The pike fishing in the winter

The pike fishing in winter, very diverse. Probably, the palm belongs to the Gerlich and other varieties of snap-ins with live bait, but I’d like to touch on just pike fishing on the balancer and spinners. Let’s not always possible to catch, but if you get the chance, I use it. Your thoughts and would like to share with colleagues on happiness.

Search pike

As in any fishing, fish, first you need to find. Fishing on the balancers and spinners actually has the same essence, therefore, moments of the search, I see no reason to split. But that’s my opinion. Because fishing in this most dynamic, active and involves a lot of holes and movement to linger in any particular area only with reasonable assurance that there is someone to catch. This is with live bait on the hook we can hope that sooner or later there will come a time when toothy finally deigns to eat the bait and, God willing, gets on the hook. With the spinners and balancers have to rely only on those pike that are now here and hunt. Briefly about the search: the more holes, the more bites. But!

Of course, to drill or make a hole successfully “anywhere” – definitely unpromising idea. Here you need a search schema. What is it I see? But to in the shortest possible time to find out where exactly is pike. Quite often a visible part of pike population (the number of active instances) selects a single characteristic area. Realizing what kind of place can successfully catch and turn, and a mile away.

So in my experience success is often expected in the following areas:

  1. The border of the channel and coastal waters. It is obvious that in winter, any fish trying to stay depths, however, flocks of small fish is not a joy to stand in the immediate vicinity of the sharp teeth of the pike perch or greedy gulp. It turns out that the part of the whites shifted to shallow waters where periodically and our pike visited. In other words: the edges of the channel – a sort of transit point through which regularly are hunting instances.
  2. Edge of the reed thickets. Even for the pond, at least for the reservoir, even though the river is often the coastline is a heavy thicket of reeds. And if the edges of these thickets there’s at least a meter depth, fishing as a balancer and spinner can be very promising. In any case, some of the pike-“live in the grass” near the reeds almost always present. And sometimes there are days when there is going to do the lion’s share of the local pike.
  3. Locations with anomalies at the bottom. Just as in spinning fishing, a very promising are areas of the reservoir where there is something special at the bottom. Whether it is a hill or a pit on level ground, and may snag or a small spot of algae on the bottom – all this is interesting pike and consequently us.
  4. Snags. Even a beginner knows that to find fish easiest to snags. But to find and catch is not one and the same. Also do not forget that the balancer with the spinner hardly miss a chance to be one of his hooks to hurt the branch or log. So that the novice with the snags I would not advise to deal with, for even the experienced angler will hardly be able to “get away”, that is, not to lose a couple of good lures.

Tactics for catching winter pike

Not even scary a sports term like “tactics” novice hunter winter pike, there is absolutely nothing complicated. Under the “tactics” I understand a set of thoughts and actions that can improve the final result of the fishing. And who doesn’t want it? Agree: silly, arriving even at super stocked with pike pond (find another like this), make a hole somewhere horrible.

Even if the waters are unfamiliar, external landmarks can still be defined, where the deep and the shallow. And certainly “you can’t hide” from our view reeds or bends in the coastline, where with high probability there are pike. I personally, initially not knowing where they are hiding active the pike, trying without much loss of time to sh all the diverse areas. Quite often then becomes clear where you should continue to “sieve” the ice.

Very closely related to the first bite and all that accompanied them. The correct analysis of the event gives a good perspective for the future. This bait that pike was interested in, and the place of the bite, and the wiring (the game), which was successful.

To the moments tactics include the fact that dawdle even for very productive wells (sites), in my opinion, not particularly effective. As already noted, ice fishing with artificial lures – a thing distinctive, it is necessary to focus only on the hungry pike that the majority wouldn’t wait to bite. Of course, there is the chance that passive at the moment pike “come to their senses” after a time, but for such situations I just go on catchability place, say, at the end of the day.

Noted two radically different option tactics pike fishing in winter spinners and balance weights. Depending on the location and activity of pike and in the mood of the angler some of the options are more preferable.

Option 1. Check for new promising places. It is logical to assume that once the pike reacts to the spinner or balancer in the majority at once (otherwise, ignore these bait), and the meaning in a detailed “small” hole no. This is partly true, myself I love and respect a currently running fishing checking different places (from the perspective, of course). It is important “not to lose” to harvest the entire row, otherwise winter day comes to an end, and we never have time to get to the most interesting places. What are they? Set it in the “Search”.

Option 2. Detail in the selected area. Often the approximate distribution of the concentration of pike is known even before the first drilled hole. For example, yesterday or a week ago we fished here, so today is about the course of current events. If successful the plot is extensive, and the pressure from fellow anglers is low, you can safely (and it is reasonable) bet on this site and to dedicate a couple of hours. As practice shows, in winter, the pike are usually not travelling long distances, so we can expect that at Shchuchye site (e.g. pit area) will definitely be a predator, and certainly in any of the time intervals there are multiple active instances, which will delight us in a moment.

Definitely has the right to life and the combination of both variants. Especially if in the course of fishing, it turns out that the chosen tactic is not working. In General, for fishing I would not be tied to a strict schedule and a clear algorithm of actions. First, it’s not interesting, and secondly, our favorite thing is too unpredictable to drive in any kind of framework. And bold decisions and innovative experimentation by far!


The issue with specific catchability baits are always very thin and has a lot of nuances, while catching the same pike in the winter and is extremely relative. For tips on what bait is catching, but what there is (especially if it is a categorical praise something separate), I’m quite reserved and generally I recommend that this point be considered only in the perspective “personal opinion”. His opinion without reference to individual models will share below.

