Hunting with a wobbler. Where to look, how to catch zander
Pike perch is schooling, actively moving in a large area of the reservoir. Chasing him, constantly changing fishing places, is not always justified. Much more rational, knowing the seasonal, daily migration of predator flocks, wait for it in a certain place and at a certain time. For each reservoir, whether it is a river, lake or reservoir, the schedule for zander to reach very specific and favorite places in established weather runs with an accuracy of 1 to 10 minutes.
Since mid-July, pike perch activity in reservoirs has been falling sharply, biting has shifted to night time and does not occur more often than once every one to two days. In rivers, zander is more active throughout the entire period of open water; but, starting in July, confidently pecks only at night.
With the beginning of water stratification, despite the decline in the activity of a predator, to some extent it becomes even easier to catch it than in June. This is explained by the fact that if the pike perch still feels good at a sufficient depth, then the bleak is literally pressed to the surface of the water. This small fish accumulates at the confluence or confluence of rivers: there is more oxygen dissolved in water and the consequences of flowering water are minimal. It is not difficult for an experienced fisherman to find such sites. And where there is bleak – there is pike perch. Flocks of zander, consisting (depending on the concentration of the species in the pond), as a rule, are not of one dozen specimens, at this time they break up and rarely there are more than two or three individuals. But they stay in the middle layers of water and in a certain section of the reservoir, moving very reluctantly. The fisherman, having identified the familiar silhouettes with an echo sounder, is able to catch the whole flock. True, there is one caveat. If zander is at shallow depth too close to the boat, then fixing them with an echo sounder is unrealistic, you can only scare them away.
From the beginning of October, zander, as a rule, returns to its previous activity. In the middle of the month he comes autumn zhor. At this time, pike perch are interested in fish leading a near-bottom lifestyle, such as ruff, gudgeon, small breeder, and sometimes perch. At the end of October, the scattered predator flocks reunite. On rare sunny days, with slightly elevated atmospheric pressure several times a month, they round up bleak, driving it into the coastal zone, and sometimes deep into the bay. In autumn, bleeding, having walked the necessary weight for winter, becomes especially nimble and agile, and only a large flock of pike perches is able to cope with a brisk small fish.
Pikeperch fighting is the final stage of extermination of a flock of small things surrounded by flocks. Fighting a predator can occur in any layer of water. If it goes to the surface, then muffled bursts are clearly audible, resembling weak blows on the water with the palm of a child. You can see the breakers, and sometimes – fish flying out of the water and scattering in different directions. Almost the same thing can be observed during the battle of perch. Sometimes from the water, an open gadfly mouth or an inverted body of a fish is shown. If the fight takes place on a clear night near the surface (a phenomenon in itself is very rare), then this is a rather eerie picture – phosphorescent, burning eyes are clearly visible in the moonlight, and the white sides of the predator during turns. If the battle takes place in depth and in calm weather, then weak circles are barely visible on the water mirror, and from time to time wounded bleeding pops up to the surface and, having splashed a few meters, disappears into a greedy mouth. The hunting of zander in the bottom layers can only be guessed by the intensity of the bite.
Summarizing the experience of catching pikeperch with circles and spinning, I came to the conclusion that at the bottom the pikeperch bites less often than in the water column or on the surface. But there is one caveat. Zander takes the bait lying or moving along the bottom without preliminary preparation, which facilitates its hooking. In the water column, the predator acts differently. As a rule, he stuns the fish for ease of capture, sometimes without even opening its mouth, and only after that swallows. In some cases, the pikeperch beats the fish or drives it away from itself, not even intending to try it on the tooth, simply “punishing” the fish for violating the distance and getting too close to the predator.
For beginner spinning players who catch not only on wobblers, the question constantly arises: why does a pike perch, despite all their efforts, not take during a fight? It is necessary to dwell on this situation in more detail.
Before the start of the battle, pike perch begin to pursue bleak in a fairly large area. As a rule, they try to clear the territory of uninvited guests who are nearby, which may be pike, perch, large bream or other white fish. Then the pike perch may well hit or grab a wobbler of any size. Surrounding the bleak, the foolish flock already responds only to the desperate maneuvers of elusive fish. At this moment, the predator resembles a radar tuned to a single wave – a wave of impulses and vibrations emitted by the prey. As a result, if during the battle a wobbler is selected that does not match the size of the pursued fish, the pace of posting is not guessed or the depth is incorrectly determined, the zander will not be taken.