Then, dramatically decreases the activity of underwater creatures. If in the first days after freeze-up was enough to drill a hole, to lure and safely catch dimensional roach, now the primary task is to find the fish and make it bite.
In this article I want to share my knowledge in fishing for roaches – one of the most common sites of fishing in the Volga – Akhtuba floodplain.
Crept gluhozime. On the waters increasing the ice decreases the amount of oxygen in the water.
Search places for catching roach in winter
Perhaps the most important advice – do not try to find roaches in those places where you have successfully fished in the summer or fall. Based on my experience, I can confidently say that if roach was a good bite on the open water in one place, in the winter you will not find here. Obviously, changing forage base, temperature and, accordingly, the location of the fish.
Well if you thoroughly know the pond where we want to fish. And if not? Then you have planned to sh in interesting places. The question is: How to find the most probable sites of roach?
If the selected pond is Eric and it is, albeit a small one, for, my advice: look for fish in places with a depth of from two to four meters. At greater depths most likely meeting with a white bream and small roach, and in shallow water would be kind of a perch. Also it is necessary to focus on the coastline. Generally, the topography of the coast is repeated under water. There will be attractive recesses and hills. But the areas near steep banks, especially if there are snags, not very promising. Most likely, these places are occupied by predators, as roach tries to avoid them.
If the selected pond is a lake in which there are no currents and great depths, the bottom is mainly smooth, without differences, the task is complicated. It is necessary to look at intermediate depths, also eliminating the shallow water and the maximum depth. The tip can serve as springs trickling into the lake, the thickness of the ice over them is much less. In such places usually loves to gather a large roach. The most promising to drill several holes at different depths to lure them and gradually to sh each.
It is especially important to consider the weather conditions. If the pressure drops, roach will try to go deeper. But if the pressure increases on the contrary. At constant pressure the fish are usually most active and feed on all the chosen places. On Sunny days the roach eats it often happens that only in the morning and in cloudy weather and can bite throughout the day. If there is snow, and silence, the best weather and is not necessary.
There are many factors that impact directly or indirectly on the activity of the roach. Understanding of the totality of the factors influencing the biting that comes with age. Only methodical and deliberate analysis of all our successes and failures will open you the possibility to easily “read” the water and accurately find the object of hunting.
We practiced two different ways of catching roach: on the float rod and the jig – with a planting on a variety of hook baits. Personally, I prefer the jig, but my father only catches roach on the float rod.
Any gear, even the simplest, should be properly picked. There are many little things, at first glance, not very important, but significantly influences the success of fishing. Often anglers do not pay attention to them, for which pay retirements, lack of bite, or, if peck, is caught exclusively little thing. While the neighbor takes dimensional roach!
Relative with a float rod I want to see next. As the main line, we use a monofilament with a diameter of 0.13 to 0.15 mm; leashes tally also. The leash is of such diameter, high strength, is used deliberately: the use of monofilament smaller diameter leads to the fact that the leash is slack or twisted around the main line and reduces the sensitivity of the tackle. With the same purpose leash size should not exceed 20-25 mm. Especially carefully it is necessary to attach the hooks. It is unacceptable that the hook was looking down or to the side. The shank should be turned up. The size of hooks used varies from No. 16 to No. 20 (international), depending on the size of the expected trophy. In winter, fish are particularly skittish and careful, and the smaller the hook, the more chances for a strike.
Tackle used mainly with two hooks. Rarely with three. The more hooks, the more chance to get lost, which is undesirable in the cold. Besides the top hook often clings to the bottom edge of the ice when playing a fish. The distance at which the tie hooks.
Another little trick: tying a leash, pay attention to the fact that it curved in an arc up instead of down.
If a snap-in fit from one line so no need to cut a piece and tie the leash separately, and it is sufficient to bend the end of the monofilament and double knot. The free tip is the leash. Then cut the resulting loop and knit the second leash in the same way. This node is simple and quite sturdy, and if I have fishing to redo the gear, it will not be difficult.
The cargo securing is carried out using an ordinary loop tied in the same knot. Here do not need great strength and the difficulty in knitting. The goods can be replaced quickly depending on the depth and current. But try to deliver the goods as easily as possible to fish less felt the weight of snap.
What to use floats and fishing rods – a matter of taste, so I’m not going to focus on. I can only say that the pen fishing rod, made of cork, definitely better than plastic. Unfortunately, rods with cork handles rarely appear on the shelves, and if there is, it is often inconvenient.
