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Asp hunting

Discussion in 'Freshwater & Saltwater Lure Fishing.' started by sergeï, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. sergeï

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    each week , i go to the river to hunt my favorite fish : asp . Every 4-5 hours session , i have 8-14 bites with 5 to 10 fish out .
    they are whimsical when weather is calm ( like at the moment ) but after september , it's far better : good fish are out and you can catch a lot when they hunt .
    I love this predator : the hits are aggressive , they take lures on the surface and just below ( like bass ) they fight well when over the seventy (it's not comparable to the bass but gives a lot of pleasure )
    you have to cast a lot and retrieve at high speed (not always , depends on their mood : you have to find out ).
    you have to find them but they are mainly on the fast parts of the river , hiding behind rocks or vegetation
    when the current is hard , they are close to it
    i use my shimano dialuna S96M paired with the aero CI4 4000 (retrieve 1m/turn) spooled with momoï ryujin 0.10 or nanofil 0.12 and without leader
    lures : small jerk minnows - lipless - surface lures ( that's great when they make rageous takes : water explode !) and some metals to mimic the fry
    don't know if you have this fish in your rivers but here , they have spread quickly everywhere:cool:
    here are some of my last best catches...
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  2. Thrasher

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    I must admit that I don't know my Asp from my elbow but they all look cracking quality fish.:thumbsup:

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. SPR

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    We don't have Asp over here in the UK Sergei. Chub would be about the closest looking thing we catch but they're not the same species.
     
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    Awesome looking fish mate and great pics.
     
  5. sergeï

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    thanks guys ;)
     
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    It's the same fish...:rolleyes:
     
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  7. sergeï

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    hahaha
    yes , you're right , it's in my pond :BigGrin:
    here it is again...
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    Excellent fish!!
     
  9. sergeï

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    thanks sir ;)
     
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    went back today to test a new lure : it works !
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    hart torito 80 , 22 gr , cast like a bullit , swims (is erratic) just under the surface with steady retrieve , put smaller hooks on for the river BUT these little pencil has been acquired for the seabass when conditions are calm .
    this model looks like the daiwa morethan switcher and is cheaper ( half the price) : like it :BigGrin:

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    went back to the river today , less sun and wind will be fine for my fishing : had about ten out :happydance: with some good fish and a eighty :)
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    with low water level , top water lures were the winners ;)
     
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    Awesome fishing! :)
     
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    thanks Mattyn ;)
     
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    They look like a formidable species to capture on the lure. Proper lumps and Top work Sir!:thumbsup:
    Edit- Throw in a mouthful of needle-sharp dental works and we’re not a million miles away from a Goliath Tigerfish!
     
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    absolutely : it's super to lure these silver arrows :BigGrin:
    thanks for your compliment ;)

    love to fish them , it's a bit like "bassing" for me :cool:
    you have to move a lot , find them and adapt your technique to catch
    i use almost the same set ups/lures as for bass
     
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    Fantastic fish. I recall Kevin Maddox catching them on the Volga delta and I know they are now present in Holland but sadly, we have none in the UK.
     
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    went back yesterday : had a great moment :happydance:

    3 hours out for a dozen fish with some big catch :BigGrin:
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    it was difficult today , full moon and colder north wind do not motivate them
    but i catch a few and got a big lady :BigGrin:
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    Are these a recent introduction to Western Europe? By recent I mean in the last thirty years or so. I don't recall ever hearing about them before, which given their size seems surprising, as I would have thought they would have been seen on one of the UK fishing programmes.
     
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    Used to catch them in the upper Rhine in Switzerland about 35 years ago. Nowhere near that size biggest about 4lb we used to call them Swiss chub until a local told us what they were. They were a favoured food fish with the Swiss.
     

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