With the picker on the channel in early spring


The last few years I more kilograms of fish caught and the excitement that appears in the process of solving puzzles, compiled by the fish and weather. And experience for such employment fishings receive many times more than when the fish is caught, as if from the barrel. And interest in the first half of March is always in abundance. Sometimes events are developing so rapidly that to adjust and do not always have time. Sometimes one night can change all at once: a promising point, and release of fish for feeding, and its food preferences.

Fish is looking for where it is deeper?

The first fishing in open water I traditionally spend with the picker on a single deep channel. Fish in this pond a lot, and find it is much easier than, say, on the same river with its diverse topography. The average depth in the channel is about 4 meters. Barely noticeable current and an abundance of driftwood on the coast make it attractive for roach, who lives here all year, but also for bream, IDE and white bream. I’ve been here for hundreds of fishing and managed to explore some features of behavior of local fish. This knowledge was universal and work on the waters of other types. So, about a week after the ice melts the fish are still holding in those places where it has traditionally inhabits winter schedule of life. At this time often it can be found on the borders over a deep watering, or channel edge. But when on the fields the snow begins to melt and the channel enters a large amount of cold water white fish goes to the deepest parts of the reservoir where much warmer. On this channel, that place is cluttered large woody debris pit. Here the fish will stay until the beginning of the spring flood.


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Fishing in the snags is always hazardous, but very delicate. Then 2 meters away from the snags the fish do not swim. Is almost to throw the tackle, and the bite can be a long wait. And any slight change might be for snap last. In such circumstances, begin to understand the importance of the whole gear in General. Fast pole, which is not afraid of big fish weighing under a kilogram, sensitive tip, a reel with finely tuned brake and durable monofilament main line. And still need to be able to accurately, almost jewelry, to throw light, not more than 15 g, snap-on “patch” of size 1×1 meter. When the distance is about 40 meters, the task is not so simple. To have freedom of action when playing a fish, the main fishing line I never start in clip, and enjoy wearing on a spool with a rubber shock-absorber. When casting it reliably limits the length of the line, but when playing big fish is easily removed. If there are frequent hooks and the probability of breakage of the snap or the fish is acting very carefully, instead of feeders you can put the same weight sinker. Then without having rope is not alarming. And to minimize hooks, I use a sinker in the form of sticks.

Installation snap-in

Through trial and error, for reservoirs without current or with so little as on this channel, I picked up a very convenient way of mounting snap when she flies very well and has high accuracy. The leash is attached to the swivel, fixed two silicone float stops. Stoppers are placed 8-10 cm above the strand of fishing line forming the paternoster. Such installation eliminates the tangling of the fishing line when casting. Sinker or feeder is attached to convenient clasp with swivel, allowing you to quickly setup tackle depending on fishing conditions. The snap, which I use, multifunction. If necessary, the rubber stoppers can move the fishing line up and down and thereby change the presentation of the lure.
The length of the leash, the diameter of the line as well as hook size, I always pick up directly on fishing. Early spring fish behavior can change, not times a day, and not to lose contact with her, you need to be willing to experiment.


In order to successfully catch fish in the early spring, care must be taken that the baits have been varied: maggot, worm, bloodworm, caddis worm, larvae of dragonflies. In the spring the situation in the pond is changing very quickly, after changing food preferences of the fish. But most often the best option for the season opening is a sandwich of several butterflies and one maggots impaled on the hook No. 16.


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Special preference to any particular aroma of bait in the early spring I fish haven’t noticed. The only prerequisite – the minimum content of large forage particles. At this time plant the bait the fish are not eating, but she needed to bring her to the main component – the bloodworm, maggots and casters. Why so much animal components? I just want to give the fish a choice. In turn, it pushes me to the alternation of different baits, which certainly makes fishing more interesting. Yes, and preferences of the fish in different waters can be very different. Maggots before I kill using: fill with water and leave for some time in a warm room. So it is the most soft and does not stick together in lumps, as after freezing. When the fish are particularly finicky, finished bait I diluted some taken from the shores of earth. To save time fishing, soaking bait is doing at home and on the pond only adjust its mechanical properties.

Starting complementary feeding and supplementary feeding

Selecting the point of fishing, before fishing I lure it in several balls of groundbait. To do this the easiest with a sling. For those who are only mastering this effective way of attracting fish to the point of fishing, I want to give one piece of advice. The accuracy of hitting the target depends greatly on how the same weight you will be able to dazzle the bait balls.
Additional supplementary feeding places should be made very carefully and without the need to disturb the fish. At this time, excess noise can only ruin the fishing. Usually early spring, the first food I produce in an hour and a half after the start of fishing. But there are exceptions when a fresh batch of bait goes into the water with each cast gear. In General, you should be very careful to monitor the behavior of fish and try to work depending on her mood.


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