How to succeed in catching a predator by spinning

It's not a secret for anyone that the fish are caught not 24 hours a day, especially for predator fishing. I now will not tell anyone a secret, saying that the best time for catching - at dawn and sunset, as well as in the time periods adjacent to them. It's obvious! And now think about how often you were caught in these temporary stretches? Most likely, not often. Usually it happens; to catch the dawn you have to get up too early.

A similar situation develops with the evening fishing. Solving the problem is possible if you consider this a problem. First of all, it is necessary to understand whether such sacrifices will be justified. If there is information about the morning / evening outings of a predator or the accumulated experience suggests that it is necessary to catch at that time, then it is necessary to act. With short fishing, the key factors are the following factors:

  • It is better to concentrate your attention in a narrow direction; it concerns time, place of fishing and equipment. That is, either goes in the morning or in the evening. Such fishing will be less time-consuming, unlike usual trips;
  • It is better to catch on water bodies that are nearby and have good approaches to water;
  • You need to take a minimum of gear and baits. Everything should be prepared in advance;
  • choosing the "right" place is the key for such fishing.

Choose a place

It is a choice, not a search or something like that. It is necessary to go or swim to a site where the fish should be present, at least, so it should seem to the fisherman. Otherwise, the whole meaning of such fishing is lost. When catching from the shore in the morning and evening hours, you should give preference to places where the following is present:

  • Frequent changes in depth;
  • Sandy or stony spit, located near the depth;
  • Exits and entrances from pits and whirlpools;
  • Flooded structures (roads, bridges, debris);
  • Congestion of fry.

In the summer time at similar places the predator will give out itself splashes. If you notice frequent outbreaks of fish on a non-known site, it's worth to study and check this place. In autumn, the predator is more drawn to the deep places and changes summer sites.

When fishing from the boat, the places remain the same, but the fisherman expands the range of his possibilities. It often happens that when fishing from the shore, one must make very long casts or, in general, it is not possible to dive to the place of an active predator, but when using the boat the problem disappears.

Spinning tactics

The key to good fishing with spinning is not only time and place. Often the result is strongly influenced by the approach itself. Many anglers make the same mistake, arriving at the appointed time and place, before the arrival of the predator.

And they are waiting for him, staying in place. I want to note that if the predator does not show activity, do not bother throwing bait in the same place. Any manipulation of the bait in the water does not pass without a trace. As a rule, this greatly worries the fish, especially inactive. The predator, which has not yet begun to eat, arrives precisely in this wary state. Therefore, if after several casts no strikes followed, then it is better to leave this place for a while and return to it later.

Mobility, this is the key to success in catching a predator with spinning

Considering that the time of the main catch fits within a very narrow time frame, it is necessary to use it skillfully. Rapid movement in combination with rational use, properly selected baits and their change, can give much more effect than waiting on the spot.

Mobility is not only about how fast an angler is moving. If you count the time spent fishing, it turns out that it takes a lot of time to manipulate the gear: changing bait, rigging, rigging the bait. As a rule, the basis of the problem lies in the low level of training, which can be corrected, while still at home, or in the wrong tactics.

How to collect gear, everyone decides for himself. I use a simple rule, the less - the better. This applies to any bait. You need to have two or three main baits of different directions and a reasonable substitute in case one of them is lost. Also, mobility is affected by re-equipment in the process of fishing.

That is, when you have to replace the jig with a wobblers or a leash. In such cases, losing methods will be fishing, requiring more fine points in the process of equipping. When choosing baits, you need to focus on those that are amenable to quick change, are easy to manage and catch, and this is a jig, wobblers of different directions, rotating and flapping baits.

Option in the light-spinning class

I like this class of fishing because it can be easily changed. Using the same tackle, you can catch on completely different baits, while not losing much in quality. Restrictions remain only the size and weight of the baits. As a rule, catching places are at different distances from the shore, applying different baits, you can orient to a specific zone. I often catch on this principle - I fence as far as possible, using a jig with a compact lure that has an active game.

Of recent innovations I really liked Awaruna from Pontoon21.


Thanks to the elongated body, the bait does not strongly sail when cast and it can be delivered over considerable distances. And also in the bait are realized thoughts that have no analogues. This channel-hole inside the bait, which allows you to equip the bait with a double with maximum convenience. Also, the bait is made in an edible version.

In the event that the activity of the fish is observed closer to the shore, you can go to a smaller load of jig, for this in the box must be collected bait. Recently I use the following gear: spinning St.Croix Legend Tournament 70 LXF2 3.5-9 grams, Shimano Twin Power 2500 FA coil, 0.8-cord according to Japanese classification, more often I use a 4-wire Pontoon21 Exteama 12 lb (0.8) cord.

