Pike perch on live bait
We will make a reservation right away: we are talking about narrowing the pike perch on live bait, and not about fishing with mugs and all kinds of “rubber bands”. Against the backdrop of the growing popularity of spinning, this fishing was in the shade – and completely undeserved.
Live bait? The classic bait fish for zander has an elongated body and a length of up to 12 centimeters. For example, gudgeon, bleak, roach, dace, chub, roach, perch, ruff, etc. However, my secret nozzle for capital zander in stagnant water bodies does not meet these parameters: this is a big roach!
How to plant?
I put a large live bait fish (when fishing in stagnant water) on one tee, carefully sticking it behind the dorsal fin, and small one on the single, for the upper lip. The size of the hook, of course, should correspond to the size of the live bait, and not at all the size of the expected zander, as some believe.
With or without a float?
The disadvantage of the fishing rod is that the fishing line, going vertically or almost vertically from the bait fish to the float, touches the upper lip of the pike perch, which is considered a very sensitive place. In addition, with a float it can be very problematic or even impossible to catch on the stream.
Advantages: float fishing rod allows you to catch a large area of a suitable section of the reservoir, is indispensable when fishing in snags. It should also be noted that for many people fishing with a float simply gives more pleasure.
Whatever the float, it should not show excessive resistance to pike perch during bite. In other words: it must be correctly unloaded. One of my favorite models: a plastic sliding float, offered at one time by the company Balzer (see photo). The line passes inside it; the stopper consists of a stopper assembly and a bead. A sinker is an appropriately sized olive plugged with a soft wood stick.
In no case should it be close to the hook so as not to hamper the movement of live bait and not to interfere with the pikeperch swallowing (minimum distance – 50 cm). The advantage of the sliding float, in addition to facilitating fishing in deep places, is the ability to “play” live bait, periodically pulling it up to the float, and then letting it sink under the weight of the sinker. Such a game very often acts on zander irresistibly.
In snags, a sliding float has an additional advantage: when pulling out live bait, the latter rises almost vertically, and the danger of a hook is much less. The use of a special hook with a protective handle almost completely eliminates hooks: this is a large single-hand (No. 4 / 0-6 / 0), stuck into the live bait behind the dorsal fin.
In the ideal case, such fishing is done from a boat or from some elevation directly under a locked place (bridges, pier, steep coast). You should not hesitate to hook, and you need to hook fast enough to overcome the resistance of the hook hook. Survival boils down to the fact that the pike perch, not allowing him to come to his senses, is lifted to the boat and picked up by the net.
In clean places
In more or less clean places, the float can be released downwind for considerable distances, for example along the brow or above the pits, allowing fish bait to swim in the horizon where the zander should be. Such tactics are especially effective in large reservoirs. In small reservoirs, especially elders and ponds, it may more likely be necessary to keep live bait in one place. Here a moving sinker comes to the fore. At the same time, as can be seen from Figure 2, it is not at all necessary to abandon the float. The float is tied to a separate piece of fishing line, which, in turn, is attached to the main fishing line by a stop knot, so that it can be moved depending on the depth at the place of fishing. Despite the apparent clumsiness of the equipment, it is very rarely tangled when casting. The only pity is that it is not designed for great depths.
In the rivers
For fishing in the rivers, there is also an interesting snap-in with a float and a sliding sinker. Only there, both the float and the sinker are fixed on the fishing line motionless (Fig. 3). The fishing process is reminiscent of a harness. The sinker raises dregs from the bottom, which additionally attracts zander.
After the pike perch drowns the float, it can be very difficult to determine where it is heading. If he moves toward the fisherman, hooking is dangerous. A small cork or foam ball rescues here, dressed on a fishing line above the main float and freely sliding on it. Since it is not fixed by anything, it cannot drown and always shows the direction of movement of the pike perch.
With a strong wind or current from the float, more harm than good. In this case, I catch without a float with a sliding sinker, drowning the fishing line and opening the coil of the reel. The bite signaling device is a small bright float, hung on a fishing line between the reel and the first ring of the rod; if necessary, I weigh it down with something.