Catching sabrefish with a rubber band and a bombard
Chekhon is of interest to all anglers, both beginners and experienced ones. It is very tasty, especially when dried, but this is not what attracts fishing enthusiasts.
Fishing for perch or the same crucian carp is a familiar occupation for everyone, but catching sabrefish is a completely different level. You cannot lure her with a handful of porridge, like many other representatives of the ichthyofauna. This requires special tactics and at least minimal knowledge of the habits and lifestyle of this fish. And also a quick reaction, since, unlike most other species, it does not stand on ceremony with the bait. Anything that looks edible, she grabs with lightning speed and immediately swallows. Basically, the sabrefish attacks the bait on the move, abruptly and unceremoniously, which is why it was called rabid. A fisherman at the moment of a bite feels a characteristic blow to the rod.
Spawning features and habitats
The sabrefish has one amazing trait. She does not need aquatic vegetation at all, neither as food, nor in order to hide from large predators. This fish relies solely on its speed, therefore, it keeps on clean waters with great depths and strong currents. During the day, it prefers to be near the surface and in the middle horizons, and with the onset of dusk it sinks to the bottom.
The most successful time for catching sabrefish is the May pre-spawning run. If the spring is warm, it may start as early as mid-April. When the water warms up, the sabrefish strays into flocks and begins to move up the river, eating everything that comes in its way. The bite is so active that fans of such an old tackle as an elastic band do not bother at all about baits. They knit red threads on hooks and at the same time pull several fish out of the water at once. If there is a lull, this does not mean that the sabrefish has stopped pecking. You just have to wait for the next flock and again enjoy your favorite hobby.
It should be said that during the day sabrefish moves in deep areas located far from the coastline, and comes close to land only at night.
This is an amazing sight. Thousands of fish jump out of the water, scatter to the sides above the surface like arrows. The water is literally boiling. So sabrefish feeds before spawning in the dark. With such activity, you can catch it from the shore on a swing rod without a float (in the dark it is still not visible).
After spawning, the sabrefish rolls down the river – heading to summer camps. Such for her, as a rule, are:
- deep areas with a rapid current;
- places where a fast current borders on a slow one;
- areas near deep holes and near rifts;
- large river bays (deep enough and not too overgrown).
In summer, sabrefish can move through the reservoir, but more often it still sticks to one place. If there are no bites, it is better to continue your search. You should not wait longer than 20-30 minutes, because the probability that the fish will appear is very small. If the biting was, but stopped, the saberfish will definitely return to this place. True, this can happen both after half an hour and after a few hours.
During the day, sabrefish is afraid to come close to the shore, so long casts will be needed. As already mentioned, it is usually found in the middle or upper layers. Surprisingly, you can effectively catch it in the daytime even with a bottom tackle. The main thing is to find a large flock. With a high density of fish, the bait does not have time to sink to the bottom; it will be attacked without reaching the bottom.
Effective fishing methods
Further, it should be said about the ways and methods of catching sabrefish.
In the morning and in the evening, sabrefish can be successfully caught from the shore with an ordinary float rod, provided that the depth at the fishing point reaches 3 meters and insects blown away by the wind constantly fall on the water. She behaves in about the same way as bleak, which is familiar to many fishermen, only she needs much more feed.
To catch sabrefish with a float rod from the shore, you will need a long swing rod (at least 8 meters). It is equipped with a mono-line 0.16 mm, a float weighing up to 3.5 g (depending on the strength of the wind), a corresponding weight and a hook. Groundbait is optional, although in some cases its use increases the catch. The main task of the bait mixture is to create an attractive cloudy column that will collect the sabrefish at one point. The classic baits are used: maggot, worm, insects (grasshopper, gadfly, fly and others). Since the fish reacts better to moving animals, it is recommended that you periodically do short stretches.
An alternative option is a match tackle that allows you to get sabrefish located 30, 40 and even 50 meters from the shore. To do this, use a fairly powerful rod with a test of no more than 30 g and a special float wagler, excellent “breaking through” the wind. A match rod works best when fishing for wire, when the rig is blown away by waves or currents.
The most effective tactic is to constantly experiment with wiring depth. The fact is that in search of food, sabrefish can rise to the surface or descend into the middle layers, therefore, a change in depth helps to find the horizon of the location of the fish at a particular moment.