This tackle, for me is the most suitable, in my concepts of catching, it is convenient, universal, sensitive and has a margin of safety. I collect baits with the weight of weights 6, 10 and 14 g with different size rubber. With activity in relative proximity to the shore, it makes sense to alternate baits. For example, start fishing with jig, then, if necessary, reduce the weight of the load, and then go to the wobblers.

Far cast - for a cautious predator

Long-distance fishing offers many advantages. First, a little fenced area becomes available. Secondly, at greater distances the fish is less cautious and responds to the bait immediately. Most often the object of fishing is asp and pike perch. Based on this, the choice of baits will be appropriate.

When catching pike perch, bait number one is a jig. When catching asp a variety of options are possible. In order to deliver the bait for the desired distance, the appropriate tackle will be required, especially with regard to the choice of spinning. Here the emphasis is on long-range, power characteristics and sensitivity.

Traditionally in this fishing the series Certified Pro from Lamiglas has been and remains more than popular among lovers of fishing from the shore and asp. There is a very interesting spinning Pontoon21. The presented model range is wide, so there is plenty to choose from. For long-range fishing, the model Detonada DTS102 MHXF 14-46 grams, powerful, sensitive spinning, which allows for long and precise casting, is the best choice.

In those cases when the asp does not give itself out on the surface, it is more appropriate to catch in the water column or at the bottom. In addition to the hesitant lures, I use the jig bait. The most difficult thing with such a catch is to determine the required horizon of the wiring. When this is done, it remains to methodically hoist the site of the asp park.

Superficial fishing with spinning

Surface baits bring a pleasant note, in ordinary fishing. Most often, surface activity is observed in the warm season during dark periods, in the morning and in the evening. It is not necessary that a predator should give itself out as splashes.

Being in the water column, active fish can climb several meters. I often observed such a picture on overgrown reservoirs in the morning hours, when the bait was much smaller than the bait on the classical for this place, than on the surface bait.

Megabass Dog-X SL

In this situation, I was greatly helped by the Megabass Dog-X SL, which coped well with the goal, thanks to the sweeping game and the sounds being released, he attracted the pike from a great distance.

Surface catching is marked by its distinctness, either yes or no. If under these conditions catching surface baits is justified, the result will not take long to wait. Depending on the conditions, you can apply a variety of gear, so the arsenal of gear I will not consider in this section.

Fishing with spinning from boat

Where there is a free access to the pond, I prefer to catch spinning from the boat, due to the convenience, mobility of movement and the choice of a place for fishing. The main thing in this business is to choose the right boat and have a complete set of gears.

catching a predator by spinning

Now sold a huge number of small inflatable PVC boats, which are sorted out and collected in a matter of minutes. For example, I collect a PVC boat length 220 cm, for 12-15 minutes with a foot pump. If you use a pump, this time will be reduced to 5 minutes. In my opinion, it's worth it.

Tackles and everything I need is in one rubberized bag. Usually it is: a coil (one or two), 2-3 boxes with equipped baits, different little things, a small amount of water and food. With this arrangement of things, I do not spend much time preparing.

I use more often two spinning wheels, which I equip with proven baits. For convenience, the boat cannot be completely folded, but placed in a blown condition in the trunk of the car.

The exception to the predator catching rule is

It happens that no predator activity can be observed in the specified time frame. And there is an explanation for this. I often got caught when fishing with spinning on large rivers, when there was no evening activity of fish, namely pike-perch. The explanation was covered in the time period and the climate.

Water for a day warmed up and by the evening acquired the state of "boiling water", which did not like pike perch. For this reason, there was no activity in the evening and night. And as it turned out later, he was active in the time period one hour before sunrise and before the heat began.

Late autumn may not have morning and evening exits, especially in foggy and cloudy weather. Good fishing on such days happens during the whole daylight hours and has the character of exits.

Whichever way you choose to catch, from the boat or from the shore, appreciate the fleeting moment of this watch. The main thing with such trips is to find a parking place for a feeding predator, and this sometimes is not so easy to do.

The accumulated experience and advice of friends-anglers help in these, difficult searches. And finally: tie the capture of fish to a specific date and time. Each fisherman does this in his own way: keeps a log or fishing records.

I "save" the capture of fish from photos: the day of fishing is displayed in the folder name, and the time can be found using the "properties" option on the photo file. If the camera is equipped with a gps-receiver, then the coordinate of the capture of the fish is preserved.

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