Southern winter carp

All Kuban anglers-winter roads you know that the boxes (carp) bite depth

Longer believe the tales of any angler trying to catch a winter carp he doesn’t like. All anglers love to catch this fish year-round if she is to them… supportive.

In my assets more than four dozen winter seasons, mainly dedicated to hunting big carp, or on-Kuban, boxes. Maybe experience something even more unique, but in any case is an experience. I have no need to explain, to suggest that the winter bite boxes, as a rule, or predictable, or not predictable. The abundance of the different surprises that are presented to this finicky fish to any angler-winter road – it’s only the nuances of fishing the current. And fussy, maybe call boxes for nothing and other fish are not responsive to winter fishing “treats”…

Different bite carp in different bodies of water or did not bite. Yes, there are water bodies in the Stavropol and Kuban, where the fish are in winter, “dead” two, three, four dozen winter seasons – and suddenly “comes alive” in spite of long-term observations of local fishermen. Why?..

Hunting for winter carp – always from the field of art proper assessment of rumors, speculation, fraudulent maneuvers anglers with the aim of “blind” fishing community from really cool places. That is long-term experience allows the angler to navigate the biting winter carp with accuracy to a specific reservoir, and the rumor is only an indicator of the beginning of the bite.

Subject to the foregoing, we can safely say that in flow-through ponds, basins of different rivers of the Kuban box is caught by local fishermen with varying degrees of success all winter. Nibble fish freezes only in extreme cold. In windy freezing weather to try to catch boxes, carp makes no sense. Typically, the bite is missing, but… no surprises. Once, in a quiet frosty morning the air temperature changed abruptly in the positive direction by 12-15 degrees, blowing a strong South-West wind, and all this mess that is typical of the climate of the Kuban, burst into the pouring rain. Box, earlier levavi casually, as if crazy – fish took immediately in any hole. It is the fish: carp, carp, bream, perch, roach. Several relatively strong leashes easily broke off, maybe a big carp or carps-“patriarchs”. It is clear that for winter fishing, any recommendations can be called conditionally correct. On that February day catches fishermen, not escaped from the ice, exceeded all expectations…

In the stagnant ponds of the Kuban box are also active all winter, but did not bite, and in other bodies of water, often located next to, caught quite successfully, almost daily, and thaw extremely well. Compared to flow-through ponds, there are three differences: the carp bite is much smaller, bite in extreme cold does not stop but only worsens; the phases of the moon affect the bite a little. According to my long-term observations, the average assessment of changes in fish ranges from 30 percent, which can be attributed to changes in the weather. In my opinion, the bite remains quite good – 70 caught carp differ little from 80-100.

In winter in all ponds, in flowing and non-flowing, there are strange features. Quickly noticed them if ponds in the same fishing spot a lot. For example, near the village of Kazan (Kuban) anglers can fish in eight ponds of different sizes and depths, but biting, as a rule, in all the ponds has never been observed. These ponds are usually periodic displacement of anglers from the ice of one of the pond on the ice to the other. What? Ready to say that the choice of nature or carp does not fit into the system, always a random. Today caught a carp in a big pond, and the next day off watching the crowd of fishermen on the ice of a small pond, at a distance from the previous cool place up to 1 km Unchanged in this “Brownian” movement of anglers on the ice of the ponds remain only cool new places are always located in the North-West or(and) the South-Eastern parts (corners) of the ponds, at a distance from the shore up to 20-50 meters, where the depth rarely exceeds 1.0-1.2 m is nonsense for any flow-through pond basin of any river Kuban. Here the box is biting cold, at a depth of three meters, leaving the shallow waters only in the spring and severe frosts when it can be detected in a kelp forest. Maybe this way of large carp and carp weighing up to 3-4 kg to protect themselves from the cold. It can be assumed that the inactive in the cold fish is easier to find food in the kelp forest. In all honesty, once having discovered this phenomenon, the author was just trying to catch large carp and common carp in shallow water, in areas cleared of algae holes.

All Kuban anglers-winter roads you know that the boxes (carp) bite depth. On the pond any sane angler rushes to the side of the cool places away from the coast…

Once again rasborinae ice in the shallows, trying to find a hole in the thick seaweed and a depth of 1.5 meters. Pave spear the space under the hole, barely picking up on the ice long tufts of green algae, in water bodies of Stavropol territory and Kuban not die off for the winter. After 20-30 minutes, the turbidity and suspended matter settle to the bottom and starts a little predictable biting crucian carp and carp. Bite carp weighing 1.5-2.5 kg, carp up to four. Bites are rare, but a good one. And you never can predict, for example, a biting carp.

This feature of the waters of the Kuban for the practice of little use, I believe, for example, fishers from the suburbs. Here the algae die off for the winter. Maybe in extreme cold then you should try to catch carp near stumps and snags, since the author often found in reservoirs of Stavropol territory and Kuban winter Parking of a crucian carp and it is in these places.

