Catching burbot in autumn with bottom tackle
With the arrival of the autumn cold, open water fishing does not end. Of course, in the middle of autumn, many species of fish are no longer as active as in summer; they move deeper and look for places for wintering. Predators continue to feed, but their appetite depends on weather conditions. A sharp jump in temperature or atmospheric pressure and that’s it, no bite!
The only freshwater representative of the ichthyofauna that feels comfortable in the cold is burbot. It becomes more active in mature autumn, when the summer heat is already far behind, so in October it is still too early to cover the gear. During this period, burbot fishing in the fall is very productive, especially at night. Experienced fishermen who specialize in hunting this predator come to the reservoir at sunset and enjoy exciting fishing until the morning.
When is the best time to catch burbot in autumn?
Burbot belongs to cold-loving fish. During the summer, it hides in the deepest reaches of the river, near cold springs and fast-flowing tributaries. Its behavior changes with a decrease in water temperature to 10-12 degrees.
The predator leaves its summer shelters and begins to actively feed, preparing for the upcoming spawning. The real zhor is observed in the second half of October, when the water cools down to 5-7 degrees. From that moment until the end of December, burbot bites actively and stably, and not only in pools and near springs, but throughout the entire water area of the reservoir. An increased appetite makes him, if not reckless, then much less careful than in the middle of the season, so you can fish with different tackle, including a float rod.
Late autumn is a golden time for lovers of burbot fishing… For the sake of catching this delicious fish, many are ready to freeze on cold autumn nights on the river banks, listening to the silence and waiting for the bell to ring. Their patience and endurance are almost always rewarded with a good catch.
Choosing a fishing spot
Burbot is not prone to serious migrations; it is a bottom predator that spends most of its life in a relatively small inhabited territory. During the day he moves little, and at night he begins to move in search of food from one pit to another, always following the same route. If an angler manages to find such a trail, a good catch is guaranteed.
Small individuals keep in groups and often visit the coastal zone. Large specimens (weighing more than 2 kg) live as hermits, occupying places on the reservoir with the best conditions: next to cold springs, near whirlpools, snagged pits.
In the fall, you can find burbot at depths of 2 to 15 meters. It is desirable that the bottom surface at the selected point be rocky or pebble, with depressions and edges. A prerequisite for the habitation of this fish is clean running water; there is no point in looking for it in swampy and muddy backwaters.
What to catch a bottom predator? In the autumn, his diet consists of forage fish, frogs, pearl barley and various small animals (larvae, worms, leeches, and so on). If you have a choice, you should choose a bait that is capable of bleeding or juicing meat and spreading a distinct attractive smell. Let’s consider the most catchy baits for catching burbot.
Small fish – a favorite delicacy of the spotted predator. The most catchy live bait is the ruff, despite the long row of sharp spines on the back. The burbot’s addiction to ruffs can be explained by the fact that both species live at the bottom and for him this is a familiar habitual food. You can also use bleak, gudgeon, small roach or carp as a live bait. In recent years, an increase in the population of gobies has been observed on large rivers, which are also included in the diet of the predator and are successfully used by fishermen.
Before you put the bait on the hook, it is recommended to squeeze it a little with your fingers so that blood flows. This will increase the attractiveness of the bait, especially since when fishing for burbot there is no need for intensive movements of the victim.
Worm – Smelling bait for excellent results. You can use a variety of worms (dung, earthen, crawling), planting them in bunches or choosing those that are larger. An excellent burbot bait is a water worm, but because of its tenderness it does not hold well on a hook, especially in a strong current.
To catch several worms at once, you will need a hook with a long forend. The best way to insert is through a puncture in the center.
Slice of fish will attract burbot no worse than a good-quality worm. First, the scales are peeled off the fish, and then the fillet part is cut into strips along with the skin. You can also fish with fresh pieces, but it is better to prepare the bait in advance – a day before leaving for the river, tightly put the fish strips in a glass container and keep at room temperature. During this time, “slicing” will let the juice out and become even more seductive. The strips are planted one at a time, with a through puncture in the middle.
Frog – great bait for hunting trophy burbot. You can get it on the shore of the reservoir (frogs often crawl out onto land) or in the coastal grass, putting a landing net on the back. Like fry, it needs to be lightly pressed down to bleed and immobilize. The frog sits on the hook on the thigh.
In addition to those listed, the catching nozzles include:
- bird guts;
- beef liver;
- barley meat;
- toothless meat;
- large black leech (pseudo-horse).
It is worth taking several types of baits to get a guaranteed catch.
