Winter feeder – fishing features and equipment
Every fisherman looks forward to the arrival of winter. This is due to the fact that in winter the fish are hungry, so it is much easier to get a rich catch than in any other season.
In addition, what could be better than winter frosty freshness, a cup of hot coffee or tea, as well as the time spent waiting for the long-awaited bite at the ice-hole? However, in order for fishing to be successful, it is necessary to choose the right bait and tackle, as well as equip them. The most common ice fishing tackle is the feeder. It has many advantages over spinning, float and any other fishing technique, so it deserves special attention.
Winter feeder – what is it?
Such fishing tackle as a feeder appeared relatively recently, however, it is very popular among both novice fishermen and professionals.
The feeder is a universal type of tackle, since it can be used for fishing both in summer and in winter. Moreover, both rig options are very similar, except that the winter feeder involves the use of a rod with an increased number of rings. The combination of excellent feeder sensitivity and the right groundbait allows you to get very rich catches even in those areas of water where the classic types of gear are useless.
Choosing a place for fishing
Every experienced angler knows that with the onset of cold weather the fish begin to behave less actively, and their behavioral factors change. It begins to change its location less often, and when it migrates in search of food, it does so along a special route that is much easier to predict. According to experienced anglers, it is better to fish with a feeder in those places of the reservoir in which slow and strong currents intersect. This is due to the fact that most of the food is concentrated in these parts of the river. The most striking examples of such places are places along the coast.
Before starting fishing, it is necessary to study the features of the bottom of the reservoir. For this, the fisherman makes several holes and measures the depth. The information obtained gives a general idea of the features of the reservoir and the location of the underwater pits and depressions in which fish prefers to spend the winter.
When you decide on a fishing spot, you will need to prepare it in advance. This implies cutting two holes in the ice edge. It makes no sense to do more, since the current legislation prohibits fishing with two or more rods.
The holes should be located along the coast, and the distance between them should be about two meters. The first hole, which is located upstream, is for baiting fish, and the second is for fishing.
The success of winter fishing and the amount of catch is largely determined by the correct bait. It is worth remembering that the mixtures should not have too concentrated and pronounced aroma, since it will only scare away the fish, because in winter water smells spread much more strongly than in summer water. If you go too far with the smell, then you should not count on a rich catch at this place. The second important aspect when choosing a bait is its color. It should be natural and not too bright in color.
Experienced fishermen recommend using components of both light and heavy fractions for the feeding mixture when fishing on the feeder. The lungs will create a plume in the water, which acts as bait for the fish, and the second will provoke the fish to burrow into the mule, which will attract the attention of other individuals.
It is better to mix dry groundbait with water even before going fishing, because in cold water it will swell for a very long time, as a result of which you may not have a bite for several hours. In this case, you should not add too much water, since the bait should be elastic and similar to plasticine.
As for the composition of the groundbait, it must be balanced. The main component should be live food of animal origin, for example, bloodworms, which can be mixed with soil… The presence of components of animal origin is a prerequisite for the preparation of bait for winter fishing.
Making the right bait is only half the battle, because if you don’t feed the fish correctly, then all efforts will go down the drain. It is better to feed it immediately after the holes are made. This is very important, since the fish needs some time to find it and settle down a little on the spot. In the meantime, you can start preparing your fishing gear. In addition to the main bait, during the entire fishing period, you need to periodically feed the fish using special feeders. In this case, it is better to use fodder bloodworms as food. It perfectly attracts the attention of the fish, but does not overfeed it at the same time. It is worth remembering that with the wrong bait, you will have to change the fishing place and start all over again.
Ice Fishing Feeder Equipment
Winter feeder fishing is possible with any type of rods with a reel. It should be noted that winter is a great time of the year for catching large fish, so it is recommended to take care of a good supply of fishing line in advance. And so that the fish does not go away, the fishing rod should not jam, and it should also be installed on special stands. For standard fishing technique, the feeder can be equipped with ordinary hooks, and for active fishing it is better to use a spoon.
A very important aspect when choosing a winter equipment for a feeder is the rigidity of the gate. It should not be too small, since in this case it will not work well in areas of a reservoir with a strong current. Another nuance to pay attention to is the angle that the gate holds in relation to the line, and the level of sensitivity. The watchman must react even to weak bites. When choosing a fishing line, you should give preference to one that has sufficient thickness, strength and elasticity so that it does not break when rubbed against the ice and can withstand large individuals.
If we talk about the feeder itself, then for winter fishing, you can use the summer option. The thickness of the wire is selected individually, depending on the level of fish activity. The best option would be a feeder with a wiring length of about 0.7 meters and a thickness in the region from 0.08 to 0.11 millimeters. Hooks can be used in standard sizes.
Most experienced fishermen prefer to use bloodworms as bait when fishing in winter with a bloodworm feeder. Some also use maggots and only a few prefer dips. When using the latter, it is worth using those that smell like shrimp or crab, earthworm or bloodworm. The choice of bait depends on the individual preferences of the inhabitants of the reservoir. For example, in river fishing, it is better to catch the upper and middle layers of the water and use any live bait, since the fish living at the very bottom are usually eaten and bite much worse. Therefore, the first option will provide a richer catch, and the fishing itself will be much more active and fun.