Bersh and zander are often active and tireless in search of prey in January. On long thaws and sunny warm days, deep pike perch can afford to go to the edge near the sand spits where a small fish frolics. Sometimes there are massive outings with bershs, where you just have to play one bait at the bottom and bite will follow, as you can lower at least a dozen baits under the spring ice. Predators will recklessly and cheerfully grab the spinners and balancers. This is the case when the impudent "curers" do no harm, and at times, it seems, even help by creating a flock of spinners on almost one spot. And it also creates some excitement in the flock of a lively predator. True, in a shallow place, many holes will all the same scare away the fish with sunlight beating into the bottom.
The classic hunting areas for pike perch and bersh in winter are brow with a dump in depth within 6-10 meters. Here the pike perch is constantly kept in the upper part of the edge where the inhabited zone of shell rock is located. Here they catch the fanged and its constant companion - bersh - most often for vertical trompe l'oeil.
Pike perch and bersh
Fishing for bersh and “fanged” was usually always done on classic narrow white matters. These are tricks made of silver or cupronickel, as well as in a combination of silver and cupronickel. Not so long ago, these baits were successful on their own and the predator was then caught quite successfully and did not act up, grabbing even homemade baits without replanting cutting from tyulka or roach. Now, both Bersh and zander are clearly spoiled. Often they don’t want to take a “nude” spoon-bait, they are capricious. Also give them a luminous bait. And the luminous “admiral” type spinners, the so-called “Swedish acne”, having a relief surface in the form of acne-squeezed extruded metal, as well as modern Pontoon21 baits made using 3D technology, which gives a striking imitation of living scales, become more effective. fish.
It should be borne in mind that for a “fanged” fishing rods are needed with a hard whip, so to speak, of a fast formation in order to break through the hard mouth of a pike perch. In addition, for fishing at great depths, it is advisable to use a braided cord, which, due to the lack of extensibility, more accurately conveys a bite of zander and especially a medium-sized bersh. Monofilament fishing line is better at shallow depths, since it is safer to catch large zander with it because of the same extensibility.
For fishing, it is better to use volumetric reels, which allows you to quickly unwind the fishing line when changing the hole. Usually, fishing lines in such cases are simply wound around the hands, like on a reel, but in this case hopeless “beards” are not uncommon, because with inept winding and dumping of the fishing line it is often confused.
The parameters of a traditional white narrow spinner for pike perch are five to seven centimeters in size and twenty grams in weight. As for the color of the bait, there are two-color spinners, where one side is yellow and the other is white. And local fishermen often even manage with dull tin spinners and quite successfully catch pike perch, but, of course, be sure to reload the spider.
Lure Fishing Technique
The lure technique can be the most diverse, but the general canons are tossed the bait up about 40 cm from the starting position 15 cm from the bottom, and the greater the depth, the shorter and sharper the toss. This is all due to the fact that not every spinner will keep a stable game at a depth of more than 5 meters.
Pike perch is not a fan of rising high from the bottom, but sometimes he goes to the upper horizons for the tender bleak that he loves so much. Therefore, the upper layers of the water should be checked from time to time.
Balancers are distinguished by a sweeping and aggressive game, therefore, apparently, the grip of spiny predators is equally decisive and aggressive. Balancers are used most successfully when zander and bersh are in the active phase, that is, in a good bite. At medium depth, a not-so-strong uplift of the bait is sufficient and the balancer is already moving far away from the vertical line of the axis of the hole. Equally intricate, he returns along a winding trajectory, which often provokes a predator to his grip. But at a depth of more than 6 meters, a sharp and short flip may be required, otherwise the bait will not deviate to the side and lose the game.
On some balancers for catching pike perch, it is better to replace the tee with a larger one so that there are no empty bites. As well as spinners, the balancers more efficiently catch zander and bersh with spooling.
On warm thawing nights, predator exits at dusk, at night and early in the morning, are not uncommon. Therefore, for fishing in the dark, you need a headlamp.
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