In the spring, the shallowest areas and bays, into which streams flow, should first of all be checked. If the bay is heavily loaded, look for fish right in the middle. The braids, if they exist, also work properly, especially if there is more depth on one side of the braid.
If the day is overcast, it is worth checking the brow – bass on them, but do not hurry to lean closer to the shore. If you are in post-spawning – move a little deeper or climb to the high shore, look at the water. Often, the plying mother can be seen from afar, and catching her in the habit of labor is usually not.
In summer, especially on warm water, fishing from the shore is associated with great difficulties – the bass often stands far from the shore, on the navels above the thermocline. If there is a stump on the navel – you go there.
Very often the bass rises from the navels behind poppers and other surface baits, but it’s easier to use wobblers – krenki, heavy spinnerbaits, and silicone. If you find a sheer rock with a great depth under it – for sure you will catch it.
If by day – either in the shadow of the cliff, or, more often, on the border of light and shadow. If suddenly there is a sharp edge and bushes on it – in the evening the bass will get out there to take a walk-eat. And be caught, and bait picking enough.
In the early autumn, it is worth looking for ridges of bushes and flooded trees. Bass will definitely be spinning there, from time to time, getting out in shallow water. At this time, the so-called reference or reference points work well. If one tree is forward in the row of trees – it is more likely that the fish will be there.
The same is an outstanding stone or something like that. Later in the autumn, when fishing from the shore, it is necessary to check the bushes on the crayons, if not to reach the deep debris and the bows. Well, in winter, stupidly wander around the shore and throw, throw, throw. But all these things are superimposed very interestingly.
All of the above is true for stable weather when the pressure is more or less normal, there is no strong wind and rain. The coldest front is the most unpleasant weather phenomenon. A day or two before the passage of the bite a little stronger, but at the time of his arrival and 2-3 days after the biting dies.
The fish slides into the depths, it feeds very badly. Sometimes a reduction in the size of the bait can help. A warm front, if it is in the winter or spring, raises the bass from the depths. But in the summer he pushes it into the very depths, to the thermocline.
The wind uniquely improves the biting, both due to the mixing of water and due to the less alertness of the fish. Particularly favorable effect on the biting rain, especially lingering. From the bank’s streams of turbidity flow with food, water is saturated with oxygen, the angler is less noticeable against the background of clouds.
A thunderstorm drives the bass to depth, in addition, it is not at all safe to wave the current collector in the air-saturated air. Some of my friends experienced the pleasure of experiencing a side discharge. Thank God, without any special consequences.
It is not enough to find a bass; we must offer him that bait, which he will not refuse to grab. The common opinion that the bass is extremely illegible in food fish and grabs everything that falls from above is a fatal delusion caused most often by rollers from the “Shop on the couch” where the bass in the aquarium swallows “super-extra-bait”. I note that I have tried not all existing bait for bass, and of course, I have my favorite.
Silicone bait – for me, so the most basic in catching. They invented a variety of varieties: they are worms, crayfish, lizards, and certain creatures with many paws.
I do not think that the bass is very important exact similarity of the bait to the real object, rather, the manner of its behavior in the water is important. But the color, oddly enough, very often works. My preferences: navy blue, black, dark green.
Vivid “chemical” tones often work chartreuse, bright pink. Paws and other outgrowths on baits are needed to reduce the speed of the fall of silicone in clean water due to sail, and especially among bushes, where the “creature” clings to the branches with all its limbs.
There is also a certain way of catching such lures: the “creature” on the offset hook with a heavy cargo bullet, fastened next to the hook, is thrown directly into the thick of the branches; bite usually occurs on the fall, but sometimes it is useful to pull the bait up and down.
But the whole trick of this method of fishing is that the bait must be served absolutely silently – otherwise, the bass will be shuffled from the tree, and the bites will not be.
There are a lot of ways to install soft baits. They can be divided globally into “Texas” and “not Texas.” “Texas”, this is when the offset man with a bullet freely moving along the line.
All the rest – it’s sparrows like Karolin’s rigging, when the load is fixed in half a meter from the bait, all sorts of combinations with beads, tungsten bullets, bronze inserts for extra noisiness.
Another option – installation without loading at all; sometimes in shallow water or passive bass it works. In general, this is a huge field for experiments. I, for example, use almost exclusively “texas.”
Among the large class of these hard baits, I would like to mention three: krenki, minnow, and rattle. On the first catch mainly in the summer, on the belly button, and, often very successfully.
The professional bassyatnik box with krenkami – 90% of the volume of all baits (all kinds of shapes, colors, a lot of theories, when and where) I personally caught a maximum of a dozen fish on the cranks.
The second – it is shallow waters, bays and under steep rocks, when you can see how the bass flies from a depth of many meters. Well and the third – very catchy baits on braids and cold water. It should be noted that I have not caught a single bass for the whole time, but I know people who have made good results for them.
This includes all kinds of poppers, craters, walkers, as well as the ubiquitous silicone if it is carried out quickly. It should be noted that biting for surface bait, even in warm water is unstable. More often it is not than it is. But if the water is warm and clean, or, as an option, small and cloudy, the surface can also “shoot.” In the arsenal, they should be 5-6 pieces of varying degrees of noise.
