Spring fishing for bream with a firefly on Seliger

The moon went behind a cloud, and the whole world shrank to a small point of light, as if pinned to the black wall of the night. The firefly was motionless, but with some sixth sense, I felt that he had shifted a little to the side. Maybe it seemed? No, the luminous point was clearly moving. Striking – and something elastic pulled the rod tip back to the water … Bream! Now the main thing is not to rush. The landing net on the left, feel for its handle and, without taking your eyes off the firefly jumping on a stretched line, carefully lower it into the water. Just don’t let the bream go into the grass! Raising the rod up, I smoothly bring the fish into the net. It didn’t seem to make a splash, you can count on the next bite …


As a rule, the places of daytime and nighttime bream fishing do not coincide. During the day, the bream stays deeper and only at dusk does it begin to pull closer to the shore. Moreover, during the day, bream takes best in the current, even if it is weak, at night – in areas with stagnant water. This year, this pattern manifested itself in Seliger very clearly. During the whole daylight hours, bream bites most actively at the very channel edge at a depth of 3.5 meters. But with the onset of dusk, it was useless to wait for him here, but at a depth of 1.5-1.7 meters, active bites began. Bream goes to feed to the reeds, which are almost everywhere like a dense wall along the banks. You can fish both from the shore and from a boat. In the latter case, in the chosen place at the very edge of the reeds, two poles are driven into the bottom, to which the boat is tied. Choosing a location is not easy, and therefore it is useful to consult with local anglers. You need to go fishing in advance, even before sunset, to feed the place. Such fishing is quite effective. The only thing that spoils the pleasure is the need to sit motionless in the boat for 5-6 hours.

It’s another matter when you fish from the shore and you can equip a place, as they say, with all the conveniences. The best places for night fishing are slopes in the reeds. In the fishing literature, there are tips to make such gaps yourself. Somewhere it is quite real, but not on Seliger. It is possible to make a passage in the reeds about ten meters wide, although rather troublesome. But you shouldn’t really count on the bites of the bream. He is too careful and, until he gets used to the place, will not come up, no matter how much bait is poured. The bait, by the way, will not be lost – it will quickly be collected by the ubiquitous silver bream.

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If it is useless to make an artificial gap, then it makes sense to clean the place of excess grass so that nothing interferes with the casting and, even more importantly, the playing. Casting is usually done with a wrist, from below. In this case, stability and accuracy are increased and this is of fundamental importance at night. As I noticed, bream is more concentrated on bait at night. That is, if you feed one point, “into the float,” then bites will be no further than a meter from it.


Catching at night without bait is useless, as well as counting on the fact that the bream will fit the food made just before fishing. It is necessary to feed in advance and abundantly. As a rule, we fed the place about an hour before sunset. Five to six orange-sized lumps of groundbait per float. Since there was no current at the place of fishing, the bait was made crumbly, so that the lumps fell apart when they hit the water. Seligersky bream is not spoiled with branded baits and responds well to the simplest options, in particular to bran or bread crumbs in combination with steamed cake. This mixture is very loose, and to increase the viscosity, we added separately cooked millet or pearl barley porridge. As far as can be judged, the presence of flavorings in the bait is even more desirable at night than during the day.

For several fishing trips, we tried all sorts of options – from cinnamon to caramel, but we did not find a clear leader. Perhaps the greatest effect was given by “sweet caramel” and “garlic”. It should be noted that if it is not possible to fish every night, it is still worth feeding every night: bream, like other fish, easily gets used to the place and time of feeding. A sandwich made from a worm and several maggots worked best as a bait. The nozzle had to be bulky enough. Canned pasta-stars with the smell of garlic proved to be quite good. They had to be put on a hook in 5-6 pieces. This attachment has both pros and cons. The main advantage is that it can be stored for a long time without losing its smell; the disadvantage is that it flies off even with a slight touch on the grass.

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For night fishing, the most common fishing rods are quite suitable, but a swing with a deaf rig is preferable: it is easier to work with it in the dark. Considering that silver bream and other small fish practically do not bite at night, it is worth putting larger hooks, at least No. 10 according to international numbering. You need to take a closer look at the float loading. The fact is that in complete darkness, when observing a float equipped with a firefly, the eyes quickly get tired. So that, without straining your eyes too much, to see the bite, only the firefly should be on the surface, but in its entirety. In this case, the angler sees two sources of light – the firefly itself and its reflection from the water. If the float is loaded correctly, then at the slightest rise of the float between the firefly and its reflection, a black stripe appears, which is clearly visible. And if you load the float a little more, the firefly will be slightly submerged and the signal black strip will not appear immediately – only when it rises above the surface. To increase the sensitivity of the tackle, you can reduce the distance between the hook and the support to 5-6 cm instead of 10-12 cm, as in the daytime. At night, a short leash does not bother the bream at all.


Although the bream is bolder at night, it usually bites more cautiously. There are very few bites on the drown; more often it either raises the float completely, which is difficult to miss, or raises it only by one or two centimeters. The most difficult to perceive are the bites, when the bream simply guides the float carefully. I don’t know how he succeeds, but often the float, without rising or sinking, just slowly moves to the side. This is easier to notice if you are fishing with two people or with two rods. Then the reference point is the distance between the floats. However, it is more convenient to fish together, each with one rod, than one with two. The bream takes in approaches, and it happens that bites happen at the same time on neighboring fishing rods. And in general, catching together is much more convenient: you can talk quietly so as not to doze off, and there is someone to help if the fishing line gets tangled or there are problems with playing.

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When fishing at shallow depths, it is very important to remain quiet. It is clear that you cannot stamp your feet or drop anything on the ground, but not only. The fish must be taken out very carefully, without forcing or letting it beat. Then bites can occur on almost every cast. As a rule, the nibble begins at dusk. Most often, several bites follow in a row, then there is a break. The duration of the periods of biting and pauses can be very different. “Between the bites” can last more than an hour. In this case, it is worth supplementing with a couple of balls of bait.

It is clear that at night fishing it is impossible to do without a flashlight, but you should make it a rule to use it only when necessary – when putting fish on or off the hook. Although night is considered the time of large fish, it is not worth expecting that trophy bream will come up on the first fishing trip. Most often, the first catches consist of a breeder of 300-400 grams. But be patient: in a couple of nights, fish and larger ones will probably start to take.