Reflections, sharing information about burbot fishing in winter.
The other day I managed to get to the river I knew. First about the weather. Weather like weather: autumn. But it’s not gold anymore, the leaves have fallen, they have acquired some kind of dirty yellow color, part of them have already sunk to the bottom of the river, but there are many leaves on the surface. Wind, temperature about 5-7 degrees heat. Rain sometimes breaks during daylight hours. In general, autumn.
The river is almost deserted. Having walked with a spinning rod for almost 2 hours, I did not meet a single person. Although it was noticeable that so far the fishermen are getting out here. It is difficult to say what feelings most fishermen have when they observe such a picture, and I rejoice, because I understand that the time for fishing for burbot is approaching. The principle is simple: the colder, rainier and darker the better for burbot.
If we talk about fishing for burbot, we can safely assume that with the onset of the first autumn cold and until the ice melts (with a break for spawning), fishing on this fish gives the most excellent results. I already spoke about the burbot fishing technique in the fall. Everything is relatively simple here: you can permanently catch burbot on the “night donkey feeder”, or you can simply place the most common snacks (at least 20) along the coast, put a worm, a fish, a frog, an offal on the hooks, and after 40-60 minutes go around their possessions. With a fortunate set of circumstances, you can catch as many fish per night as you have never caught. It is clear that here you must follow the basic rule of fishing: take only trophy fish, and let go of a trifle, so that it grows up and in a couple of years pleased us with its size. Do not turn into a grabber.
So, they catch burbot in the winter. Moreover, winter fishing of burbot can have the nature of static fishing, designed for production and quantity, and can be characterized by a purely amateur direction. For example, there is a whole cohort of shopkeepers who prefer to catch a burbot on a donka in winter (winter zerlitsa). Tackle does not particularly require any special knowledge or special skills. Double or tee, sinker, durable cord. Some put flags or other bite indicators, but this is not necessary for burbot, as they are put on a night stand and checked in the morning. Burbot firmly swallows the bait, self-detects and the fisherman can only pull it out. Notice that when you leave the zergelis at night, you must observe two conditions:
1. Remember the place
2. Sprinkle the hole with snow so that it does not freeze (sometimes for this purpose hay or grass is placed in the hole).
If the hole is still frozen, you can drill another hole nearby and hook the forest out of it. There are other ways to get fishing line from a frozen hole.
The bait is still the same as in summer: offal, worms, pieces of other fish, etc. Burbot picks everything up. The main thing is that the bait is at the bottom, otherwise, the chances of catching a burbot decrease the more, the higher the hooks from the bottom. Remember. Burbot is caught strictly from the bottom.
It is interesting to catch burbot in the winter by an active method: for bait or mormyshka. In principle, both of these methods are not much different from each other, but their common sense is that they put a kind of animal bait on a large mormyshka (so that it does not drift), put down the tackle strictly to the bottom, and tap it. It is important to understand that it is not necessary to pull the bait too actively, just simple simple swaying and hitting the bottom. Sometimes you have to pause. Optimally, if your bauble does not rise above 2-4 cm from the bottom, and even better if the hooks themselves are baited on the bottom, and the baubles or mormyshka are slightly raised and seem to dance in one place, creating vibrations, noise and a cloud of turbidity. In order to find a burbot in the winter, you need to drill more than a dozen holes. Have to walk around and work. Therefore, the clothes should be comfortable, warm, but at the same time so that you do not get wet after 2-3 holes.
Catch burbot in the winter at night. Usually, fishing starts at about 9-10 pm, and the nibble ends in the early morning, as soon as it begins to get light. Sometimes, this predator bites during the day, especially when it is cloudy.
As for the choice of place - here you need to experiment: burbot takes aground and from the depths, often kept at the rubble, snags, bridges. The tackle itself, as I said, is not unusual, but since the burbot deeply swallows the bait, many fishermen use leashes in order not to exhaust themselves by extracting the hooks, but simply cut them and put another, already prepared leash. You can catch without leashes, on a fishing line from 0.3 mm., Someone prefers to put a wicker or nylon thread.
Actually, I talked about the main points of winter fishing for burbot, and then ... the rest is up to you. As with catching any fish, there are subtleties and secrets, but let each of you discover them for yourself. Indeed, it’s much more interesting than coming to everything ready.
All the best to you and good luck.
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