Which of the fishermen of the center and the north of Russia did not dream of catching this legendary fish at least once? Get on the roach and catch as “on black stones”? So that every cast brings a sure bite and a fast-resisting fish, which beer lovers appreciate so much? So I had a cherished dream to go on such a fishing trip. And since I began to travel to the Astrakhan region, the trip to the roach became only a matter of time. A year earlier, a year later, but in any case it would have taken place. It was decided to go after the start of the flood, i.e. dam opening in Volgograd. The place seems to have also been inhabited during several summer and autumn trips – in the Kharabalinsky district, now known, probably to every angler, to the Akhtuba River. There were no problems with the fees, because everything has already been worked out, the road has also been long studied along and across, and without any problems we got to the place.
But here we had an unpleasant surprise. It turned out that the roach has not reached these places for several years, and we haven’t been anywhere else, and there’s neither desire nor strength to reassemble the already set camp … Checking the flooded Eriks brought a sure bite of goosester, roach, rudd and rudd, which spawned right a meter from the coast and rubbed on grass at a depth of 20-30 centimeters. I did not have a short fishing rod, and I had to fish sitting on the shore, about two meters from the edge of the water. Cool was without any bait, such that followed so many kilometers – one after another. But there was no joy. I still wanted to catch the roach, and the rest of the fish in the summer can be abundant. In the end, after a survey of the local population, strategic information was received about the place where the school of robs nevertheless reached. It was 60 km towards Astrakhan, in the village of Khosheutovo. The evening council decided: let’s go!
In the morning two crews advanced – Mitsubishi Pajero and my old BMW three-wheeler. In the village they began to catch the “tongue” in order to find out how to get to the river. They stopped a local peasant who resembled a ghost from Pirates of the Caribbean in appearance – he was dressed in the same rags. In the meantime, I saw a familiar dam at 200 meters – whoever was in those parts was familiar with these dike roads, which were designed to ride through the fields during the flood period. A man suggested “to lead us to the road” and got into a car … in order to get out of this dam in 200 meters. It was possible not to strain, but to show with your hand! Or did he want to work out a laced cigarette? .. In general, after one and a half kilometers along the dam we arrived at the place.
That this is precisely “that” place was immediately clear. Water flowed over a large dug pipe from one side of the dam to the other. In the summer, a small river probably ran here, now the upstream side was a sea poured with trees and high-voltage posts standing in the water, and a stormy stream of water rushed through the pipe. The spill after the pipe was no longer so wide, several reinforced concrete slabs were lying nearby on the shore, from which it was possible to fish, settling in relative comfort. Well, the fact that you need to catch here was indicated by the number of fishermen who settled right after the pipe – sitting along the foot of the dam, they were protected from the wind and dragged one wobble after another. Finally!
They put a car nearby, so as not to interfere with the passage along the dam, and, capturing fishing rods, settled down on plates near the pipe. You probably saw the progress of salmon on TV? When an obstacle arises in the way of a fish, for example, a small threshold, a large number of fish accumulate at its foot, trying to overcome the obstacle. So it is here. There were extensive spills before and after the pipe, and the pipe was a bottleneck, so the concentration of fish was at its maximum at the outlet of the pipe. It was worth throwing a fishing rod, and the soul rushed to paradise! The fish did not allow the nozzle to sink sometimes – if the float did not get up immediately, it was worth making a hook, and the next roach was in the hands. She resisted briskly, much more stubbornly than husters or scammers. There was no talk of bait – the bite is already crazy, and the flow rate is high. Pleasure – the sea! Here they are, the impressions for which such a path has been made, so much effort and nerves have been spent on preparing!
Only the weather overshadowed the mood. The wind was heavy, north. We sat under the cover of a dam and did not feel much discomfort, but as soon as the fishing rod was raised above the level of the dam crest, a violent air stream immediately rushed to the summit, trying to throw the rod back to the water. I had to take this moment into account, but the hand from such a power wave tired much faster. Torn clouds raced across the sky, and about an hour after our arrival it began to rain. I had to run into the car. All day it began to rain, the sun peeped out, and we looked anxiously at the state of the dam, because clay there, being wet, is the worst of the soil. Anyone who has ever fallen in heavy rain in those parts and experienced the justice of folk wisdom “The cooler the jeep, the farther you go behind the tractor” is unlikely to forget the adventures associated with the evacuation of the car from the fields after heavy rainfall. But this time, as the rain ended, the wind dried the dam pretty quickly, and we gradually relaxed. As practice has shown, it’s too early, but more on that later.
