Every angler dreams of catching this silvery and beautiful fish, because in addition to stubborn resistance and predatory gambling, the chekhon is also a very tasty, fatty fish. She is one of the fattest fish in Russia, along with bleak. It is especially greasy and tasty in the autumn period, when, after feeding fat, it prepares for winter cold. It is best to sag and smoke.
Features winter fishing sabrefish
Fishing in the winter is not one of the traditional and widespread fishing, as, for example, fishing for perch. And most of all the chances to catch this fish during the winter period are on the first and last ice. In the fall, flocks of sabrefish move from relatively shallow places and rifts at the borders of the pits to deeper places with a reverse course. Unlike the summer, when the sabrefish most often rests on the brow with a strong and moderate current, in winter the flocks of sabrefish stick to places with a weak current. Probably, this is to some extent connected with the economy of forces during the winter season, when Chekhon spends his vital resources to resist the cold. In addition, in winter, this fish feeds less and less. Therefore, the life cycles of sabrefish are slowed down. As for the choice of fishing place, it should be noted also the dislike of the sabrefish to grassy places. This dislike of her extends to winter time.
At the beginning of winter, the sabrefish can come across in old places, where until recently it was caught in the fall on a donka with a rubber shock absorber. Closer to mid-winter, this fish goes into the pits. And her feeding outs are at the borders of these pits at a depth of three to five meters. It’s best that the sabrefish is caught in long thaws . And the longer the thaw and the closer the spring, the more often it will be possible to catch the sabrefish in the surface layers of water. Chekhon does not tend to the bottom in the summer and more often stays in the middle and upper levels of the river. Only in the dead of winter keeps at the bottom. With warming and the flow of fresh water under the ice, flocks of sabrefish rise up. Especially large concentrations of this fish occur in the mouths of rivers and streams that flow into a large river, for example, the Volga.
Chekhon in the winter on edible rubber
The distribution of edible rubber baits also affected winter fishing, including the Chekhon. And quite often the bait of Hogi Hog from edible rubber re-plays traditional bait - bloodworms and maggot. Despite the fact that this bait is not like any underwater insect and animal, this strange artificial crustacean with paws, claws and tails made of rubber often causes excitement and desire to grab a mormyshka from Hogi Hog in Chekhon. At the same time, the fishing technique itself is not much different from catching on mormyshka with a bloodworm. A light little mormyshka is used, on which, starting from the "head" to the "abdomen", Hogie Hog is planted. But you need to pick up a mormyshka with a hook, the size of which should be disproportionately large in comparison with the body of the mormyshka. Otherwise it will be difficult to catch on a large bait, putting it on a small hook. Mormyshka game is most often used smooth and leisurely, as when fishing for bream or roach. The paws, tentacles and tail will win back the movements even with slight fluctuations of the mormyshka, which will be an attractive prey behavior for a gambling sabrefish. After all, Chekhon, despite the silver scales, is a real predator, especially a large Chekhon.
Winter fishing rod according to the principle of "floats"
The simplest and often the most effective tackle is a winter fishing rod, arranged on the principle of a summer float tackle. Together with the sabrefish, it’s often good for pecking. The tackle is designed almost like a classic winter fishing rod, that is, on a winter fishing rod with a stand for installation, the hole has a reel and a nod, but instead of a mormyshka the smallest hook is attached, and a sinker is attached above. A bloodworm and maggot, as well as a Hogi Hog, are mounted on the hook. Closer to spring, more and more bites happen on maggots.
Garland for catching sabrefish
This is a multi-level tackle where mormyshki or hooks with bait are located at a certain distance from each other. That is, the bait is at different depths, which greatly speeds up and simplifies the search for fish in the water column. And Chekhon in winter is rather inconsistent in choosing the level of the horizon at which she holds and feeds on this particular day. It can be both a bottom and a surface layer of water. Much depends on where zooplankton is kept that day, which is also included in the diet of Chekhon.