ON LAKES AND RESERVOIRS
In the vast water areas of lakes and reservoirs, the situation is somewhat different. Here, mass accumulations of ruffs are observed, as a rule, at depths of five to seven or more meters. Composing a noticeable competition for bream in food, ruff in such reservoirs usually gets along well with him in the neighborhood. In September, for example, it often happens that the same rogue can instantly turn into a crook, and vice versa. The closer to freezing, the less active the bream, and to catch in the same places on a rare fine day only a ruff is not such a prosaic matter. In addition, for the winter fisherman, among other things, it is also a kind of “dress rehearsal” before the start of the ice season. It goes without saying that at least a boat is needed for such fishing. As for the tackle, in our case it’s quite possible to get along with an ordinary winter fishing rod equipped with a nod and mormyshka.
PLACE AND FISHING
Before embarking on a boat, it’s good to carefully examine the place of fishing with the help of a depth gauge, pursuing two goals: to find the edge of the edge or a noticeable dump in the pit and at the same time not to climb to great depths. To take a ruff from 7-8 m every now and then is a very tedious task. Although the ruff is readily suitable for bait, which is based on components of plant origin (millet, breadcrumbs, bagasse, ground toasted sunflower seeds, hemp, etc.), nevertheless in late autumn the best results are obtained by the feeding bloodworm in its pure form, which is delivered to bottom using a feeder. With a weak course or its absence, it is best to open the feeder at 0.5-1 m from the bottom.
WHAT DO YOU NEED THE FEEDER
Mormyshka is desirable to put heavier, which goes faster to the bottom. And oblong is preferable, since the round can be difficult to extract with deep ingestion. Hook number 2.5-3.5; fishing line 0.12 mm (with the expectation of biting bream). The fishing technique is not particularly difficult. Mormyshka, baited by 1-3 bloodworms, is torn from the bottom and slowly lead upward, telling it vibrations with both low and high amplitude (depending on the activity of the fish). Sometimes a ruffle raises the tapping of the whip with the index finger, as well as stops during posting. With good biting, it is enough to slightly raise the bait from the ground or from time to time to hit it with the bottom, raising small clouds of turbidity.
Trivia is never
As you know, there are no trifles in fishing. All this fully applies to the brushing of a ruff. And yet, I would have noticed that the most critical operation in this case is to remove the fish from the hook. One needs only to relax for a second – and a painful injection (or even several at once) is provided. No matter how you watch out for the thorns of a ruff, you rarely manage to protect yourself from them. Therefore, you must have a bottle of iodine with you. Of the other required accessories, the crook will need a catch storage tank, a hand towel, and a miniature extractor, without which fishing can turn into torture with an active zhora.
A LITTLE ABOUT ECOLOGY
And finally, a little about ecology. Ruff, as we have said, refers to bottom fish. And in our time, other water bodies are so polluted that at their bottom multistage layers of toxic waste formed. Salts of heavy metals, acids, petroleum products, phenols and other organic and inorganic substances are detrimental to the “health” of fish, especially those that feed on bottom organisms. The ear of ruffs caught in a pond no matter how you “fertilize” it with spices is like a pinch of strychnine.
I remember once in my youth I caught several ruffians in Klyazma. They literally smelled of oil. I carried the fish away from the coast and buried it in the sand. Later I learned that a tank farm was located a little upstream from the place where I was fishing. Athletic fishers, as well as pensioners and schoolchildren quite often catch a ruff in the boundaries of large industrial cities. In such a metropolis as Moscow, there are many reservoirs (the Khimki reservoir, the quarries of the Stroginsky and Myakininsky floodplains, lakes in Kosino, etc.), where you will often find crooks with fishing rods. I would like to remind them: it is better not to eat fish caught in city ponds, quarries and rivers, but to release them back.
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