Pike fishing in the grass
The spotted predator often chooses the places of hunting, densely overgrown with aquatic vegetation. In spring, in such places the water warms up much faster than in the river bed or in the pit of the reservoir. Therefore, in the thickets of old reeds, rich in insects and with warm water, comes various small fish, and behind it – predators. In the fall, small fish and predators also gather in shallow bays with already fading vegetation, only now to bask in the sun of “Indian summer” before the onset of cold weather. In the summer, pike hunts here for the same reason as in other seasons, that is, because of the abundance of food supply – small fish. Only now the pike goes to the shallow grassy grass early in the morning or at night, and during the day stands in the shadow of the shores or overgrowth of water lilies.
Fishermen call such places “toads”.
Indeed, there is often heard the croaking of frogs and the rumbling of toads. Even if we add stumps and dry trees sticking out of the water here, which is not uncommon in the flooded area of the reservoir, then a complete illusion of the swamp is created. Meanwhile, at the dawn in the grass, the blows of a fair fishtail are heard every now and then, unless a mermaid splashed or Watery coughed up in the water …
Fishing in such sturdy places requires non-sticking baits.
And, despite the inevitable hooks, it is better if the lures are hung on a relatively thin fishing line for greater naturalness of movement. If we talk about spring, then silicone worms, which, being non-hooking on an offset hook, are suitable for the most part, also serve as natural prey for pikes. During this period, when the meltwater floods the meadows and coastal shallow waters, the pike greedily feed on live worms crawling out of their burrows. Silicone worms on the offset hook, the sting of which is recessed into the body of the bait or is located in a special shelf, various obstacles in the form of grass and even snags pass perfectly.
In summer, edible rubber vibrotails are widely used for fishing in aquatic vegetation. They are also mounted on an offset hook. If the bait has a shelf on the back, the sting of the “offset” is inserted there or embedded in the body of the vibrotail. We have recently received various imitations for shrimps and crayfish, also from edible rubber. This is, of course, something fantastic in appearance. Such crayfish and shrimp are not found in wildlife. Nevertheless, pike agitatedly react to these newcomers from another world and grab them just as well or better than traditional silicone baits. In addition to the various smells of crayfish, mackerel, shrimp, these baits made from edible rubber are also saturated with salt. Strangely enough, it also attracts pike. In addition, such bait made heavier due to salt. And since long throws are not required in the grass, such baits can be cast without loading, which makes them more natural in motion. If you put the load, it is not heavier than 3 grams, considering also the fact that the depth in the “toads” is sometimes a little more than a meter. For fishing over aquatic vegetation, in the openings and windows among it is used mainly jerking method of posting – twitching. Lure, jerking sliding through the vegetation, falling through the clean windows and ducts among the grass, will surely cause the bite of the pike, no matter how low-active the pike is.
In addition to traditional fishing for silicone bait, a strange way of fishing is also used – called
Literally, “wacky” translates as “stupid” or “wacky” worm. Where did this name come from? Everything is explained by the not quite traditional way of fitting the silicone bait on the hook, that is, across the body of the bait, which is typical for hooking on a hook, rather, a live worm. With this method of mounting, the vibrotail, and more often the silicone worm, moves erratically, like a living worm falling into the water. Worms are planted, cutting off the “tails”, and in vibro-tails – stomachs, because they resemble the beer belly of some gourmet of the human race. Such a thick vibrotail cannot play as actively as a flexible worm.
For the wacky fishing method, semicircular hooks are used, similar to carp hooks. Among them are podgruzhennye and nezatseplyayuschiesya hooks.