Early spring. Rain and snow are replaced by glass matinees when puddles clutch with thin ice. The beginning of spring can be considered the time of full fishing for burbot, since the water is icy, like in winter, which is necessary for burbot. As you know, burbot is the only freshwater fish from the family of the same cold-loving sea fish as cod, haddock and other representatives of the Norwegian fjords.
And, if we talk about gastronomic qualities, then burbot is in no way inferior to its relatives. True, the size is smaller. The burbot ear seasoned with its delicate liver is simply incomparable. But the fish must be fresh. Burbot is gentle, but deteriorates just as quickly, at least it loses taste with every hour spent even in the refrigerator. Therefore, it must be cooked immediately.
But first you need to catch him. And this is not always a simple task, since the fishing of this slippery predator in the spring takes place at night and often in the most vile weather conditions. But, despite the claims of some authors that burbot “loves” rainy weather with wind, and even snow, I did not observe such a tendency of burbot to the worst weather. Like any other fish, he prefers stable atmospheric pressure and clear weather. It seems transparent cold nights, when the scary-eyed Moon floods everything around with cold light, he likes the most. And then the night fishing of burbot in the spring with a bonfire on the shore, the ringing of bells and the hooting of an eagle owl in a black spruce can be very romantic. It is not for nothing that there are always and will be lovers of fishing for burbot, although it is not as sporty as fishing for spinning.
Burbot in the spring on the feeder
The feeder is not a classic burbot fishing tackle. This is a rather thin and sensitive tackle, with which you must be able to cope in night conditions, often in rain and cold winds. But lovers of bottom fishing with a feeder go to great lengths so as not to part with their favorite gear even when catching a spring burbot. In addition, there is always a chance that an ide, a bream and especially a chub will take a feeder. I also belong to such lovers and usually always install a feeder right at the parking lot, where a bonfire will burn, and then the coals will pour heat under the oak logs. Without a Siberian bonfire-nody, composed of three strong logs, can not do long night.
A feeder for catching burbot in spring can be used short. Usually on small forest rivers, where burbot is most often caught, this predator goes hunting on the border between a sloping beach-beach and a stony pit, where he hides during the day. This edge is usually not far. It would be possible to do without a feeder, putting a sinker weighing up to 30-40 grams, but, as already mentioned, a bite of the "white" fish is not excluded. Bait is used in winter and with the addition of chopped worms or bloodworms.
The bait for spring fishing for burbot on the feeder is a brush of dung beetles or shamrocks. Therefore, it is better to set the hooks large, with a long forearm, No. 5-4 of international numbering. Thin leashes, when fishing for burbot, are not needed. Night fishing and burbot are not demanding on the elegance of gear. You can put a leash of monofilament fishing line with a diameter of 0.25-0.3 mm above the feeder. The cord on the reel can be 0.18 mm thick . The main thing when catching a burbot is that the hook leash is as close as possible to the sinker. Therefore, it is better to use sliding feeders. Then the hook with the bait will lie at the bottom. Burbot will never rise above 20 cm from the bottom, even for the most attractive bait.
You should put a bells glowing in the dark on the rod. However, if the rod is located next to the bonfire, then visibility is ensured as much as possible at night. Be sure to have a good flashlight or lamp in the equipment, which will then light up the tent.
The simplest and most practical tackle for catching burbot in the spring are showers. They are quite naturally combined with a more sporty feeder, however, bringing the main catch, since there are more of them. Usually on the stretch there are about 5-7 snacks.
The zakidushka consists of a flat sinker, preferably unobtrusive, the main thick monosqueck 0.5-0.6 mm in diameter and a leash of monoleska 0.3 mm thick with a hook even larger than on the feeder.
Larger single or double hooks are needed so that in addition to worms on hooks of hooks, they also plant live bait or slices of chopped roach. Most of all, burbot loves a ruff. Cutting can be done from any “white” fish. Larger fish are caught in live bait and cutting.
The bells are signaled by a bell.