Summer bream fishing in still water
Fishing for bream in quarries, reservoirs and lakes is different from fishing on the river.
The first and main feature is that if the bream in the rivers during the day stays approximately in the same areas, then in stagnant water we can observe its pronounced daily migration. In the morning, evening and night, he goes to eat in shallow areas, and during the day goes to the deepest places of the reservoir. If it is cloudy, the bream prefers to stay in shallow water longer, and a sharp change in the weather sometimes forces him not to leave the pits.
He prefers to move, adhering to deep sections, therefore in the coastal pit, separated from the main depths of the reservoir by shallows, he may not appear at all. Conversely, a near-shore underwater hollow, connected to the main pits, is the most likely place where he will go out to feed. Fishing from the shore here can sometimes be successful throughout the day.
From the foregoing, it follows that for successful fishing of a bream with a fishing rod from the shore, the main thing is to know the topography of the bottom of the reservoir well, which is desirable to study in advance.
On a hot sunny afternoon, it may seem that there are no bream in the pond at all. However, the sonar screen shows that a flock of bream stands above the half-water pit, rising to the surface with increasing wind. This, apparently, is associated with the distribution of oxygen and the temperature stratification of water. The fish seeks depth for itself with the most comfortable conditions. At such moments, the bream is full and it is almost impossible to get him to take the attachment on the hook.
Success can come if you catch a summer mormyshka from a boat by hooking maggots, bloodworms or artificial lures such as beads, cambrices, balls made of black porous rubber or strips of dark foam. When the bream rises to the surface of the water and begins to pluck insect larvae from the underside of the leaves of water lilies growing in the depths of coastal piles, only such tackle will help you achieve a bite. On the hook of the mormyshka in this situation, it is better to plant an imitation of an insect larva or pupa.
Let us consider in order the features of fishing for bream in still water. Let’s start with classic fishing, with bait.
You can use the commercially available bait – domestic and imported. True, it is necessary to treat imported baits with great care. The fact is that part of the imported bait coming to our market is designed for the conditions of the western cultural fisheries, where the fish in the process of breeding are accustomed to certain food components introduced into the bait.
Most serious anglers prefer to prepare their own compositions, in extreme cases, on the basis of commercially available baits. This pays off, because this is the only way to create a mixture that is maximally adapted for a specific reservoir and for a specific fish.
The bait is based on breadcrumbs (corn or wheat) and oilcake (hemp or sunflower). Oilcake can be replaced with fried and chopped oilseeds – sunflower, rape, hemp (their proportion in the bait should be half to three times less than the cake).
The bream is very supportive of the presence in the bait of fried millet, buckwheat, peas, as well as “Hercules” fried to golden color. It is good to introduce bait and bran into the composition, but since the bream is bottom fish, it is better to steam them beforehand, pour boiling water in the evening, and enter the composition of the bait directly on the pond when mixing. By the way, the same applies to the cake.
All solid components must be thoroughly crushed. Firstly, the fish is not so quickly saturated with bait. Secondly, the surface area of the water increases, from which odorous and flavoring substances are released into the water. And thirdly, the finely ground mixture is quickly washed out by water, without polluting the reservoir.
Excellent results are obtained by using skimmed milk powder in the bait, which creates a cloud in the water that is extremely attractive for bream turbidity, but does not saturate the fish at all. You can also use whole skim milk, but keep in mind that it is advisable to introduce it into the dry bait a day before leaving for the reservoir, because long-term storage of a mixture of whole milk with the rest of the bait components leads to the rapid oxidation of milk fats, which leads to rancidity whole bait.
The bream has a very well-developed sense of taste, so it will not be superfluous to use artificial honey (molasses) milled with breadcrumbs as part of the bait.
Special mention should be made of flavorings. Almost all of the currently available flavors on sale attract bream well, I would just like to warn against excessive enthusiasm when fishing in still water, especially those containing dill and anise essential oils, garlic extracts. It is better to use fruit essences (pear, banana, raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant), cinnamon or vanilla with cocoa.