Catching pike in relatively clean places does not require any special tricks. The chances are much greater if you first equip the girders taking into account the activity of the predator and the nature of its bite. When catching pikes from the ice, even experienced fishers are often harassed. This is explained by a number of reasons. And most importantly, success depends on whether you can be at the right time in the right place. And, of course, competent fishing tactics play an important role. For beginners, I would recommend that you not get stuck in the well-known pike snags and other "hot" places, especially in bodies of water that are under heavy fishing load. Already on the first ice of the local pike, they quickly “knock out” here, and you will wait in vain for a bite.
The exception is water bodies with a good oxygen regime (for example, the Volga reservoirs), where pikes travel throughout the ice season in search of prey and where there is no “holy place” – others will replace the caught specimens. When catching with lanterns, in particular, I noticed that most of the "punctures" are due to the passivity of the angler. What I mean? I explain. After you have drilled the holes, caught live bait and charged the girders, naturally, you get tired. But time goes on, and gear, set on a promising edge, “silent”. Do I have to be patient in such a situation and do nothing? Yes, it is necessary, but only if you are firmly convinced that you are catching a predator that is actively moving along the reservoir.
If there is no such certainty, experiment. Shift part of the vents to a depth and towards the shallows, vary the depth of descent, let the bait fish 30, 50, 100 cm from the bottom and even higher. If bites begin, it is worth concentrating gear in this place. Sometimes good results are obtained by replacing live bait, say, okushka with a brush or roach. At the same time, do not forget that in spring pikes, the abdominal cavity of which is clogged with genital products, should be offered narrow-bodied bait fish with a length of not more than 8 cm. Each pond has its own characteristics, depending on which fishing tactics are chosen. To succeed, it is important to keep in mind three main factors:
1. In the place of fishing there is a pike.
2. Predators are currently active in nutrition.
3. Tackle and fishing techniques are appropriate.
In practice, all this is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. In small enclosed bodies of water and small rivers, for example, there is no need to use an echo sounder. Here pike parkings and “trails” just need to know, because from year to year they are the same. In large bodies of water, searching is more difficult. The ability to navigate here is achieved by great fishing practice. At first, fishing guides and guides can help you in this matter, which, in relation to local conditions, provide information on the bottom topography, the presence of snags, bays, flooded old channels, etc. If there is no such information about the reservoir, you will have to somehow engage in your own research.
The search for promising places, especially in vast areas of water, is best done using an echo sounder and entering data on homemade maps. However, any more or less perfect echo sounder when detecting fish does not give a complete picture. For example, you have found a fish that is similar in size to a pike, but there is no guarantee that this is it. But here you will know the features of the bottom topography for sure, and this, in turn, will help you quickly navigate the search for pike sites. There is one more plus. Observing the movements of the symbols of directional fish on the echo sounder screen, you can find out to what extent the fish is currently active.
Or such a moment. You just saw a flag fly up. Pull yourself together, although this is not easy. A fisherman running on ice attracts a crowd and, in addition, a predator needs time to go some distance with the bait. So it’s better to approach the triggered lantern with the usual walking step. When approaching the hole, first of all pay attention to the reel to make sure the fishing line comes off or not. If not, pause for no more than five minutes. A pike can grab a live bait and immediately drop it, and return a few minutes later to swallow it.
Therefore, do not take out the snap too quickly to check if there is live bait. Remember that in winter, in cold water, pike swallows prey at a slower rate than in summer. If the fishing line remains motionless for more than five minutes, you should check the bait fish. If it is still relatively in order, immediately lower it back into the bottom layers. In this case, the wounded bait can be slightly moved to cause the predator to grip. If the bait fish is dead or torn off the hook, plant a fresh fish and deliver it to the predator as soon as possible. Perhaps the pike has not yet left this place. In such a situation, there are times when she grabs live bait already on the way to the bottom. Therefore, picking fishing line from the reel, you need to be on your guard. And in due time to hand over the necessary length of the fishing line, so that the pike that grabbed the bait does not abandon it, feeling unnatural resistance.
The main mistake of an inexperienced angler is the untimely hooking. Imagine this picture. On one of the zergelits the flag “lit up” … Took it! The first meters of fishing line swiftly roll off the reel. Take your time to hook! The pike grabbed the live bait across and, compressing it in the teeth, moves for some time by inertia. But the fishing line froze. This means that the predator has stopped. Now she will deploy the bait fish and begin to swallow it from the head. Let's wait a few more seconds … The fishing line slipped again under the ice. Pike went to shelter – it's time for a cut. Sometimes the hole is not far from the pike ambush. In this case, you should not wait for the predator to go after the first stop. After waiting 20-30 seconds, you must carefully select a free fishing line and, feeling a predator, make a sharp cut. In the dead of winter, the time between bite and hook should be increased.
In "strong" places
Pike can hardly be attributed to predators that hunt for theft. In most cases, she either quietly “sneaks up” to her victim a short distance for a lightning-fast throw, or waits for her in a shelter. Perhaps that is why pikes always gravitate to parts of the reservoir where there are snags or grassy thickets. In such "strong" places, predators, as a rule, are also more likely because they are less likely to fall into poaching networks and are destroyed by other unauthorized gear. The spotted predator can be caught both in the deaf and in the not very dense snag, choosing clean "spots" for the installation of zhergilniks, sometimes only 3-4 square meters in size. m. It is better to look for them with the help of an echo sounder. In this case, the method of planting live bait no more than 8 cm in size is designed for quick cutting and a metal leash is mandatory in equipment. Bait fish usually fits on two tees: one is put into the mouth, the other is caught on the back of the fish.
Pike fishing in “strong” places must be taken very seriously. Firstly, it should be remembered that by leaving charged girders for an hour or two, you lose both fish and tackle; Therefore, you need to constantly monitor the flags in order to timely respond to the bite. And secondly, it is necessary to limit the supply of freely flowing fishing line and make a cut after several revolutions of the reel. This is a rather difficult fishing, and usually I try not to put the necklaces directly in the dead snag, but place them around its perimeter or choose clean “spots” for installing the necklaces.
If the bottom in the place of fishing is completely covered with snags and algae with a total depth of 3-4 m, it makes sense to let bait fish in half water or even higher. And, accordingly, limiting the supply of fishing line on the reel, carefully monitor the flags. In this case, the live bait will not go into the “support” and you can count on the grasp of a predator. When catching pike, I do not advise chasing the number of “tails”. Destroy the spotted predator in the pond – and its biological balance will be disturbed. From this, I would like to warn those anglers who compete in greed with the object of fishing.
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