The float should be a reasonable size. Summer is not suitable. Enough to have a float length of about 30 mm and a diameter of 5 to 10 mm.
Now, as to tackle with jig. If a float takes to the large and smooth roach, the jig has a chance to catch a white bream, roach or perch. It attracts me. When caught one roach, the monotony a little boring. And with the jig are excited to catch someone else.
As the main line, I use monofilament with a cross-section 0,12 – 0, 14 mm. the Use of thinner lines and leashes is considered inappropriate: at least in our area there is still a chance to meet with a worthy trophy. The use of woods in winter performance is necessary. These are less freezes in the ice, they are more elastic in the cold, that is not unimportant for the sensitivity of tackle and “games” jig.
Usually I use the rig with two jigs, the so-called “steam”. As the main tie a jig in the form of droplets or round cross-section. Primary colors – yellow and copper. A very well established jig MUSTAD company. They are well made, and small hooks for roach. The second jig is knit at a distance of 25-30 cm from the first. Mainly used a small round jig with luminous coating. They are light and do not strongly affect the game.
The main difference between my snap – fastening jigs. I do not use the leashes so that the jig does not get entangled in the main line and does not affect the performance. The site that I use is shown in Fig. 8. First tie the top of the jig. The end of the line leave a length of 35-40 cm After tightening the knot of the fishing line re-threaded through hole jig. It turns out that it is on the main line. Then tie the lower jig.
In respect of the nods I note: in principle, the design can be any; the nod gave even a faint touch of fish to the nozzle. In winter the roach very careful, bite is barely noticeable, so the main requirement to nod – sensitivity.
Bait and head for winter roach
Now industry produces a huge number of bait mixtures. For each reservoir it is possible to select the most suitable bait. My father preferred to use bait company “Aqua-master”, for winter fishing. Add it to only a small number of nozzles that catch, in a ratio of 1:5 or even less. The use of different attractants and activators of biting is considered inappropriate. In winter, in cold water they do not dissolve and rather deterred by the cautious fish than attract. The only thing I use is the “magic tubes” company “Delphi”.
If the tackle is a float, a tube is worn on top of sinkers; if the tooling jig, then stick it over the line over the lower jig. Mainly use tube with a smell of anise.
In winter, the main thing – to lure. The main task is to attract roaches, not feed her. Therefore, the bait must be strictly dosed. My father there are two different ways of feeding. I prefer to dry RUB the bait into the hole, she slowly sank to the bottom as wet. The first portion is typically larger in volume – about two a matchbox. Subsequent complementary feeding spend as needed. The amount of additional bait in two times less than the first portion. When there are weak currents, drill a second hole for feeding upstream at such a distance that the bait sinks to the bottom is strictly under my hole.
Father lure in another way. He mixes a dry bait with a bread crumb in such proportion to it when you reach the bottom crumbled into small factions. To float the bait he slaps a small ball of bait down in the hole and shakes off. Thus, the bait gets into the target, creating a cloud of Muti directly around the hook attachment. Unlike me, he lure all the time, with intervals of 20-30 minutes.
As nozzles use bloodworms, a batter of semolina, burdock moth, light pieces of chicken, bread crumb, udders, manure worms, steamed barley and various “sandwiches” of these ingredients.
Tactics and techniques for catching roach in winter
With a float rod seems to be all clear. Drilled the hole, lure, and catch. Specific differences in the technique no. Only when fishing constantly odergivala the bait, lifting the snap a couple of centimeters, with a frequency of once per minute. Roaches are attracted, obviously, the turbidity created by the sinker, and moving the nozzle it draws more attention.
With the jig all the more difficult. Often I have noticed how anglers are trying to catch a roach, actively playing a jig as when catching bass. Naturally, the results have been disastrous. I can not judge about all the water, but on those where we fish, work well the following types of transactions.
Often, the roach takes the bait when she just lies on the bottom or elevated by 2-3 cm, But most fish like the slow raising and lowering the jigs at 20-25 cm from the bottom and without playing a jig. And if you play very carefully. During the raising or lowering tackle short stop every 5 cm and produce 2-3 light twitching a jig.
Another tip: roach – bream not, you can look for it. If the bite on the hole fades, and resume his bait fails, feel free to change the disposition. Don’t be lazy and drill a new hole, lure, and after 10-15 minutes you can safely go for it.