Ram in the winter, in the article I will talk about catching ram in the winter. What gear to catch, how to feed, how to hold. Red color for ram.
Dried fish is often called a ram, and all, considering, apparently, that this is a way of cooking. Meanwhile, ram is a separate species of fish, akin to roach. You can even say that this is one and the same fish, but living in different conditions and leading a lifestyle, markedly different in that roach is considered sedentary fish, as they say, is residential, and ram is considered to be a passing fish. In the spring, both species of fish climb spawning along small rivers, but if the roach then leaves for the expanse of a large river or reservoir, then the ram keeps in the desalinated part of the sea, closer to the mouth of the river. Another difference is that the ram is usually larger, fatter and therefore tastier. This is related to nutrition. If roach manages with worms and aquatic vegetation, then our battering ram is not averse to snack on high-calorie mollusks, or even a crustacean will catch.
Ram often gets lost in large flocks and then fishing can be exciting and prey. Fishermen, one might say, live in winter tents, cheerfully pulling out silver fish from the holes. And the closer the spawning, the more active the ram and the larger its pack.
Nozzles, baits for ram in the winter
The most common winter bait is, of course, bloodworms . Maggot is also used in catching rams, but is somewhat inferior to bloodworms in the number of bites on this bait. True, if the maggot is red, then there can be more bites (how to give the maggot the desired color, I told you here, at the bottom of the page). In addition, ordinary dung worms are used, which are often used by village fishermen, storing the worms in wooden crates from the fall, in the chill of the cellar. Larger fish are often found in worms (for how to store and breed the worm, read here).
The dough is also effectively used, both traditionally white and tinted red with food coloring. Ram sometimes takes better on reddish dough than on white. And the semolina talker, known to fishermen by summer, is no less successfully used in catching rams in the winter. It can also be tinted in red, to which the battering ram experiences a strange attraction . Another of the nozzles is barley, coarse-grained, well-boiled. You can add unrefined vegetable oil and vanillin to it. Often, the ram takes well on washed rye bread, especially if ground food for aquarium fish is added to it. This is a nozzle for winter time. In the summer, ram takes on ordinary bread.
To keep the flock of ram in one place, a bait of porridge, cooked according to the example of the well-known “salapinka”, is used, as well as ordinary compound feed. For one-time fishing, various winter bait for roaches is successfully applied (here, you can read one recipe for winter bait for white fish).
To catch ram, which often rises almost to ice, you can use the simplest surface bait, consisting of only dry semolina, breadcrumbs and corn grits. Branded lightweight roach bait is also used.
Ram on mormyshka
Given the common habits of roach and ram, we can say that the ram is caught on the same baits as its cousin, the red-eyed roach. And she, this whim and fashionista, loves the sparkle of precious metal. Therefore, small silver mormyshki, preferably tungsten because of their small size and relatively large weight, are successfully used for ram fishing for winter fishing. Often battering ram is caught very well by the modest “Shot” familiar to everyone. In some cases, the competition "Drobinka" is a miniature light or silver "Uralka" measuring 8-10 mm . Sometimes Uralka wins this competition, especially when a flock of large battering ram approaches. Then fishing is incredibly exciting. In addition, a large ram in places is perfectly caught on unwind mormyshki . The tactics of fishing is to gently sway the bait in different water levels. Ram responds well to leisurely lowering mormyshki to the bottom with a soft nod. Often a flock of rams is directly under the ice. Therefore, in winter, fishing should begin from the upper horizons in the water column.
Winter ram fishing rods
For catching winter ram, the most common ones are used, preferably with legs, since this fish, like roach, often takes only on a motionless mormyshka with bait (I wrote about this here). The nod is most often used soft, mylar, about 11-13 cm long . In winter, a thin fishing line is used, but not a cobweb - 0.1-0.11 mm, but closer to the spring they also catch 0.14 mm thick fishing line.