Winter spinning. The secrets of successful fishing
It is quite natural that the concept of “winter spinning” most of the fishermen is somewhat puzzling. All right, to catch in the winter on spinning only when there is open water, and that even on the rivers of the southern part of the East European plain in the winter is difficult: they are covered with ice. But there is a small period of time when almost everywhere I went to the sludge, the river sometimes rose, but there were areas where no sludge and you can fish with spinning. However, sh in a promising point from the shore very difficult. Long-distance casting, the height of the coastal cliffs, and the lack of approaches to water make such attempts to zero. Bring on the steep shore caught fish is highly problematic. It only remains for inflatable boat and a few days of extreme jig, while the river will not last crust of ice. This occasionally happens in the beginning of December.
Sharply and unexpectedly went sludge, deprived of opportunities to catch pike and walleye in deep-water areas. After a couple of days, arriving at the river, we found the area where it was still possible to get out on the water. And what is especially pleasing, just above the pit of driftwood, where we usually look for the autumn trophy perch and pike. Though it was already quite cold (the thermometer showed a clear -3°C), decided in recent times to tap a hole jig. Fortunately, the boat in the trunk, spinning rods loaded, and ahead of a long and snowy winter, according to weather forecasts, a very cold and protracted. So to miss probably the last opportunity Pochobut did not want to. Not to say that we were not ready for this fishing. Every fall we have to catch almost until the ice. As practice shows, the fattest, with trophy fish caught in this period. Therefore, the experience of fishing was. what tackle and bait to use, of course. But let’s talk about this in more detail.
Tackle and bait
Considering that fishing often occurs at freezing temperatures, you must first take care of the cord. After all, the frosted-over cord, drops of frozen water on the coil and the rings of your spinning can lead not only to the shooting of lures, but also to damage the favorite tool of fishing. So once at home before fishing, you need to sort out the roller line bale and add some more liquid, non-freezing lubricant, and thoroughly soak the cord means, greatly reducing its icing. The most simple and available today, and also a very effective tool think a regular car “Badescu” (WD-40). Carefully processed cord this spray, we have the opportunity to spend a couple of fishing trips in sub-zero temperatures without problems of icing of the cord. Also the same tool I recommend to process ring spinning just before you start fishing and throughout the process. Personally I have enough one treatment at the beginning and a couple of times while fishing. If you catch in the winter on spinning regularly and the budget allows, you can use the more expensive silicone lube.
But it should be remembered that fishing in sub-zero temperatures affects the strength of the cord. Even the new cord can kill a couple dozen of fishings in good minus that, given its cost, is quite expensive. So we have the third season to use for winter fishing jig cords, who served a couple of summer seasons, and they do not mind to wind up after three or four winter trips and replace a spring new. In the winter, especially increasing the probability of biting large, trophy fish, so to use a cord with a breaking load less than 10 kg is not worth it. This entails an increase of the cargo and the enlargement of the bait catch in the pit with depths of 7-10 m and target trophy. Therefore, not exchanged for a trifle, take the spinning test 30-50 g of the coil not less than 3000 and weights from 40 g. Also put a steel leash is shorter than 30 cm, the Probability of the walleye bite, it can somewhat reduce, but with the strike of a large pike the chances of playing will increase significantly. And also, collapsible “eared” sinkers during this period, do not use. Passive fish, the bait needs more free movement with slow reeling, which allow two or three connecting circles on the sinker with welded “ears”. Honeypots also not particularly melchin: twisters 8 cm, rippers 10 cm and worms 12 see Coloring the late autumn. A dark “motor oil” green, dark “lilac” with black sequins, marsh color, too sequined. as a contrast, “kislotnik”. Mandatory large landing net with a head of thick fishing line and with a long handle. Take the fish lipcream or hands in sub-zero temperatures in winter clothes with inflatable boats is more fun, believe me.
Clothes and shoes
Fishing in open water, even in slight frost risk is not worth it to go it would be warmer. Mandatory wool or fleece winter hat, thermal underwear. Fleece layers and warm winter suit will give you confidence. Gloves are also essential: without them, after ten posting hands (especially the fingers) will freeze, fishing will have to stop. On your feet you can wear the warmest shoes or boots. Fishing from the boat is almost motionless, for three or four hours you need to stay warm. Boots from foam to me personally so uncomfortable. that put pressure under the knees when sitting in the boat bent. Yes, be sure to take a thermos of tea (or coffee) and chocolate. This will allow you to warm up and recharge if necessary.
