IDE fishing – the most effective ways
Outwardly, the ide looks like a roach, with which it is often confused by beginners who accidentally catch a small individual. They both belong to the carp family, but unlike its close relative, the ide can grow to enormous sizes. So, under favorable conditions, in particular with a good feed base, it gains weight 5-6 kg. True, such specimens rarely end up in fishermen’s cages, mainly fish weighing from 1 to 2 kg come across, but this is enough for many to hunt them purposefully. Moreover, ide fishing is an exciting fishing that allows you to use a variety of tackle, from a simple fishing rod with a float to a classic feeder. Having reached a certain age, this fish even grabs spinning baits, despite its belonging to the peaceful species.
A loyal ide will be effective only if the fisherman is well prepared for it, correctly tuned the tackle, knows the habitat of the object of fishing, its habits and food preferences. The desire to get such a trophy plays an important role. It should go off scale. If you are indifferent to the process (bite – good, not bite – well, okay), the idea is unlikely to be crowned with success. The angler’s eyes should “burn” in anticipation of a bite, then he will surely catch the fish of his dreams.
Where to look and when to catch
Ide is widespread in the European part of the continent and Siberia, found in many rivers in Asia. He feels most comfortable in large and deep flowing reservoirs with a moderate current. He can live in a lake, provided that it is connected to a large river and there is movement of water at the place of confluence.
Ide fishing on the river begins with finding a promising place. There are several areas where he likes to park. So, ide usually holds:
- at the exits from deep pits;
- near whirlpools and whirlpools;
- behind the rifts, where the water flow is slightly weaker;
- under steep banks, from which trees hang over the water;
- on the so-called return lines (swirling current);
- next to bridge piers and other underwater elements of hydraulic structures;
- in places with an uneven clay bottom.
The object of fishing loves depth, in shallow water only hunger can drive it out. Fishing in the shallows will not bring the desired result, unless in spring, when the ide, weakened after spawning, is forced to go out into the coastal zone rich in food in order to recuperate in a short time. There is always a lot of food here, but there are also a lot of predators, so he does not stay here for a long time.
In summer, this fish often rises to the surface and collects fallen insects. In the upper layers, a whole flock of small individuals (roaches) can stand, but large specimens remain at a depth and lead an isolated lifestyle.
Ide fishing in spring, summer and at the end of the season will be productive in the morning and in the evening. In hot daytime, only roaches chasing insects are caught on the hook, and even those are rare. With a good bite throughout the day, this fish can please in cloudy calm weather.
It is best to start fishing at dawn or a couple of hours before sunset. If the reservoir is far from home, you will have to leave in advance.
Ideal fishing methods
Consider the most effective ways to catch ide from the bank and on the stream.
Anglers successfully use the flywheel tackle for angling the ide into the wiring. A fishing rod without a reel and guides is lighter and more balanced, it can be held for a long time, and the hand will not get tired at all. In addition, it is quite strong, because most modern fly rods are made from durable composite materials (carbon fiber + fiberglass). On trophy fishing, the strength and flexibility of the rod may not be enough for successfully playing a large specimen, so some fishermen install a rubber shock absorber on its tip.
Ideal fishing with a float rod in the wiring will give a good result if you fish on a boat moored near the border of vegetation and clear water. You need to stand so as to be able to guide the bait along the strip of grass. The longer the rod, the greater the “mileage”. A lightweight fishing rod 5-7 meters long can be kept suspended for more than one hour.
For fishing in current conditions, drop-shaped floats with an elongated plastic keel are suitable. The main line is a monofilament thread 0.18-0.2 mm thick, the leash is set a little thinner, for example, 0.14 mm. The optimal hook size is # 8 on the international scale.
Already in May, the ide begins to be interested in vegetable attachments like semolina, peas, bread crust. He also does not refuse maggots and worms, but baits are more effective when fishing for ide on a donk from the shore, and for posting in the water column it is better to use baits of plant origin.
Ide fishing on the feeder
On summer fishing, when the current slows down on the rivers, a delicate feeder tackle is used, more like a picker. This is especially true for those cases when a sinker is placed instead of a feeder. Most often this is a medium-sized rod up to 3.6 meters long with an upper test limit of 80 g. It is clear that you cannot fish like that on a straight stream, but this is not necessary, because the ide also does not like to fight the current. As mentioned above, it is necessary to fish in characteristic places where the current is separated by various obstacles or two oppositely directed flows meet.
