Different bombards have different inscriptions and indexes. What do they mean?
Different firms use a variety of systems for naming bombard properties. This issue is very clearly resolved, for example, by the DAM company – there bombards of three classes (floating, slowly and quickly sinking) are painted in different colors. In other cases, the bombards are directly marked with belonging to a particular class. In Italian, the three classes named above will be respectively: galleggiante, semi affondante, (super) affondante, in French: flottant, semi plongeant, (super) plongeant. Numerical buoyancy indices are often indicated. Again, there is no single system here, but more often the index is the ratio of the weight of the bombard in the air to its weight in the water.
Special bombard rods – all very long. Would a relatively short one do?
Italians are the founders and legislators in everything related to bombardment fishing. This statement would seem to be self-evident. However, not everything is so simple here. In parallel, the analogy with pizza comes to mind. It is also difficult to dispute the priority of Italians in this matter, but there are places in Moscow where pizza is prepared better than in their historical homeland. So with bombard sticks – the Italian version is certainly good, but this does not mean that in our conditions there can be no better. In Italy, in 90% of cases, bombard fishing is tied to “aquariums”, that is, ponds and small cultivated lakes with very convenient shores in all respects. Therefore, a “stick” longer than 4 m does not create any problems for its owner.
In our country, when we often have to wade through the bushes and throw in very cramped conditions, something shorter suggests itself. I do not have an unambiguous position on this issue – I catch both with the classic bombard “stick” from Trabucco, 4.4 m long, and relatively short ones. Both have their pros and cons. It is clear that for most of those who read these lines, the question is formulated extremely concretely: what is the minimum acceptable length?
The shortest “stick” with which I more or less successfully caught the bombard was 9 feet long. An even shorter one will probably already create serious difficulties when casting, even if we reduce the length of the leash from the usual 1.5-2 m to 1 m.
How appropriate is a regular spinning rod for bombard fishing?
It is clear that when looking for a handy alternative to a special bombardment rod, we mean, first of all, the spinning “sticks” we are used to. Taking into account the fact that, I repeat, we have to fish in conditions somewhat different from those of the classics of the genre, sometimes such an alternative turns out to be very appropriate. On an ‘aquarium’ there is little point in forcing the casting distance so that it is as possible as possible. In catching asp (and not only), we have to solve this problem very often. Therefore, instead of a typical Italian rod with a pronounced end action, it is possible (and even necessary) to use a semi-parabolic action spinning rod. If casting distance is not priority number one, then the closest to bomb rods, which are worth paying attention to in the first place, will be light class spinning rods with a glued-in monolithic tip. They can be viewed as a transitional form between bombardment and conventional spinning rods. The thin and flexible tip does not give a clear sensitivity “in the hand”, but visually it allows you to control the wiring very well. And this in this case is far from the last meaning.
I tried to fish with a bombard on a “turntable”. I didn’t like it – and somehow it flies wrong, and caught less than the same “turntable” without a bombard. What’s wrong here?
This is no coincidence. The fact is that the bombard, even if it sounds absurd, is best thrown … without any bait at all. More specifically, the lower the ratio of the bait weight to the bombard weight, the better it is, therefore, for example, the streamer is thrown further than the “spinner”, unless it is, of course, size “00”. The negative effect of spaced masses occurs when the weight of the bait is a quarter or more of the weight of the bombard. The option that you can see in the photo is acceptable: here the spoon weighs only four grams, and the bombard weighs twenty. If, when fishing with a bombard, you focus on spinning lures, it is worth using relatively light ones – those without axial weight. It is useful to remount several ready-made “turntables” by removing the sinkers from them.
Then what baits work best with a bombard?
“Pinwheel”, taking into account the comments made, is also combined. Still, the main baits for the bombard are “flies”, streamers, wabiki and “rubber” without a load. Experience shows that a lot can depend on a particular type of bait. Even a slight difference in the size or geometry of the “fly” often has a decisive effect on the frequency of bites. Therefore, with a serious approach to catching with a bombard, the set of baits should be very wide. Italians often catch trout with a bombard with natural baits – maggots, special dough, sometimes worms. But such fishing can hardly be called spinning.
Can you fish with a bombard in winter?
My experience of winter fishing with a bombard is still small, and no one from my acquaintances has been doing it with any success. I can, however, give some recommendations. Firstly, the classic bombardment “stick” in cold weather certainly will not work. The rings on it are already very small – they are even much smaller than the rings of the “New Concept”, which, as you know, precisely because of their size and low fit, are not very friendly with negative temperatures. Secondly, in the most traditional places for winter spinning fishing, one can hardly expect positive results from the use of floating bombards. Drowning quickly is much more appropriate. Thirdly, in those few points where a warm discharge flows into the reservoir, and a wide variety of fish keep, often showing activity on the surface, the floating bombard will work in the middle of winter. This, by the way, is no longer an assumption, but a real practice of the last winter season. Of the fish, the most characteristic winter object of the “bombardist” is the chub, less often the chub. Lures are small nymphs and wabiki.
author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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