The fishing for big pike in the winter

Catching any large fish, especially in winter with ice is a safe tackle, starting with the rod and ending with a hook. It is impossible to prevent any single weak link in the chain that ensures correct cutting and fish fish, up to raise it from the hole.

At the crucial moment, usually unreliable component and makes up the slack. Well, if it’s the usual “kopeck piece” or “three””. But if the trophy weighing 7-8 or 10 kg. for which you hunt for several years?! After a welcome and long-awaited bite, after a strong resistance under the ice to the exit hole — at the very moment when you are ready to take pike — is absurd, unexpected and vile impossibly breakage of tackle. No nerves will not stand hard “kidalovo” you you. So before you go hunting for a trophy, once again review all the bait, rods, reels, lines, and leashes with hooks. What you seem unreliable, change immediately, without giving a chance to the big fish to emerge victorious in the upcoming duel. Do not forget about the size of the hole is important. In pursuit of the big pike should not even look in the direction of the drill with a diameter of 130 mm — it is better to take model with a diameter of 150 mm to Get a pike weighing from 5 kg to the hole not so easy, especially if the predator does not want it.

Consider for example the set, which for several years we enjoyed with friends in the hunt for big pike.

The rod and reel

Personally, I like to reel it in. And no matter spinning or fishing under the ice — cutting always happens like last time. Yes, and pike, especially trophy — fish with a rather bony mouth, so cutting must be powerful, with ottyaga. Never tire of repeating that it is better to put the lure in a snag, than miss out on a good bite of large fish, which happens not so often. So do not hesitate to strike. Accordingly, in order for the cutting to be effective and quality, had to try a lot of Ugolnikov as mass production, and artisanal. But if for perch and small walleye, a very good rod with a carbon fiber whip without a coil, to hunt for large pike, this option may not be optimal. Although sometimes, especially when fishing in snags or cane, when the hooking and fighting the fish occur briefly and not to release the teeth from the hole, it is possible to use backtoschool rod with thicker fishing line section of 0.4-0.45 mm. But for catching on depths is better to have a rod and reel. Through trial and error settled on the spinning of titanium, equipped with throughput rings with inserts SIC and cork spinning grip with reel seat Fuji. Pen fishing rod should be long, as I often have to catch the frost, the wind and, consequently, to use gloves. A short handle with gloves uncomfortable. And sometimes there are unexpected powerful lure for pike or pike perch, after which the rod with a short handle, you can easily let go of the hand, which does not occur if the long arm. Enough length of 40-50 cm: it allows you are quite comfortable with lures and produce cutting fish.

A nod to the spinning don’t use fundamentally because I am convinced that with the right bait and fishing line everything, even the smallest bite of a large fish clearly transmitted to the hand. A small catch — only time waste.

The coil on the rod is a required element for pike from the ice. Use inertial classic plastic model with minimal weight, small diameter winding, and a reliable anti-reverse fishing line, which is important for quality of hooking fish.

Coil needed:

  • for storing fishing line and reeling it with long-term transitions;
  • to vent the line after hooking during the jerks fish under the ice.

For anything else it is not needed, as after hooking under strong pressure fish with it pits several meters of the line, and then vyvazhivaete exclusively by hand. Yes, it is now quite fashionable to use on winter fishing spinning and baitcasting reel, which pull the fish. But after trying this method of fishing a few times, had to abandon it. This is, first, always added weight to the rod; second, frequent clogging with snow and freezing at the most inopportune moment; third, the lack of adrenaline that you get when vyvazhivaete fish holding fishing line with the fingertips, and vented her at the slightest jerk, and then gradually raise the enemy, not giving slack. So how can this be compared vymatyvanie fish coil, which is enough for the whole season fishing in open water on spinning?!

