Catching ice bleak

Catching ice bleak in some places takes place all winter. More often this happens in cities where the water is so warm that the rivers do not freeze or freeze, but only along the coast, where there is no current or it is weak. But the most common way of catching ice sticks is in water bodies of central Russia with the onset of prolonged thaws, when this beautiful and tasty fish begins to be caught actively and cheerfully. Well, with warm spring days, biting of ice bleak becomes massive, of course, where there is a lot of it. A clear blue sky gives a good mood, frequent gambling bites and silver fish on a hook please. True, in bad weather with snow and a snowstorm, and just on a cloudy day, biting bleak can be quite good, only at such a time these bites happen for the most part incorrect. On a dozen desperate bites, it happens, two fish come across. This, obviously, is associated with a change in weather and atmospheric pressure, to which bleak reacts rather painfully.

This fish is a desirable prey not only because of sports excitement, but also serves as an excellent live bait for catching zander. In addition, despite its modest size, it is surprisingly tender and tasty, not only in salted under hot potatoes, but also in a frying pan in the form of crispy roast, which is called seeds. Smoked bleak is especially tasty, moreover, it can be smoked, both in a sealed smokehouse for home and outdoors.

But, despite recklessness in biting, greedy activity and perseverance in obtaining food, this fish, nevertheless, is quite cautious and very attentive to the thickness of the fishing line and the size of the hook. In addition, she is alerted by various bright mormyshki of large size. If you use mormyshka, then the bait should be no larger than a match head, or even less. But mormyshka, with its miniature size, is used as a way to deliver the bait to the water column and a very small bait is not able to pull the fishing line into a straight line. Tungsten mormyshki combine such qualities as a minimum volume with maximum weight. Therefore, a light winter fishing rod should be equipped with the thinnest fishing line, soft lavsan nod and tiny tungsten mormyshka. This is all the classic snap-on of a winter fishing rod and the bleak is caught on such tackle ... in a good bite. But sometimes the classic fails and starts to lose the analogue of a summer float rod.

Ice Fishing Tool

Such a case forced me to switch to a new snap. And it was like that ...

I sat in the morning on an old catchy place, waiting for the roach to bite to catch live bait. But the roach did not bite. Then I moved to the opposite bank of the dug reservoir, connected to the river by a duct. About five fishermen sat at the mouth of this duct. On the spot it turned out that they are catching bleak in the water floor. Well, bleak, though weaker than roach as live bait, will do. Meanwhile, my three fish neighbors caught a dozen bleak and larger. Looking closer, I saw that successful fishermen were fishing for equipment, where everything was like on a summer fishing rod: a hook, a little higher - it was loaded . Of the winter equipment, only a fishing rod with a nod remained. Hastily redoing the tackle directly on the ice, as a result, I quickly caught live bait fish.

Finalization of gear

At home he made the tackle even smaller. He put a fishing line with a diameter of 0.06 mm, and tied the hook to the smallest one that was - No. 2.5, if in our opinion and No. 18 of the international numbering .

Trick tooling

As it turned out, the neighbors had one more trick, thanks to which they then caught a large package of good bleak. They planted a red painted maggot on the larva of the Chernobyl, which they collected right there, nearby. These larvae are in the dark stems of wormwood. Collecting them is a rather laborious task, but fishing justifies labor costs. The combination of fine tackle in the summer version and effective bait gave an effect far superior to fishing with traditional mormyshka and bloodworms.


In addition to all of the above, for successful catching of bleak, you also need light, light bait, which creates a freezing cloud in the surface layer of water that attracts flocks of bleak.

I then found out from my fisherman neighbors that, without any further ado, they poured an ordinary dry semolina into the hole, which for a long time remained in the water column. Having prepared a bag of semolina just in case and putting it in my pocket, I still bought a ready-made finely divided bait for medium-sized fish. And as a result I got an excellent bite of bleak.

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