The beginning of the winter fishing season coincides with the preparatory phase of the burbot for spawning, that is, the time of the eats of this cold-blooded predator. He spawns soon - in December-January. Therefore, the burbot needs a supply of strength and calories for an important period in its fish life. During this period, the nocturnal predator preys more than collects. If in the spring even a weighty burbot can be easily seduced by a brush of worms, then in the fall and in the first glacier the best bait would be bait fish or cut fish. And from the tackle you can use the simplest donkey-barges, which consist only of a heavy sinker and one or two leashes on the main fishing line.
Donka-bailiff for burbot
For donkey supply, monofil fishing line with a diameter of 0.5 mm is used as the main one. The subtleties of snap are not required here. Leashes can be placed from fishing lines with a thickness of 0.3 mm. They are tied just above the sinker. Since live bait is used or cutting, the leashes are equipped with doubles No. 8. Sinkers must be selected so that they do not roll along the sandy bottom, and these are usually “spoons”, “trihedrals” and other sinkers with ribs, protrusions, that is, bumps, not allowing to slide along the bottom under the pressure of the current. A fish or cutting is planted on doubles. As bait and cutting are used: roasts, tops, bleaks, minnows, dace trees and other small and narrow fish except perch. But the burbot will prefer any other fish. Ruffs can also be planted, like live bait or cutting. Bait is necessarily put to the bottom. Burbot in the winter rarely rises even for the most delicious fish and worm.
Donka supply is just as easy to install . A strong stick is laid across the hole and the main fishing line is attached to it. Then the hole is covered with a stand from the vents and filled with snow. It is desirable that there is a small supply of free fishing line, which can be laid in neat rings under a snow cap. This may be three meters of fishing line, serving to ensure that the predator can reliably take the bait without pricking itself on the hook ahead of time.
Winter on artificial bait
Using spinners and mormyshki for catching burbot in winter, it should be borne in mind that modern burbot, like pike perch with bersh, has ceased to be interested in “naked” baits, that is, without replacing even the smallest piece of bait. Only in Siberia's rich rivers of fish is burbot still not as mercantile as it is near megacities, where self-interest and glamor got to fish ...
Usually they plant cuts from roach and other fish, but they do not disdain burbot and fresh tyulka, especially the Volzhsky burbot, where the tyulka is a running bait for perch and bersh, as well as for burbot. Typically, a large burbot in winter comes near a hydropower plant. On small rivers, tyulka is not always perceived by burbot as bait. But this must be verified empirically in each particular body of water.
As baits, various narrow and heavy vertical “cloves” spinners are used, which play rather sparingly and uniformly. And this is what burbot needs, especially when cutting is planted on the bait hook.
Widely used and heavy mormyshka type "Uralka" and other baits. Luminous lures can be successfully used: Admiral type lures for pike perch and various heavy phosphorus mormyshki, also intended for catching pike perch and bersh. The main thing is that there should be bait on the hooks.
The nature of the game of artificial baits differs from the wiring technique in catching other predators. It does not require sharp and sweeping strokes of the fishing rod. The bait should not rise high from the bottom, and its game may resemble the fuss of some creature, swarming in the bottom sediments and raising turbidity. Only poking at the bottom, small ascents and swims to the side - that’s the whole game of the bait when fishing for burbot in the winter.
Burbot on the girly
You can use pike zharlits without changing anything in the snap. But if the pike does not hold in this place, then it is better to remove the metal leads, especially if they are attached to the clasp, and put the leashes from the fishing line, as on the bottom. Just like on a bargain, bait fish sinks to the bottom. In snaggy places there are many hooks, and we will bump a specialist to drag gear into snags. Therefore, a heavy cut-off should always be at hand, which often saves gear. Sometimes under the ice they put summer flyer-boxes made of plastic or shot reels from the girder, which were already discussed in previous articles (read here).
Other information on burbot fishing can be found at fishx.org/nalim