Progress is a useful thing: over the past decade, he changed the arsenal of the fisherman beyond recognition. This has affected fishing gear for ice fishing to a lesser extent, and there is really nothing to change in them because of the unpretentious nature of all components. This is not spinning! Although not everything is so simple. The advent of braided cords revolutionized spinning fishing. "Braid" has replaced the monophile unconditionally and forever, becoming the same indispensable and familiar attribute as a silicone twister. In ice fishing, for most anglers, the cord remains exotic. No, many, of course, bought it and wound it on one or two of their fishing rods – just in case. They tried, did not understand and continue to use the good old monophile.
Let's talk about ice fishing for pike perch on spinners. Traditionally, for many decades a monophile has been used for this. It is not expensive, almost does not freeze, is elastic and perfectly dampens jerks of large fish. The lack of sensitivity of such gear more than makes up for a sensitive nod. What’s more? We turn first to the story. In the late nineties, in the wake of the general craze for cords in spinning, many, including myself, wound the "thread" on the coils of winter fishing rods. The cord, and most often it was leftovers after the summer season, was the usual spinning rod. The first attempts to use it in ice fishing frankly disappointed. The summer thread absorbed water, it then froze between the fibers, and the strength of such a cord did not hold water. He was torn in arbitrary places under loads far from the limit.
Experiments with impregnation of cords began. Silicone spray, WD-40, liquid wax, paraffin oil – everything went into action, but did not solve the main problem. The behavior of the frozen cord remained unpredictable. The absence of a flexible elastic blank and a custom clutch doomed the inextensible summer cord. A couple of years later, special winter cords appeared on sale that removed the main problems, and the thread took its place on the reels of zander rods. Problems with the absorption of water by the cord and loss of strength arise even now, but they are associated only with counterfeit products – ordinary cord sold under the guise of winter.
Do you need a braided cord in winter in general? Answering this question, it is necessary to proceed from the fishing conditions that determine the requirements for gear. So, catching zander. Conditions: a reservoir, sometimes a decent course, solid depths, rarely less than 10 m. In a catch, there may be specimens of decent weight. Monofilament fishing line with a diameter of 0.28-0.3 mm is traditionally used. You can take a thinner one, but it mercilessly gets confused, and to raise a bonus copy of pike perch with it on the ice is a pure lottery. When used in fishing heavy mormyshek or Mormobles, the monofil perfectly copes with its task. Heavy bottom baits do not require any frills in the animation, and zander always beats in a hook with a nozzle and, as a rule, is clearly detected.
When fishing for spinners at depths and currents, the monophile sails very much. It is necessary to increase the weight of the spinners, which always negatively affects both the game and the sensitivity of the gear. The advantage of the cord in this situation is obvious: greater strength with a smaller diameter and zero elongation. The first property allows you to get away from the spinners of greater weight, especially during the course. The entire arsenal fits into the range of 7-14 g. You can significantly diversify the techniques of animation and use lightweight spinners. The second quality – the inextensibility of the cord – can dramatically increase the overall sensitivity of the gear and track the slightest nuances of the game spinners. Yes, and the emotionality of fishing is increasing: most bites of pikeperch are given a sharp sonorous blow to the hand.
The most important advantage of a braided cord is the ability to guaranteedly break through the mouth and detect trophy pike perch. The strength of his jaws is such that, if you do not pull the bait in the mouth at the time of bite, the hook simply cannot catch. Therefore, all the elements of a winter pike perch need a sufficient power reserve. By the way, elegant Finnish fishing rods with a powerful bite of pike perch often fly into several parts. When using an elastic monofilament, a fisherman will sometimes raise a “hooked” pikeperch by a couple of meters, and then it will open its mouth and go off.
But the cords also have flaws. Many quite experienced fishermen could not adapt to them, returned to the good old fishing line, and the craze for cords began to decline. The main disadvantage is the softness of the thread. She gets confused by an order of magnitude stronger, so in the absence of the proper skill, fishing turns into torment: it is unrealistic to untangle a decent beard on ice, you have to cut and bandage the tackle. In a good minus, everything is fine: the thread selected on the ice instantly freezes, becomes like a thin wire and practically does not get confused. But at temperatures close to zero, this does not happen and you have to carefully monitor the laying of the cord on ice, do it leisurely, calmly and accurately. The main mistake of the angler, who first decided to use the cord, is the habit of catching while sitting.
Landing on crates and fishing stools is too low. From this situation, it is very difficult to accurately lay out 10-15 meters of cord on ice, and sooner or later it will get confused with all the ensuing consequences. When fishing while standing or from a knee, the task of laying out the cord is solved by itself: the thread is carefully dropped downwind and has time to freeze. Professionals choose a thread with a short “mill”, winding on the mitten of the left hand and “hooking” the fishing rod. Caught the pike perch is pressed with the foot to the edge of the hole, the gloves and the fishing rod with the wound thread are carefully placed on the ice and the hands are released to remove the pike perch from the spinner. Then the mittens are put on the hands, and the cord from them is unwound as the lure dives. Believe me, this is completely uncomplicated and requires a minimal habit. Fishing is carried out while the fishing rod is directed to the ice almost vertically, so the bite is always transmitted to the hand.
Sweeping is done with a short and powerful shoulder movement up, not with a brush. This allows you to confidently punch the mouth of a pike perch of any size, and, most importantly, such a movement is almost imperceptible from the side. Another drawback of the thread is that it requires clear, precise movements during the animation, while the stretch line conceals many of the flaws of the inept angler. Using a cord, it must be remembered that it conveys the slightest nuances of hand movement. To effectively use the cord on winter fishing, remember:
– The cord does not like excess knots. Binding above the leash of the leash with a petal or light mormyshka is guaranteed to weaken the tackle by 30-40%.
– Nod required. The simplest and most practical is a fairly long silicone tube of bright colors. The nod should have an adjustable length. It is needed not so much to register bites, but to mitigate the game of spinners on an inextensible thread and to track its behavior on a reset.
– It is better not to catch both the cord and the monophile. Animation, hooking and fighting on them are completely different, you will have to constantly change and rebuild the habits worked out before the reflex. It will not lead to anything good.
– Do not get involved in cords of small diameters. Optimum – 0.15-0.17 mm. A thinner thread gets tangled up stronger and cuts hands significantly when fishing fish from two kilograms.
– To prevent freezing of the cord, it must be periodically processed. Best liquid petrolatum oil sold in the pharmacy. One treatment is enough fishing for five. Silicone spray and special formulations are much more expensive, but are quickly washed off the cord.
– You need to reel the entire unwinding of the cord, usually 45 or 70 m. This amount is guaranteed to be enough for the intensive fishing season. The winter thread, like the summer one, is a consumable item, it constantly has to be cut, shortened. Many, trying to save money, divide the unwinding into two fishing rods, but as a result, the threads may not be enough at the most crucial moment.
Which brand cord to give preference? Well-established PowerPro Ice and FireLine Ice. These cords are stably reliable. “Fire” is less confused, a little tougher, practically does not freeze, but it is sold in a smaller unwind and is less durable: by the end of the season, the sections of the thread in contact with the hole begin to fridge and freeze strongly.
author Igor GOLISHCHENKO