This very recent technique is in full today booms with modern technologies and their accessibility to the public. Vertical was born, say, in Holland, the country of the specialists of the pike perch. In this article I will try to describe the basics of this fishery as simply as possible and allow you, if you’ve not already done, you start the adventure.
Vertical: where and when?
The answer to the first two questions is quite simple: almost everywhere and all the time! Indeed the multitudes of variants, materials available and finally concerned fish are huge. You can use this technique in the summer in 3 m of water on the pole, just like in winter in 30 m of water on the Pike and Pike-perch, there is no limit if a minimum of water height and positioning of the fish at the time.
As its name implies, vertical is a fishery that takes place at the base of the fishing boat. The principle is to present its lures fish as gently as possible and as close. It’s a slow fishing, see static at Beautyphoon. The opposite of the power fishing, so it is not suitable for all characters.
We throw away our lures, we ask and we let them go down to the bottom without animate them. Once the substrate reached, let’s take contact with our frame and the animation starts.
The animation technique is simple either and I’ll stay here in the simplicity. Simply, using his cane, took off his bait of more or less large amplitude, keep it at a height and make it go down more or less quickly towards the bottom. The other part of the animation is done using the electric motor, which decides the decoy on the horizontal plane and travel speed of movement. Yet once here a multitude of variations are possible, experts are also those who know find the faster how to react the fish according to the conditions.
The key is characterized by one from, stop or OCD (often characteristic of the pike perch). She often place the descent or stopping, time where greed seems to be more easily understandable for the fish. Should ferrer strong especially in the great depths.
Portrait practice in boat (even if there are a few exceptions: pontoons, deep channels, etc). You therefore has to be fitted with a float tube, kayak or even better a boat. If you are in a boat, an electric motor is essential. It will allow you to direct the boat to the best and the most accurate. Need you preferably one to drive. There are then two schools, ‘real’ Zander vertical fishermen who prefer sitting at the bottom of the boat position and a hand engine, and most versatile fishermen who prefer a front foot or driven engine using a remote control. You to make your own experience.
Whether you are on a boat or float tube a Fishfinder is essential! You can of course start with basic equipment allowing to give depth and relief, but to arm themselves with the latest technologies (side/dowscan imaging, colors… etc) is a real plus.
The cane should be fairly short, between 1 m 80 and 2 m 10 in order to have the shortest path between the scion and our hand. It must be very sensitive and pass any key or substantive change. 90% of the fishermen use gear spinning, but others prefer the casting for the ability to control his reel one-handed. However, I advise the average fisherman to start spinning. Comprehensive ranges and all prices exist today.
The reel must be light so that the cane “stings a little nose”, because the banner should be short in order to run as precisely as possible. It must have a high enough ratio in order to level quickly to the slack in the line and the brake must be regular. Both marks still stand out when it comes to spinning reel: Shimano and Daiwa. It must be absolutely and I like filled with braid. By design, she has little elasticity and transmits the information better. The main line must be completed by a long (1 m 50 mini) the bottom of line by fluorocarbon for the fish you are looking for. This material is necessary for discretion. Remember that with this kind of presentation, your opponent will have time to observe the decoy before deciding… or not!
Regarding bait, it is possible to fish lures and natural baits. It will be the last case of variants of vertical fishing. You will here the fireball, the vario mount fishing or drop shot to the alive. Three formidable and diverse technologies which allow to address all situations or almost.
Here, for fishing lures you can use all types of soft baits : shads, finess, worms… provided they are similar or close to the target fish prey. The size can vary from 3 to 6 “generally. Each will choose his decoy according to his preferences. For my part here is the small selection that I will propose. One up shad Sawamura for its versatility. Can be used on everything and all the time it allows to quickly target the activity of the fish. Easy shinner Keitech shad and finess for percids of average sizes online. Pulse Shad for strong derivatives and big fish. Be sure to go up in size! Finally Ripple finess of Berkley and Legend Fox Rage for educated fish as well as the famous Shad cormorant.
All its lures must be mounted on a jig head of suitable mass. There are nicknames rules of weight/meters of water you are fishing, but I will not present you it here. There are too many factors to be taken into account: the lure weight, shape, wind, current… The only rule to follow is to be able to easily keep in touch with the background more or less under the boat. For shape, prefer the hooves or stand up which presents the bait off. The size of the hook in a way that your lure can swim freely. Better too short than too long. Then add a triple thief if you want to avoid misfires. To do this, connect a triple hook size adapted (4-8) to the eye of your head Jig with a strand of fluorocarbon or braid reinforced. The triple can be stitched on the top or on the underside with a boilie needle loché.
Now, you know everything or almost to start fishing in the vertical position. The better now is you have shipped by an expert who will teach you the ropes, to read a Fishfinder and help you gain confidence in this particular approach.
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