Features of burbot fishing in February, after spawning. The simplest and most effective tackle for rivers.
Here is February, when under the ice some kind of recovery begins in the underwater kingdom after the “deaf” period. Many of the fish begin to move and actively peck at winter fishing rods and catch on girders. These include the nocturnal predator - burbot. But he has a different story. If other predators begin to wake up from hibernation, then burbot begins to fatten after painfully sweet days and weeks of reproduction of their own kind, and simply after spawning. Only in this fish, the only one in our area, spawning occurs during the deadliest time of winter, when frosts break out, snowstorms whistle and howl, sweeping thick ice in the snow. Usually spawning of this Nordic predator occurs from December to early February. And in February-March, spring fishing begins for burbot from the ice. True, this period is quite short. Already in April, it will be impossible to go ice on many small rivers due to black ravines. And in March, it will be possible to more and more often detect these holes in the ice, like vents, where the steam will come from. But these are obvious scourges. Worse when the ravines lurk under the packed snow.
Nevertheless, at this time, the burbots returning from the spawning grounds begin to hunt, and for smaller ones, they grab various bottom trifles in the pits under the rifts and on the channel edges. These are usually larvae, mollusks, crayfish and crustaceans, fish that have snooled or sleeping in suspended animation. Burbot is not particularly picky, although contrary to the affirmation of his love for the carrion, he is still a night hunter, not a scavenger. It is only surprising where the burbot suddenly developed a gastronomic craving for a small Volga fish, the sprat ">
This is on a small forest river running away from large rivers and seas. But in recent years, I have successfully used tyulka for fishing burbot as bait during autumn fishing and in spring. Only if in the fall I plant a sponge along with worms, like some kind of silver and at the same time wriggling “sandwich”, then on the ice in the spring I just put a few fish on a double. Burbot is regularly caught on this bait on a variety of rivers, from the city or forest small river to the Volga channel, where this bait is often used for fishing with heavy sinkers somewhere in a boiling foam bay near the hydroelectric station. Although such fishing is prohibited, but more than once noticed the passage of such anglers. Perhaps, the employees of the hydroelectric power station themselves like fishing in their free time?
Their tackle is simple: an onboard fishing rod or a “flywheel” with a hard whip, the same nod, usually metal, always with a reel. At the end, a sliding heavy sinker with a pair of leashes and large hooks. Sometimes, instead of a sinker, you can see a heavy mormyshka, where a brush of worms or a tulk is also planted. The technique of fishing for such tackle consists in poking and pounding a sinker or heavy mormyshka at the bottom with short breaks and ascents, but at a minimum distance. Burbot is a typical bottom fish and will not rise in the middle layers of the water, even half a meter from the bottom.
Burbot after spawning on small rivers
You can catch the same gear on a small river, replacing fishing with spinners in a similar way, which is increasingly becoming a thing of the past, apparently due to the decreasing population of this fish. Probably, the catch of burbot by fishermen also affects, but, it seems, the main damage is caused by the "electric pointers" that knock out this fish almost completely on forest rivers. Also, the “Mister Twisters” - “owners, factories, newspapers and steamboats” who regularly dump industrial waste into Vetluga and the Volga — “help” in this disgusting affair.
On small rivers, fishing gadgets and barges are considered running gear for catching burbot from the ice. Their difference is small. Both there and there the bait sinks to the bottom. But the girders have a bite indicator, which makes burbot fishing much more interesting. The wedge is a piece of the main fishing line with a heavy sinker at the end and a pair of leashes with large hooks, on which they attach a ruff, chopped roach, tyulka, and a worm’s lobe. The other end of the main line is tied to a stick, which is laid across the hole. Then the hole is closed with a lid, preferably made of polystyrene foam, and covered with snow. This is the easiest and most effective tackle on burbot.
Feeder bells usually cling to the flag springs of the female vents. And then the predator's bite is voiced at night with a rattle, as if active fishing on a feeder is in progress.