Fishing line, leash clasp

It makes no sense to stay on any particular line from a known or unknown brand, as they are in the sale now so many that it is simply impossible to decide which of them is better. But need to pay attention to the diameter of the line and its color. Maybe, others not so, but my friends prefer transparent fishing line diameter of 0.35-0.45 mm. can be considered an Optimum diameter of 0.4 mm. Line this section quite comfortably (without cuts) to draw out fish of almost any size that fall in our latitude when fishing from the ice. Importantly, this monofilament diameter has a sufficient tensile strength and minimal elongation. Transparency and minimal elongation under the stated diameter is the main criteria that I recommend to be guided, choosing a fishing line for catching winter “crocodiles”. About the leash — I also don’t keep up with the times. Fluorocarbon immediately sent to the furnace. Yes. you heard right — in the furnace. Not to say that he is bad and has no right to life very well, but not on my rod. I myself have used and seen him do the teeth of the pike. So put only the metal, without any compromises. It is much more important not to miss a solid pike in the lead break than to get more bites. Big fish bite, no matter what, if she’s on the prowl, and with proper steel leash her chance to go to the times less than with fluorocarbons.

For those who like to produce leads by yourself, I recommend to try to do twin of stalky or guitar strings. Do the twist in ten turns, for reliability you can put a drop of solder, but, in principle, has never been to pike unraveled a twist. The first leash do 10 cm in length and fasten to it the second 7 cm in length. Turns out the leash in two parts with a total length of 17 cm, which is enough for catching active catching of a pike on the balancers and vertical spinners. And the fact that it is double allows the lure to more actively play and not brought to a halt.

Clasp would also like to abolish, because the less connections the more reliable tackle. But without clasps not to do (with it conveniently and quickly change the bait), so I use large “American” with a length of 3-4 cm of durable wire in the last few years could not do this even once. You can take them instead of a crown ring is more reliable, but then difficult to change the bait in the cold. So choose all the same the clasp.


Vertical spinners, rocker, vibe, crank, amphipods. wasps. cicadas and many other presented on the shelves of fishing shops. However, the tradeoff is not worth it. Of course, it is better to have in the Arsenal of different lures and periodically test the water. But you should still identify as a priority one or two more I Have the rockers and spinners. Learn the game bait, to understand the way of its giving, working horizons, and other subtleties — it’s not one season. This applies particularly to the spinners, as the two mean the same model can have a different weight distribution on the body and the opening angle of the crown. And it gives a completely different baits at the same pitch. One can hardly plan with light wobbles after the drop, the other to crumble in the post or clearly work as a nail. Many anglers who make lures on their own, test their bait in a bathtub or other water container, ensuring that game, which they think is the most interesting. But do not forget about the many factors that critically affect the game spinners in the conditions of winter fishing: depth of fishing, the water temperature, the thickness of the twine, the weight and size of the spinner… and most importantly: we are people, perch, pike, pike — fish. And what they think about the game your spinner, only they know. Accordingly, they will choose what they like best, not what you like.

Spinners recommend in the form of boats, diamond, willow leaf with a length of 8-12 cm and a weight of 10-30 g. I have several models with a length of 15 cm and weighing up to 40 g — for fishing holes.

The rocker is homemade and authentic, with a length of 5-12 cm, weighing 9-35 g. Suspension tees with a drop of silicone or cambricum like the spinners and balancers recommend to put exceptionally bright colors to a tee, stood out clearly against the background of bait. It happened that I had to look for a couple of hours pike in checked earlier. Changed the tee with a dim drop is more bright and literally with the third transaction received the attack pike. Perhaps this is a coincidence, but the frequency of occurrence (several times over five or six trips) allows to conclude that the pike likes more bright colors, or better sees them and reacts. Yes, and all the balancers I have in the box bright color.

Spinners use such colors as “copper”, “brass”, “silver”, “Melchior”. Often managed to catch a pike on brass and Nickel silver spoons. Perhaps this is personal bias, and therefore the spinners of these materials put often, but it is so.

Finding and catching

The most promising places where you can catch pike on the course, we consider exits and entrances to the pits. If the current is too strong, it is usually the pike is at the entrance to the pit, immediately behind the curb, especially if the drop off is steep. In this place it is much easier to fight over than on the way out of the pit. But also interesting places where there are transverse grooves, the pits. For fishing on pits use heavier spinners and balancers. In the pit the pike bites are extremely rare, so first look for the beginning of the drop off and to find it, drill the wells over them perpendicular to the flow. After passing the entrance to the pit, move a couple of feet below and pass again, parallel to our holes. Often the pike is below the edge and sees the bait, but immediately attacked the balancer, if it appears in sight. Also looking at pike and at the exit of the pits. But do multiple passes, because after the exit, there are rifts, undulating elevation of the bottom or snags, which likes to stand on the pike. The snag I always try to sh a jig”itaukei” in order to avoid snags in the branches. When will we know the location of the driftwood (if there is no bites on the spoon), I recommend to walk around with a balancer. A change of bait will only benefit and can activate the passive pike, which often ends with the capture of the trophy. Technique bait classic. Spoon or balancer raised by 20-30 cm from the bottom and work smooth swing with a length of 30-50 cm with pauses 7-10 seconds. Occasionally make a brief shaking of the rod almost without strokes, in order to slightly swing the lure and thus to give motion to a tee.

