Many rivers already catch spawning burbot and not only from ice. Somewhere rivers do not freeze in places all winter, somewhere fishing takes place on canals. Despite the primitiveness of burbot fishing, there are a lot of adherents of this night fishing. First of all, this is due to the romance of the night, when fast water murmurs among the snowy shores, moonlight fills everything around and is silvery on the ice edge. But the gastronomic qualities of a freshly caught burbot are incomparable. The white and large burbot liver are especially tasty and tender. Such fish cannot be bought anywhere. Only a fisherman has the opportunity to taste it (you can read about cooking burbot in the section "Fishing Cuisine").
The burbot is probably the easiest of all bottom gear. And most often it is she who closes fishing in the fall and opens in the spring, as the burbot takes in the coldest water. In the spring, ides, bream, and roach are just getting ready to go upstream to spawn. And we’ll pour the fish - right there ...
As already mentioned, the basis of the gear is a heavy sinker of at least two hundred grams in weight. Somewhere it’s heavier, but somewhere it’s enough loaded weighing a little more than a hundred grams. It all depends on where the tackle will be thrown and what kind of current there is.
The fishing line for the casting is used monophilic, thick, with a diameter of 0.5-0.6 mm . Firstly, so that when casting, she does not slip out of her fingers. And secondly, the burbot is indifferent to its thickness, since fishing occurs in the dark. In addition, at night such a fishing line is better visible on the coastal sand by the light of a flashlight. It does not hurt to make a knot on the main fishing line above the leash, since even a thick fishing line can slip out with a strong jerk of casting, since it is often wet.
For leashes, you can use monophilic fishing line with a diameter of 0.3-0.35 mm . The leash is tied above a sinker of about 10-12 cm . Burbot takes only from the bottom. To avoid confusion, especially in the dark, and so as not to fall on the hook yourself, it is better to put one leash about 30 cm long. The virtuosos of night fishing for charms, like my father was, manage to put three leashes, but, I think, this is superfluous.
A stock of the main fishing line about 50 meters long is wound on a plastic reel. Plywood warps from water, and purchased trinkets break. It is better to cut the reel yourself out of durable plastic.
Hooks are used large, with a long forearm, as they have to be pulled out of a strong burbot's mouth. And it is better to fasten the leashes to the clasps on the main fishing line. This will not dig into the throat of the caught fish, but simply unfasten the leash and put a spare.
Bait for fishing burbot
As bait, you can use worms, live and cut fish, but I noticed that in the spring a large brush of worms attracts mustachioed burbot more than fish, and in the fall, large burbots are often taken for cutting or bait fish. However, in different places it can be different.
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Tackles are also installed simply. The main fishing line in the form of rings is laid on a gentle bank, which is usually a sand spit washed up and smoothed by the current, and opposite it, as a rule, is located on the opposite side, a high bank with a cliff. Underneath is a deep whirlpool with marshes at the bottom.
It is advisable to sort out the main fishing line of the zakidushka lying in rings on the sand, only now in the opposite direction. So the fishing line will go into the water without casting and loops after casting.
The reel with the remaining main fishing line is simply stuck in the sand. It is for this reason that it is advisable to use a reel not a plastic purchase, which is not enough for one fishing, but a home-made one, made of solid board or durable plastic.
All that remains now is to make a cast. For this purpose, the sinker sways in a pendulum way on the fishing line and then is sent into the water with a strong push, carefully monitoring so that the hooks do not catch on clothes and body. After casting, the fishing line must be fixed in the split top of the willow rod and hung on the fishing line with a simple drawn-out loop bell. You can attach a bell from the feeder to the flexible tip of the rod.
After all these operations, it remains only to wait for the bell ringing at the crackling hot bonfire, which means a bite of the night predator. In order to comfortably remove prey and plant worms, you need a large hand-held flashlight, which can be put at the zakidushki, and a headlamp is required. It will shine exactly in the direction of the fisherman's gaze.