Sheer shimmering is always an active search for pike, which requires drilling many holes. Therefore, with an increase in the thickness of the ice, fishing becomes more difficult, and many anglers go to the girders. It is better not to get carried away by a large number of zerglov. The less gear, the more actively the angler participates in the fishing process, having the opportunity to show all his knowledge, skill, and mastery. In December, the day is short, and the pike has a lot to do: catch live bait fish, find a brow using a depth gauge, drill holes, and install girders. All this must be done quickly. Therefore, gear and ice drills must meet such requirements: mobility, speed of assembly and disassembly, ease of use.
Equipment for winter vents
Ice fishing for girly beetles has its own practice-proven approaches, secrets and nuances. This popular tackle can be called amateur, semi-sports, and even poaching – depending on whose hands it is in. In the Moscow Region, for example, a fisherman is allowed to put on ice no more than five girders. However, in practice it’s not uncommon – 20-30 zergirlits per person, especially on the last ice, in March-April, when the holes do not freeze and the predatory fish activates. Fishing for girly can be very interesting and exciting. But if the fishing greed does not allow you to stop in time, if, when you go out onto the ice, you don’t know what to do, then my advice is not for you. This time, however, it will be about getting the desired result with less gear. And most importantly – do not injure or destroy in vain a fish that gets stuck in snags or leaves with a deeply swallowed tee. In this regard, I recall a memorable incident.
… A thick dense fog hung over the Rybinsk Reservoir. Ivan Ivanovich, my new fishing buddy, either disappeared into it, then reappeared to the left and to the right of the path, barely visible on the ice, along which we walked to the catchy holes left yesterday. Since the evening, he put a few zergilniks on the pike and now he couldn’t find them in the fog.
– Found! Come here! he finally called.
“Burned” two flags. One zergil had an empty bite. Ivan Ivanovich went to the other, took up the fishing line and, with quick grasping movements, began to choose it. Then he sharply hooked. "There is!" I heard. The lucky hands flashed faster, a pike head appeared in the hole. But then there was a barely audible click, and … with an extremely bewildered face, my friend straightened up to his full height, holding a tattered fishing line in his hands. The pike is gone, and the angler's mood has deteriorated for a long time. This incident once again confirmed how easily a predator can get rid of imperfect gear, and even with inept survival. Other cases are also known – when experienced anglers successfully hatched a kilogram predator on a fishing line with a diameter of 0.15 mm.
In general, when fishing for pike from under the ice, miracles are not particularly worth counting. There are quite definite laws of her behavior, there are modern, carefully worked out fishing methods, the knowledge of which not only facilitates the task of the fisherman, but also gives him many happy minutes. By winter, pikes do not gather in large flocks. Each of them has its own territory for hunting, which is zealously guarded. Toothy hermitage can apparently be explained by its aggressiveness, as well as the fact that a large predator is not averse to dine at a smaller one on occasion. And yet, since the number of ambushes is noticeably reduced in winter, clusters of pikes can be found in the piles in depth, along underwater brows. But even in these situations, the fish keep a respectful distance from each other.
Pike with the onset of cold weather does not fall into suspended animation, like crucian carp or tench, and continues to feed. Therefore, even in the deadliest season, she can grab a victim who has inadvertently approached the place of her winter camp. Another thing is that pike activity is reduced. This is clearly seen by the nature of the bites. There are times when the pike do not eat at all. The body of a predator accidentally caught at this time is covered with many small leeches. In early spring, shortly before the opening of ponds, pikes emerge from the depths and head to the edges of the ice, scouring, the mouths of rivers and streams, eagerly throwing a trifle on the fish. The first spring zhor of this predator begins.
In summer, the pike lives, as a rule, at depths and in search of prey goes to reeds, snag, reefs and other shelters. In winter, she is forced to repeatedly change her location, which is especially pronounced in large artificial reservoirs – reservoirs. Thus, it is important for a novice fisherman to understand that when fishing from ice, pike are not searched for anywhere and anytime. You need to know the estimated periods of biting, and places where a meeting with a spotted predator is probably possible.