Harnessing a winter lure

The success of spinners largely depends on the accumulated experience, knowledge of the characteristics of the behavior of predators. The methods of finding fish, the catching tackle, the way of managing it are all very individual, and experience is acquired gradually. Read the beginning of the article here.

When fishing for walleye

Pike perch will flash into a plumb line both in summer and in winter. In open water, they fish from a floating boat, less often from a dam, berths and bridges. The size and shape of the spoon are selected according to the fishing conditions. It is important to adapt to different depths and current strengths. A set of spinners weighing 3; five; 7; fifteen; 20; thirty; 40 and 50 g allows you to catch zander in almost any situation.

The most popular ones have always been and remain heavy baits: the three-sided “Vyatskaya”, the bar-shaped Astrakhan “Volzhanka”, as well as medium and small spoons of IM Vlasov – “Nurse” and “Sudachya”. They work effectively in a variety of situations.

Success is ensured by the wiring of the lure at the bottom and the nozzle on the hook made of a piece of “white” fish or a small whole. The bait is played so that it periodically hits the ground and creates a cloud of turbidity. When fishing for zander, the movement of the spoon when climbing up should be slowed down and smooth. In open water, pauses are made for 3-5 seconds. In this case, a pause follows both after release and when lifting, but at the top they are shorter (1–2 seconds).

Zander spinners should play without sudden movements and large deviations to the side. The “fanged” bait does not have time to grab a fast moving bait. In addition, lures for the “fanged” differ from others also in that the hook-tee is suspended on a winding ring, which adds movement to the hook and allows it to “dance”.

Hooks soldered into the body are fraught with frequent fish escapes. If the lure is used without bait, the tee is equipped with a red wool. Zander always sticks to the bottom, but sometimes it rises higher when hunting for small fish. Therefore, you need to play with a spoon at different depths. After the usual game at the bottom, 0.7–1 m of fishing line is wound up for several minutes. If there is no bite, repeat this technique, but the bait should not be higher than 1 m from the bottom.

Note that the pike perch does not take chrome-plated baits; silver-plated, yellow or tinned ones are needed.

On the first ice and in winter, the biting of zander is irregular, but on a clear and frosty day, you can count on success.

The technique of spinning at this time is common, but there are some peculiarities: the pause is increased to 10 seconds or more, every two ascents of the spoon, they hit the ground with the bait to create a cloud of turbidity. Then make a smooth rise of the spoon by 20-40 cm, making a slight jerk at the end so that the bait takes a position parallel to the bottom. In this case, it will descend slowly, turning from side to side. During a long pause, the rod is twitched slightly.

Sometimes it is useful, after hitting the bottom, to put the spoon on the ground and wiggle it, sometimes lifting it a little. This is followed by a very slow rise of 8-10 cm, during which bites often occur. If, after catching one or two perches, the biting stops or the fish only touches the spoon, it is worth increasing the length of the descent of the bait, stand up and, raising the rod high, sharply lower it to the ice; then pause for up to 20 seconds, and then smoothly and quickly drag the spinner that has gone far to the side along the bottom. Reception is repeated if necessary.

On reservoirs, especially often visited by spinners, pauses of up to 20 seconds after the fall of the spinner are often successful, long stirring it at the bottom with very slow and smooth movements with a rod with short pauses.

If the pike perch becomes very moody and does not want to grab large spoons, it is useful to reduce the diameter of the line and the size of the bait. In shallow water, they use transparent or fluorocarbon fishing lines with a diameter of 0.13–0.15 mm, small, well-playing “Vlasov” or “goose” spinners weighing 3.5–5 g. The head of a fry or one maggot is placed on hooks.

Carrying out winter lures when fishing for pike and zander in a plumb line

When fishing for pike

The technique of spinning pike is not much different from spinning perches. The pike, following the forage fish, goes into deep water – into pits and pools. Therefore, they use special heavy and well-playing baits “Shchuchya”, asymmetric spoons “Curve Knife” weighing 25-30 g and universal “Vlasov” baits weighing 15.5 g.

For ice fishing, you need to take a line with a diameter of 0.25–0.3 mm. At the peak of zhora, the predator often chooses a target located above the place of its ambush. The bait is played without touching the ground, about 50–70 cm above the bottom.

The lightening begins with continuous smooth ups and downs of the rod end by 25–35 cm. After eighty such movements, they move to a normal pace.

When fishing for pike, short pauses, up to two seconds, are made. The lure should move all the time, since pike bites during a pause are very rare. The pike, like the perch, is seduced by a combination of different maneuvers, one after the other incessantly.

The lure is sometimes raised by several successive jerks of the rod. At the same time, the spoon moves less to the side, since it is pulled up all the time. After a short pause (1–2 seconds) at the top, the rod is quickly lowered down. The spoon, decorated with red hairs, deviates far to the side, assuming an almost horizontal position, waddles intensively from side to side and slowly (which is very important) descends. This game provokes a predator to grasp.

To find the horizon on which the pike is located, trolling begins immediately under the ice. After every seven to ten cycles, the depth is increased by 0.5 m until the bait reaches the bottom.

The decisive factor in winter pike fishing is the choice of bait. The pike, like the perch, is very lethargic in the cold, therefore it is not able to catch the spoons that quickly fall to the bottom. For vertical lure, wide and flat baits are used, which fall slowly, flat, without making zigzags and turning from side to side.

When fishing for perch, pike bites are usually unexpected. But sometimes you can foresee the approach of this predator: the biting of the perch suddenly stops, and no “teasers” have any effect on him – he has moved away. Often at such a moment, with one of the twitches of the spoon, a pike grabs it. But it is rarely possible to pull out a predator without a steel leash – the pike almost always cuts the line. The most successful is pike lashing in the area of ​​the mouths of tributaries flowing into the reservoir, and its search is difficult in the vastness of reservoirs.

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