Quickly risk a few more casts before the sun finally disappears on the horizon. My goal: to snatch big rainbow trout and thick char from a crystal-clear lake up to 60 meters deep. The spontaneous decision just had to be put into action. With the fly rod in one hand and the spinning rod in the other, we went out on the boat. Echo sounder on and already after fifteen minutes the total frustration: The fish stand in over thirty meters depth, my lures reach however only maximally three to four meters - damned, that means abort. Quick shots sometimes fail. Today is not every day, I'll be back, no doubt about it. Two days later I was back: with new ideas, new baits, different tackle and plenty of self-confidence in my luggage.
Ripped off The fish are very deep, so my lure has to go down a long way. With conventional spinnerbaits and artificial lures, there's no way to get started - they have to weigh up to 35 grams in order to rush straight to the bottom. The solution: small lures. These are now available in all possible sizes and weights, for example from Exori, Dega, Mann's or Paladin. Depending on the wind, current and depth of the water, the small helper made of lead should be chosen. The range of zocker weights is usually between 8 and about 30 grams. The shapes and colors of the Zocker are thereby completely different - try goes over study.
Guide gamblers cleanly In addition, there is a stiff spinning rod about 2.10 meters long with a maximum casting weight of 30 grams. This is needed so that the relatively heavy Zocker can be guided cleanly. A stationary or small multi reel with 12-gauge braided line rounds out the equipment. With the braided you keep perfect contact with the bait and also fish up to over five kilos in check.
Slowed down What's missing now to get to salmonids, for example? A small boat, an echo sounder and a drift anchor. Equipped like this, it's off to search for the big fish indicators on the bottom of the water. Have you located a hot spot? Then the time has come for the H-buoy (for example from Cormoran): Just throw it overboard and the buoy unwinds by itself. The spot is marked so that you can be sure to glide over the same spot again and again. Then the drift anchor comes into play. It acts like a brake parachute in drag racing and prevents you from drifting too fast, especially when the wind blows a little fresher. So you stay almost on the spot and can calmly launch your Zocker.
Low wins And down you go - thirty-one, thirty-two meters - plop. With braided line, you'll know exactly when the bait has reached the bottom. Small tip: Mark your line with a waterproof sharpie. Lower it once, then spool up a few wraps and make the first mark, then draw another line about every five feet. This will help you find the fish faster if they aren't lurking right on the bottom, but are in midwater or five feet above the bottom of the water.
Successful also with other deep predators Almost like pilking, the Zocker is lightly plucked up and released - the lurching motion of the lure really brings life to the rod after a few tries. The bite is hard and without any warning. At this depth, the fish know no quarter. An opponent of three pounds makes a hell of a spectacle on the light spinning rod. Only, what hangs on it? In my case, a magnificent Arctic char and shortly thereafter a rainbow trout of three pounds. Not bad for a start. By the way, this method is also very successful when you're targeting other deep predators: Perch and pike also eat up the gamblers. (Rod & Reel)
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