The only correct wiring when fishing with a match is unhurried reeling. In most cases, this is sufficient for a good bite.
Noticing the movement, the fish immediately swims up and pounces on the bait. By the way, the baits are used the same as when fishing with a fly tackle.
Chekhon does not belong to the popular objects of fishing among spinningists, however, it can be caught with a spinning rod, and very successfully. Such fishing for saberfish on a spinning rod involves the use of light, small lures, so you need a suitable set. It includes:
- a 2.7 m long rod of light class (ultralight is also suitable);
- spinning reel, selected taking into account the power of the blank, the diameter of the line and the mass of the lures;
- monofilament line or braid (recommended diameter 0.2 and 0.16, respectively).
The wiring in the spinning fishing for sabrefish can be uniform, stepped, jerky or something else. After a dozen of the first casts and experiments with bait guidance, it will become clear how to proceed.
Spinning this fish is caught with almost all types of lures. Small oscillating spinners like a castmaster weighing up to 5 g have proven themselves quite well. Rotators work a little worse, although they are also catchy. The main disadvantage of spinning lures is poor flight performance. It is impossible to cast them over long distances, which is very important in sabotage. Silicone imitations of fry and worms up to 2 inches are also used.
Catching sabrefish with a bombard (a float with its own weight) allows you to fish in the upper horizons. If there is no such float, then small floating wobblers are suitable for fishing in the surface layer. Great results are often achieved with baits such as streamers and flies. They should be chosen taking into account the diet of sabrefish, which consists of insects and fry. In other words, flies that mimic a mosquito, fly, bug, or miniature fish work best.
Feeder tackle for catching sabrefish differs from the standard English donk in the length of the leashes. This fish does not stand at the very bottom, because due to its unique structure of the mouth, it cannot collect food from it, like many other underwater inhabitants. Therefore, the leashes must be long, at least 1 meter.
In addition to maggots or other bait, a foam ball must be placed on the hook to lift the bait up. As for the other elements of the tackle, it is better to assemble a light feeder for fishing sabrefish. This is a 3.6 or 3.9 meter rod with a test of 40-60 g, a regular spinning rod and a 0.25 mm line, capable of holding a light feeder at the bottom of the river (the thinner the line, the less the rig will blow).
There are special requirements for bait. It is desirable that it be fine and without binders. Ground crackers, coconut flakes and sand are added to it. With such components, the mixture will leave a mark when immersed, and also create a cloudy cloud lying on the bottom. In addition to friability, the bait should have a strong odor that lures fish from a long distance. But feeding the sabrefish is only half the battle. Then everything will depend on the accuracy of the casts, because if there are misses of one and a half to two meters, the bite may stop.
There is nothing super complicated in catching sabrefish on a feeder. The main thing is to attract the nearest flock and keep it on the spot. A light rod, a small feeder, a long lead and crumbly groundbait – that’s all the nuances.
This affordable tackle, used by fishermen since the middle of the last century, is suitable not only for fishing lake crucian carp. Many species of fish are caught on it, including predators and semi-predators. Chekhon is also on this list. True, for fishing on the river, the donka with a rubber shock absorber will have to be slightly re-equipped. It is necessary to replace the light lead spoon with a heavier weight that will hold regardless of the strength of the water flow. In a strong current, its weight can reach a kilogram.
The technique and catching sabrefish with an elastic band is as follows. The tackle is thrown in a clean section of the river. Why? There are two main reasons. First, this fish does not like vegetation and stays away from it. Secondly, if it is possible to find it in an overgrown place, problems will arise with playing, since it always pulls the rig to the side. After casting, you need to take a short pause so that the load “sits down” tightly, and then you can pull and load the hooks. Fishermen do not wait for the sabrefish to show interest in the bait, they provoke it by slowly pulling the rig.
This fish bites too briskly, so it often hooks itself up. The fisherman only needs to carefully pull out the prey, not allowing it to go far to the side and catch on to any obstacle.
The gum shows the best results during the pre-spawning season. The catches during this period can be truly enormous. If you arrive on time to the reservoir (to get to the peak of activity of sabrefish), then you can not worry about the result of fishing. Catches on such days are in the tens of kilograms.