Fishing for taimen – tackle and bait
Taimen is one of the largest representatives of fresh water bodies, gaining weight over 50 kg. He never enters the seas, lives exclusively in rivers, but not all waterways are suitable for him. This fish loves cool, crystal-clear water, and this is only found in areas untouched by civilization. These are Siberia, the Far East, Altai Territory, the northern part of Kazakhstan. Despite the inaccessibility of the taiga regions in which taimen are found, this species still managed to be included in the Red Book. It is difficult to say what caused the critical decline in numbers, poachers or climatic changes taking place on the planet, but the fact remains: today, fishing for taimen is a difficult task even for a professional.
Fishing object habits
Effective fishing for taimen after spawning – for 2-2.5 weeks at the very beginning of summer. During this short period, he is led to any bait, greedily swallows them, thereby increasing the fisherman’s chances of successfully playing. The second zhor, if you can call it the temporary activity of this fish, is noted in the fall, at the moment when the trees shed their foliage. It lasts until the first frosts freeze the rivers.
Taimen food preferences depend on the season. Large individuals eat bottom and other smaller fish (tuguns, grayling, dace and others), on occasion they can easily devour even a small rodent like a mouse or a squirrel. That is why the best bait for catching a trophy predator will be imitations of fish and small animals.
A fisherman, aiming at catching taimen in Siberia, should know a few nuances. If one specimen is caught in a specific place, after a while another will appear there, of about the same size.
If the lure is attacked over and over again by young animals weighing no more than a kilogram, you can not hope for a bite of the trophy taimen on this section of the river.
With a recession and cloudy water, the activity of the predator decreases, but in cloudy, calm weather, it can peck as if it had not eaten for a whole year.
Promising places on the river
Taimen is most often found where there are clusters of grayling and whitefish. This is understandable, a large predator always follows the “food”. In addition, experienced fishermen note that during almost the entire open water season, there will be more chances to meet him in the central part of the rivers and their lower reaches. It rises to the upper reaches only in the spring to lay eggs, and then returns to its usual places.
Taimen prefers to stay in areas with a current of medium strength, dotted with various water barriers that create backflows and whirlpools. Among them, it is easier for him to hunt forage fish. Places where there is a chance to catch taimen can be prioritized:
- boulders and stones protruding above the water and dividing the current;
- river rapids;
- underwater ridges;
- deep reaches;
- places of confluence of small waterways (rivulets, streams, etc.);
- braids and rifts.
Small fish is looking for protection from the current and predators in such areas, and does not even suspect that the rocks in the water enable predators to attack them from ambush. Taimen also enjoys this advantage.
Tackle and bait for taimen
Of the sporting methods, spinning trout fishing has gained the greatest popularity. This tool is perfectly suited for high-quality bait feeding, maximum control over it, as well as exhausting struggle with a strong fish while playing. What does the whole tackle consist of? The following set would be optimal:
- durable carbon rod length up to 3.5 meters (recommended test – 30-40 g);
- spinning reel with high power characteristics (gear ratio not higher than 1: 3);
- braided nylon cord 0.6-0.8 mm thick (you can put it thicker in case a giant specimen bites, but if it gets wet it will sail heavily).
The stock of braid on the spool must be no less than 100 meters. Taimen does not give up in the first minutes, sometimes the fishing takes hours, and the supply of the cord allows you to starve it out. In addition, fine tuning of the reel friction brake is required. It is important to find a middle ground here, because if the clutch is too loose, the fish will quickly take all the line, and if it is squeezed, it will break on the very first dash.
Fishing for taimen in Siberia is attractive in that this predator does not particularly touch with baits. Judging by the contents of the stomachs of the caught specimens, it attacks everything that floats by, even small pieces of wood. But he does not always please with such gluttony, there are periods when the predator ignores high-quality wobblers, outwardly very similar to a live fish. This is due to the influence of external factors, mainly weather.
The lures must be appropriate for the size and appetite of the target. Most often, anglers use heavy oscillating spoons with a length of at least 10 cm. Their color is selected depending on the conditions. If the sky is overcast, polished shiny “pieces of iron” work better, and when the sun is shining, taimen is more willing to take on dull, matte ones. The oscillator called “Kolskaya” has proved itself to be excellent.
Fishing for taimen with large turntables of the 6th number, allowing you to make long casts, can be very effective. On other rivers, spinners even outperform the spoons in terms of catching power.
Long thin-bodied wobblers with a diving depth of up to 1 meter should also be considered effective lures for spinning taimen fishing. They play quite plausibly on the current, and most importantly, without much effort on the part of the angler.
Features of fishing for taimen
Regardless of the method of posting, the size and other characteristics of the bait, you need to lead it slowly. So it will look more like the natural prey of a predator. The bite is felt in the hand like a hook. The reel suddenly stops spinning, and the tip of the spinning rod makes a sharp tilt. After a few seconds, the tackle comes to life. Taimen, “realizing” the gravity of its situation, is struggling to free itself from the insidious hook and go to the saving depth.
At the first stage, it is better not to give him a lot of freedom, otherwise he will make a “candle” and it is quite possible to break out of the trap. It is also not worth forcing events. The most effective tactic is to keep the fish on a tight line and wear it out a little at a time.
Sooner or later there will come a happy moment for the fisherman when she will give up and allow herself to get dirty.
Catching taimen with a mouse
An artificial mouse can not be found in every fishing store, so many anglers make such a bait from improvised materials: cork plugs, foam plastic, spongy rubber. The workpiece is ground, giving it the desired shape, and then sheathed with a soft cloth or skin of a real animal. To make the product fly far, a lead plate is inserted inside. The buoyancy of the mouse depends on the amount of this metal; it can be floating or sinking.
A properly made floating or, as the Siberians call it, riding mouse during the posting goes smoothly, almost silently and leaves a characteristic trace – a diverging path. This is what makes it look like a living specimen, and taimen attacks such a bait without hesitation. He can grab both from the tail and from the head, so it is advisable to install tees on the bait on both sides.
It is best to catch taimen with a mouse at dusk, in areas with a moderate current. The shore should be flat, without vegetation, so that it is comfortable to move along it while fighting fish.
Fishing for taimen is considered one of the most labor-intensive. And not only because we have to fish in the most remote corners of our great power. Taimen is a strong contender. Even a relatively small specimen weighing 5-7 kg is capable of giving such a battle that will be remembered for a lifetime. What can we say to the Siberian giants, tearing rigging and breaking rods like a straw.