A bit about the arsenal
With such a cool talk about “special gear for roach” is hardly necessary. Someone had a finely tuned fishing rod, someone had a donka. 5 meters fishing rod length, 7 or 4 – it did not matter. Rather, it did not affect the bite. But waving a 4-meter lightweight carbon fiber rod, if you recall the wind, was much more convenient and easier than a 6 or 7-meter “swing”. So it’s still nice to have several rod options, as conditions may happen different. There was no point in putting a thin leash, because the roach is a fairly strong fish, and 500 grams are caught, so we did not use thinner than 0.2 mm. The hook according to our numbering can be safely put No. 7 or No. 8, then the fish will not swallow it deeply.
Of the baits (from the experience of not only the described fishing, but also of later fishing), I caught both worms and maggots, corn and pearl barley, but my personal conviction is that there is nothing better than a worm. And not just any worm, but a piece of crawling out. In the case of a wobble, even despite its massive move and crazy bite, the rule “A mouthful rejoices in a big piece” is clearly applied. It has been checked repeatedly. You put a piece of creep – you come across a “commodity” roach. As soon as the thick creeps ended and the usual “dung beetles” remained, the roach of a caliber smaller in size immediately began to bite, and bycatch in the form of a booster, scavenger and other cyprinids, and even of a small size, also came across.
We tried, as an experiment, to catch standing nearby, one man on dung beetles, one on a creep. Then, without leaving the place, they changed the head, and the result of fishing changed after changing the head. As soon as it crawls out, the bites are more confident, the fish is larger. As you put a dung beetle or maggot, the roach bites smaller, often interspersed with fish of other species. In addition, planting ordinary worms during such fishing quickly turns into work – the worm is eaten instantly. To catch two or more fish per worm is a rare case. When on the hook a piece crawls out (1.5-2.5 cm linear is enough; you cut the crawls out into the box with scissors before fishing, so that when the nozzle hands are less dirty), then you can catch up to 10 fish on it.
Vobla on the Don
Along the way, I would like to talk about bottom fishing for roach, because this is perhaps a more universal way. Not everywhere and not always there are places like a pipe in the fishing described by me where the fish is so concentrated. Most often, vobla are caught in direct sections of the river, where the fishing rod is no longer so convenient – vobla goes somewhere along the coast, and where in the middle, often not the entire width of the river, but with a strip several meters wide. Therefore, the donka in such cases allows you to quickly find the fish. The tackle itself is quite simple – the load corresponding to the current, a couple of leashes above it. Long leashes are not needed – up to 20 centimeters, no more. The main fishing line is 0.30.35, leashes 0.2-0.25. Hooks numbers 7-8 according to our numbering, better with beards to hold the animal head. I use a rod type piker with interchangeable tops, 2-10 m long, with a test of 7-30 grams. I usually put the toughest tip. A heavy load allows the fish to catch itself, so I try to put a weight corresponding to the upper limit of the rod test or even harder, but in this case I do the casting very carefully so as not to break the thin tip.
You can use a feeder with a test of up to 60 grams – then it will be much easier to operate with a heavy load. After some training, it is quite possible to pull out two wobbles at once. To do this, the first bite should not be hooked, but wait until the rod goes by a shaker. It should be noted that the bite of a good roach is quite characteristic, it can not be confused with other fish. The tip of the rod twitches a couple of times, and then begins to tremble, bending, unbending with great frequency and amplitude. The larger the roach, the stronger the rod trembles, from the bite of a large roach it shudders along its entire length, almost jumping off the rodent. Even if fishing takes place on an “oak” rod, a bell or other bite signaling device is not required – the bite is still clearly visible by the tip oscillation.
Choosing a pleasure mode
There are several subspecies of roach, its course begins at different times. The largest begins to move even under the ice, this is the so-called “local”. The course of the sea vobla begins with the rise of water, usually in mid-April. A large jamb passes within a few days, at which time the biting in a particular place is most intense. Therefore, heading for a wobble, it is advisable to have information from the place where you are going to go, otherwise you can arrive too early or, conversely, too late. In this case, you risk being left without a catch or content with small fish.
We were at the beginning of the course, and it looked like this: at first any fish was caught except for the roach. Then some small individuals began to come across. Then the roach began to prevail in the catch, the bite was waves – you catch a dozen or two in a row, and then a break for an hour and a half. Then the next influx, and so on until the evening. When the main jamb goes, the fish pecks all day and in almost any weather. It is this period that can deliver maximum pleasure to the fisherman, but you are quickly saturated with such fishing. Therefore, when to go – at the beginning of the roach, in its midst or at the end of May, to stretch the pleasure or not – the choice is yours. No tail, no scales!