Predator in October

At the time of Mature autumn because of the rapid cooling ponds for hunting predators with a spinning rod there is a unique situation, due to the dense concentration of different fish at great depths.

Here up to freeze-up with equal probability can happen bite the big pikes, Zanders or perches, departed to the place of the future potential wintering after food.

In October the ability of the fisherman in the selection of technical-tactical circuits is quite narrow. But in October there is a real chance to catch a big perch, ASP, pike or perch. Avid Galletti claim that Chub and a bullhead can be caught on spinning in October. I have experience, unfortunately, is not, therefore, limit ourselves to in today’s conversation about the October spinning fishing “big four” of our Volga predators: pike, Zander, perch and ASP.


Many requirements makes fishing tackle. First of all it must be sufficiently long-range. And it concerns all components of the gear, and not only spinning reel: the reel is best to choose a larger diameter spool – 3000 “Daiwa” or 4,000 “Shimano”. Don’t be rude with the ropes, breaking load of 5-6 kg in most cases will be enough. Transaction happens off the rocks into the deep, so that contacts with the shell and rare in the Seine estuary drop offs snags are minimal.

If you have any doubts, you can increase the thickness that makes use of more heavy weight to find a more powerful spinning – all this together significantly coarsens tackle and makes the handling less pleasant.

Spinning choose in last time is not too long. There was a time when he was experimenting with “sticks” to 3.35 meters. The casting was really long range, but this catch is not brought. Now the Arsenal is even spinning “standard” jig length to 2.7 metres shorter. Nevertheless, the lure fly well. Recipe: possility lightweight spinning reel with large diameter spool, a thin cord wound under the rim of the spool.

Plus the correct weight of the bait. Not the case throw 20 grams spinning reel with the test 20-40. And fly far worse, and the sensitivity will be low. Spinning with the dough is better to work where needed ogruzka 30 grams, and even better – “the ceiling”, i.e. grams to 36-38. And that’s where the work loads of 20 grams, better to use a spinning with the dough to 23-25 grams.

Choice jig lures rather a matter of taste. In the last couple of years, I invariably catch inches Mann’s Predator different colors. Traditionally catchability on the Nizhny Novgorod land is considered the color of “carrot”, “lettuce”, “Spartacus” and others. Vibrohvosta doubles are equipped with VMC № 1. During a good bite of the perch to spot the fish perhaps more than a cheap double, but often the bite can be characterized by the definition of “meh.” During this biting quality double can save fishing, implementing a two of two or two of three bites.

The total cost of the bait is quite significant, but the October jig in deep places cannot be called much of a burden: loss baits on the drop offs Seine estuary is not so much. Besides the jig, you can catch walleye heavy (in my case, up to 30 grams) ratline. No special benefits, in my opinion, rattlin does not. It just happens that the jig was caught and stopped. That’s when it makes sense to put rattlin to “surprise” walleye – bite sometimes resume. Are rattlin as jig, step. To lure better vibrated, the gap between the baits should not do coil, and a spinning, powerful patascoy. And coil just to select the resulting slack line.

Spring fishing walleye: ice and open water

The leash is a must. It is clear that for the walleye metal leash optional, but on the Volga there is no such place where the bite of a pike can be excluded as such, so a leash is needed. Preferably not less than 20 cm But these leashes violently attacking the bait big pike happens to be interrupted.

Once you find a place and collecting the right gear, you need to be patient and wait for the walleye. I have not yet managed to establish the dependence of the outputs of the perch by a certain time. Sometimes, arrive in the morning to the point perch already caught, but sometimes have to wait before the pike will attack the bait… Revealing one of the October fishing last year. My partner and I arrived at Sudakovo point found yesterday, and almost immediately began to catch force up to 1.5 kg Caught five pieces, and I offered to finish the fishing in this place.

To let go of the perch, raised from a depth of 15 meters, it was pointless other swimming bladder was falling from a sudden drop of pressure, and others were not tenants, and the fish, as such, after a half hour of fishing was no longer needed. Called a friend who is in the same area, managed about his successes and knowing that he’s in trouble, offered his point. Friend arrived and we went to catch a pike on large lures. Half an hour later the friend calls: caught a pike on 4 and 5 kg, fishing finished, giving the ball back.

In General, we had no luck. What could I do? Glad for the friend and proceeded to catch pike on lures.


As you know, pike is more plastic, so to catch her at the same time on watering with the depth of 2-3 meters and the pit 14 meters – there were such cases. But the most effective are three technical and tactical schemes.

The first one was designated the jig on the Seine estuary drop offs. Similarly, bream is searched with sonar, but the boat is not on the edge of the drop off, and in its middle, at a depth of 4-7 metres. Pike often is not “under the fish”, as the perch, “bream on”, so that the specified depth will be most effective for the transaction. No one interferes, of course, to do casts and in the beginning of the drop off, and at a depth of two meters, and 10 meters and more.

Tackle and bait are suitable the same as for Zander, is that you can reduce within reasonable limits the weight used weights. A leash is required. Besides that it protects from sharp pike teeth, it also protects the bottom edge of the cord from abrasion on the shell. When fishing for pike you can use leashes length of 30 cm or more. The purchase does not suit me for various reasons, so do leashes himself. For jig fishing quite suitable leashes of steel wires of a field telephone cable.

The second technical and tactical scheme for the October pike fishing is associated with the at large (to 130 mm) cranks. Fishing is conducted on the same Seine estuary edge with bream. To put the boat if the sharp edge, and its beginning, and in the middle. Has been proven that pike rises to the “krupnomery” walking on two meters depth, with a depth of 5 meters or more, so do not be afraid “neprimenuli” transaction.

