Winter bait for catching roach
As in any time of the year not to return home empty handed with winter fishing, you should fish good lure. Today in fishing stores, you can purchase almost any kind of winter bait, designed for a particular kind of fish. However, most anglers prefer to prepare the bait at home, considering the purchase not “workers”. On the one hand they seem to be right, because the fish living in different water bodies, has its own gastronomic preferences and tastes. In some places it goes crazy with corn, in the other — of barley, in the third — from crackers, in the fourth bloodworms and so on. In addition, do not forget about the flavors. If in a lake and roach can be attracted by the smell of strawberries, the other he will not pay the slightest attention, and will flock to where the smell of vanilla or honey. One of the indisputable advantages of a homemade bait is its cost, which is much below already prepared and commercially available mixtures.
The composition of the bait
Roach — fish is omnivorous. Its diet includes plant food, and animals. She is not squeamish seeds, cereals, bread, pastry and even algae. However, in winter the main food source of this fish — insects, their larvae and various small crustaceans living on the bottom of reservoirs, since they contain protein, so necessary for the roaches, and any other fish in the harsh winter.
Bait for ice water is made from the same components as the bait for warm, but has some nuances. Her recipes can include:
- cereals (barley, buckwheat, corn chaff, decoy, etc.);
- meal or ground sunflower seeds;
- powdered milk;
- pea flakes;
- pastries (stale cookies, biscuits, cakes, etc.).
But no animal additives such bait “work” will not. Most likely, she will just lay at the bottom of a small handful who are unlikely to attract a gaggle of roaches, whatever fragrance it is not fragrant. As animal components, you can use:
- manure worms before adding them to the bait better and chop;
- food for aquarium fish.
What flavors are best suited for catching roach in winter time
Among the flavors of natural origin, I would like to give the palm to the following:
- the coriander;
- dried and powdered peels of citrus fruits.
In addition, most experienced anglers know which roaches have a sweet tooth. It is for this reason among the variety of synthetic fragrances it is best to prefer vanilla, chocolate, tutti-Frutti, caramel.
That’s just to overdo it with the flavorings, be they of natural or artificial origin, can not in any case. One only has to add a little more necessary, as your bait will not attract and scare away the fish from the hole.
Roach — fish shy. If your bait lies on the bottom are too bright and visible from afar on the darker bottom of the pile, it is likely that the fish will treat it with some degree of suspicion. Paint the bait in a darker color will help the earth gathered directly on the pond. Moreover, the bait attached to the soil not only makes your bait is less visible, but also reduces its nutritional value, which makes it sluggish winter roach quickly enough and leave the shery.
Top 3 best recipes for winter baits
Among the variety of recipes for winter baits I would like to highlight three main universal recipe that can attract roaches on almost any body of water.
Recipe No. 1
In equal proportions to take a meal (or roasted sunflower seeds), oat flakes, maize, wheat, millet and grind in a meat grinder or a coffee grinder. If the latter, then you should not get too caught up and turn all the ingredients into dust. You just have to crush them into small pieces. All thoroughly and pour into the mixture the bread crumbs and dry soil. One of the advantages of this bait is that nothing needs to be boiled or steamed. Ready-to-use mixture can be stored in a glass jar in the cupboard indefinitely.
Recipe No. 2
The main ingredient of this mixture is boiled peas. After the peas are thoroughly boiled, it adds a processed meal, cereal, crackers, soil and flavors. This bait is only for one time out on the ice, as its remains have unpleasant feature to quickly turn sour even in the fridge.
Recipe No. 3
The focus of this bait is corn. Cornmeal is poured into boiling water and boil for about ten minutes. After that, the water drained, and boiled porridge add purchase bait bagasse, soil and flavors.
In addition, all the above described types of baits you need to add animals components of bloodworms, chopped earthworms, maggots, insect larvae or food for aquarium fish. Thanks to them, your bait will be more tempting to roaches and will allow her to stay permanently under the hole.
How to lure the roach in winter
To lure fish in winter in several ways. The most common is simply to throw her in the hole, or throw in a few bait balls the size of a walnut. But this way to lure the roach is only possible where the depth does not exceed two to three meters. If our fishery is much deeper, and the fishing occurs on the river, for proper feeding will have to drill another hole at the upstream and lower the bait already in it.
You can also apply and summer feeders used in feeder fishing. If the pond is no current, then the trough is better to take lightweight plastic no additional shipping, but if the river or other body of water with moving water, the weight of the trough may reach eighty or more grams.
But the majority of anglers prefer to use a special winter feeders, popularly known as “the dump”. They are tapered, the widest portion of which is hinged door. When you hit the trough on the bottom of the door is either opened itself or tipped with a sharp jerk of the fisherman’s line. The bait is poured to the bottom, and feeder quietly gets on the ice and, if necessary, again sent into the water with another dose of bait.
Rarely used stationary feeder — a sort of sleeve of mesh attached to a load. The feeder is placed upstream, or if fishing occurs on the lake, then drops into the next hole. It is periodically shaken so that the bait fell to the bottom and attracted the attention of a passing roach.