The article describes the fishing of pike from ice on successful and modern artificial baits, including 3D lures.
Like most predatory fish, pike are also most active at the beginning of the ice fishing season. It was at this time that it can be caught not only on live bait, but also on the usual vertical spinner, as well as on balancers, and not always branded ones. But not so much time will pass and a more careful pike will start to bypass the silly primitive baits and incorrectly set zergelis. And it will already be the winter season, which includes the so-called “deaf-land”, when the pike becomes lethargic and sleepy, reviving only during prolonged thaws. During this period, a fishing skill is required and baits suitable for this season are necessary. Then success will be in the “dead” time.
As already mentioned, for the beginning of the season it is quite enough to have a set of catchy vertical spinners and balancers, which during this period can reach a size of 9-11 cm. If we talk about spinners, then these are usually narrow and slightly curved baits with a soldered single hook or suspended freely tee. The second option is considered the most effective. These are medium-sized spinners, reaching a length of 5-10 centimeters and a weight of 20 to 30 grams. During the course, heavier baits are used. Usually they are made of two plates of cupronickel or silver, pouring lead into it. These are quite universal lures that work on perch, pike and pike perch at depths of more than three meters in places with a fairly strong current.
For coastal shallow waters, from where all fishing on the first ice begins, light planning baits are more suitable, having a shape similar to summer “whales”. However, recently fluctuating spinners have become widely used in winter fishing. In addition to the Kuusamawa Finnish branded lures, which are very effective on ice, the latest Japanese designs - 3D-type spinners, which worked well when fishing for pike perch and are also effective in catching pike, began to be used. The 3D effect in these lures is achieved by a deep relief pattern in the body of the lures, where the paint applied inside interacts with the external galvanic coating of gold and silver. Such spinners never turn into a blinding spot in bright sunshine. They have an even glow, a noticeable shape and relief. Pontoon 21 has also released a series of staggering lures that are very effective in summer fishing for asp and other predators, and in winter work on pike perch and pike. In particular, these are Paco spinners.
The advantage of the oscillating lures used in winter is that they work with the correct view of the rod with a much wider, livelier and longer time, planning, briskly stumbling into side departures from the hole axis line, and oscillating for a long time at the bottom in a pause in the lower position. The angler finds the necessary mode for lifting the fishing rod for himself, but in general it is a sharp and short view with a whip, after which the bait lure makes many attractive movements for the fish. Considering that rather wide oscillating spinners and after a complete stop rotate around themselves, the pause in the lower phase of the game should be somewhat delayed. Often here the intrigued predator grabs the bait. It is better to overexposure this lower pause than to lose prey.
In deeper places weighted baits are used. This can be castmaster, vertical narrow spinners, various heavy frizzy trihedrals, heavy swings, bottom spinners having an additional hook in the tail. The advantage of the latter is that during the “dead end” period, when the fish is sluggish and is wary of too wide a game of bait, bottom spinners play right at the bottom, raising only the “tail” and muddy water. Such a game can cause a bite of the most apathetic and careful pike.
Of the balancers, the most successful for pike fishing are the famous Rapala baits from 7 to 11 centimeters long. Sometimes, smaller balancers of the same company, up to five centimeters, work better. This situation is characteristic of the “deaf-land” period. In this case, smaller baits can catch perch and pike at the same time, being universal.
Very popular balancers from Salmo - Lucky John. This is a very bright and attractive to the predator bait, having a good game. They are also universal in catching perch and pike.
The principle of operation with a fishing rod when fishing for pike is not very convoluted. Pike is quite tolerant of the errors of the game with bait and is caught on a simple game. Usually the bait is raised from a level of about 30 cm from the bottom. After a sharp and short vskid, the bait is reset to the initial level and a pause, which can be extended, especially when fishing on wide spinners and balancers. But the usual average pause length is 5-7 seconds.
Of great importance is the coloring of the bait. For pike, natural colors and coloring, imitating the fish that live in a particular reservoir, are more suitable.