On the pike with the vents
Pike is an ardent individualist. It occupies its specific place in the reservoir and “develops” its territory, reaching a certain age and weight. She begins to live apart, not yet gaining 50 grams of weight. But if the pike concentration is too high in the pond, there is competition between them and the search for their place in this case is delayed for an unlimited period.
The best, promising sections of the reservoir are occupied by older specimens, and juvenile pike are forced to occupy the coastal strip. Usually she chooses places near the reed, with a favorable microclimate, that is, sufficient flow, an increased content of oxygen dissolved in water, a natural shelter in the form of driftwood or grassy vegetation in accordance with the pristine ice. The concentration of fish in this area is high. Fishing here is very effective and biting can last for a day. But copies will rarely reach a weight of 500-600 grams. Moreover, in the coastal zone there are the most favorable places, and the competition in the struggle for them is so great that it seems that there is even a queue for pike to occupy them.
Of one or two holes, it is often possible to catch as many fish as all of the rest taken together. Pikes that win the competition tend to take deep, deep places. edges of flooded ravines. pits with a weak course, that is, go deep, where they reach impressive size.
Deep pikes are distinguished by a lumpy, densely knocked-down body, slightly flattened from the sides. The size of the body of individual specimens, at first glance, creates the impression of imbalance, which, however, is characteristic of all predatory fish that spend most of the time at a sufficient depth. As a rule, it is from such a pike “breed” that real giants weighing up to 10 kilograms or more grow.
In contrast to this type of pike, specimens are found whose length strongly dominates the width. They live and get food, as a rule, in the dense vegetation of overgrown reaches. Their serpentine body helps to freely get through the wilds of the underwater flora. At a low concentration, such pikes, although inferior in weight to deep ones, are able to reach considerable sizes.
Some of the pikes remain hosted on the coastal brow near the reed (the thrust of fish to such places is explained by better air circulation through the hollow stems of plants and through porous, non-monolithic ice). Such pikes are of little interest to anglers, since they do not reach a decent weight.
The territory occupied by them is quite limited, in addition, it has to be shared with other such copies. Instead of active feeding, they are forced to stand in ambush for days, since there is not enough food base in a small area for everyone.
Each pike has its own shelter, its own route, which is a certain closed loop. The more favorable the weather and seasonal conditions, the longer the route. With a large concentration of the predator in one snag, several large pikes can live. During a zhor or under certain weather factors, they go to the nearest sandbank and can attack live bait almost simultaneously, which creates the illusion of a pike flock. A predator, which has reached a weight of 5 kilograms, rarely tolerates competitors close to itself and keeps them at a decent distance. Such a predator will never go hunting for a remote sandbank.
Pike most often attacks from their usual shelter, setting up an ambush there. But with favorable factors, or if it is hungry, but there is no food, it, hiding behind the folds of the bottom, moves along the once and for all laid route in search of fish. She can be ambushed or suddenly attack the victim anywhere in her territory.
Small pike trails (weighing up to 1 kilogram) in the coastal zone intersect quite often; medium pike (1.5-3.0 kilograms) – extremely rare, only during the pre-spawning zhor, when each predator tries to expand its territory at the expense of the other. The trails of large pikes (from 5 kilograms and more) practically never intersect.
The routes of several predators converge in one favorable and well located location for them. This is usually a fontanel or some kind of shelter. Frequent bites in one of the holes, which, at first glance, does not differ from the others, indicate that such a place was found: a predator tries to grab live bait in the disputed territory as soon as possible.
The nature of the pike bite is directly dependent on the time of year, weather conditions and the oxygen regime of the reservoir. The classic pike bite follows the following scenario.
The pike attacks the live bait, capturing it across the body. At this moment, usually after several sharp turns of the coil, a pause follows, the length of which depends on the size of the pike and the size of the live bait.