The desire to try to catch the “Russian bass” for spinning has been visiting me for a long time, but somehow it was not enough time to implement it. But at the end of May I arrived at the cottage in the Vladimir region. I had a lot of free time and, of course, I wanted to devote it to fishing. The ban on spinning fishing was still in force, and float fishing of the same bleak did not bring as much pleasure as before. That’s when I remembered about a small swamp, in which, except for the ratan, nothing was found. I decided to switch to catching it for the sake of diversity, but with my favorite gear – spinning.
I remembered this swamp not by accident: a few days before the trip I was interested in the topic of catching rattan for spinning and I tried to find something on the Internet. There was little information, which only increased the desire to master this fishing. I chose the lightest fishing class of those that I have: with a dough up to 8 g and a length of 198 cm. The spinning rod is quite sensitive, it allows you to catch light lures. I put a spool with the thinnest braid on the reel, believing that it would be easier to notice a bite with it, and rotan is not the fish that requires delicate tackle. However, as it turned out later, the sensitivity of the tackle is crucial, since the bite of a rotan is not very sharp. Taking the bait in his mouth, he stays in place for some time – this is the best moment for hooking, and he should not be missed.
Choosing the bait based on what I learned on the Internet, I decided to stay on the smallest twisters and UL-wobblers. But still I made the main emphasis on silicone. My smallest twisters were about 2 cm long. The mouth of a rattan was large, and such a size should have easily slipped into the throat of even small rattans. I equipped the lures with an open single hook, because I knew that at that time the swamp did not have time to overgrow with grass and there was no need for unhooked ones. I didn’t have small jig heads, so I tied the hook to the braid, and used lead pellets up to 2 g in weight as a load, which I clamped 2-3 cm from the bait. This installation allows you to easily adjust the distance from the bait to the load during fishing. The twisters were orange and light green. As a result, it pecked at both colors, but still slightly more often at lime.
The reservoir I have chosen is a swampy pond with a water mirror about 200 m long and 7 to 15 m wide. Depths are from 30 cm to 1.5 m maximum. There was almost no grass in the water, but willow bushes grow along the shore and in the water. Rotan avoids open areas, and I intended to lure him from under the coast and various shelters. Therefore, he began to throw along the coast and to the bushes standing in the water. Short jerks with the tip of the spinning made the bait freeze in the water column. I selected the load so that the bait drowned as slowly as possible, but the weight was sufficient to cast meters 10 meters. A pellet of 1.5 g was optimal.
The rotan bites turned out to be so inconspicuous that at first I did not react to them, considering it hurts for blades of grass. But when in front of my eyes a small rattan jumped out from under the coast and attacked the bait, much became clear. The fish grabbed the playing tip of the twister and held it in his mouth until the next jerk with a spinning rod, which simply pulled the bait out of its mouth. I decided not to reduce the bait, so as not to catch a trifle – and it, as subsequent fishing for the worm showed, prevailed here – and wait for the bite of a ratan to be bigger. And they started. Rattanchiki began to be detected a little more than half of the palm. The bites were very inexpressive. Just on the next jerk on the fishing line a fish hung. A poke was felt much less often. Fishing for wobblers did not bring success at all: either there was no suitable model, or I did not pick up the wiring. Perhaps the rotan did not react in any way to the imitation of a “white” fish, because, apart from it, there is no other fish in the pond.
In general, fishing was interesting. There were quite a few bites, but only one out of five was successful. Of course, you cannot name catching fishing, but I will undoubtedly return to it. There are great opportunities for creativity and experimentation with lures, with their color and way of animation. Rotan catching will be especially interesting in those reservoirs where it reaches its maximum size.