Fishing ide on a feeder in summer involves the use of small spring feeders weighing up to 40 g, working in a sliding version. That is, the main line walks freely in them, and a leash is tied at its end with the help of a swivel. It is desirable that this element is fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon is difficult to discern in water, including fish, which is important when a cautious ide is eaten. Hooks are selected depending on the baits used: for baits (worms, maggots) – with a long handguard, for vegetable baits – with a short one.
How to fill the feeder? Store-based universal mixes, which do not contain high-calorie ingredients, work best. No biscuits, otherwise anything will do for bait, just not an ide. At home, the mixture can consist of oatmeal, pieces of breadcrumbs, slightly undercooked millet. It is imperative to add a little livestock to it: small maggots or crushed worms.
Spinning ide fishing
You can catch an omnivorous ide with a spinning tackle from early spring to the first frost. Spinning experts note that the greatest activity of this fish is observed in the second half of summer. Waiting for the next insect to fall in the upper layers of water, it does not let the artificial bait of fishermen pass.
Effective spinning ide fishing is possible with the use of light ultralight tackle and miniature lures. The rod test usually does not exceed 7-8 g, a more powerful tool is needed only if hunting for trophy fish is planned. A spinning rod with a length of 2.1 m is considered universal, which allows you to effectively fish both on small and large rivers. From him you need to “dance”: for very cramped conditions – 1.8 m, for long-distance fishing – 2.4 m.
At the same time with lightness, the rod must have a margin of safety sufficient to withstand the sharp jerks of the hooked ide. With a good spinning rod, the fisherman will not allow him to “roam”, which is important when fishing in strong places.
The reel should be in harmony with the rod. In ultralight, balance is of the utmost importance. One has only to deviate a little from it, and fishing becomes uncomfortable, the casting distance decreases, and it is impossible to achieve the correct animation of the bait. therefore the best choice would be a set consisting of an ultralight blank with a length of 2.1 meters and a spinner with a spool size 1500… The recommended coil reduction is 5: 1.
Since ides are caught with small lures, it is best to use a thin braided line as the main line. With a braid, they can be thrown quite far and completely controlled during the wiring.
What to catch ide for? The first on the list of the most catchy spinning lures are heavy crankbaits (the more common name is cranks), focused on catching a trophy ide in the lower horizons. Adjusting to the behavior of the fish, you can choose models with a depth of 5 meters, 3 and even 50 cm, the range of working depths of these wobblers is very wide.
Rear-loaded turntables keep up with them, although in recent years this type of spinner has begun to lose its former popularity. They are a must-have in the arsenal of ide lures, this will allow the angler to expand his capabilities.
In addition to wobblers and spinning lures, you can offer a microswitch or small silicone. But this is rather a backup option, in the case when the first two objects are ignored for some reason.
The fly fishing method is less common than all of the above, but it can also be quite catchy. Fly fishing for ide is the lot of the elite, because not every fisherman wants to stand waist-deep in water for hours, even in a suit, and draw complex shapes with a rod, trying to give the fish the bait right under his nose.
Thanks to the tapered line (thick on one side and thin on the other), an experienced fly fisherman is able to throw an almost weightless lure 20 meters and further, and with high accuracy. The rod performs an equally important function. It should be flexible, preferably one-piece, with a certain number of through-rings. The maximum length is 3.5 meters; it is unlikely that it will be possible to throw an artificial fly or a live grasshopper far with a longer stick. By the way, about the flies. They are dry and wet, and both varieties are suitable for ide fishing, and the fish also bite well on the May beetle.
In fly fishing, not only accuracy when casting is important, but also the ability to carefully wade or boat to promising points. Since ide is one of the most fearful inhabitants of water bodies, fly fishermen sometimes even have to disguise themselves.
When the ide is hungry, it does not stand on ceremony with the bait, bites confidently and greedily, and then tries to go further from the shore, to the depths. You should hook him sharply, he himself will definitely not sit on the hook. As a rule, after stubborn, but short resistance, the prey is exhausted and floats to the surface, and the happy fisherman can only carefully pick it up in the landing net.