The most beautiful predator fish are most frequently hidden in the most inaccessible places. However, there are ways to trick them, even in this obstacle-filled marine world!

Jigs such as the Mean Dude are the most suitable, because they allow for slow fishing action, with frequent speeding up.

Water vegetation

Water grasses and other vegetation play various important roles in heated up summer waters. First of all, they provide shade for all predator fish during summer heat. Also, plants produce oxygen which is very scarce in the water during the hot weather period. They are also an endless source of food, and larvae, as insects…prove irresistable to all cyprinidae*. And finally, water vegetation is a perfect camouflage for all predator fish.

Texan anglers discovered the secret of successful fishing in grassy zones a long time ago. Namely, they invented the so-called texas system, in which the hook point is hooked into the jig body, which allows it to pass through thicker plants without entaglement.



Dead branches and sunken trees

Every year during Autumn rains and increased water levels, dead branches pile up in certain spots in the river, or sometimes a broken tree falls to the river bottom. These obstacles effect the normal river current flow. As soon as the situation is stabilized, all these places become gathering holes for predator fish. A similar thing also occurs in some man-made lakes. The bottom is often covered with numerous trees, which were not cleared before the lake was fillled with water.

In such conditions, the best solution is the use of the common twister, which is set up on the hook with an eye and a long shank, n° 3.0 to 5.0. It is weighted further with a lead wire, which is wrapped around the lure body. Depending on the fishing depth, you can quickly and simply add a few winds or unwind a piece of wire. In any case, it is desirable that the lure be as light as possible, so that it can be slowly released during every stop between the obstacles, like a sunken leaf.


With the common twister the fishing action develops on the vertical plane. It is necessay to continuously exchange the phases of quick retrievals and descents but make sure the line is tight.

Rocky bottom

In all water types there are locations with very rocky bottoms. Regardless of whether this is a consequence of human construction, such as bridge underpinnings strenghtened with cement blocks, torn walls and old dams, or of natural disasters, there is always a great danger that the line will get tangled, or even break.

In such cases you need to use the so-called breaking rig. On the snap which slides along monofilament line from the spool, attach a thin monofilament line (0,14 mm), on which are set up a few smaller leads. If the line gets tangled, the monofilament with lead will break first and therefore protect and save the rest of the rig. One and a half meter long lead carries a long hook with an eye, n° 3.0 to 5.0, on which is set up a jig (in this case fish imitation Sandra).


Fishing action consists of successive descents, stops a few seconds long when the lure touches the bottom, and quick retrivals.

Prevent anything that might alarm the fish

It often happens that after the counter-action and during the fish exhaustion phase, the hooked fish will try to find its freedom in the shelter. If the line gets stuck in the obstacles, don't pull on it, because you will only break it. It is better to release the monofilament from the spool and wait for sometime. Convinced that it's free, the fish will move on its own after a few moments.

When you fish in tight locations each element of fishing tackle needs to be extremely stable, from the rod to the snap. Monofilament line needs to be of extreme quality, 0,30 mm in diameter, and the hooks need to regularly be checked and, if needed, sharpened.


Lure size depends on the desired predator fish: for perch use 4-5 cm long lures, for walleye 8-10 cm long lures, for pike 12-15 cm long lure and metal leader is necessary.



Remonter   * cyprinidae: also known as coarse fish, a family of fresh water fish which includes numerous kinds. Those inhabiting all slow flowing rivers include bream, roach, carp, tench, and running waters are inhabited by gudgeon, chub, small chub, barbel…  

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