During the first November cooling, especially if they are accompanied by cold rains and snowfalls, a period of sharp decline in the food activity of peaceful fish begins in our Asian waters. Carp floats away in the pits and cease feeding, crucian carriages depart from the shore, omnipresent roach and rudd disappear. Reservoirs seem to die out, although more recently in the shallows a trifle was constantly splashing, and in the evening, shepherds and sudach schools flooded after her, causing a stir among the young fish. Even the return of heat that we often have does not improve the bite: the fish switches to the winter mode and almost does not react to baits. The only exception is the asp, which, in search of a fry, is suitable during the midday warming up of water to flooded grassy shallows.
Many fishermen, usually practicing catching peaceful fish in flat reservoirs, move to catching marinka in late autumn. In our ice-free reservoirs you can catch it all year round. However, the food activity of the marinka, and its preferences for baits, strongly depend on the season, and in some periods – on the time of day. So, in winter, the activity of the marinka is minimal, and you can hope for a bite only in the afternoon, or even towards evening. In the spring, during the recession of flooding, warming and enlightenment of water, there comes a short period of real zhora, when marinka pecks for almost a whole day, and even the simplest worm can be caught quite a trophy specimen. However, in just a couple of weeks, when the water warms up and becomes transparent, only a fry will look at the worm. In the heat, this fish is not bad caught on various vegetable nozzles – greens, bread crusts, soft sweet fruits of mulberry, and they bite on the evening dawns or even at night.
In the autumn, with the first cold snaps, the activity of the marinka increases markedly. It feeds heavily, which means it is caught both day and night, and prefers attachments of animal origin, which it bites well until winter itself. In the first place for ease of use and catchability – maggots. Our fishermen grow moldy worm themselves, and the climate in our area makes it possible to get the larvae up to mid-November. Autumn maggots are quite small, and they are placed on a hook in several pieces. Catch in the wiring with a long cast and release the nozzle downstream within sight of the float. The best fishing for maggots is on the stretches of large mountain rivers like the Chatkal and the middle Chirchik, as well as in all urban canals.
The trouble-free autumn and pre-winter nozzle is a black cricket, which is easiest to find on the harvested, but not tilled fields, especially on those where the onions grew. For a city fisherman, mining a cricket is troublesome, requiring time consuming, and rural fishermen can procure them in between cases. In decent-sized cells covered with a fine mesh, up to a hundred of these brisk insects live for a fortnight or more. Another good bait for catching marinka is dropsy: small larvae living under pebbles in the shallow areas of mountain rivers. Crickets and watercrines can sometimes be bought on the bazars of foothill villages located along the route of urban fishermen heading for marinas to mountain reservoirs. True, the price of these bait here is far from democratic, calculated on the "jeep" anglers. In late autumn, if the weather is warm and even, the marinka is not very active, but it stabs steadily throughout the daylight hours. And so on, until a cold wind blows from the mountains, it rains, turning into heavy snowfalls – then the fish seem to dissolve in water. Period besklevya lasts until a long warming comes.
marinka is one of the few fish we have, where heat return invariably causes an improvement in appetite. The fish leaves shelters in water thickets and under deeply flooded boulders, where it waited through bad weather, and begins to feed intensively. To catch and catch, but after a cold snap there are problems with the bait. Flies completely disappear, and thus maggots, crickets disappear. The dropsy remains, but not every enthusiast will have enough patience to poke around in icy water for hours, going over large pebbles in search of these small grayish-green larvae. However, if you are fishing in a mountain river, then there is simply no other way out – the winter marinka practically does not react to other baits. However, experienced anglers who prefer to catch marinka in lowland rivers and city canals usually come with a catch in winter. After all, the “civilized” marinka is much less discriminating than its mountain relatives, and is ready to taste everything that even remotely resembles something edible.
Having become accustomed to standing on a strong current, the fish must be very agile in order not to miss the fast-moving “food”, therefore it sometimes swallows inedible objects. On one small but fast irrigation ditch, which feeds the Angren river, I saw how they catch marinka in the wiring on the cambric – pieces of multi-colored insulation from the telephone wire. The tackle was the simplest: a 10-meter piece of fishing line, on the end of which two leashes with small hooks decorated with white and red cambrets were mounted. The tackle was released downstream with periodic, rather sharp jerks, during which bites happened. When I asked why the angler was standing on such a strong current, he replied that he did not bite in a quiet place.
Winter marinka is not necessary to seduce with plastic: there are more attractive tips. One of the best in terms of usability and performance in catching is dried mulberry tree. It is possible to dry it yourself: any dried fruits are sold in abundance at local bazaars and are relatively inexpensive. You need to choose a light mulberry with a lilac-brown tint. This color is a sign that the mulberry has dried in a mature form when the fruits are the sweetest. Soaked in warm water for a couple of hours before catching the fruits swell and become almost the original softness.
Catch on soaked mulberry in the wiring with the farthest release of the float. For fishing from the shore a rather long, not less than five-meter rod is suitable. This rod can be, without much waving, to deliver the nozzle into one of the longitudinal windows among the aquatic vegetation, where Marinka stands. The nozzle should go at the very bottom, sometimes touching it: the winter marinka reluctantly rises not only to the surface, but even into the water column. The depth of the artificial channels is sometimes the same across their entire width, and in the fishing zone there can be several parallel windows suitable for posting the lure. In this case, the bait is better to throw in the window with the strongest course – there usually is the largest fish. When fishing near the shore, bites are more frequent, but the fish comes across smaller.
Green is also a catchy nozzle for winter fishing in urban canals. True, it is better to harvest it from the summer, when you can easily collect large bright green spikes of this plant and dry them in the shade. Later they become brown in color, grow coarse and become unsuitable for packing. Dry greens are kept for some time in a wet cloth, so that it restores the original softness and color. From a bunch of greens, pinch a strand up to 5 cm long, wrap the hook No. 5-7 (according to the national classification) with it and sometimes additionally tie it up with a green thread. Catch on the greens in the wiring. On relatively large rivers and canals, such as Chirchik and Bozsu, it is convenient to use running gear with loaded float for wire fishing, which allows you to make long-range and accurate casts.
If it was not possible to get mulberry and there are no stocks of dried greens, then behind the winter marinka you can go with small worms and a piece of butter cake – patyr. Of course, with such nozzles for a bountiful catch or catching a trophy specimen, there is no hope. But the bite of several golden-olive marinas, stubbornly resisting at the time of diving out, trying to return for their favorite pebble or to be hammered into an underwater bush, can cheer the angler's heart on one of the infrequent warm winter days.
author Ivan BEDRITSKY
. (tagsToTranslate) fishing site (t) fishing site (t) site for fishermen (t) fishing reports (t) fishing secrets (t) spinning (t) fishing (t) fishing (t) winter fishing (t) carp fishing (t) fishing articles (t) summer fishing (t) bait (t) bait