What do we catch in the offseason?
In our suburban small river, which even froze in places in winter, you can already catch a wide variety of fish, up to common carp, which already in April often come across in these places. But this is due to the proximity of the city and the waters that come from storm sewers, naturally, are warmer. I would like to think that only from the storm …
Bleeding is already taking off with might and main, both from ice to winter fishing rods and through open water. But walking on ice is already too dangerous, even where the main body of water is still covered with a thick layer of ice. Ravines now often form under the infusion or under a thin crust of ice. And the ice itself became crystalline and loose, filled with water. It collapses immediately and without warning cod, as in November-December.
We catch carp at this time on the city river with feeders and donks, which are prototypes of feeders. Tackle must be strong. Someone uses heavy class feeder rods. And this is logical, since the flood, although it has not yet begun, is very strong in Malaya Kokshag, especially where carp are usually expected. But the strength of a heavy-class rod is greater than that of a medium. If a good fish snaps, then at least it will not break the rod. Advanced anglers usually put a reel with a byte-rail on such a rod. Then generally good. If you doze off with a fishing rod or go into the bushes for the necessary need, then the mustachioed beast will not drag the rod into the water. The byte runner will release the brake and turn over the line.
Feeders are usually placed weighing about 100 grams. The main fishing line is a braided cord 0.3 mm thick and a 0.3 mm diameter leash made of fluorocarbon or monofilament.
Hooks carp No. 6-8 international classification.
Worms serve as bait, and as the water warms, the Bonduelle corn will also be used. The bait is usually served as a ready-made feeder mixture with a filler in the form of “Salapino” porridge.
Bleak takes in warm backwaters closer to the city. We have this place – just above the railway bridge and the channel from the river to the dug reservoir near the forest. On the channel below the bridge, where the water becomes much colder, bleak rarely comes across, even where there is no ice. Here she will soon peck greedily and often, but towards the end of April and in May, when the water warms up in the sun.
Tackles for catching bleak are selected the lightest and thinnest. Carbon fiber rod 6-7 meters long. The main fishing line is 0.12 mm thick, and the diameter of the leash is 0.08-0.1 mm. It is better to take a hook thin and small – No. 2.5 of our numbering. The float is lightweight, sporty, for a fly fishing rod. Considering that bleak often falls on the flow and not only on the reverse, but also on the main stream, the shape of the float should be chosen not elongated, like a goose feather or a type of “needle”, but oval or round. This refers to the float housing under the antenna. Long floats on the stream do not work well. Bleeding is usually caught in wiring, in the floor of the water, and more often near the surface of the river. Especially willingly, bleak is kept in the surface layers of water when the river has not yet warmed up in the spring sun and the thermocline is high.
Worms serve as bait at this time, but a more active and reliable bite occurs on white and red maggot. As bait, you can use ready-made surface bait or just dry semolina, which stays at the surface of the water for a long time and attracts bleak with light and actively moving grains.
Karasi in this period go into shallow water, where oases from old grass and reeds formed. There is already warm water in which insects appear. Often such attractive places for crucian carp are located at the mouths of small rivers flowing into ponds. He takes crucian carp from the ice, but is rather sluggish. Yes, and it is advisable not to go on ice for the reasons given above. It is better to catch crucian carp in the grass with a side nod. It has been mentioned more than once in previous articles. This is the most suitable option for fishing tackle rods. Crankbait is used, but somewhere crucians are better taken for the worm. For plant tips, the time has not yet come.