Catching burbot from the shore in open water season
Burbot differs from other freshwater fish not only externally, but also by way of life. Only some anglers catch it purposefully, and the rest do not even try to do it. The reasons are different. Some do not know anything about him, they consider him the most mysterious inhabitant of reservoirs. Others call it a slippery snake that doesn’t look like a fish at all. And it’s completely in vain, because his meat is tender, slightly sweet, and tastes like lobster, and this, as you know, is a very expensive delicacy. In addition, burbot fishing brings a lot of pleasure. Here the fisherman has the opportunity to show all his qualities: to find, outwit and pull a big strong fish ashore.
Depending on the weather conditions, burbot can start pecking from mid-summer or closer to autumn. At this time, his bites are still random. Most often, on rainy days, it comes across on the bottom tackle with which fishermen catch bream, silver bream and roach. If this happens repeatedly, you can be absolutely sure: the burbot likes this part of the reservoir, and it will not leave here until spawning. It is desirable to remember such places. With the arrival of real autumn, when the water cools down to 15-17 degrees, they will be very promising for catching the spotted handsome man. He begins to catch well already in October, and the peak of activity is observed about 3 weeks before freezing.
Many anglers who are lucky enough to catch this fish in the fall make hasty conclusions. Say, catching burbot is too easy. Actually this is not true. Yes, there is no particular difficulty in such fishing, I dropped the tackle and wait for a bite. But for it to happen, burbot must first be found, and this is not as easy as it might seem.
Finding a fishing spot
Many people mistakenly believe that burbot lives exclusively in large rivers and reservoirs. In fact, he is quite widespread, he just lives very secretly and does not manifest himself in anything. You can find it even in narrow but fast-flowing streams.
Strong current is one of the mandatory search criteria. Divers and underwater hunters, who continue to dive almost until the first frost, made one interesting observation.
According to their stories, large individuals are found precisely in small rivers with shallow depths. True, not everywhere, but in certain places. These include:
- river bends with washed-out banks;
- pits and other bottom depressions with silty soil;
- stone embankments (artificial or natural);
- areas where there are springs;
- places of confluence of small channels and streams, where the counter stream creates a reverse flow;
- extremities of stony or sandy spits.
The presence of the listed signs on the reservoir is not a guarantee that burbot will be quickly found. To find burbot trails, sometimes you have to check out many promising places, throwing gear at different distances from the coast and trying to fish at all depths. This can take more than one evening.
In search of burbot, it is necessary to be guided by the following rule: the lower the water temperature, the closer it comes to the coastline. With the arrival of the first severe cold weather, it increasingly begins to visit calm areas with little or reverse current, as well as the entrances to river bays. He is attracted here by the abundance of small fish and various bottom living creatures, which do not want to fight the water flow, therefore they hide from him in such places. Most often, burbot comes here to feed at night, but it can stay the whole morning, especially if the weather is rainy and windy.
Parking places and trails
If the burbot has been pecked and successfully caught, this is the first small success. Next, you need to find out if there is a fish on this site or there is just a trail here. If the rig is on the trail, there will be bites, of course, but infrequent. Moreover, the farther from the parking lot it is, the less often burbot will bite. In this case, you can either limit yourself to a few specimens caught during the entire fishing trip, or continue your search.
What happens when you manage to get into the parking lot? Bites go one after another, the cage fills with incredible speed. In such a catchy place, you can raise more than a dozen heads. But do not give in to excitement. You need to stop in time, otherwise you will then have to puzzle over what to do with so many fish.
Tackle for catching burbot
In the open water season, the most effective tackle for fishing burbot from the shore is considered to be a dull donka. To collect it, you need the following items:
- a tough, durable rod (you can take a Bolognese or a feeder rod, nothing depends on the type);
- reel (if there is a need for long distance casting);
- fishing line up to 0.5 mm with a certain margin of length;
- heavy sinker;
- leash 0.3 mm in diameter, length – no more than 25-30 cm;
- a large hook (always with a long forend to make it easier to pull it out).
For fishing burbot in the fall, a similar tackle is also suitable, in which the sinker is not deaf, but sliding. In the fishing environment, she is called a half-drunk. It is believed that it creates some inconvenience for the fisherman. For example, you need to always be near it in order to make a cut in time, while in the case of a deaf bottom, the fish is spotted by itself thanks to the heavy load.
Another option is a regular castor without a rod and reel, which is unwound on the bank and cast manually. Its disadvantage is that the hooked burbot will have to be fished out, picking the line with your hands, and this is fraught with a break. However, we must pay tribute to this grandfather’s tackle for catching burbot, it works properly.
Meat Eater Bait
Burbot is both a predator and a scavenger rolled into one. He completely ignores plant baits, so this section will focus on baits. It catches well on large worms (crawlers) and small fish, not only alive, but also asleep.
Anglers also use leeches, small crustaceans, frogs, strips of fish meat, chicken entrails and insect larvae. You can put a bunch of semi-live dungworms on the hook, which have lain in the sun and acquired a characteristic smell. The burbot smells such a bait from afar.
There is a certain relationship between the bait and the size of the caught individuals. For the most part, small specimens peck at worms, leeches and crustaceans, since all these animals are included in their diet. Burbot turns into fish at 2.5-3 years old, at this age it becomes a real predator. It is advisable to catch fry in the same reservoir where fishing will be carried out. It is better if it is a fish living in the bottom layer, that is, on the same level with the object of fishing. For example, goby, ruff or gudgeon. There is no doubt that the predator prefers to feed on these particular species. Fishermen find them in the stomachs of burbots most often.
As already mentioned, burbot behaves in a completely different way from other river inhabitants. If bad weather rages, all the fish “get sick”, and he feels great. Therefore, you should catch burbot on days when you don’t even want to go outside.