Picker fishing

Picker fishingIn late autumn, with the onset of cold weather, many Moscow fishermen finish fishing in open water. The exception is spinning practitioners who practice fishing even in winter on non-freezing sections of rivers. At the same time, when snowflakes flicker in the air near Moscow, the most exciting fishing begins in the lower reaches of the Volga, including picnic. I started to play picker on the Lower Volga. That far morning, my friends on the UAZ rushed off to the steppe to look for fish villages. I remained in the role of the sentry in the camp. Quickly finishing business, he gathered a picker, grabbed a can of worms and went to the bank of the Kharabalyk river. The place where I was going to catch, in my opinion, was suitable.

From the edge of the water about twenty meters there was a sandbank, which ended with a pre-channel edge, to which I easily reached with my tackle. I don’t know, by chance or not, but that day I literally fell on a hurricane bite. The fish was different: bream, sopa, roach, rudd, roach. By dinner, I had to stop fishing, because the cage a half meter long was half full. I doubted that we could competently dispose of such a catch.

Not only during

In subsequent trips to the Lower Volga and its delta, I was one hundred percent convinced that when fishing for peaceful fish, the most effective tackle here is the picker. They can be caught both in the stream and in still water. Once, after a long search, we finally found a Eric, literally stuffed with a rather large buffalo. The bottom of the reservoir turned out to be muddy. In such a situation, a float rod was required, but I did not have it, and I decided to try to catch a picker. Having put a 10-gram sinker at the end of the main line and carried the leash 30 cm higher, I made a hook with a dung worm and cast it. Imagine my surprise when after a few minutes the first bite followed. And now the buffalo is already on the shore. Several hours of fishing on that Eric once again convinced me of the versatility of the picker.

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How to mount snap

The simplest equipment option with a sinker is the notorious paternoster. Translated into Russian, this word means "Our Father", that is, this bottom rigging is, as it were, the ancestor of all subsequent ones. In our country, however, protractors are sometimes called paternosters, and sometimes even rigs such as naval tyrants. In fact, a paternoster is a primitive tool in which a sinker is located at the end of the main fishing line, and 1-2 leashes are above it. At the same time, there were a lot of mounting options for the sinker. Most often, sliding sinkers are more preferable, since in this case, regardless of the direction of the fish after biting, it least feels resistance.

In accordance with the method of fastening, blind and sliding sinkers are used. The deaf are sometimes called fixed, but this is not entirely accurate, since the sliding sinker is also fixed with stoppers “from” and “to”, sometimes it walks on a loop with a length of only 30–40 cm. An anti-twist is necessary. At the same time, one must take into account the factor that the more elements such as swivels, snap hooks, fasteners, beads, especially large ones, the more carefully the fish will relate to the nozzle on the hook. Recently, I really like to catch light class pickers, designed for casting, weighing from 5 to 15 g. If there is garbage at the bottom or if the bait is above the bottom, I use a Tyrolean stick.

Better to catch with your hand

On a moderate course, I sometimes use wiring, as when catching a floating donkey. That is, I move the sinker along the bottom, pausing from time to time. So you can quickly find a feeding school of fish. If you are not sure that the bottom is clean, I recommend using a Tyrolean wand and fastening the leash 30-40 cm higher. Usually the rod is located on supports at an angle of 90 degrees to the water edge. You can catch with your hands. In this case, you will more accurately control the tension of the fishing line, respond promptly to bite, and do the hooking in a timely manner. In calm water there are the following difficulties.
1. In windy weather, a surface current arises that “blows” the line with an arc. Especially complicated is fishing in crosswinds. The way out is to constantly monitor the tension of the fishing line.
2. When fishing with equipment in which the sinker is attached at the end of the main line, and the leash is higher, it is difficult to recognize a bite when the fish, having taken the bait in the mouth, is sent towards the angler.
3. On a rocky bottom, a hook with a nozzle often gets stuck in crevices. To avoid this, I recommend using a ballerina instead of a sinker.

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author: Kazantsev V.
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