Especially for bass invented bait. The edible thing is unlike absolutely, but the bass eats it. A big plus – the bait passes through the bushes almost without loss. The combination of petals is quite important.
The presence of around petal “Colorado” is better in troubled waters, “Longi” is preferable in cold water. It is interesting to use heavy (more than 25 g) spin balls on an active bass in the distance, when large specimens ply along the edge at the casting boundary.
Bites often occur at the moment of bait entrapment. Spinnerbait is probably one of the most versatile baits. Its wiring ranges from an ordinary spinner to a classical step.
Separately there is a group of jigheads, which, unlike those known to us, are equipped with a wire whisker that protects hooks from hooks when fishing in a dead bucket, and a silicone skirt that looks like a spinnerbait skirt.
Jigs, in principle, are self-sufficient, but often they are worn by a trailer – silicone cancer, a worm or a piece of specially prepared pigskin, which is considered a classic.
What kind of spinning to take? From what we catch in Russia closest to the classical bass spinning, those that test up to an ounce and above, up to two meters long and the formation are similar to a billiard cue.
This is necessary first of all in order to prevent the bass from giving a bass the chance to start a serious resistance, and literally drag it into the boat – very often thin fluorocarbons are used, and if the bass flies into bushes or grass, it can not be seen as its ears.
In our case (when fishing from the shore), spinning should be taken more truly – 2.60 or 2.70, and test to 21-24 g. Far casts are quite rare since in many reservoirs the depths often reach 40 meters or more. Do not take a frank “light” – the bassist about a kilogram will tie him in a knot.
Braided or fluorocarbon? There is no unequivocal answer. But only one formula is well known – the more passive or pressing the bass in a pond, the thinner the line must be. Ideally – fluorocarbon.
But then the undercut should be very sweeping, over the shoulder. Otherwise, the gathering of strong fish is inevitable. And if the water is muddy, there is a lot of basses – the braid works too.
Meat mincer or cartoon? Americans are all very often caught in cartridges, mostly “soap dishes”. They make it possible to carry out a very precise and important, quiet cast.
Personally, my opinion – all the same, can be done and the meat grinder after a little workout. The only thing is, there will be some problems with the “memory” of fluorocarbon. But this is solved either by reducing the diameter of the line or by increasing its quality.
Where to catch?
If you suddenly have a desire to try yourself in catching such a versatile roar, the question arises where to do it. Without exaggeration, we can say that the nearest place where this can be done without problems is Cyprus.
Bass is quite a lot, and for those seven years that the Russian Bass-league athletes go there, the bass catching stopped being something exotic. And in fishing shops it is now possible to buy almost all the assortment of necessary baits, it makes no sense to drag from Russia.
The only problem that can lie in wait for us on this truly hospitable island is a constant deficit of fresh water, because of which the dams (in which the Department of Water Resources itself developed a bass in its time) are greatly diminished.
For example, at the time of writing the situation is close to disaster – the level of the main dams has already fallen below the critical, and the rains will go only in February. And it is not a fact that they will be so abundant that they fill the dams.
It is worth remembering that fishing in Cyprus is exclusively coastal, a license can be bought in the departments of the Department of Water Resources, which are in all major cities, and it costs about 50 euros for a whole year.
As an alternative, you can consider the option with Central Europe, first of all, with Croatia. Bass there was bred relatively recently, after a bloody civil war that split Yugoslavia into parts.
Then, because of the fear of terrorist attacks, all the large dams were lowered, and when all came to fruition, they filled them and launched a bass along with another fish. They took him from neighboring Hungary, which, by the way, can not be discounted. Bass is well established, despite the fact that the ponds freeze for several months.
And it is quite possible that in the waters of Croatia a new European record is floating, for today it is just over four kilograms. By the way, the bass can be caught there right in the center of Zagreb. The rules are simple – caught – let go. The license will be sold to you on the spot, but it is very expensive – about 10 euros per day.
Of course, Spain and Portugal are rightfully considered the mecca of the European bass movement. In the first bass, there is a lot of all the major rivers in the south, especially in the middle and lower reaches of the Ebro, where the cascade of reservoirs restrains the river.
And the reservoir Mekinense (Kaspe) has been the venue for the largest European tournament “Kaspe Bass” for many years. There is much fish in the delta.
By the way, there it is possible (a rare case!) To combine freshwater fishing with sea – for a choice it is necessary only to turn to the right or to the left of the base. If someone likes to visit the Canary Islands – there’s a bass too.
In Portugal, where two consecutive world championships for catching bass were held, it is also abundant in the reservoirs of the Guadiana River, which, by the way, for many kilometers is the natural boundary between Spain and Portugal. In Portugal, it is somewhat harder to find a base for fishing, but everything is within reason.
Even in Europe, the bass in “commodity” quantities can be found in Italy, a little in France. Episodic bass caught in the Danube – after passing through some countries with the presence of a bass he absorbs some of its numbers.
Of non-European countries other than the US itself, there are many basses in Mexico and Cuba. But the simplicity of its catching there is greatly complicated by the high prices for air tickets and the “communist” attitude of the Cubans to tourists, even from friendly countries – the task is to clear their purses from the hard currency as quickly and completely as possible. So first of all, it’s worth to try Europe. Good luck!
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