The bombard, somehow imperceptibly invented in Northern Italy, “took root” in our country as well. If three or four years ago, many advanced anglers often did not even have the slightest idea about it, now the bombard is going with a bang. According to the employees of the fishing shops, the sales volume has increased five to seven times in some one and a half to two years. And this, of course, is not without reason. The number of our colleagues who are addicted to this type of fishing in Italian is growing exponentially.
Bombarda and sbirulino – what’s the difference?
At first, there really was a difference. At about the same time, two trademarks were registered – Bombarda and Sbirulino. Basically, both were the same – a loaded float (often not floating, but sinking), designed for long-distance casting of very light baits. But there were slight design differences, and in size – the Bombarda was on average larger and heavier than the Sbirulino. Later, the differences were erased, and even Italians themselves use both words as absolute synonyms, unless, of course, it is required to emphasize that a product with a specific brand name is meant.
Is it difficult to make a bombard yourself?
As a first approximation, there is nothing particularly tricky and there is no bombard design. I myself started with a kind of bombard analog almost fifteen years before I learned about the Italian invention. A piece of plastic, a hacksaw, a file and a brace – that’s all that was required for this … Now, when in our stores it is problematic to find bombards in a wide range of designs, there is even a certain sense to work with your own hands, modeling different options – in shape, centering, etc. p. You can also use available tools. In the bombards that you see in the photo, Gennady Kalmykov found application for ballpoint pen rods and miniature feeders.
Does the color of the bombard matter?
The “fashion” for transparent bombards (made of monolithic plexiglass or water-filled) is based on the desire to make this piece of equipment minimally visible to fish. Frankly, I don’t find much sense in this. A fish that is larger than the bombard is not afraid of it. Moreover, the bombard attracts attention – the fish is “interested” in it, approaching from a considerable distance, and then finds the bait. Sometimes this can be seen directly: at the bombard itself, we notice a whirlpool, and after a maximum of a second, we feel a bite. Opaque bombards are usually painted in muted dark colors, although if the goal was to make them less visible to fish, it would be logical to paint them in light colors. By and large, the issue of the visibility and color of the bombard does not deserve special attention.
Bombards from different companies are structurally different. Which is better?
In our stores you will most likely find the simplest plexiglass bombards. They are held under almost a dozen trade marks – Balzer. Ron Thompson. Trabucco et al., In fact, differ little from each other. As a basic option, this type of bomb will do just fine. Having such three or four – of different weights – you can gain initial experience in a new kind of fishing for you, and if you like it, you should look for bombards and a more “correct” design. The main type of a “real” bombard is a body made of relatively light porous plastic or balsa with an internal metal load, most often located asymmetrically. And to be even more specific: the load is made of brass and it is shifted to the end of the bombard opposite the antenna. Variants with a different position of the center of gravity are also possible, but this one is the main one. It is those bombards in which the center of gravity is sharply shifted forward (in the “flight” position) that allow the most distant casts. Such a bombard flies ten to fifteen meters further than a similar one (in terms of weight and dimensions]from plexiglass. Of course, the maximum range is not always needed, but still this is what the bombard was for.
The “average” bombard is slowly sinking. Those that are made of solid plexiglass belong to this class, and many others too. There are also floating ones – in some cases they have a significant advantage. The opposite is fast sinking. And as the most extreme case – lead bombards. They differ from ordinary sliding weights only by the presence of an antenna and sometimes by a sheath made of thin plastic. If you are serious about catching a bombard, you should have all their types (in terms of buoyancy), as well as the widest possible size range. It should be noted here that there are also adjustable bombards, the buoyancy of which can be changed. The simplest of them are water-filled, that is, they are made according to the principle of the transparent float “bulldo”, which is well known to many. But it is more convenient and more efficient to operate those bombards in which the adjustment of buoyancy (and sometimes balancing) is carried out using removable weighting elements. True, such bombards are expensive, and, which is important, are still extremely rare on the shelves of our fishing shops.
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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