Preparing for fall fishing.
Every spin fishing enthusiast’s favourite season is fast approaching. The beautiful golden autumn. The nights are getting longer and water temperature is dropping. This means that the predators will be feeding a lot. They’re trying to conserve as much energy as possible to get through the winter and prepare for spawning. This is the perfect time for us anglers to catch the fish of a lifetime. We have to be properly prepared. In today’s article I will discuss how to prepare for such moments.
Predators are very strong in autumn, which is why you’re going to need strong and sensitive tackle. It has to work for both smaller and large fish. It’s easy to find a line of rods that are perfect for this purpose. My favourite is Nihonto TT Zander. It’s incredibly light, sensitive and durable. This is evidenced by the fact that using it I can successfully set the hook in small perch and haul huge fish, such as a one-meter zander and a 10 kg carp. You will also need a strong, durable reel – the autumn predators will test its limits thoroughly. Many anglers destroy their tackle this time of the year, which is why you should look for a sturdy reel. I think that the Mikado Black Stone is the perfect choice. This model has a durable mechanism and a five-year warranty. It also distributes the line evenly to prevent creasing. Add in a precise drag system and you have a great reel.
To complete your rig you will need a braided line and I recommend Mikado Nihonto Octa Braid or Fine Braid. Both these models are incredibly strong and soft. The former is, in my opinion, one of the best spin fishing braided lines available in Poland. It’s made of eight fibers, has a round cross section and a slippery coating. It’s available in four colors: yellow, black, orange and green. In autumn I use yellow braided line, 0.16 mm thick. This is due to my technique and the depth of the body of water I fish in. The reservoir is very shallow so I need a thick braided line to slow down the drop of the lure.
I use a wide range of lures but I usually have the best results with soft lures. You can move them in many different ways, even very erratically. You can also adjust their weight. Most days I use the Fishunters. They are available in many sizes and colors, so you can give the predators exactly what they want. They have a remarkably soft consistency and move flawlessly on the way to the bottom, even if you’re using a light jig head.
Another lure that I use often is Saira, the swallow. It’s great for catching lazy zander from a boat. I rig it with short hooks on light lead and I tug it up high in a sharp movement. Despite what you might think this is a very effective technique.
I really like to fish using spoons, which many anglers have forgotten about. I was really surprised by how effective they were last season, when I had many zander bites on the Tramp 2 model. It’s the perfect lure for autumn because you can keep it right above the bottom and move it slowly. The toothy predators attack on instinct and we get to enjoy the haul.
I hope my advice will be useful when you’re restocking for autumn and that you will be ready when the time comes to face large predators. Remember that you will also need a lot of enthusiasm to withstand the weather and achieve your goal.