This year, perch is caught much less than in the past, which pleased fans of perch fishing with a stable nibble and large specimens. I came across specimens up to two kilograms in weight, and kilograms were caught regularly, almost on every fishing trip. This season, too, began quite cheerfully, but in January, perch began to prefer small baits, and then became more picky about wiring. This year I managed to find a cluster of perches in the area of the first Chandrovsky Islands. They are constantly kept here on the shallows bordering 6-9-meter depth. Only the density of perch schools changes.
By the end of January, perches almost stopped responding to sheer spinners. Now it’s easier to infuriate them with mormyshka. On some days, perches were taken exclusively for mormyshka with a bunch of bloodworms, motionless lying at the bottom, but they did not react to the game at all. Or they didn’t peck at all, and if they pecked, then only a very short period of time. But the perch under the holes, it was felt, was a lot. I quickly got tired of teasing a perch on a mormyshka – a very boring, soporific occupation. And I switched to catching with balancers, which before that, if I had, then very rarely. At first, perch took these baits with a bang and began to be caught very fervently. It seemed like a cool tool, but as it often happens, the stripes soon got fed up with this bait. They only hit slightly from below, tossing the balancer and with it a nod up. Such bites almost always end with nothing.
Empty bites were all the more annoying because on the balancer of the hooks there were as many as five pieces – front, back and tee in the middle. And how can you peck to stay unpunished ?! The number of empty hooks was reduced by making a suspension of red insulating wire on the forend of the tee. Experiments with additional baits to the balancer also yielded results. The fish reacted especially well to a hook with a bloodworm tied to the rear hook of the balancer. Flies tied above the balancer also caught well. And much better than if the main bait was a sheer spinner. Fly bites paired with the balancer often occurred at the very end of the swing or in the first second or two after the balancer returned to the hole.
The most interesting balancer fishing happened on February 2. I went to my place, where I caught many times. The perch, accustomed to my balancers, reacted listlessly. I tried to fly with a fly, I caught a few tails of 100-200 grams and began to experiment with wiring. The bottom tapping worked: in a row I pulled 300 grams from the heels of perch. But I even got a better result when I started making the wiring, in which the balancer, returning to the hole, slightly struck the bottom. Perch attacked immediately after the “teal”. So I caught a dozen perches from 100 to 400 grams. A little bit elsewhere, after a few days, I managed to get about 800 grams of weight per teal perch, and this year they came across infrequently.
When fishing on sheer spinners, the length of the pause greatly affects the nibble. Experiments with balancers led to very mixed conclusions on this subject. If the perch does not like long pauses when fishing on sheer spinners, it usually takes two to four seconds, then a lot of bites happened to the balancer even after a 6-7 second pause, and this, one must think, is not the limit. This is probably due to the fact that the balancer after a stroke moves longer than a sheer spinner.
Gathering balancers, I mainly bought 2-2.5 cm long baits, however there were no more bites on them than about 5 cm long baits. Moreover, large perch reacted worse to smaller balancers than to larger ones. So, three dozen perches weighing from 50 to 200 g were caught on a 2-cm balancer, and four dozen from 100 to 800 on a 5-cm balancer. It turns out that a larger bait cut off the trifle, but the bites did not become smaller. In addition, a few gadgets fell on the large balancers, and the balancer-baby could only boast of catching a round goby. Oddly enough, but the color and the manufacturer did not affect the bite in any way, at least not yet. However, the experiments did not end there.
author Sergey SEMENOV