What I like to catch an asp, duck is for his powerful bites, for fierce resistance during the fighting. And if a boiler or an active flock is also found, then fishing will be successful.
But lately it has become more and more difficult to come across an active asp boiler, the places of its frequent exits have changed from last year, although there are still several sites. And since I catch mainly on weekends, when motor boats scurry back and forth, it becomes even more difficult to catch a fearful asp.
But there is one trick that I saw through just recently. Asp if you do not hunt at the surface, this does not mean that it is not active at half-water or at the bottom. So it is, a frightened fish just goes into the lower layers of the water and actively eats there. Many anglers miss this point and think that it is impossible to catch an asp when it is in the water floor and at the bottom.
This is how the asp looks on the screen of modern Garmin echo sounders.
Once, by chance, I caught a asp on a vib and did not attach any importance to it, but this year in the Astrakhan region at the PAL qualifying stage, it was vibes that became the main bait for catching bottom asp.
Places of fishing.
When I returned to Kama, I thoroughly studied the places where the asp was exiting, usually rifts, sharp edges, elevations or some other bottom anomalies, where the current accelerates, or vice versa forms large whirlpools.
And the asp is always somewhere nearby, during a lot of activity it pushes the fry to the surface, but in most of the time it stands in the floor of the water and eats there. Applying the little experience gained in Astrakhan, and adapted it a bit to our conditions, I began to catch asp.
The correct fishing method is to stand upstream 50 meters or more to the location of the asp. Casting is done downstream or at an angle, with the bait posting being reduced to upstream posting. After casting, you need to let the bait fall to the bottom or drown to the required level, and start making wiring. The wiring is mostly uniform or with pauses, but it should be noted that between pauses you need to make quite a lot of fast turns of the coil, from 5 to 25 or even more, depending on the mood of the fish and the depth of the pond. Sometimes during a pause it is worth making a sharp upward jerk with a spinning rod, it is at this moment that the asp can attack the bait, or vice versa, stop the bait for a long time and let the bait play freely under the force of the current.
Not the right method, this is when the strength of the current does not allow you to deepen the bait to the required depth, and you have to cast upstream. In this case, you should always try to keep the fishing line in a stretch by slowly reeling up the slack of the cord during pauses, as the bait is in the direction of the angler. With this technique, uniform wiring generally works or with small pauses. But such a wiring still gives a lot of idle hooks, because of the slack in the cord, it is not always possible to keep it taut during pauses, so I try to make upcasts as rarely as possible, I emphasize that this applies specifically to fishing on vibes and tail spinners.
Bait and gear.
Mostly for this kind of fishing I use vibes or rattins, which are rather heavy, weighing 24 or 28 grams, tail spinners and pilkers. All these lures work, but usually vibes show the best result. This year I mainly use Namazu vibes, which have proven to be excellent fishing trips in spring and summer.
I would recommend using an eight-core cord, with a diameter of # 1.0 or # 1.2, to ensure long-distance casting. Recently, I use the Intech Exseed cord, which allows you to throw the bait very far, and also holds the knot with fluorocarbon well.
I consider it necessary to use fluorocarbon in these situations, especially in clear water, the asp will be less frightened in my opinion, and the number of bites with fluorocarbon seemed to me much more. But some characteristics are required from spinning, which will provide long-range casting and a certain power when fishing fish. Spinning length is desirable less than 2.2 meters, preferably 2.4 or
2.7 meters. In this case, the spinning should be moderately stiff, and should not bend much when posting against the current. I use SLRods Sting with a test of up to 28 grams, although it is not very long-range, it fits perfectly for such fishing on rattles and vibes.
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