Just five or six years ago, I had no idea how to catch burbot.
No, of course, I knew that there is this fish in our river, that there are people who every fall, when the cold comes, they go for burbot, but I did not know the subtleties and tricks of catching the burbot.
The fishing literature provides a clear description of the biology of burbot, when it spawns, features of its behavior and nutrition are described in expanded form. Having once read about burbot, I had an irresistible desire to fish for this fish. Unfortunately, then the month of July was in the yard, and you could forget about burbots, since it really only gets colder in our region at the end of September - mid-October. But it is known that the best biting of burbot is observed at night, when in the yard the temperature begins to approach zero, and in the mornings the first crust of ice is noted. Needless to say, most fishermen at this time are already sitting at home waiting for the first ice. But, the burbot is starting to peck.
So, I finally waited for the autumn days, the gear was ready. In total, I made about 15 of the simplest donks: a hook (double), kapron thread (I wrapped 10 meters on each donut), a sinker. As a sinker, I used the usual large fishing cargo and everything that came to hand: large nuts, bolts and even the remains of the door bracket. From the books I read that the burbot is a predator, which means that the gudgeon and the small roach, frogs, worms and many other bait are not alien to him. I chose worms because it was easiest to get them at that time, although today I use not only worms, but also pieces of gudgeon and perch. I caught burbot like this: around eight in the evening, when it got dark, I put the donks in their places, and determined for myself a time interval of 1.5 hours, when I again went to check my gear. Yes, they just catch burbot: you don’t need to sit and wait for a bite, burbot swallows the bait, self-cuts and you just have to pull the fish, cut the leash, attach a new hook and recharge the tackle. I threw the donkeys both to the depths and to the sandbank, trying to lower the tackle so that it was in some proximity to the rubble, but did not go into them, since in this case it is simply impossible to pull out the biting burbot.
Imagine my surprise when out of 15 abandoned donks, normal burbots sat on 3. And this, in 1.5 hours, and still a whole night ahead. At that time, I first understood what burbot is mucus, how slippery it is. You can’t do without a special rag or gloves. The situation is about the same as when fishing for eel. By the way, at that time I just caught 10 burbots, and it’s difficult to identify the best place for fishing: I took burbot in shallow areas and from the depths.
By the way, you can catch burbot on tackle with a bite signaling device. This method of fishing is more sporty, as you will see a bite, but due to the fact that you will have 2-3 working donks on hand, you will have to change the place every 20-40 minutes, i.e. move around the pond. Therefore, if you have chosen this method of fishing for burbot, you must very accurately study the topography of the coast so that at night there are no errors when moving. Catching a burbot on a donkey with a bite signaling device is almost identical to catching an eel, so sometimes an eel comes across, which is doubly nice.
Burbot - a delicious fish. A lot of dishes can be prepared from it, but the burbot of the ear is especially valuable and tasty. So, good luck fishing, dress warmly, bring spare batteries for a flashlight (a headlamp is convenient in this regard) and ... go ahead.
All the best to you.
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