The main principle of fishing with big crankbaits – the slowness of the transaction. Specialists of this fishing manage to stretch one cycle for 5 minutes or more. I don’t have the patience for such painstaking work, but I also try to do the wiring as possible leisurely. The October pike are not as frisky as September, so we need to give the predator the ability to “Wake up” and rise to the bait, reaching considerably above the horizon of its Parking.

Tackle can be the same as for fishing the jig, if the spinning is not too long. But the leash is better to replace – to put a hard string no. 2. Variants of the lures weight, only in my collection of their two dozen, no less. And no secret anymore: “balisong”, “Rudra”, “mosqued”, “pointer” – it’s all in the amount of 130 mm or so.

The technique large plugs next. Two or three leisurely patikami driving Wobbler to a working depth. Next, make short jerks with varying frequency, but with the obligatory long pause after a dash or after a series of jerks. Hooks some of the plugs do not hold trophy fish, so if you have a chance to catch the “crocodile” (on the Volga a chance almost always is), it is necessary to replace the hooks on the more durable of the same size (I put tees company Owner series 36).

It would seem that at the same time and in the same places it is possible to fishing a jerk. And it is indeed possible. But somewhere mid-month. In the-winter, when the pike on crankbaits and jig is still effective to catch a pike on jerk becomes extremely difficult. This is due, probably, to the activity of bait – jerk is constantly in motion, not as a Wobbler, “hang on” for a long time at a certain depth.

Finally, the third technical and tactical scheme late autumn fishing for pike is catching on snags with a depth of 6-8 meters. Among the submerged snags of the Cheboksary reservoir is the pits – the former flood plain of the lake. As a rule, the pit is clean, but the perimeter is full of snags. At the end of a whole day to walk with a good knowledge of the waters from the pits to the hole and check for fish. It is possible to use and light jig, and large plugs, but I like to catch in such places on spoons. If holes occur, change the regular tee on a 3/0 offset, an indoor five-inch Twister. Surprisingly, the implementation of bites when switching to uncoupled the format of the bait remains still high.

Specific lures will not be called for ten years of practice has tried more than fifty models, and almost all are pretty well worked. Can hold spoons and evenly, if well chosen, the weight and the spinner comes off far from the bottom, but better – with pauses every 2-5 turns of the coil. A lot of bites happen during pauses, so they can bet on.

So, we discussed three schemes of catching the October pike. On a bright Sunny day a good pike exits can be tied to the morning and (especially) evening sunset. I have read articles of his colleagues, alleging that pike excellent bite in the middle of a bright Sunny day. Colleagues I trust implicitly, but the pike is much too “shy” to eat in the Sunny days. Where is the bite better in cloudy weather – then it stretches over the whole of the short October day. But on a Sunny day I’m either catching pike in the morning and evening, or catch another fish. For example, ASP.


It is believed that the ASP – year-old fish that can be caught sooner in the summer and early autumn than in October. Until October 14, 2005 thought me. Not yet appeared on the Volga in the center of a huge ” ASP ” of the boiler, from which each throw was to snatch fish up to 2.5 kg. And Chub was not afraid of the boat, the bite happened in the 50, and 15 metres. Caught lots of then, after which, by the way, seriously thinking about the need to release the caught fish. For several years, nothing similar can be seen, although regularly studied area. But last year happened again: the fairway, the middle of October, the mighty flock of ASP, which appeared on the surface, successful fishing.

In this and in another case caught on spoons elongated, and in the last case – even on a sinking stick-Shada (bladeless lures), a well-deployed during pauses in the fall, because the ASP is constantly changing horizon. On the fall of the same worked and spinners. With a total depth of 14 meters bite happened from the surface and up to half depth.

Catching fish on a waterway deep in the water and no sign of him without bursts. Sometimes the best bait is jig – ASP takes the bottom on the bottom, speed the transaction.

Any special gear to fish in a boat I do not hold. In any case, I use two or three, so there is always something spinning, suitable for fishing pikermi or stick with shad.

Astrakhan – a bit of a different story. There at the end of October was able to catch a single large fish through the ducts. Summer, it would seem that the fishing, but fishing on the eve of the night the temperature reached 6 degrees, so behave fish was not in the summer. First success brought wobblers 70-80 mm, held by leap. And the last major asps exit, 4.5 and 3.5 kg, were caught on light jigs.


If the summer success perch fishing bring active bait: turntables, wobblers-cranky, ratline, then the farther into autumn, the more large bass need to pause during the transaction. To achieve such pauses can with a few lures. The first thing that comes to mind – of the jig and its varieties. During the transaction step jig pause is 3-4 seconds. Sometimes that’s good enough for late autumn perch, he willingly responds to the jig proposed by the pike. “Rennesance” I personally don’t like to catch, but lethargic cold water bass can be caught and using “naznaceno”. You can catch the posting of a “step”, but instead of jig to use light spoons.

“Hang” in the water column can not only jig but Wobbler-m. And if jig you can “hang” for 3-4 seconds, then the m – at any time. Large bass catches when fishing for pike on krupnomery. During the October fishing you can catch a lot of walleye, lots of pike and even a lot of ASP, but never succeeded in October to catch a lot of perch. It really is about bass from a pound and up.

I hope my colleagues in the hobby can make something for myself from this article to take in the near future to put into practice. Soon after spinning the best it’s time trophies – pre-winter catching of a large predator.

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