Biting carp in the suburban reservoirs is a special topic. Here carp learn quickly good sense: “teachers” on the ice of suburban ponds is a lot in any winter day, but on weekends especially. Of course, in the hole poured all sorts of bait weight. Carp in such waters peck, as a rule, disgusting. Used to pick up from the bottom of the bread crumbs and other local huge box on the moth stared at… No, sometimes something is biting on bloodworms, but most of the reservoirs around 15 empty. So, it’s my time. Fishing in the evening always take a single rod with a length of 3 meters. The rod is equipped with motoviltse and consists of two tribes. Smooth flexible stems of hazel, cooked in linseed oil and painted with oil paint is much better than plastic and is two orders of magnitude more reliable as a scaffold made of silk thread of green, stretched from the parachute straps. Tackle logically completes Poplavok, the aerial of which is wearing a “Firefly”; the tackle is completed and the hook 14 and gruselle. The leash is not applied. The simplest and method of harvest holes: any “abandoned” the hole is yours, and the bucket is in the hole not more than one minute.

Twilight quickly gathering over the ice of the pond, and large carp coming to the hole. Rudeness tackle boxes did not react for two hours of the evening fishing can catch 3-6 boxes weighing 1.5-3.0 kg. one of the wells only caught one box. The angler here to feed the legs. The experiments proved that the second box will fall in the same hole, maybe only at night. The more holes surveyed, the more boxes fell. My tackle is ideal for night fishing when the fish are unceremoniously “pumped” on the ice for 15 seconds. By the way, similarly equipped fishing rods and fishing boxes and carp in the weeds. Even with carp weighing about four kg long “ceremony” is not necessary. It is strange that the carp and big carp fat fishing line did not notice. Biting always confident, without probyvali bait or nozzle. The bait is often a small brisk red worm, produced under the husk of millet, where the worms and in the winter a lot. In second place are brush motylej. Third place belongs to pellets of sticky rye bread, flavored with the juice of garlic, or mixed with dried and pounded into dust with dill. Usually enough to string on a hook worm.

To clean areas of ponds and lakes, of course, to catch carp should be with the use of fine woods and leashes, hooks or jigs. For “Skovorodino” carp enough leash diameter 0.1-0.12 mm because occasionally it can bite a carp weighing 300-500 grams. Bole significant require the use of leads with a diameter of 0.15-0.17 mm. Catching carp in the winter thaw with the use of thin leads is impossible. The limiting diameter of the leash should be considered a fishing line 0.2 mm, because thicker much less efficient. And fishing line made of silk threads on pure ground fish fears.

In my experience, the best bait is a lightweight jig of dull lead (gray), used for catching roach. Even a box weighing about three kg to break such a jig can not, but carp weighing 3-4 kg, sometimes, break. Sometimes large carp just ignore the jig, preferring a hook tackle. Sometimes, Kruchkova tackle is ignored, and the jig works great. Generally, carp prefer “the boner”, but I remember hundreds of trips, when success was achieved when fishing on the bottom, even at a distance from the bottom to 0.5 meters. Carp and responsive to the movement of the bait on the bottom, on a periodic jerking of the fishing line with the rod tip.

To thaw the carp activity increases significantly, and in strong long thaw zhor is observed even near the coast, but not on the shoals. Usually swarms of carp examined depth of 1.5 meters. But in the shallow ponds I often had to catch the “savorotocnam” carp from a depth of about 0.7-0.8 m. Interestingly, attempts to catch fish in those days, the deep water (about 2 meters) there were always a failure. Particularly successful fishing evolved in places where the pond flowed the streams. But these places to thaw and the most dangerous for the fisherman, as often for dinner there is a failure under the ice, and after dinner are almost guaranteed. South the sun shone hot, and the southern ice – only kind of strong. As a rule, in the thaw of the local fishermen use inflatable boats, which are always close to the angler.

At the end of February there are some very successful fishing in streams and small rivers flowing into large flow-through ponds. Here in the wiring on the moth you can catch carp by analogy with catching small fry. Generally, carp bite near rare cane. On pure ground fish, almost none.

In February, often a good bite carp can be observed in different channels with a depth of two meters. Sometimes biting in the channels is better than in ponds, which are connected by these channels. Biting in the channels somehow better in a plumb line when the bait does not reach the bottom to 20 cm As a rule, the bait is bloodworms. A lot of bypass channels dug around the estuaries and floodplains. Their depth does not exceed 2.5-2.7 meters, but in estuaries and swamps, and such depths are rare. Maybe that was why the swarms of carp moved in guide channels where they live is not very satisfying and where biting can be breathtaking. Unfortunately, the theory is not always confirmed by practice. On the usual bait the fish in these channels is not impressive angler, but if you use pieces of shrimp on the hooks and munchies provided. Particularly impressive bite in late February and early March, when the channels only became ice-free.

Small career for winter fishing is not promising. Here can be a depth of ten meters, but the fish somehow do not happen. Until the spring of carp does not manifest itself, and in the early spring prefers bloodworms and semolina-talker on the hooks near the bottom. In the early spring (beginning of March), some carp have difficulty passing into the hole. There is something to see!

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