Burbot is the most outlandish fish of our reservoirs. You can catch burbot only from autumn to spring. The rest of the time he sleeps corny. Even in a network of poachers does not come across. But even during these weeks, only a really crazy person can catch a burbot - a person who gets out on night fishing on a frosty, windy, rainy night. If you are from such people - read the article! We will now talk about night fishing for burbot. Fortunately, December is just on the nose and in many places its activity begins.
When to catch burbot
Burbot is a very large and respected fish in the northern rivers. And we do not really. Here, the burbot is significantly inferior in size to its northern counterpart: the burbots 300-700g are quite worthy specimens. Burbots weighing 1kg - generally akin to the manna of heaven.
In our rivers, the burbot clearly feels like some kind of a visiting visitor. Throughout the year, neither a rumor nor a spirit about him. Neither in spring, nor in summer, nor in autumn can one see his bites. Unless, perhaps, one burbot accidentally pecks on a really cold rainy night.
Burbot wakes up to the first December numbers. But the weather at this time should also be very cold. The thermometer should show approximately 0. At this time, you can already try to go on the first fishing trip.
Biting the burbot begins with the sunset. Considering that at 6 pm in December it is already completely dark, by 18:30 the gear should be abandoned. Burbot biting continues in some places until dawn, and in others - until 2-3 in the morning. But activity, in any case, does not shine. A biting burbot is considered good if you manage to catch 4-6 fish per night. Burbot does not ever show a luck or bream zhora. Even as a first approximation.
Bait for fishing
The most popular bait for catching burbot is ordinary bait: bleak, gudgeon, goby. Do not listen to clever people advising you to catch burbot on rotten foods (meat, chicken, etc.). Burbot is much more willing to take fresh fish. A dead fish will also work as bait. Sometimes it is even better: it happened that the burbot refused to take live bait, but was caught on a dead (but fresh!) Fish. The main drawback of live bait is that it is very difficult to catch them in December. Therefore, through experiments, other baits were also discovered, on which burbot is also caught.
Frozen capelin is a very good burbot nozzle. Not inferior to live bait. It keeps well on the fishing line (for burbot, the bait needs to be strung on the fishing line, and the hook should be left naked). It does not need to be thawed after purchase. Take it and catch it right away.
Herring is also a good option. True, we need a fresh herring, fresh-frozen. Fish (and burbot including) really do not like salt and spices. Therefore, a herring seasoned with spices, delicious for us, in fishing oil will not work.
Fish fillet is a great attachment. Fresh, soft slices of fish fillet often give the best fishing result.
In general, burbot - the guy in the food is picky. When he begins a period of activity, he usually takes on more or less edible nozzles. If you seriously approach its fishing, you probably will not stay without bites.
Burbot fishing tackle
The rod is an ordinary feeder without special requirements. Fishing line - 0.25-0.3mm. The cord does not make sense: burbot is not at all cautious and not at all strong. Hooks - No. 2-No. 3 for international numbering or No. 8-No. 9 for domestic. Sinker - depending on fishing conditions. On a weak course, you can get by with a light weight of 30g. On the big one, you need to use heavy loads - in 50-70g and even more.
A reel is placed on the rod, a line is wound on the reel, a sinker is attached to the end of the main line. And on the side to the main fishing line there is a leash with a hook, on which the bait is mounted. And the tackle is ready. As you can see, nothing complicated. In general, if you know the burbot parking lot, you can catch it simply to horror with primitive tackle (a wooden stick, a rope and a piece of fish on a market hook).
Where to catch
Burbot is not such a rare fish with us, as you might think. It is abundant in every more or less solid river. Fishermen usually do not have to complain that there is no burbot in the local waters. There is no burbot in the spring, summer and autumn. And in winter, especially in the first weeks of December - it is everywhere. You just need to catch him not too lazy.
Burbot is kept both in a strong current (in the main channel) and in a weak one (in quiet tributaries). In bays and stagnant water usually does not occur. Burbot loves slopes and dumps. You need to look for it there. If somewhere in the 15-70m from the coast you know some kind of dump, then the gear should be thrown there.
In general, when fishing for burbot, fishermen are not limited to one donka and one place. Especially for the first time. You need to try to catch as many places as possible. And the use of 5-6 feeders, given the sluggish bite of burbot, is justified.
Burbot fishing in December
Arriving at the pond is desirable even before dawn. You need to have time to pitch a tent, collect gear. Then you need to determine the places of casting gear, and abandon them.
In grandfather's books about fishing for burbot it is written that in one place you need to drop several donks at different distances from the coast: at about 15m, 35m and 70m there are three different donks. There is a rational grain in this. Who knows where on this day walks a burbot. Therefore, it’s better to do just that.
With the onset of darkness, all feeders should be abandoned, the bells are set. We must expect a bite. The burbot bite is not at all unusual: a typical bell ringing. But you can’t hurry with a hook. You need to hook only at the moment of pulling the line - otherwise pull the bait out of the burbot's mouth. If everything is done correctly, the burbot will be in your cage.
There is another incident of burbot fishing. Burbot can take the bait in his mouth and stand still for hours. The bell will not ring. Therefore, periodically (once per hour) you need to check the donks: what if we burbot on any hooked.