Pike perch

The pike perch, especially the large one, in the Moscow region is undoubtedly the most desirable prey. Nevertheless, it turns out to be much rarer in catches than other predators. Few of the lurers can boast that they purposefully catch pike perch on “pieces of iron”. With zerlitsa things are a little better, but only if the tackle is properly equipped, and the hook is not a traditional crucian carp, but a bleak or gudgeon. In a word, catching pike perch with girders is troublesome, but with a spoon, it is ineffective. However, a long time ago, fishermen invented a very simple tackle that combines the mobility of a spoon with the attractiveness of live bait. It has survived practically unchanged under the name tyukalki or squealer.


A snitch is a very large jig, which is profitable with freshly killed fry. In shape, such a jig usually resembles a “Uralka”. As a rule, the fry are simply hooked, but some variants of the bite hooks, used with a careful bite, have another additional small threesome. A fishing rod is an ordinary gossip spoon, which differs, perhaps, only by a harder whip and the obligatory presence of a nod. The line should be used quite thick, with a diameter of 0.25-0.30 mm, only monofilament. This choice is mainly determined by the conditions of fishing: it is often carried out among snags, so hooks do happen. It is not worth using braided cords, for all their attractiveness: in the cold they quickly freeze and the tackle loses its sensitivity. You shouldn’t try to treat the braid with any sprays or oils, as is often done in winter spinning, since they all have a strong odor. The smell will concentrate under the hole and drive the pike-perch away from it.

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One more nuance. Although pike bites occur quite regularly when fishing with a bale, a metal leash is not needed. Pike perch has a very negative attitude to the leash. A special issue is the fry. As always when fishing for walleye, the choice of fry has to be treated with great care. Bleak, minnow 6-7 cm in size will do, but it is undesirable to use a roach. The reason is that the pike, as I have been convinced more than once, has a special love for it, which in our case is not at all pleasing. Malek must be fresh. Pike perch is a very capricious fish: it can still take on a fry that has recently fallen asleep, but I have not had a single case when he pecked on ice cream.


Baiting is generally very similar to trolling, but the game should be softer. The bait with fry gradually sinks to the bottom, then light tapping on the bottom begins with small rises and pauses of 3-4 seconds. Raised – banged – stopped, raised – banged – stopped. An imitation of a fish swarming at the bottom is created. Due to the movement and smell of the bait, the bait attracts pike perch. Bites are very different. The pike perch can crush the bait, it can grab it on the move, but more often it pulls the fry and often pulls it off the hook. For this reason, a decent supply of live bait is needed. I usually take 20 pieces per day of fishing.

The advantage of the bale is that it can bite even a passive predator. This makes certain adjustments to the tactics of fishing. If you work out a point quickly enough with a spoon or balancer -10-15, a maximum of 20 strokes and, in the absence of bites, go to the next hole, then you should not rush here. In an attractive place on the hole for a predator, you can stay for 10 minutes. It happens that there is no bite, but you feel the touch of the bait, the clamps – it means that there is a fish, it tries on, but for some reason does not risk daring to grip. In this case, you can slightly change the game – increase the pace or, conversely, increase the pause time to 10-15 seconds. After any bite, albeit an empty one, the fish must be replaced, but when searching, if there are no grips, one intact fry can be used within half an hour.

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The search for zander begins with a series of holes of 5-7 pieces. It is necessary to find gentle dumps, pits, very desirable – driftwood. If there was a bite of pike perch, and even more so if it was caught, it is advisable to drill the next hole nearby, 1.52 meters away, and, if possible, without much noise. Pike perch often keep in small groups, and after catching one of the comrades, the rest, as it were, move aside. Therefore, be sure to check the adjacent hole. It must be remembered that the pike perch is very afraid of extraneous sounds, and if you make 3-4 holes in a row nearby, it will move away. There can be no question of pumping the holes. Accordingly, if, having seen the caught pike perch, other fishermen who want to share the success come up to you, then you can forget about catching pike perch: he will not be in this place for at least several hours.

The advantage of the snitch is that it can be caught literally between snags. Unlike a spinner and even more so a balancer, it practically does not give lateral deflection when playing. Of course, when fishing in a snag, a predator always has a chance to get the bait behind the snag and confuse the line, but the likelihood of a bite is also much higher here. In any case, it is highly desirable to have a cutaway with you. Pike perch go out for feeding mainly in the morning and evening twilight. In cloudy weather, biting with varying intensity can continue throughout the day. I would like to emphasize that it is precisely when fishing for zander that one should not rush to the shore after it has started to get dark. If possible, it is worth stopping and fishing for at least an hour and a half in the dark. Very often, it is at this time that the peak of zander activity falls.

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author Sergey SHOKALO