As soon as the warm season starts, everyone aims for the humid sea air. Having rest is very good, but I personally can’t imagine that without a spinning rod. In general, you can go angling with any tackle, but an Ultra Light spinning rod gives the maximum of impressions at sea, I believe. I often met people at the seaside, who came up to me and asked in surprise something like, ‘Can you even catch something here?’, ‘Could I take a spinning rod with me?’, ‘Can I at least watch how you are fishing?’. From those conversations, I realized that people did not even know that you could relax your mind and body at the sea while enjoying your hobby. Indeed, there are nuances related to angling and local fish behaviour, but they are not so critical as to make you stay away from a spinning rod for the whole vacation period.
Let’s look at some nuances related to rock fishing and dispel some false stereotypes. I will take the most visited place here – the Black Sea – as an example. As it is a huge water body, each water area has its own fishing peculiarities. Most of all, I dislike sand shores. If you decide to go to the sea, make sure there are rocks or pebbles nearby. In such places, the number of fish and its species is as rich as possible. And take my word for it, saltwater fish are very different from freshwater fish, and they are rather beautiful at the same time.
We have chosen the location, made the reservation, and now the logical question arises: ‘What will we use to catch fish?’. If you go angling with an Ultra Light spinning rod and have a small set of spoon lures made by SV Fishing Lures, and I personally use the spoon lures of this brand for chub fishing, or a set of trout lures, I have good news for you! Unconsciously, you have got everything you need for rock fishing. You will use smaller and wider spoon lures for jig presentations; prolate lures can be used on the surface. For example, you can use a worm-like soft plastic bait with 2.6-gram Glisser and Koketka spoon lures and tease peacock wrasse, scorpion fish, greenfinch, surmullet, well-liked meager or at least goby with smooth dropping to the bottom. These fish are very different and beautiful in their own way, and it is worth getting to know them. You can easily catch horse mackerel, garfish and blue fish with Panic or Flash Line spoon lures. The last two fish sometimes require long casting, so you can combine two spoon lures into one and get the desired trophy!
As all the fish are terribly different from each other, I can share some secrets that helped me to have a good catch at sea. The most wide-mouthed fish found in the Black Sea are scorpion fish and goby. You may not adapt to them, as they can eat anything smaller than their head. The spoon lures, hooks and soft plastic baits of any size can be used for fishing them with great benefit.
As for grass porgy – gilthead, greenfinch and peacock wrasse, I would advise replacing a standard hook with the smallest hook you can find but that with a large eye. In this case, the implementation increases significantly, and small-mouthed fish do not bite off the tails of short soft plastic worms attached to the hook.
For horse mackerel fishing, you can replace a hook and use a standard one. These fish move in huge schools and, thus, the spoon lure, crossing this shoal of fish, will come under a string of bursts. They will attack the spoon lure until you strike any of them. Hence, a smaller hook makes the implementation faster, while a larger hook makes the implementation longer. When the fish are not hyperactive, you can attach a pea-size, or even smaller, light-accumulating soft plastic bait to the hook. The hardest part about this fishing is identifying the water level, where the fish stand.
Using the aforementioned fishing techniques, you can achieve a bonus biting. Very often you can get meagre as bycatch. It is a very strong fish and, thus, the tackle should be as solid as possible. Meanwhile, having caught the meagre, you will never forget to take a spinning rod to the sea next time.
As for garfish fishing, I combined two spoon lures with split rings into one, added one more single hook, so that the two hooks formed a heart, and led it with smooth throws and minimum pauses at the surface. You must see these fish! The shoal of garfish move along the water surface at a high speed, leaping out like dolphins but of a different size. They have a very long mouth packed with teeth. Garfish use these teeth to chase juvenile fish basking at the upper levels. That’s exactly the stock that you want to hit with the spoon lure. Garfish do not always get hooked in the mouth and, thus, it is very interesting to play with them. And even hooked in the mouth, garfish maintain decent resistance!