Rotan in winter, the article talks about how to catch rotan in winter, where it lives at this time of year, what gear and bait to use for fishing.
Many fishing enthusiasts consider rotan weedy, gluttonous and arrogant fish, destroying all life in the pond. Yes, there is some truth in this, but nevertheless this statement is exaggerated. Firstly, far from every pond this species of fish can take root and reach a decent size. Secondly, there are lakes and ponds in which rotan is present only in a limited amount, and sometimes it grows no more than the index finger.
During the first week after ice formation on water bodies, this fish species remains active. But in the winter season and even on the last ice, rotan is caught mainly in small specimens, and even then not so often and not everywhere. With the onset of the first ice, you can catch a rather large individual. Sometimes biting is so active that in 2 weeks a large rotan is simply caught in a pond. After freezing, the rotan chooses very definite and low-lying places. This behavior is most likely explained by the forethought of this species of fish.
After all, the fact is that rotans can survive in bodies of water in which in the winter season the water freezes to the very bottom. In order to survive in such conditions, the rotan does not burrow into the silt, like many fish species, but forms a flock of balls from numerous individuals that are saved from freezing by a single layer of mucus. There are times when fishermen cut a ball of rotan from ice.
In the first days after freezing, rotan stands near the coastal zone, where underwater vegetation is well developed. Here they can find good food in the form of worms and larvae.
With an increase in the thickness of ice to approximately 10 cm, this predator begins to gather in flocks that concentrate on the borders, where there is the largest number of underwater vegetation, and only the smallest specimens remain near the coastlines.
When the thickness of the ice cover reaches more than 15 cm, this species of fish hides in the deepest places.
Finding rotan in winter
The tactics of finding a rotan, however, like a perch, is to continuously drill holes. This predator is not at all frightened by the noise of an ice ax, so you can immediately drill several holes in a row, without fear that the ratan will be frightened and swim away.
After drilling, you need to examine the wells, each takes no more than 2 minutes. If a flock of rattan stands directly under one of the holes, then you will not have to wait long for a bite. True, mainly small individuals take the bait, but large specimens will have to wait a bit. That is, the larger the rotan, the longer it will take to bite from it, because the "trifle" does not stay near large fish, for fear of being eaten right away.
By the way, the catch also depends on the number of holes made. From one hole, you can catch no more than 5-6 rotans. Wells are best done next to each other, 2-3 meters will be enough. This arrangement is explained by the fact that this species of fish “has no desire” to make unnecessary movements even in the summer, not to mention winter.
Rattan gear and lures
Among many amateur anglers there is an opinion that catching a rattan is the easiest thing to do. But in fact, to catch a few kilograms of this fish is no less difficult than, for example, to catch a box of perches. There are several small subtleties to catching rattan. Firstly, the fisherman has to make a huge number of holes. Secondly, the catch is almost entirely dependent on the gear chosen. Perhaps the best option is a winter vertical spinner, which gives strong vibrations when fishing, which attract rotan well. The rattan does not pay any attention to small mormyshka.
The color and shape of the gear does not matter much. The spinners for catching this fish are equipped with soldered, single hooks, but they are suitable for large specimens. After all, the fact is that this fish grabs its bait not with greed, but deeply, completely swallowing it. Quite often, a rotan at first simply “bites off” the bait and only then can grab it.
A small piece of fresh beef, liver or fresh lard can be planted on the hook, because the rotan accurately smells meat. The nozzle needs to be changed every 20-25 minutes, otherwise it will become simply uninteresting and unattractive for the fish. An excellent bait is also the meat of rattan itself.
After the first ice zhor ends, you can catch rotan all winter. Only here it is already necessary to use a slightly different tackle: mormyshka, which has a size of no more than 2 mm, fishing line - 0.08-0, 10 mm, bloodworm on a hook.
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Bait is relevant only when catching large specimens. The finest chopped meat of the rotan itself is considered the best bait. With such a bait, the catch is definitely ensured, since this type of fish acts on it immediately.
Rattan fishing technique
The bait needs to be lowered to the bottom, and then slowly raise it by 5 cm. Then you should wait a few seconds, and do the same, only raise the bait a little higher, etc.
The bite can be seen by the trembling or swaying of the nod. A nod should always be used in such fishing, since some bites simply can not be felt with your hand. Do not forget about the hook, the main thing is to do it in time. In some cases, after biting, it should be lightning fast, in other cases, you need to wait a bit.
Catching rattan in winter is a very interesting and fascinating activity. After all, you first need to find it, choose the right bait, learn how to properly hook, etc.
Most likely, most people still do not know that rotan in a sense is a delicacy. In addition, it does not have small bones, it is very simple to clean it, since the scales are very easily and quickly removed. Fried rotan is much tastier and sweeter than crucian carp. This fish is no less tasty in dried form.
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