Features and tactics of catching pike in the dead end

What is the strategy and tactics of catching pike in the “deaf earth”? Features that relate to equipment and gear.

Pike feeds with variable activity all winter, unlike many other fish. But nevertheless, closer to the middle of winter, its activity often decreases to the point that the predator just rises under the ice in some underwater shelters and is not at all interested in live bait if it is not put directly under the nose of an apathetic pike. And here a strategy and tactics can be found that takes into account just such behavior of the pike of the “deaf-land”.

What is the strategy and tactics of catching pike in the “deaf earth”?

This can be called running fishing on the vents, no matter how strange it may sound. But more than once the situation was checked when one or two pikes were caught in the early morning, and then, it would seem, in a favorable morning time, there was complete silence. The flags of the girls were only stirred by the morning breeze. What is the reason?

And the reason is that the morning predator exit on the catchy place first ended in the capture of those individuals that were in this place and seized, as they say, that it was lying close. Other pikes simply froze aside in sleepy apathy. But it’s worth rearranging a couple of zerglia along the found catchy fish trail, as the pike attack will follow again. The predator simply slipped a silver patch to the toothy mouth. How not to grab here?

Pike in the “Deaf Earth” is inactive

Pikes caught at this time are often simply plastered with gray-green small leeches, which also indicates a sedentary lifestyle of a predator in this period. And no wonder. Above the head of the predator is a thick layer of ice and snow, under which there is little oxygen and light. And then long snowstorms will conquer, dropping down atmospheric pressure indicators. But the coming frosts do not always add activity to the pike. Rather, a long-term thaw with zero temperature would play a positive role. And then the pike will start hunting again. But at the border of the change in atmospheric pressure, there is also no point in hoping for a good pike yield. It takes some time for the fish to get used to even the favorable conditions of a soft thaw.

But these are all weather factors.

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There are other features that apply to gear and gear.

First of all, it should be borne in mind that with a significant thickness of ice and snow without a long hook, it makes no sense to even start pike fishing. There is a high probability of predator outbreaks. Not a hand to grab a pike ">

Other zergirls according to the scheme of tackle equipment known to all are used during the so-called “second ice”, when the pike is active and there is snow on ice. In fact, these homemade torches with a coil and coasters work almost all winter and spring.

But for the “dead end” I use the same girders, only with finer rigging, where the fishing line is 0.4 mm thick, the tee is No. 7-7.5 of our numbering and the sinker is placed no more than the average “olive”. Despite the seeming unreliability of such a tackle when catching a large pike, it gives more chances to catch, and with careful fishing it allows you to catch a very large pike. The main thing is not to rush and not to panic, they say, will leave, we must soon! ..

The third type of zhergilka has appeared recently with me, and I use them universally for catching pike and burbot, since they can be put under ice. This advantage is provided by the design of the vents, where instead of the coil, a removable reel with equipment is used. It is easily detached and suspended on a stick under the ice.

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So, successful pike fishing during the “deaf winter” period, in my opinion, is possible with relatively miniature gear using active tactics of changing places and searching for a predator.