Of beams, at first glance, and not a few “divorced” on the market, but frankly, not too they differ from each other. Is that quality but the hooks that come with. Personally, I am inclined to think that the main criterion of the balance weight size. For pike I would recommend a length of about 5-7 cm and only in the case of hunting for copies of 2-3 kg is reasonable “to enlarge” to see 9-10 at times, the word “shoot” small balance weights 5-6 cm long Especially the “kids” are relevant, when the pike is clearly preferenced or pecked, but not caught, and to repeat the attack is not solved.

When deciding on the colors of the balancer, I personally hold the opinion that in cold water, besides the ice, do not apply (at least at the beginning of the fishing) garish unnatural colors. Of course, it varies, but often just muted tones, no matter how corny it looked the most stable and effective. What exactly?

I prefer the combination of silver, white, black, gray, brown and blue. In General, any suitable combination of colors and proportions, if only the balancer didn’t look openly “other” in the underwater world. At all, by the way, not necessarily to the balancer maximally resembled a live food item, which often feeds the local pike. Finally, it is not always clear what the main menu from the local predators.

Definitely do not ignore the issue of quality hooks. And if a single (the one in the body of the beam), we hardly change, suspension tee probably should, in case of doubt, replace. If pike are not particularly picky, when you bite the whole balancer turns in her mouth. So even if the side hooks extremely bad, sharp quality tee on the abdomen will do the trick.

The spinner bait for fishing winter pike appeared before the beams, although in principle, in my opinion, especially catching those that other similar lures. Unlike equalizers, spinners much more all different and many of them in a given situation is able to provide the result. Spinners because a lot of that they often anglers are made independently, and here the role of imagination and personal quirks incredible.

Today not prepared to say what shape the spoon should be maximum chances to appeal to the pike. One of those lures that I’ve practiced, like vibrating elongated body (about 10 cm). If possible, these “spoons” correctly fitted tee. Long spinners are especially good for active pike in the period of first and last ice, or when we deliberately hunt for large instances.

Due to various reasons I often use a small (4-6 cm) diamond blestki. In my time with them I began developing exciting pike fishing in the winter, so severely stuck to this form of spinners. In addition, smaller “diamonds” can easily be interested in bass, including the “Humpbacks”.

As for the color of lures, here suffering with the choice is much smaller than with other baits. Just generally the spinners do not have such a variety of colors and, in principle, divided into the shiny (silver) and dull (yellow, matte, red…). I remember back when I started fishing (almost 30 years), my senior colleagues and mentors in one voice said that bright lures for cloudy weather and dark for solar. Supposedly the glare of the spinners a clear day – bad and good visibility a shiny lure on a cloudy day – all right. That’s what I focused.

After all this time, as far as I can judge by Internet content and simply communicate with like-minded people, the trend has not changed. Can’t say that it is all nonsense and superstitious, in General, support this opinion. However, I am absolutely not categorical to such statements and I am sure that “bright to cloudy weather and dim for solar” – not categorically. I have done absolutely the opposite, and had obvious advantages over colleagues. Especially when it comes to ice fishing, and even ice covered with snow. What kind of Sunny weather may be involved in the underwater world?


Transaction (or the game) bait, of course, is not the last thing in winter pike fishing from the ice. Here, though a lot different, and still something can advise. The balancer game, to me, more interesting and varied, which, of course, does not mean absolute success balancer in front of the spoon. For the most part, finding the balance weight the bottom, I podmetina about 10 cm of fishing line to the damped oscillations of the balancer does not cling to the ground or, worse roots.

My (and not only mine) the base game balancer – quite sharp on the stroke of two feet tall (maybe more) and then return the bait to its original position on the free release of fishing line. That is throwing the balancer up, drop quickly spinning back to the hole to a predetermined height. If you do not interfere with the balancer, he will choose the right path and will be of interest to the pike.

The moment when the rocker ended their game quite clearly registers a startled nod and a scaffold, which finally stops in the center of the hole. I’m in no hurry with the next toss-up balancer after you stop waiting for a pause in 5-7 seconds. Let the pike will think, decides. Pause often plays a key role, and the bites occur at this stage.

It is sometimes useful to knock the balancer on the bottom, raising a little turbidity, and then again to make the swing and pause. Concerned, finally, with this motion, pike can easily dare to attack. There are certain days when the pike rises slightly above the bottom (e.g. the thaw or the last the ice), and then correct the balancer to serve above the near-bottom horizon. But personally I have such fishing with the fishing at half depth was just a couple, all the rest I was fishing for pike at the bottom.

Usually 5-6 Postings well enough to check the hole. Found a successful combination of “toss-free lowering-pause”? Take care of it, this is probably the key to success not only in today’s fishing, but also for the balancer on other fishing trips too.

With the game spinners less hassle, but not everything is primitive and trite. As with the balancer, find the lure of the bottom line podnachivaet 5-10 cm and start the wiring. The pitch and tempo of some jetés depend on type spinners and more.

In the averaged version of it’s all the same half-meter of height and pause, during which the minnow on slack line plans to the starting position. Usually 5-7 seconds the spinner stops completely. Not devoid, of course, meaning and an extra pause of 2-5 seconds afterwards. Usually 5-6 Postings give good answer, whether active pike near the hole. The bite was not followed? Going further, there is a lot of interesting things.

The pike fishing in the winter scintillating. All positive, bright emotions and real trophies!

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