Catching rotan with a fishing rod and spinning

The overwhelming majority of fishing enthusiasts treat rotan with some disdain and even contempt, consider it a trash fish, get angry when it insolently swallows a bait that is not intended at all for it. Purposefully catching rotan is interesting only to a few anglers who have appreciated the excellent taste of this bottom dweller, and to beginners who need a suitable fishing object to master this or that tackle and “fill their hand”.

Catching rotan is really easy. With rare exceptions, it is widespread everywhere, so the question of finding a reservoir where it lives is removed immediately. The choice of the bait is another matter. Rotan does not chase fry like pike or perch, but he is also a predator.

This fish eats all living things that fall into its field of vision and is placed in its mouth: worms, larvae, bugs, small crustaceans and others. A large individual (rotans grow up to 600-700 g) will gladly feast on sick or wounded fry that have lost their strength and are not able to escape. That is why you need to fish with live baits, although there are cases when an obvious predator fell on a hook with dough, a semolina talker and other vegetable baits. Perhaps hunger pushed him to such a step or he confused them with something.

Catching rotan is good in that it does not require any serious fishing skills from the fisherman. Any tackle for catching rattan is suitable, even a wooden stick with a fishing line and a hook.

If a float rod is used, there is no need to look closely at the float. The Rotan always swallows the bait eagerly and deeply, often hooks himself, so there are almost never any retirements in such fishing. You just need to find a flock of this fish, and a good catch is guaranteed.

Fishing place

Rotan feels great both on the river flow and in stagnant lake water. In other words, you can catch it anywhere.

Morning on the pondHe avoids great depths, but the gentle coastal area, densely overgrown with various aquatic plants – this is his element. Here, in thickets of reeds, cattails, horsetails and other grass, he looks for food at the bottom. Also, this fish likes places littered with fallen tree branches, nailed by a wave of snags and other debris. Here, the firebrand (the popular name for rotan) not only finds food, but also hides from large predators. Fishermen specializing in catching it have long noticed: the more difficult the place, the more chances you have to catch a whole family of rotans, among which there may be very worthy specimens.

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Unpretentiousness, or rather the absolute promiscuity of rotan in food, allows you to use a variety of tackles for catching it. It can be an ordinary fishing rod with a float, a spinning rod or a donk rod. Since the weight of the caught specimens rarely exceeds 300-400 g, and most often these are small 100-gram fish, the tackle can be used as thin and delicate as possible. For example, for a float rod, a comfortable light rod, a small but clearly visible (brightly colored) float and high-quality line with a cross section of 0.12 mm are suitable.

Rotan on spinningThe only piece of rig you need to pay attention to is the hook. Of course, you can use the first one that is of a suitable size, but it is better to buy special self-hook hooks with a sting slightly bent inward.

Larger rotan is caught on donks, but this kind of fishing often brings surprises. Anything can be interested in bait, from minnow and goby to bream. In this case, rotan will only be by-catch. Another option is spinning rotan using miniature wobblers and lures that imitate fry.


There will be no problems with the choice of baits for angling firewood fish. It is equally successfully caught with bloodworms, maggots, whole worms or pieces of it, beetles, grasshoppers, gadflies, flies, strips of fish meat, and even cubes of beef or bacon.

Worm and maggotRotan is a famous cannibal, so you can go to the pond without bait at all. It is enough to find some worm (dung, earthen, rain, alder) under the fallen leaves and catch the first fish on it, which can later be cut into small pieces and put on a hook. Sometimes the first fish caught, even a small one, is enough for the whole fishing trip. If it’s over, cut the second one. It is not worth saving for those who are aiming at large rotan. To cut off small things, you should plant large pieces of meat that she cannot swallow.

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Some features of fishing

In winter, the firebrand does not fall asleep, like many other species, it can be successfully caught from the ice. The largest catches are observed during the first ice season, in December and the first half of January, and then the activity decreases markedly. On some rivers and lakes in winter, rotan does not bite at all, but this is more an exception than a regularity. Perhaps this is due to the small number or the fishermen simply could not find the place of its deployment.

Fish on iceIt is believed that it does not suffer from meteorological dependence, however, there are days when rotan bites are completely absent, although before that it was perfectly caught, moreover, in various points of the reservoir. Moreover, he often suddenly stops pecking in good weather, but when snow falls and a strong wind blows, he takes it so that only have time to feed the bait. The fishermen have not yet found an explanation for this behavior.

In the spring, rotan is caught with a spoon, hook or jig. When using the latter, a nozzle is required. The volume, shape and color of the jig do not play a special role, it all depends on the preferences of the fisherman. It makes no sense to put two or more jigs (to make a so-called garland), this will not affect the performance in any way. Since you often have to fish in tight spots where a strong hook and breakage of the tackle is possible, it is advisable to put a thicker fishing line (for example, 0.2 mm).

Spring nozzles are no different from summer ones. These are all the same worms, bloodworms, pieces of fish, meat or bacon.

It is difficult to say which of the above is more like rotan. When he bites, he bites at everything. One fisherman fishes fish after fish with bloodworms, and three meters from him a colleague with the same success catches, for example, on strips of chicken skin. It is believed that with a bad bite, it is better to switch to a worm. The size of the caught fish will decrease, but the fishing will not be boring.

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Fisherman near the holeThe mobility of the nozzle is a prerequisite for effective catching of rotan in the cold season. It is possible to fish with a stationary one, but the number of bites will be significantly reduced. Usually, a playing jig or spoon is slowly raised upward, thus provoking a rotan to bite. Most often he takes half water, and sometimes almost under the ice. In winter, for some reason, he prefers to accompany the bait and attack at the last moment.

Rotan is an excellent object of fishing for inexperienced beginners. He always gives a second chance, even if the angler hurried with the hook and snatched the bait out of his mouth. This fish will not go anywhere, it will remain in the same place, wait for the hook with the attachment to fall to the bottom again and pounce on the prey with redoubled passion.

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