Catching sabrefish in open water. Part 4

In the wiring

This method is good for catching sabrefish from walkways, piers, landing stages, bin and other structures, but above all, of course, from a boat. The boat allows the angler to anchor and fish even where it is impossible from the shore, say, because of dense coastal vegetation or high steep banks. It is better to choose a fishing spot with a moderate or weak current. In the evening and morning hours, when the sabrefish is feeding at the bottom, it is advisable to anchor in an area where the depth is approximately the same throughout the drift of the nozzle. After the sabrefish rises to the upper layers of the water, it should be caught with a slight descent, usually the float in this case is set transparent, water-filled. In general, the whole difficulty here lies in the fact that, having got up on the boat and feeding the place, it is very difficult to determine at what distance from the bottom the sabrefish feeds. Because seasonal factors play a role, as well as the time of day and day, and the location of the feed.

On the Don, for example, for several evenings in a row, I watched the bursts of sabrefish, which continued until about sunset. After that, this fish “calmed down”, going to the depth, and its bites began from the bottom or half-water. By the way, the Don fishermen successfully catch sabrefish at night, when it takes good tackle on the bottom. When fishing with a line, casts can be made on both sides of the boat so that the bait is carried away in an arc, or simply bleed the line from the stern along the stream. In the latter case, you can use more “gentle” attachments that are weakly attached to the hook.

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Unlike a deaf float tackle, the maximum swim of the lure is provided by tackle for long casting or an ordinary wire rod. However, you should not let the bait go downstream further than 25-30 m, since the sensitivity of the tackle is lost. As with catching other types of fish in this way, the secret is also the following. When, at the end of the wiring, the current draws the line in a straight line, and the nozzle begins to rise up, it is imperative to make a control cut. It is at the end of the float of the nozzle that the most decisive bite of the sabrefish often follows, pursuing the “victim” escaping from it.

If you fish from a boat, side casts usually have to be done when flocks of sabrefish “play” to the side and at a considerable distance from the boat. When releasing the fishing line along the stream, you do not need to swing the rod once again, it is easier to control the high-quality swim of the nozzle in a given layer of water. It should be borne in mind that in summer, during daylight hours, sabrefish prefers to stay in the upper layers of water. Now a little about the tackle. The most optimal for catching sabrefish in the line, in my opinion, is a rod of the Bolognese type, 4-5 m long, equipped with a light inertial reel with a well-adjusted free line coming off under the pressure of the stream. Spinning reels with a spool capacity up to 100 m of monofilament with a diameter of 0.20 mm can be used. The main line with a diameter of 0.16-0.20 mm, “braid” – 0.12 mm. Leash 0.12-0.15 mm. From the “braid” – 0.08 mm. Hooks are usually the most common type “Limerick” No. 13-8 (according to the international classification).

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If you fish with fry, it is better to use long-shank hooks; for maggots, bloodworms and other small baits, they are better suited with a short forearm. The choice of the hook must be taken seriously, if only because the sabrefish, especially the small one, will constantly knock down or devour the bait with impunity. Those who have been caught by this fish are well aware that the bite of schooling semi-anadromous sabrefish, as a rule, is decisive and rather sharp. The float disappears under the water in the blink of an eye, you hook and feel the weight hanging on the hook. The power of the hook depends primarily on the distance to the float and the sag or arc of the line, usually you need to hook quite broadly. Although one should not forget that sabrefish, especially a young one, has weak lips.

However, we must admit that the silvery beauty gets off the hook quite often – it is only necessary to loosen the tension of the line for a moment. This happens due to the fact that the saberfish, when playing, makes rotational movements relative to the “axis” of the playing, and thus it manages to get rid of the hook. In any case, you should not force the fishing out, since the hook makes a wide hole in the lip of the fish. It is best to look for saberfish in the morning dawn, immediately after sunrise, when it gives out itself in light splashes, as if gently slapping its palm on the water. Having found a fish, you need to carefully approach this place by boat or along the shore and, without wasting time, offer it bait.

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In any season of the year, this fish is willingly suitable for bait, including during the pre-spawning run. But only in those places where there are few other fish, which is not always the case. On the channels in the lower reaches of the Volga, for example, on reaches with a moderate current, I successfully applied bait in the form of maggots and chopped worms, which I simply dipped over the side of the boat by a pinch at intervals of 5 minutes. Experience shows that more problems arise when fishing for residential sabrefish, the bite of which is extremely capricious in all seasons. In contrast, the semi-anadromous sabrefish is a more energetic, strong fish and is distinguished by a decisive grip and active resistance when playing.

author: V.A. Kazantsev “Fishing in open water”