In winter, pike fishing is the most active and fascinating at the beginning of the ice season . Then there is some lull and weakening of the pike zhora. This usually happens in December. This period is characterized by the fact that winter shimmer is not as successful as on the first ice. Artificial baits do not always and not everywhere cause interest in a predator. Pike at this time is better caught on live bait. And the most successful places for pike fishing are often the channels between the wooded islands of the reservoirs. There is a small current, which means fresh water, a small fish is kept, which is the food base of the predator, and the ice is not as thick as on shallow plateaus with stagnant water. Thaws are considered the best period for pike fishing in winter. And at this time it often rains. Therefore, a waterproof suit or raincoat will not be superfluous. The longer the thaw period, the more stable and sometimes more voracious is the pike, apparently confusing winter with spring.
Choosing a place to catch pike in winter
The success of pike fishing in this period depends largely on the choice of location. If we talk about the reservoir, then the pike no longer holds in its coastal wooded and shallow zone, even rich in snags. Although there were the best places in the ice, and in the winter thaws, the shallow water is a rather promising area, I talked about this here. But now there is very little oxygen due to the complete absence of flow, the death of algae and decay of old stumps at the bottom. Predators moved closer to the bed of a large river, for example, the Volga. In the channels between the islands, near the Volga, as if there is a special life, where sometimes the flow stops due to the mode of operation of the hydroelectric power station and even starts to reverse. It is often at this stopping point that a large roach suddenly begins to peck. Predators also follow the “white” fish. It is in such channels adjacent to the river channel and the fairway that it is best to choose a place for winter fishing for pike on live bait. The catchy place here will be a brow, not passing under the coast, at least not closer than fifty meters, but in the middle of the channel, where something like a Volozhka stretches, that is, a channel of a former stream or stream. It is on such a brow that you should set the girders, finding the top of the birch with an echo sounder, or simply exposing the girders in a zigzag manner, experimentally fitting the slope with gear to the depth.
When the first grasp of the predator will follow, a catchy fish path will gradually emerge, along which it will be necessary to put the remaining girders or rearrange already guarded gear to a more promising place.
At this time, there is a lot of water on the wet thaws on the ice, the snow is damp and loose, and underneath it is the thickness of the ice slurry. At the same time, fishermen have to walk a lot, sweat, and then freeze. Therefore, you need high-quality thermal underwear that evaporates moisture on the surface of clothes. And this prevents the body overcooling, which is inevitable with ordinary underwear. You can now buy thermal underwear in any fishing store.
Among the winter-fishing fishers catching pike on live bait, the most popular are the classic ventricles with a reel on the rack and a flag. The whole structure rests on a plastic stand, which is placed on the hole, closing it from sunlight and preventing freezing of the hole. There is no alternative to such a zergel during day fishing from ice. And most often the same scheme is taken for themselves by skillful fishers, making home-made gear for catching pike on live bait.
In the winter, they often have to leave female girders unattended for a rather long period of time, and such a need often arises in the event of a cessation of the course of a predator. She took pike today in this duct until late in the evening, and in the morning it was cut off ... It would seem that a matter of chance would still come up and grab the live bait. It also happens that after a pause, the pike again begins to take in the same place. But often it completely leaves the duct, obviously, for a small fish. Then you have to remove part of the vents and go to another place, looking for new edges, where a predator can stand. At the same time, I do not want to lose the found place, where perhaps the pike will soon return again. Therefore, fishermen put ice-filled girders, hanging in the hole, closing with a stand and falling asleep with snow. To do this, use summer flyers made of plastic or use original vents without a coil, unfastening the reel with fishing line and hanging the tackle under the ice.