Soon, we will remove the ban on catching pikes for spinning, and in anticipation of this period I would like to speculate a bit on the topic of live bait. How many times had to watch the picture when the fishermen come to the pond and ... a complete fiasco, bait fish do not bite, there are no spinning rods with artificial bait, and you can’t take the fry with pike tackle. This is the situation, although not hopeless.
In general, for a long time I made a discovery for myself: regardless of whether I have a bait fish with me or not, I take with me the usual float tackle for catching bait fish. You know, very often this tactic helped me out. Someone may advise the use of nets-talers, but I refused to use them, since now you can meet various inspection bodies on the pond that "may" not accept your explanations regarding catching live bait. As they say, it is better not to create a problem if there is an alternative.
As for the live bait, then everything is not so simple. I wrote many times that the best bait for pike and perch are the species of fish that live in the same reservoir. Such fish as gudgeon, verkhovka, bleak, ruff, perch, roach, crucian carp and many other types of fish can act as bait fish. The only question is whether it will be possible to catch the fry.
Sometimes, there are no problems with this at all, especially in the warm season, but in the spring and late fall it’s not so easy to get hold of live bait in the pond. Hence the following conclusion: if you are going to catch a pike on live bait, take care in advance about where to get live bait, and most importantly, how to save it, which will still be a separate topic. There is a nuance: it is not necessary to catch live bait, which lives in this particular reservoir. Thus, carp can be called a universal live bait for pike, but pike responds quite well to perch with a ruff. Even if you are sure that you can catch live bait on the spot, it is better to play it safe and stock up on fishmen.
Please note that bait fish can be caught in a pond not only with a fishing rod, there are a lot of options. For example, in the literature on survival topics there are many methods, among which one can name such as digging a groove on the shore, followed by creating some kind of harbor where the bait is placed. A trifle enters such a pond where it can already be taken by hands (we, by the way, talked about this method, read here). The second method is the use of a plastic bottle (the method can be read on the websites of the survivors). Although this method is dreary, it’s quite possible to catch a couple of live bait fish.
It is important to understand that it is not enough to catch live bait, it still needs to be saved. Different types of fish have different survivability. So, the top and bleak (and roach) fall asleep in the container very quickly, perch, ruff, crucian carp last longer. In general, catch as many live bait as you can save, otherwise, everyone will fall asleep. Well, if a trifle bites quickly and steadily, you can completely forget about the problem of prey bait.
And most importantly, learn how to properly plant live bait, using different variations. Dense roach and crucian carp are one thing, and a tender situation is a completely different situation.
And remember the main rule: a good bait is a living bait. The rest is a matter of technology and luck.
Good luck and all the best.
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