Fishing for walleye before the ice
The end of the year and fishing season. At the reservoir we were not three days. During this time the water is significantly cooled down. There is no wind. This pleased and at the same time bothered. After all, the last time the wind has just not been observed in the activity of the predator. In the East barely came through glimpses of the sun — we are earlier than usual. Waiting for the dawn. Our goal is fishing for walleye from a boat.
While Breakfast, water was released three boats with fishermen. As usual, we begin fishing with snags. Competitors are nearby. But, as expected, Zander was in no hurry to pounce on our bait. At each point stand for twenty minutes, making casts of the fan, after which shift fifty meters to the side. Looked out the sun, it would seem, was supposed to warm us with its rays, but became increasingly colder water on the surface of the pond began to prihvatyvaya a crust of ice. In the beginning there was “mush”, but the bait has broken this barrier and the transaction is almost not affected. But half an hour later and the Central part of the reservoir was covered with thin ice.
Start the boat motor and begin to walk in a circle trying to break up and disperse the ice, even in a small area, but after ten minutes of this loitering realize the futility of this lesson. If the ice was formed everywhere, it would be possible to go home, but we saw spots of clean water on the entrance to one of the sleeves. Rush there…
The depth here is much less than in the center. Find a smooth drop of six metres to ten. The bottom is hard clay. Drop the lures clearly be felt through the blank. Stand, catch… or Rather, hone your style of posting, as no bites. Decided to do the casting and change the point… Then under the boat when blasting bait hook something hooked… Spinning bent in an arc. Its tip bends to the water under the powerful jerks, clutch sings, coil resets the cord. Begin to pump and his partner, meanwhile, already holds the landing net at the ready. It seemed that so tough? Fish don’t give up! From our duel like a tug of war — who will win? I have no patience — in order to force the issue, spin the clutch one turn. One lift, two, three — like all is going well, but it was too heavy and strong opponent! The cord is stretched like a bowstring… And then an unfortunate gathering!
“Big carp!” I decided… And weight, and by way of resistance no other fish could not rest. Especially in the cold season I have already had the experience of catching carp that of a peaceful fish in certain periods becomes a fan to eat a fry.
It was stupid to expect that under the boat was still standing with a dozen more of the same fishes. Making a few casts, change of place. By this time arrived, and our competitors, among which, as it turned out, had friends. We exchanged with them phone numbers to quickly share information, and went deeper into the sleeve. His top was already covered quite thick with ice. We stood on the border of clean water and the ice field and an hour at the fishing location.
In touch with friends, find out what they have too. Go into the next sleeve. Here the depth of about 12-14 meters, just what you need, but the catch failed. The whole area was literally littered with poaching networks, whose owners without ceremony I checked and put them out in broad daylight, feeling full impunity.
Sundown is in about four hours, to go home early. Fortunately, rose a fresh wind that broke all the ice in the Central part of the reservoir, and nailed him to the shore. We go to familiar places. In dense snags do not climb — there in the previous fishing trip, and this morning the result was not impressed. Try to find areas with a hard bottom. Find this only at the fifth attempt. Almost immediately from a friend should bite, and the first walleye in the asset. Then he gathering. Catches each Swing Impact Fat 3.8 inch length, but without a tail — he was lost when fishing in snags. I alternately change the Bagsy on the SL-Remix, on the contrary, but the reaction from the perch no, although throw companion in one place. After he once again manages to catch walleye, do not stand up and put the same bait, but the whole. Supposed to catch better after the game with a tail Swing Impact more attractive than the “wounded animal”, but as it turned out, the perch my opinion… Have a companion again go, and after a couple of casts he again manages to catch walleye. My silicone is ignored… Well, and then — as cut off.