Spinning pike in July
Fishing for pike in the summer on a spinning rod is not the easiest thing to do and sometimes it becomes very difficult to achieve a good result in the form of long-awaited prey.
And if fishing is carried out in July, the hottest month of the year, then there is no more talk here, to catch a predator during this period is considered by many to be something from the realm of fantasy. The fact is that the pike has a hard time tolerating heat and when the water warms up to maximum temperatures, it tries to find more comfortable places to spend time. The predator becomes more lethargic and apathetic, which in turn affects its hunting, interest in baits, and, as a result, the quality of fishing.
Although it is quite difficult to catch pike in July, if you know how to do it correctly and properly prepare, then the fisherman will definitely not be left without prey. You just need to learn a few important points and fish strictly observing all the conditions for high-quality fishing.
Finding a fishing spot
Since pike behaves in a specific way in the hottest month of the year, special attention should be paid to the choice of a fishing spot. You should also draw a clear line between fish in stagnant water and in current, because its behavior largely depends on the type of reservoir.
The main condition when looking for a site for spinning fishing in July is to determine the appropriate temperature and oxygen conditions in a specific place in the reservoir.
It is worth separating deep and shallow lakes and ponds. Since the latter warm up quite strongly in hot weather, the predator in them is less active, and therefore reluctantly eats. It is better to leave them aside right away, and stop your attention only on deep-water lakes.
In reservoirs where the depth is large enough, you can look for holes where the temperature is lower. In such places, the predator usually hides from the July heat and feels better. When the weather is cooler, as well as in the evening and morning, when the sun is no longer baking, the predator comes out closer to the coast, where there is underwater vegetation.
In quarry-type reservoirs, when it is deep, but there are no clearly prominent holes, the pike also prefers places where there is abundant underwater vegetation. In such areas, there are often gaps with clear water without algae, where you can throw and lead the bait.
Spinning pike on rivers in summer has more fans than lake fishing. It usually gives a good result, but there is also a difficulty, which is that it is more difficult to find a parking place here. First of all, you should pay attention to areas where the water is more saturated with oxygen. These places include pits that border an intense current, areas located below the flow of streams into the river, as well as other places where air bubbles are observed rising to the surface from the water column.
The predator ignores silted places, and it cannot be found near the accumulation of flooded snags, which it loves in colder periods. In the process of decaying driftwood emit carbon dioxide, which scares the fish away.
In shallow rivers, a fisherman has a better chance of catching a predator. Although the water layer is thinner, there are more areas that are suitable for pike habitat. The banks of many small rivers are covered with various trees, which protect their inhabitants from hot sunlight, creating favorable conditions for life. Therefore, all types of fish, including pike, feel more comfortable. Here, the predator can be caught in its usual habitats, such as borders with abundant underwater vegetation, submerged driftwood, exits from deep holes and fallen trees.
Spinning tackle for pike fishing
Before you catch a pike on a spinning rod, you should immediately learn an important point – you can fish not only with its help. When going on a fishing trip, it is better to immediately prepare a spinning tackle, a bottom and a float rod. In the event that one of them does not work, the fisherman will be able to use the second, and thereby increase his chances of catching. An experienced hunter can easily catch a pike on a spinning rod, but it is better to play it safe and take spare accessories with you.
The spinning method of fishing requires the correct selection and preparation of individual elements. Of course, the style of fishing and the selection of tackle is different for each fisherman. Any professional already on a subconscious level feels what is needed to arrange an effective device for a specific type of fishing. It is better for beginners to build on several important conditions, the observance of which can greatly help in the fishing process.
Since in most cases it is necessary to catch a predator from overgrown areas of the reservoir, where there are clear gaps, it is better to take a rod with a fast action. Such a spinning rod will ensure a clear hit of the tackle in the right place.
It is better to use monofilament as the main line. During this period, a lot of poplar fluff is collected in reservoirs. If you use a braid, the fluff will quickly accumulate on the main line. Monofile will also collect it, but not in such quantities.
A leash made of a more durable material must be present so that the fish cannot bite it with their sharp teeth. This element should be no shorter than 20 cm. Since the predator in July is quite unpredictable and can attack the bait with different strengths – from a weak bite to a strong and rapid blow, the use of a leash can save the tackle from unnecessary breakage.
Spinning pike fishing tactics
Fishing for pike in July on a spinning rod begins with a survey of the reservoir, search for underwater vegetation, humps, pits and other various obstacles. Therefore, after arriving at the site, it is recommended to equip the spinning jig with a head and probe the bottom.
After examining the reservoir and determining its nature, you can install a wobbler and start hunting. According to many experienced fishermen, this type of lure is the most interesting for pike in the hottest month of the year. Then you can change the bait to another or continue fishing with a wobbler.
Predator bites can be sluggish (in most cases) and strong. Also, different individuals fight in different ways after being hooked. In some cases, you have to sweat a lot to pull out a small puppy. But there are situations that are completely opposite, when after a bite it becomes unclear whether a fish or some other object is sitting on the hook, and when the fisherman gets the tackle out of the water, it turns out that there is really a pike sitting there, only very sluggish. Such cases are much less common, but you also need to be prepared for them.
What to fish for pike should be chosen after determining the characteristics of the reservoir. The main criterion that the bait must meet is its ability to resist underwater vegetation, or rather not to cling to anything unnecessary during the posting. Most often they are used for such fishing:
- vibrators with protective antennae;
- jig baits.
The most popular, of course, are wobblers, since it is easier to catch a pike with their help. In any case, most anglers think so.
It is better to fish with products with large blades. During the drive, they will beat off the grass on the way, which will have a positive effect on the number of hooks. To minimize the risk, standard triple hooks can be replaced with single hooks. In this case, the number of bites will increase, but many of them will be ineffective.
If you decide what kind of spinner to catch, it is worth stopping your attention on a spoiler with protective antennae that will beat off the grass. The posting should be fast, as this type of bait differs in its weight.
Poppers will help you when fishing on a pond with solid vegetation, and it is simply impossible to find a clean place. Passing along the surface of the water, they do not cling to algae.
Jig heads and spinners are used when the water is cleaner and the risk of snagging is minimal.
Fishing in July is very difficult because of the specific behavior of the predator, as well as because of the heat, which is difficult for humans to endure. This is not an obstacle for fishermen who love their work, but it is worth remembering that you can catch a predator in summer not only in July. A milder June or August will also help you test your strength and luck.