The last summer days Peter did not indulge in sunny weather, fanning the remnants of heat with showers and decent winds. Flocks of large birds, preparing for the long-haul flight, educate young people and delight tourists with their shaving flights. And the fishermen rejoice at the onset of the autumn bite, when the water begins to cool, the underwater vegetation dies, and the fish starts to fatten before the winter. My summer fishing season was not very active, but looking at photos of successful and not very successful fishing, I understand that from my arsenal of gear I used most often rods from MAXIMUS. And on trips, and in city fishing, and on a paid reservoir, Maximus everywhere accompanied me: fishing rods, feeders, spinning rods. In sports competitions, fishers use top models of spinning rods and rods, including Maximus. I participate in tournaments and festivals as an amateur fisherman and, showing interest in different types of fishing, I am quite satisfied with the performance and availability of my gear from Maximus. I think, like many other fishermen who opted for this brand.
The variety of available rods requires convenient means of transportation, various tubes that protect the spinning rods from breakage. For compact spinning rods, I purchased a short 70cm tube, which houses three travel spinning rods with different tests and now they are always with me, in the trunk of a car or in a suitcase on a long journey.
Last weekend, I decided to call on the famous Fish Ponds in St. Petersburg. Not in order to fill the refrigerator with fish, but to learn more from professional fishermen to understand the behavior of the trout, its preferences in spinners and check out new budget spinners and LUREMAX silicone, the Black Side Riot 2500 FDS small-bobbin reel with Benkei Trout PE # 0.2 cord and Maximus Streetracer hiking spinning rods.
For fishing on silicone, I equipped the rockfish Maximus Streetracer 21SUL with a test of 0.4-5g with a thin cord on the reel. This kit proved to be good on holidays in medium-sized Turkish trout and in local reservoirs for snacks and rattan. I wanted to check it by rainbow trout, as a rule in paid ponds they are quite large for 1-2 kg. The spinning three-participant, having a medium fast system, a small test on the bottoms and a glued top, confidently shoots a micro-jig head with fine silicone at a decent distance. The furthest away was the LureMax Esmeralda silicone bait, which caught trout, spring bream and sea coastal fish well in past UL fishing.
The Riot coil also worked well with a trout cord on a shallow spool. Despite the fairly budget prices for them, no slopping and banging on the reel or breaks in the cord.
For casting fishworms weighing up to 5g and wobblers, I took a fast Streetracer 19L test 3-12g with fishing line on the reel. I was hoping to quickly catch two or three trouts and then go to the pike pond and leave Luremax bigger silicone or surface wobblers there. To do this, I equipped the four-member Maximus Smuggler Travel with a 5-20g test with a Black Side Hammer 2500FD coil. By the way, the reel before that helped me to catch carp about 4 kg on a fishing rod. Now I try it on a spinning rod with a cord # 0.8.
During the fishing, I talked with a neighbor-athlete, a participant in the Trout Trophy tournament. Peering into his purse with baubles, I was pleased to find there new Luremax baits. I heard good reviews on them in Fish Ponds. As I understand it, having a weight of 4-5g, they shoot when the trout is pressed to the bottom and closer to the evening. There are favorites among them, these are some of the colors of EMBA and KONGA. Well, we’ll try. Moreover, I also had hopes for them.
On the night before the weekend there was a downpour with a strong westerly wind up to 17m / s. In a weekend weather forecast, light rain with gusts of wind could scare away some of the fishermen. By lunchtime, the weather had improved, and the systematic stocking of the pond set up for positive. Many complained about the bad bite of the capricious trout. Some left with empty cages. But this is fishing, we must try to find the key. I liked that many fishermen came in families, even with babies and prams. And although the teenagers behaved a little noisy, this did not interfere, because there was enough space for everyone. It’s great that young people join fishing, and do not wipe sofas while playing computer games.
The fish walked around the pond and periodically pleased either the shrimp floaters or the worm, or the fishermen with a silicone bombard. Even the bells of someone worked on the donka.
And spinningists had to sort out baits, micro-lures, silicone, wobblers. So many nuances: weight, shape, color, bait feed, posting horizon. And after biting, you still need to be able to get the fish into the landing net on a single beardless hook. This is where a suitable tackle is required, allowing you not to "drain" the fish. And the success of the survival depends on the coordinated work of the spinning and friction clutch reels.
At the tea party, it was interesting to listen to the dialogue between the fisherman with a powerful non-trout spinning rod and the athlete who was pleased to share his experience of trout fishing. The amateur was interested in what tackle an athlete catches, on which spinners. He really wanted to please the family resting next to catching fish for spinning. After all, his wife had already caught a trout on a fishing rod with shrimp. I liked the amateur advice: “if you don’t catch trout often, it’s better to rent a spinning rod, it will be cheaper.” And I think that it is possible for an amateur to put together a tackle that is suitable for delicate fishing, including trout. In support of this conclusion, I can say that after fishing, an amateur fisherman, without catching the coveted fish, considered my kit for a long time and asked where it could be bought and how much. Trout fishing started it. This is the benefit of such fishing, when you can ask neighbors. And they will not hide what they caught and where. Indeed, on the river, rarely will anyone give up a cool point or catchy bait. I myself will gladly listen to areal fishing professionals, look at the tackle and bait, and watch the wiring. And you can fit into some trout festival. All this will help improve fishing performance.
And the fishing industry will try to offer any kind of bait. Just recently I replenished my trout box with a pair of wobblers of the Australian brand HALCO SORCERER 35 FLT + STD. Such a small universal wobbler with a replaceable blade, which allows you to change the wiring depth from 0 to 1.4 m.
I liked the imposing game of the wobbler, especially hanging in the water column on a pause. And he throws himself well and accurately. The colors are generally cool. I think such soft pink and orange colors will appeal not only to the capricious rainbow trout, but also to other predators.
A day on fishing flew by unnoticed. I probably learned something, tried many diverse baits. There were a few pokes and a couple of gatherings. In general, the nibble on this pond was weak, the trout often swam past the conducted bait without paying attention. In polarizing glasses it was clearly visible how she even swam past the shrimp at the floaters without reacting.
I still caught my only rainbow trout at 1.6 kg on the PAL 2.5 g in yellow color. Spinning and friction reels worked well, helping me confidently “park” the fish in the net. Unfortunately, I could not save the catchy bait. On a gust of wind, a thin lace got tangled up, decided to bandage up and see a weak knot tied in a strong wind. At the next bite, the knot with florik was untied. Then he did not philosophize, he knitted the clasp directly on the cord.
On the whole, I’m satisfied with the gear I collected, I checked it on a decent fish. You can safely go with this kit to trout fishing without fear for reliability and convenience.
A separate respect to Fish Ponds for creating an interesting venue not only for athletes, but also for a wonderful family vacation for amateur fishers. And although I didn’t get to the pike this time, I’m generally happy with fishing and relaxation. A thick trout will complement our Sunday table. I wish all fishermen interesting fishing and no tail or scales!