Going for a pike to the rivers, spinning people tend to look for it in the bays, near the coastal grass, or, when possible, on the coastal brow. However, on some rivers, in particular on the Oka River, there are areas where large pike can be caught right in the middle of the river, and almost all day. These are buns – rocky embankments up to several meters high, located across the channel. When I have a desire to engage in targeted fishing for pike, then I go for her to the Oka, to the buns. It is on the buns, on a strong current, all summer and early autumn, when the weather is hot, the big pike is caught very well. It is hard to say what attracts her to these rocky areas that are not typical for pike. It seems like a place of pure luck, but zander here comes across only at dusk, and it is much smaller than pike.
Bunas are called half-dams, which are poured from gravel across the river to raise its level and protect the banks from erosion. Typically, such embankments stretch from the coast to the middle of the river, sometimes further. River buns are widespread in Europe, but in our country they are quite rare. However, on the Oka River in the Ryazan Region there are many rocky embankments that run across the channel and rise several meters above the bottom. They are obviously of artificial origin, as they most often have the correct rectilinear shape and consist of gravel, while the bed itself is sandy. Now it’s hard to say when they appeared, since most of the local residents don’t know anything about their origin: “Well, they were always there,” you can hear in response to the question of where these embankments came from on the river. Judging by some evidence, buns on the Oka were poured during the war or immediately before it. However, the date of their appearance does not matter much – the main thing is that fish for many generations mastered and lived them. They have one more important plus: it is impossible to catch nets on the buns, and poachers bypass such places.
Buna Bune strife
Buns on the Oka River are found starting from the Belomut dam and further downstream. They can be of very different lengths and widths: some stretch almost to the middle of the river, others only a few tens of meters, the width varies from 5-6 to 20-30 meters. The depth above the buns is small – 1.5–2, less often 3 meters. The current here is strong, and whirlpools usually form behind the buns, so that in some areas the water just boils. There can be several more or less similar buns on one section of the river, but not all of them are workers. For some reason, some do not hold fish at all. It’s not difficult to notice the boone from the boat, but in order to deal with the relief in a particular place, you have to use an echo sounder.
Although some buns start from the shore itself, it is still preferable to catch from a boat: from the shore it is difficult to ensure the correct angle of the bait. Posting has to be carried out for demolition, but in this case it is impossible to control the bait, and it quickly finds itself in snags. As a rule, branches carried by the river, driftwood and other wood debris accumulate directly behind the buna, and the pike is standing there, holding shallow water under the gun. However, even on buns extended over the total area, the pike retains its character as an ambassador and takes only on certain spots. Usually this is due to the presence at the bottom of some more designed shelters: snag, logs brought by the current, large stones. At one such point, more precisely, from one to two shelters can stand from two to five pikes. If you manage to catch them all, then you need to move to the next point: at the knocked out place, the pike will appear no earlier than a few days later.
In fishing on the buns it is quite possible to use both wobblers and jig – the question is what is not so pathetic to leave on the hook. Pike on wobblers is by no means worse than on a jig. Just when posting in whirlpools over snags, the bait too often falls into these snags, and it is far from always possible to extract it from there. Naturally, I prefer the jig: it gets into the hooks at least wobblers, but it costs much cheaper. Usual baits: vibro-tails, twisters, foam rubber. Medium size – small pike are not interested. Colors are orange, yellow, green, red-white. But most often the most effective is orange, it is possible with a black back. However, in each particular place the colors have to be selected every time again. So, on the last fishing, the pike took better on pure red, but in the same place it happened that only raspberry with sparkles worked.
Installation can be both on a cheburashka and on a jig-head, and the latter on buns gives hooks noticeably less than a cheburashka. Apparently a single hook significantly less clings between the stones. On average, the difference in depths in the buns from 1.5 to 4 meters, and happens to 6-8 meters. Such places can also be caught with a jig, but it is necessary to put heavier sinkers. The usual weight of the cargo is about 20 grams, but sometimes you have to use 30. Although fishing is mainly from the boat, it is advisable to use a fairly long, 3-3.2 meters, rod – it is easier for them to control the bait. The test should be up to 42-50 grams, and most importantly, the rod should have a good power reserve. The fact is that a pike is not enough just to successfully hook up – it must be forcedly removed from the snags.
Story medium-fast or fast. I prefer the first: such a rod both throws well and hooks securely, but the main thing is that it holds the fish and extinguishes its jerks. Pike actively resists and often goes off, so special attention should be paid to hooks. When fishing on rifts, I put the hooks on a number larger than usual -№№ 2 / 0-3 / 0, but the size of the tee 1/0 is small. Most often I use the American Eagle Claw with a long forearm. Owner might have done a better job with the pike, but given the number of hooks and cliffs, it is way too expensive.
Since the cord constantly rubs against stones, shells and other obstacles, it is necessary to use relatively large diameters with a breaking load of 15-20 lb. A metal leash about 20 cm long is required. The bites are often evil, the lead from the string after the fight is often twisted into a spiral. By the way, it is better to do leashes yourself: on the ready ones there are often weak fasteners and swivels, but in homemade ones you can do without them. The second guitar string is quite suitable for a leash. A twist on the sinker’s ear is made at one end, a loop with a twist at the other. I tie the cord to the eyelet with a double clinch. It turns out quite reliably and without unnecessary elements.
The boat must be placed above the buna, casting is performed downstream or at a slight angle so that the bait lies below the buna after casting. Step wiring. Energetic wiring works best for a pike in an ambush immediately behind a buna, but with a touch of the bottom it bites less often. One must very well imagine the underwater terrain at the fishing spot. Sometimes the bait has to be lifted with a jerk over the snag in order to avoid a hook, and immediately behind it, stop the winding, allowing the bait to fall to the bottom. After several bites occurred, albeit ineffective, the place should be allowed to rest. It makes sense to return to it no sooner than in an hour.
On a strong current in oxygen-rich water, pike can take all day, but also outlets. I usually outline a few points for myself and start to catch. After several bites on the first – whether it is implemented poorly or not, I move to the second, then to the third. Having checked everything, I return to the first. In order to go fishing in the buns, you have to travel relatively far from Moscow and also bring a boat with a motor with you, but it deserves it. There are at least two big pluses in boone fishing. The first – as a rule, your boat is the only one here, the second – the specimens are far from comic, from 4 to 10 kilograms. So the game is well worth the candle. And torn bait too.
author Oleg KAPITANOV