In the article I will talk about pike fishing at the end of winter, namely in February. Where to look and catch a pike? What time is the most active bite? Gear for the February pike.
In many regions of Russia, the final month of winter is the heyday of the “deaf winter”, so to speak. And the farther to the North, the more obvious this situation. But in the middle zone of our country, the approach of spring is already felt. In the morning, trills of tits ring out with might and main, as if in the midst of spring thaws, although in the morning frost can reach twenty or more degrees. But as soon as the sun rises, through the sintepon jacket you begin to feel the heat of the star, and by noon it’s getting hot, even if you are undressing. And in the evening, the branches of coastal willow trees turn blue again, freezing in the winter. So ends February.
In February, under the ice, revival is also noticeable, although not everywhere. Sometimes morning may not bring any fish if the morning is frosty or on a weather drop. While the fish is naughty, especially on a small river. In good weather, with even and normal atmospheric pressure, you can get to the bite of the "white" fish and predator. A normal pressure is considered at indicators of 750-760 mmHg. At lower rates, which can often be noted in a thaw with wet snow, the pike nevertheless takes it, although other fish can be capricious or move to another water horizon. At high atmospheric pressures, which reach 770 mmHg, the fish may generally refuse to peck or climb into places where they have never met before, and still bait and bait are still grabbing a little bit there.
February pike fishing
February pike is best caught in wet thaws with a dim sun or when the sky is hazy. But it has been noted more than once that during this period, for some reason, the pike often leave their usual places, where the pike regularly caught it all winter, and moves to places completely uncharacteristic for this fish. Such places are often shallow bays, laden with hemp from sawn trees. It is clear that in this case we are talking about the Volga reservoir, specifically, the Cheboksary Sea. On the left bank there are many flooded forests in the coastal zone, which have now become snags. And in these so-called "toads", overgrown with grass in the summer, there are many predators. Especially a lot was in the coastal zone of flooding of large perch and pike in the first years after flooding of the reservoir bed. Now the fish has decreased due to mass catch, electric shock and swamping of shallow water. But you can still successfully catch a pike and perch here in periods that are the closure of the winter season and the beginning of spring.
Strangely enough, pike in shallow, coarse bays can stay at a depth of only about a meter, literally under the ice itself, the thickness of which often reaches half a meter or more at that time. Possibly, the mass exits of pike to such seemingly uncomfortable places may be due to the fact that in shallow waters there is a lot of fresh water coming from streams and streams, as well as from springs, which, apparently, are enough. This can be seen in the gullies in the ice and early spring gullies. Here they appear first of all, here the first spring "bathers" are involuntarily, however, as in the channels between the islands.
It should be borne in mind that in February, pike exits can already happen not at the classic 9-11 o’clock in the morning, but quite often at 6-8 o’clock. There are also evening outings, often at dusk. At the beginning of the ice season, such abnormally early and late pike outings are usually not observed.
February pike gear
In shallow bays, it is better to use relatively light gear . Pike zherilniki for the Volga pits with a fishing line with a diameter of 0.6 mm, sinker-bullets and tees No. 7.5 of domestic numbering will be too rough here. But at the same time, despite the shallow depth and proximity of the coast, the pike sometimes comes out quite large, up to 6-7 kg in weight.
In contrast to the Volga expanses, where roach is the main live bait, in the coastal part of the flood zone of the reservoir, a small perch is quite suitable for sticking on a tee of a female trap. This is probably due to the large number of perch in such places, rich in snags and hemp, where a lot of small fish and fry coils, which are the main prey of perch.
In the “strong” rough places it is impossible to do without a massive cut-off, although it is often useless, but in most cases it really helps to release the hook from the hook for the snag.
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