the nozzle carried a fairly fast current. Mostly, the fish were seduced by bait (bloodworms, worms) during at least a second hold in the middle or at the end of the swim.
Naturally, I wanted to change the way of fishing. And just a few minutes later my float “six-meter” turned into a half-bout. I stick two coasters into the bottom, cast and cast a fishing rod on them. Now at the bottom lies an eight-gram sliding sinker, a nozzle 20 cm from it, and a float fixed about 60 cm from the top of the rod – on the alert. A few minutes pass, and he shows a weak pull. I hook – there is! Roach grams per three hundred. Catching became more convenient, and the fish went bigger …
If you are going to catch half-bait in spring on small rivers, you will need a fishing rod 3-4 m long. It can be either fly-type, or equipped with through-rings and a light reel. In other conditions, a longer rod, 6-7 m, is required. For example, on vast river reaches, reservoirs or lakes. It is not worthwhile to get involved in fishing lines thicker than the 0.14th, because in the first "echelons" before spawning, upstream small rivers, especially small ones, rise mainly in small fish. The main requirement for a leash – it should be no more than 20 cm long and made of soft fishing line. In turbid water, its color does not play any role.
It is better not to use lightweight foam floats, since the current will pull the fishing line almost in a straight line. Usually I put a float either weighted with lead or plastic spindle-shaped, which holds an angle of 60-70 degrees well and shows even the slightest pull when biting. It also happens that a fish, having taken a nozzle in its mouth and moving upstream, detaches the sinker from the bottom, and then the float reacts by sagging. In this case, an immediate cut should also follow.
As an advantage of the half-fishing line over the fishing rod, I would also note the fact that the fisherman is less likely to wave the rod and whip the surface of the reservoir with equipment. With sufficiently clear water and a small fishing depth, I think this is very significant. Attachments when fishing with a half-bait can be used both firmly and weakly holding on the hook. As for bait, in my opinion, it is more appropriate in the summer than in the early spring, when the fish almost non-stop goes up the river stream.
Bottom spinning gear
The simplest donks mentioned above give the fisherman a lot of trouble, especially when casting and reloading, since a short fishing rod is not involved in these processes. It does not play any role in the fishing of fish. The advent of spinning rods radically changed the situation. Currently, most donors are adopting spinning. Both one-handed and two-handed rods are used. Of course, for bottom fishing, two-handed ones are preferable, allowing for more distant casting, since often the fishing point is significantly removed from the coast. For example, when the channel part of the reservoir is separated from you by a wide strip of shallow water.
When choosing a fishing rod, you should first of all take into account the fishing conditions and the size of the intended fish that you are going to hunt. In strong currents, let's say, you need a fairly stiff rod with a weight test that allows you to throw a rather heavy sinker or feeder. When fishing in quiet water you can get by with a softer stick. Most modern submariners use fiberglass or carbon composite rods, equipping them with inertial or inertialess reels. A spinning rod allows you to use thinner fishing lines than in the equipment of primitive donks. Otherwise, the spinning bottom gear is equipped in the same way as a regular bottom gear. The only difference is that the bite indicator is mounted so that it does not interfere with the fishing of the fish after hooking.
However, carp rods intended for fishing with conventional or electronic bite alarms should be highlighted; powerful fishing rods of the “surfcast” type for sea fishing from the shore, as well as special rods for hunting zander, pike and other fish. As a rule, they require the use of stronger and more powerful reels, including multipliers, especially for sea fishing.
author: Kazantsev V.
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