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How to catch crucian in winter on a shallow career

How to catch winter crucian on a shallow career
Catching crucian carp in winter is very entertaining, but requires great patience.

Fishing is all the more interesting because there are a lot of quarries around modern cities. For example, peat shallow careers. These bodies of water usually have a flat bottom, covered with a layer of bottom sludge. There crucian wintering, burying themselves in soft soil.

There is enough food in such a quarry for crucian carp, but in cold water, if there is deep silt at the bottom, the fish completely loses activity. Any need for food for crucian carp in a peat quarry disappears in the fall.

In severe cold, a shallow quarry freezes almost to the bottom, and crucian carp digs deep into the silt (sometimes to a depth of 70 cm). Therefore, catching crucian carp in the winter on a peat bog is a waste of time.

Crucian fishing spot in winter
Sand and clay quarries are suitable for fishing crucian carp in winter – there is no silt at the bottom, which means that crucian carp simply have nowhere to “winter”. Fish is forced to seek additional nutrition. With the onset of cold weather, the fish first goes to the pits, where the water cools last, and after the first ice appears on the water, it is distributed in more convenient places:

– some remain near the pit,
– some go to snags.
In primeval ice, almost all fish prefer to go to a hard, flat bottom in shallow water. In those places at the bottom, small underwater crustaceans, worms, and larvae still live.

It is advisable, even in the warm season, to designate places for oneself so as not to look for them in winter, moving haphazardly on ice with an ice drill and a fishing box.

In winter, most often, crucian carp are caught in mormyshka on a shallow quarry, and the result largely depends on the correct choice of this bait. The most successful option is the smallest mormyshka of dark tones.

For fishing with a “nod” or a float, you can use standard purchased fishing rods.

It is preferable to use soft nods, which are able to catch the slightest pull. You need to choose a short and short nod. The best nods with such characteristics are made from lavsan, and it’s good if you can adjust the length, and then use mormyshki of different weights.

Fishing line for crucian carp in winter requires light, transparent. Monofilament for catching crucian carp is more suitable than braid. The diameter of the line used should not exceed 0.12 mm.

For catching crucians, hooks No. 2.5-3.5 are suitable – if you take it smaller, then it will jump out of the fish’s mouth. However, this is not important. The hook should first of all match the bait used.

In the case of fishing with a fishing rod, it is better to use light sports floats.

Lures and bait
In winter, crucian carp is most often caught on bloodworms. You need to plant it in several pieces and very carefully so as not to damage the delicate bait irrevocably. Sluggish bloodworms are not interested in fish at all, therefore, fishing for fishing for crucian carp you need to take a fresh, active bloodworm.

Crucian responds well to a “sandwich” of maggots and bloodworms. This fish sometimes takes a thaw and steamed pearl barley, flavored with anise oil. As a bait, even in winter, a red worm is sometimes used.

However, a lot depends on the taste preferences of the crucian carp in each particular reservoir. Crucian carp is unpredictable fish and even within the same quarry can take different bait in different weather. It is worth mentioning that every quarry has its own gourmets, the taste preferences of which sometimes have to be clarified for many years.

Special bait on sand pits can not be done – in order to maintain the bite of the crucian carp, it is enough to periodically drop the rejected bloodworm into the hole.

You can confidently use the bait bought in the store as the basis of the bait mixture. You can add dried milk, ground roasted seeds, and even a little black ground coffee to the base.

In some places, anglers add half a pack of fried and ground “Hercules” to the purchased bait, and the effectiveness of such a bait can be rated as “encouraging”.

You can feed crucian directly to the hole.

Winter carp fishing
In winter, crucian carp responds to wide, smooth fluctuations, movement of the bait at the bottom. You need to lower the mormyshka with bait to the very bottom, play a little with a nod, while raising and slightly lowering the mormyshka.

As soon as the nod twitches, you need to do a cut. At the same time, one cannot let the crucian go to the side of underwater shelters: the remains of algae, snags. Crucian carp, especially large one – is a great master to confuse fishing line with quality.

Often, when fishing with a float, one can observe how the crucian spreads the float. It is necessary to try to make a hook before the float completely lies down. It is important that crucian carp cannot be hooked very sharply. This fish has quite soft lips. It can break.

In shallow quarries, crucian carp must be sought, observing all camouflage measures. The angler’s movements on the ice are quite audible. And, if the ice is transparent and there is no snow on it, then catching crucian carp will be incredibly difficult.


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