When I found out that the 2nd PAL tour was being transferred to Kama, on the one hand I was glad that I did not need to go anywhere, on the other hand I was very puzzled, yet my reservoir is quite heavy.
I don’t know where we made a mistake, I tried to analyze everything we did in training, but for some reason it seems to me that everything was done correctly.
We chose the tactics of research every day in a new area, each time rising higher and higher. By the end of training, we were supposed to be just near the start.
Of course, it was difficult to call a study, in general, I noticed that if you know that fish in this area is caught in a certain place, then you no longer pay attention to other places, or simply pass by, or do not even try to understand and calculate the fish, yes and the echo sounder usually also doesn’t show anything interesting there.
We had one site, with a good terrain, with fodder fish, but we could not catch there, although we specially spent time, just felt that there was fish there, but “didn’t catch” …, and it was there that subsequently one of prize-winners caught a pike.
In general, with a pike, we did not particularly reveal patterns. She pecked almost everywhere on the same day, and completely ignored the bait in the same place the next day.
In the parking lots, it was also interesting. Due to the fact that there is a rather strong current on the river, I had to look for areas where the current was more calm, creek, backwaters, so-called “tongues” near the shore or capes, beyond which the course became more calm, logs, driftwood. The main thing is that the depth is about 5-8 meters, not more.
Again, we tried not to shine in places where fish are guaranteed to bite, where we have working points. According to this situation there, we could only speculate whether the fish would peck on the tour there, is also unknown.
But besides this, of course, they found very interesting places.
For example, one day we caught a pike only after we saw it in the device. And it turned out to be very interesting, we are going from the coast towards the riverbed, we notice the arc on the sonar Garmin GpsMap xsv 7410 standing on the edge. We stop and try to catch, it’s definitely worth the pike, right here is almost certain that it is 100%. But there are no bites. Then we move, again there is the same arc, but now there is already a fry nearby. Just 2-3 casts and immediately followed by a bite. Then again a single arc on a sonar, and again there are no bites.
But you just need to find a cluster of fry and next to it to notice an arc on the echo sounder screen, it’s like a pike and it usually pecked right away. Perhaps this is a peculiarity of the place, since we caught on a small underwater cape, or a hungry active one always grazes near the fry, and a well-fed one just stands on the edge, but they took note of themselves that it can be closed quite quickly, although the pike was not very large .
Bonuses flew in periodically, but I couldn’t even identify patterns even with respect to baits. Since we caught pike on medium-sized 3-4-inch lures such as Intech Long Heel, and on 5-inch lures Intech Slim Shad and Bait Breath T.T. Shad.
Based on the available data, it seemed to me that everything was not complicated with a pike, and it seemed that it was approaching a small, but still stable.
For pike fishing I used a lighter tackle, a SLRods Lex 2 spinning rod with a dough of up to 56 grams and an Okuma Epixor 40 xt reel, as I caught mostly lighter weight weights.