Roach in front of the Deaf Earth
The revival of biting in the Sorozhkin weather. The role and composition of the bait in a period of weak activity of roach. What mormyshki and which game are most often used.
The first month of winter is quite controversial and diverse in the manifestations of fishing. If the end of November, the beginning of December, depending on the timing of the formation of ice, is often a real fishing holiday, called the first ice, then by the end of December the influence of the approaching “deaf-and-snow” is becoming ever more noticeable. And this is inevitable. It happens every year. And this is due to the conditions changing under the ice, when under thicker ice and falling snow it becomes darker and the amount of oxygen decreases. The fish becomes inactive, including roach, which most recently desperately bent a nod of a winter street, recklessly grabbing a bloodworm on a hook or a reelless mormyshka. The revitalization of the roach bite happens during the thaw, especially in the so-called “Sorozhkina” weather, that is, a quiet warm morning with falling soft snow. During long thaws even crucian carp revives and begins to feed, as if nothing had happened, as if spring had already arrived.
Fishing today has a completely different technical equipment than decades ago. Therefore, ice drills have become different when compared with past “spoons” and “glasses”, when fishermen strove for the minimum diameter of the hole so as not to suffer from drilling holes, especially with poor sharpening of knives. Nowadays, there is no such problem and it is better to choose an ice drill for roach fishing with a diameter of at least 150 mm. This is due to the fact that often during the roach fishing on the Volga there are also breams. Such a fish may not pass into a narrow sports “hole” 100 mm in diameter, and even with a hook we can only get the head of a bream.
In the difficult period of weak roach activity, bait plays an important role. Often, only using bait can provide a relatively intense bite of this fish, especially large, which at the end of December becomes lethargic and cautious. The bait, which, according to famous fishermen, really work during this period, can be attributed, in particular, Greenfish. Cold water”. More effectively, this bait works in tandem with some flavorings. It can be syrups with the smell of “smoked cancer”, “hemp in fish”, “salmon”, “red caviar”.
Delivery of bait to a depth of more than four meters is usually carried out using the so-called “dump trucks”, that is, feeders that open at the desired depth, usually at the bottom, or at the bottom. There are some features that need to be considered so that bait without loss will reach its goal. After filling the feeder with bait, the feeder should be slowly lowered into the hole to displace air, which is always inside the bait. The process of lowering the feeder should not resemble lowering to the bottom of a winter bait. There, when dumping the bait, it goes away from the vertical axis of the hole. The same thing can happen with the feeder when it is too fast dropping to the bottom. And then the bait will lie on the bottom away from the hole.
Open the feeder, pulling out the spring “check” from the hole in the feeder with a sharp jerk. And it’s best to do this not at the bottom, but half a meter from it. This will expand the feeding area and create a food cloud in the hole area, which will certainly attract nearby fish. In relative shallow waters, it is more advisable to feed the fish by lowering slightly squashed and flattened bait balls into the hole. Round balls usually roll with the flow.
Roach in front of the deaf earth, bait
The composition of the bait is usually added to the bait, which is used on a particular fishing trip. Most often it is bloodworms and small maggot. But this does not always give the desired effect. If flocks of ruffs or perches are nearby, then they will block the way for roach to roach. Thorny fish will continuously fiddle with the bait and ruin the fishing.
For successful roach fishing, usually use a smooth game with a mormyshka. Already at the lowering of mormyshki with bait at the very beginning of fishing, you should monitor the behavior of the nod. Often the first bites occur in the upper horizons of the water column. Roach is best taken on a slow, swaying lowering of the bait to the bottom. In the period of weak activity of the fish, it is not necessary to make large brushes of bloodworms, even for large fish. It is better to plant one bloodworm in a half ring.
What mormyshki to use
Mormyshki in this period are used in small sizes, not more than 2.5 mm. Often smaller tungsten lures work even better. Roach attracts lures with a light coating and often silver plated. Thin fishing line with a diameter of 0.08-0.1 mm is used to catch careful roach.