Pike prefer a more smooth and wide game sharp twitches, but often attacks and short “potraga” barely Savelovskaya balancer or tee underneath. If the bite is not happening, and I have confidence in the presence of pike in this place, try making five to eight strokes, slowly lift the balancer at 20-30 cm, short pulling, to pause in 10-15 seconds. Or lower the rocker to the bottom and try to make a few strokes so that after the spurt balancer, moving in an arc, would gently strike the bottom, raising a cloud of turbidity. Not always possible to make such wiring is correct, and the lure often buries his nose in the ground, but at successful coincidence of circumstances quite aggressive pike swallows the balancer when Cirkewwa transaction. You can periodically move away from the classics and drive the balancer with virtually no breaks, making five to seven smooth swings with a minimum (2 seconds) a pause during which the only lure back, but not stop completely. And after the last spurt should pause to 20 seconds. This game also allows you to trigger passive pike to attack a constantly moving before her eyes saw.

When fishing in sabokah should pay attention to the places where the drop-off in depth, the passages between the bushes, the elevations of the bottom. snags or submerged trees and, of course, inputs and outputs of the channels in the river Have sabaki with only the entrance and absolutely non-flowing. It is in the entrance and need to walk with a spoon or balancer Pike likes to stand, attached to vegetation at the bottom or the Bush that separates the river and sabaku. There is always an opportunity to profit by passing or brought by the river,exhausted in the struggle over fish. In this case, the balancer and baubles, actively playing within sight of a predator will not be left without attention.

When searching for pike makes no sense to drill wells at a distance less than 10 m – pike is not a pike: “with teeth”, if you are interested in something, can always come up and attack the bait. Another thing, if a well known fishing area or the exact location of snags on the bottom. Here then is obsolite point from different angles and to play the bait to the right and to the left of the driftwood, and it is also possible to drop the spoon down through the branches and knock on it, raising a cloud of turbidity. This method gives satisfactory results and by-catch often caught pike perch and a rather large perch who like to hide under driftwood.

An interesting pike fishing lure perch around spots or Parking “whites”. I mean the place where the stick perch, roach or other schooling fish. To calculate such a point easily on the group of anglers (usually karmyshakov) — they are on the pond and find the Parking lot of the roach and placed above it, usually in the form of an elongated or round spots. Feeding, Morrisette catch almost the whole day, not particularly moving. Several times I tried to catch a minnow and the rocker in the group of anglers, but. using a small spoon balancer and up to 6 cm, get a bite of perch, and when the transition to larger lures generally work in idle At least, I had no bites pike inside of a group of fishermen, However, went 10-15 m to the side and drilling holes around, had to catch and patchy.

Accurate indicator that pike intensified or went on the hunt, is the sudden cessation of fish anglers karmyshakov. In the next 10-15 minutes catching the predator is very likely, and you should not lose time, and better work balance wheel, changing the hole after seven to ten Postings — so the faster you can get released for feeding pike. The impression that -toothy” how would graze around the spot with schooling fish, periodically making forays and attacking stray. Better in such cases have shown balance weights. Most likely, because they are sweeping the game, so they are seen by a predator from a greater distance than the spinner.

It is also good pike fishing around the arranged Gerlich. Liars themselves attract predators, and a game spinner or balancer further provokes.

In General, hunting for pike with a spoon or balancer is meaningful and planned fishing, not involving very frequent bites, but giving the opportunity to catch a really decent trophy. So if you like to experiment, actively move around the pond, constantly look for Parking areas or exit of a pike, trying to seduce her presentation in different ways, and then compete with the fish briefly — prepare reliable tackle, buy bait and join the hunt for the spotty beauty. Sure, the capture of this trophy will give you incredible emotions. And this trophy is sure to be!

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