Spring fishing for roach on the “cable”

In some reservoirs in early spring, before spawning, large roach can be caught exclusively with this bait. In fishing literature, it is sometimes mentioned, but somehow casually, in passing, under the trite name “cambric”. Professionals of this fishing call it more respectfully – “cable”. A piece of insulation from a light-green telephone wire in spring works wonders: if a “roach” pecks on a bloodworm, maggot and even a python from the palm of your hand, then a large roach sits on the “cable”. As is the case with many other artificial lures, one can discuss who or what the fish resembles a “cable”, but that is not the point, the main thing is that the fish is caught on it!

I will make a reservation right away that this bait does not work in all water bodies. Moreover, the period of its effective action is very short – about a week before the roach spawn. The very fact that an extremely active fish holds the “cable” in its mouth for a split second longer than at other times of the year allows not only to fix the bite, but also to make a successful hooking.

For successful fishing with a “cable”, it is necessary that there must be a current in the reservoir, even if it is very weak. The best places for fishing are the channels between the river and the bay, where roach rush to spawn. Tiny bays with a “return” on the river itself bring good results. In any case, the “cable” should drift slowly, reminding the fish of some kind of exquisite natural food. Ideally, the bait is moving along a corridor between last year’s aquatic vegetation. This fishing is stationary. The main thing is to find a place of concentration of roach or its path to spawning grounds. The rest, as they say, is a matter of technology.

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What is a cable bait? You need to get a piece of telephone cable (usually white), inside of which there are ten copper veins covered with multi-colored sheaths. Choose a green shell and cut a piece 5-7 mm long from it, depending on the size of the hook. The hook should not be larger than No. 16 (according to the international classification), the optimal size, in my opinion, is No. 18, always with a spatula and preferably with a round pry. The thinner the hook wire, the better. In any case, it should not be thicker than a copper vein. So try to get hooks that fall into the “match” category. String a piece of the shell (cambric) on the fishing line, tie a hook and slide the cambric to the middle of the underdog.

A beginner may have difficulties here, mainly related to the thickness of the line used. Although the intended prey is both large and strong, discard the thick lines immediately. Today, you can easily get a line with a diameter of 0.1 mm, which reliably holds a load of at least 1 kg. But that’s not the point. The main thing is that you can reliably tie a tiny hook only to a thin fishing line, and then pull a thin cambric onto the knot. And, importantly, on a thin line the bait will drift much more naturally and, therefore, more seductive for fish. The main load when fishing for large roach is taken by the rod and the reel.

There are rare cases when a roach grabs a “cable” almost at the feet of an angler or at a distance of no more than 10 meters from him. With such “luck” you can get by with a fly rod. It makes it easier to control the rig and very effective hooks. But when playing strong spring roach, problems can arise, so it is highly advisable to equip the fishing rod with a rubber shock absorber. And since the largest roach still more often takes the lure at a considerable distance from the angler – up to 20 or even more meters, then “running” tackle is usually used for fishing with a “cable” – a fishing rod with rings and a reel.

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Since during the entire fishing the rod is not let out of the hands and the rig is constantly manipulated, special requirements are imposed on it. It should be long – at least 3 meters – and light. The faster after an idle run of the rig you pull it towards you, the more effective the catch will be. Therefore, the reel must be inertialess and fast. In general, we need a good “match” tackle for our purposes. Better can only be “Bologna”, but you will hardly find a good, suitable Browning Revolver type wire coil for our purposes. And with a bad reel, fishing will turn into sheer torment, because the “cable” is the ultimate “aerobatics” of fishing with a line. The carrying capacity of the float and, accordingly, the mass of the entire rig depends on the specific conditions of fishing, but it is better if it does not exceed 2 grams. Since the depth in the optimal place rarely exceeds 1.5 m, and most often the amount of descent will be less than one meter, it is better to put the float stationary, with one lower attachment point. Its loading is standard: a few pellets so that only the tip – 5 mm – of the antenna sticks out of the water.

The technique of fishing with a “cable” is as follows. You dip the rig into the stream directly under the rod’s tulip and let it drift unhindered until the fish grabs the bait or you lose sight of the float. The bait should swim 10-15 cm from the bottom, all kinds of “braking” are not only senseless, but even harmful. When biting, the float plunges sharply into the water, and an instant hook is needed here. If you have at least one meter of line drifting randomly along with the “cable”, the hook will be empty. Hence the difficulty of fishing: you have to constantly monitor the mileage of the rig and at the same time not exert any influence on it. In practice, in the case of a spinning coil, it looks like this. After casting the bait, you do not close the line of the line, but, on the contrary, with your left hand, set the line off.

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When biting, hook with a rod, at the same time with your left hand move the line down and to the side and close the bow with the same hand. If you have a good, balanced “match” tackle in your hands, then all this is done as if by itself. If the tackle is bad, there will be problems. There will be almost no problems with good wiring, “English” tackle. The only problem is how much it costs and where to get it. Nevertheless, it is relatively successful to fish with the “cable” and the simplest and cheapest tackle. The main thing is to find out if the roach in your area is indifferent to a tiny piece of green insulation from a telephone wire.

Alexander Senchenko