Ten questions about rudd. Part 1

The rudd received official recognition as a predatory fish in 2000 – at the first Russian spinning championship. And that story began a year earlier, when we, mainly from the capital’s spinning players, managed to convince the organizer of the spinning competition “Kuban Spring” Oleg Grechushnikov to include the rudd in the list of fish accepted for classification.

So how predatory is she?

Although the winners of the 2000 spinning championship made their result on rudd, the question of its carnivorousness has not lost its relevance. This fish, which is interesting, is found in various European countries, everywhere it is actively caught, but – almost exclusively with float tackle for about the same nozzles as bream or roach. At least I don’t remember that at least one of the European fishing magazines said something about catching rudd with a spinning rod. It is difficult for me to give an unambiguous assessment of this, but, most likely, the point is not that “their” rudd is more “herbivorous”, but that in present-day Russia, in general, the level and pace of development of spinning fishing is higher.

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Therefore, we were able to adapt to those requirements, far from the average standards, which are imposed by fishing with a spinning reed, but more conservative and inert Europeans are not. After all, even here, if you refer to the fishing literature of twenty or thirty years ago, the rudd passed exclusively as a “peaceful” fish, it has not become more predatory since then, we just learned to catch it. In general, the rudd, which is confirmed by ichthyologists, is an omnivorous fish, and the fry makes up, on average, about a third of its normal diet.

Is it true that rudd is caught on spinning only from the Black Earth Region and further south?

It seemed to me so at first. The first couple of seasons from the moment when I started catching rudd on a regular basis, some positive results were observed in reservoirs located from the 50th parallel and below. In the Moscow region, I almost never caught rudd, but still not so much because in our area it does not take for spinning lures, but because it somehow did not work out. Still, in the middle lane there is, in principle, less rudd than in the south, we still need to look for it. But then one of my nodding acquaintances mentioned the oxbow of the Moscow River, where he successfully catches rudd. I decided to check these words, went and caught! Well, maybe not so much as you usually catch it near Astrakhan or Rostov, but two dozen for fishing is real. True, my interest was purely sporting. Rudd cannot be called a delicacy product – small, bony, with bitter meat … Then I happened to catch rudd in different parts of the world. In the north, however, I did not catch, but, rather, only because I generally did not go to the north. And my friends, who can be trusted one hundred percent, caught rudd in the Leningrad and Kostroma regions. Moreover, they caught a lot and practically with the same baits, which are successfully caught in the southern reservoirs.

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I had to read somewhere that the rudd begins to feed on fry from the middle of summer. Should you try to bait it early in the season?

The above-mentioned competition “Kuban Spring” takes place at the beginning of May. The rudd is very aggressive at this time – I’ll spin it – just give it to me. Near Astrakhan, the largest rudd comes in April. So in the south there is no such pattern: in the fall – it bites the spoon, in the spring – no. In the middle lane, I’m ready to admit, all my positive experience of catching rudd falls on the period from mid-July to early October. But I would not make generalizations from that, after all, we have not enough statistics here.

I live in the Bryansk region and often fish with a spinning rod in the river Desna. There is a lot of rudd, and I have repeatedly heard that some spinningists successfully catch it. And I don’t come across anything but pikes and perches. Why?

Many spinning players from Rostov or Novorossiysk, who live, one might say, in the “redfin of the Eldorado” also do not come across a rudd. And only because catching this fish requires a fundamentally different approach than catching more familiar predators. The “other approach” refers to the whole range of factors. For example, when fishing for pike and perch, you do not have to go below the third number. For a rudd, if it is, somehow, more often than not, of a small size, this is a clear overkill. Yes, and all reddish tackle as a whole rarely goes beyond the ultra-light class, and for you this class may simply not exist. Plus, the most characteristic habitats of the rudd are, although very close to the places where pike and perch are caught, but not quite. In a word, the objective catching of rudd requires objective focus on it. The rudd does not respect the universal approach.

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author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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