In winter, the water is maximally cooled, respectively, the fish metabolism is slowed down. Even a trifle reluctantly responds to the bait, not to mention the captured predator. So after casting or lowering the bait with the sinker on the bottom, completely forget about all the summer and autumn jerk or am posting. It may seem melancholy, but the smoothness of the turns of the coil or careful, measured action spinning reel — the key to the bite of a large fish. You need to give the fish the ability to detect bait, to see her. to decide whether it is interesting, and to give time for an accurate attack. How to do all this during our favorite “two quick turnaround coil — short pause” is unclear. Too little time for passive and slightly inhibited fish. A thick cord, big bait, their corresponding weight (the cord was drowning, and hung out in the jet) and smooth movement of the lure at the time of posting is exactly what you need.
Instead of doing two three turns of coil, but more slowly than in summer, and survive after lowering the bait to the bottom a pause three to five seconds, sometimes ten (if there were any sudevi or podbrey bait). Then repeat the cycle, all the way down to the boats, to the state of catching in a plumb. Pike often accompanies the bait and bite almost under the boat at the beginning of exhaustion.
If at the time of posting coil does not occur bites, you can go to the wiring through the rod. To do this, after casting let the lure sink to the bottom and then make a smooth drive spinning at 0.5-1.0 m short bomber lure from the bottom at the very end of the posting, literally lifting spinning at 20-30 cm above the line pulling a short pull. Thus the simulated attempt of the weakened fish to break away from the bottom. Sometimes only this posting provokes predator to bite.
And as the third most active option used the wiring “dot-dash” (as we called it among themselves). After casting or lowering the bait, make a short rybachek spinning, taking the bait from the bottom 15-20 cm, immediately after dropping extend another 0.5 m on the bottom. Then keep a break until five to seven seconds again and repeat the transaction. This game allows you sometimes to bite very nice channel bass. And perch weighing under a kilo (sometimes more) — it is a worthy contender.
As for cuttings, here remains nothing how to strike hard with every hint of a bite. No matter will get you in the dead of hook or catch on the fish, the main thing — not to miss the bite, which may be the only for three or four hours of fishing. In winter the fish are not as active as in the summer or fall, so you need to be always alert and ready to sweep at any moment.
The most promising place is the pits and the differences of depths around them. You also need to pay attention to areas of reverse flow and snags or stones at the bottom, felled trees into the water, on the edge — there is often result. But this is only if there is a possibility for maneuver and relocation of the boat or if fishing happens from the shore. And when you are on a limited ice the area, then do not have to choose, you need to use the open space to the maximum. Be at the edge of the ice and a fan of processed open space — pass to the cast, trying not to miss a half a meter of the bottom. Often, the fish is in place and does not want to move. Only by submitting the bait under her nose, you can expect a welcome bite.
It so happened at that time. “Protiv” with his friends hole jig from one end to the other, was able to get in two hours of fishing only two bites and toss the bait. I nibble happily missed, and a friend caught pound pickerel. A very decent copy today. But the resistance of the particular pike had only slightly shimmied under the boat. A large landing net allowed without the extreme to take a fish. Because of the brandy to such an extreme fishing is not taken, washed successful playing tea and decided to make another dozen casts. It was time to come home; the winter day is short, and the frost was intense. During the third casting on the already passed the place got a clear bite with powerful patascoy. Exactly like pike. The first ten meters of winding all the actions of the fish pointed to the fact that he was a decent fanged predator: press down, stop, powerful, short clips. And then, when managed to raise the fish at half depth, it immediately became clear that once again guests complained pike. But the clutch was already weak and she had to untie the cord, leaving to the side. On the third attempt managed to bring beauty to the side of the boat and take in the landing net. Scoring “aunt” — perhaps one of the best in recent times!
Then decided to check out another interesting place — provoke us pike. On a flat bottom with depths of 5-6 m after the exit of the pit lies a small piece of tree trunk. Few people know about it, and stumbled upon it by accident, checking the depth sounder. The echo sounder and to our feelings about 1.5 m in length and 0.5 m in thickness, and without branches. Apparently, the log is long and is already almost half silted up. But occasionally it is delayed for a chic perch. And as it turned it to sh, it was impossible to miss the opportunity. The first three or four of the cast was the sighting couldn’t get right over a log. On the next cast friend was able to do it, but a powerful blow with the subsequent descent brought us to a standstill. Why? The bait is pulled, the hook is unfolded. Someone very abruptly and quickly did it. Abut on. Casting, posting, casting… again, a powerful blow. Hard cutting, and… the clutch singing! The spinning rod bent in an arc, someone strong and confident hard pressed jerky in depth. You will not understand, pike or walleye. But after a couple minutes it became clear — this time swallowed fanged beauty. Rested it for a long time. Did not want to come to the surface But slowly managed to pick it up and bring to the boat. It became a final chord of our fishing. With these trophies you have to finish freezing in the cool winter breeze almost to the river. It was probably one of the most exciting fishing of the season. Fish of all three but what a beautiful and memorable’ So all I recommend to try, if possible, the winter spinning. This is really interesting, human and real fishing.