Tackle for catching burbot in the fall
The high autumn activity of the predator makes it possible to successfully catch it with almost all types of tackle, starting with a simple donkey and ending with a feeder with appropriate rigs. At the same time, you do not need to strive for subtlety and delicacy, as when fishing other fish in clear water. The burbot does not taste the bait, he grabs it right away. To see a bite, live bait, a bunch of worms or a flap of fish fillets, you just need to deliver to the bottom in a promising place. Therefore, bottom gear is considered the best for fishing on the river, in particular zakidushki and donks with a rubber shock absorber.
Fishing for burbot in the fall on the bottom is very popular and does not require special skill from the angler. If a promising pit or pool is not far from the shore, then such a tackle can be thrown by hand. Otherwise, it is worth collecting it on a spinning rod up to 3 meters long, equipped with a spinning type reel. The main line can be a strong monofilament 0.4 or even 0.5 mm in diameter or a braided cord with a smaller section. The sinker must be sliding, the burbot must calmly swallow the bait, not suspecting a catch. Leashes are usually used short (up to 15 cm), made of monofilament line or braid that can withstand a load of at least 5 kg. To protect the knot connecting the leash with the main line, a damper rubber bead must be installed. Hook – No. 8-10, with a long forend for secure fixation of the volumetric bait.
This grandfather’s tackle is time-tested and is unlikely to ever lose its relevance. You can take both a monofilament and a cord as a basis, but sometimes problems arise with the latter when casting – it gets tangled on the shore. If there is a partner and there is a boat, then it is better not to throw the load, but to bring it in: one floats, the second slowly unwinds the tackle. Short leashes 15-20 cm long are installed at intervals of 2.5-3 meters. There can be 3, 5 or 10 of them, each fisherman determines the number at his discretion. The more leashes with hooks, the larger the sector the tackle will cover, but it will take a lot of time to attach or replace the baits. During the day, one sound signaling device (bell, bells) is enough to fix bites, and on night fishing it is advisable to add a light one to it.
Feeder tackle for catching burbot in the fall consists of a heavy semi-rigid rod no more than 3 meters long, a spinning reel with a spool that allows you to gain 100 or more meters of strong cord or monofilament line, as well as a sliding rig with a closed feeder. The weight of the feeder is selected depending on the strength of the water flow in the selected place. The length of the leashes is up to 20 cm, the hooks are dark, with a long forearm, 8, 9 or 10 numbers according to the domestic classification. It is not worth making small pieces of equipment, the burbot will not be frightened by either a large hook or a braid leash with a diameter of 0.25 mm. You can stuff chopped fish, crushed liver, chopped worms, maggots and any other components that this predator feeds into the feeder. If the bait ingredients are too small and wash out quickly, they can be mixed with sifted soil taken from the moles on the bank.
Some tips for night fishing
Unlike most other species, burbot is well caught not only at night, but also in inclement weather. In such conditions, he is comfortable, which cannot be said about anglers. Therefore, you need to carefully prepare for fishing. Namely:
- do not forget to take warm clothes, a raincoat, a thermos with hot tea, a spare set of batteries for the flashlight;
- upon arrival, clear a place on the shore (remove dry grass, branches and other debris);
- set up a tent in which, if necessary, you can hide from the wind and rain;
- install stands for rods, prepare landing net.
Thanks to competent preparation, fishing for freshwater cod is extremely enjoyable, regardless of the time of day and weather.
Autumn fishing for burbot by months
September… Summer warmth is still standing until mid-September, so burbot is not caught on all rivers. It begins to show itself in the second half of the month, it can go out to feed at night, but you should count on a more or less stable bite only on cloudy and rainy days. In September, it is difficult to find the locations of this predator. To determine at what depth he prefers to be today, you need to use several gear at once and throw them at different distances. If not a single bite has occurred for 2-3 hours, this is a fairly convincing reason to collect donks and change the place of fishing.
October… Prolonged rains, slush, sudden cold snaps, strong winds are normal for mid-autumn. And the worse the weather, the more comfortable it feels and the better the burbot bite. This month he moves more, actively searches for food and willingly takes bait from fishermen. Now you can not only look for him in promising sections of the river, but also lure him with bait. Even frozen fish from your local grocery store will do. It must be crushed, mixed with soil, added worms, the meat of the caught shellfish and can be used. Such a delicious set will surely arouse the interest of a fattening predator.
November… At the very end of the open water season, burbot moves further and further from the usual channel zone and more and more often visits the sites of fish fines located near the coast. As a rule, these are the mouths of streams, canals and small rivers flowing into a large body of water. As before, it continues to bypass areas with silted or leafy bottom soil, so catching it under the trees is not very promising. The same applies to overgrown places where the grass that has already sunk to the bottom is already rotting. A good choice would be the border of two oppositely directed currents that create the so-called return flow. At such points, if there is also a suitable depth, you can pull up to a dozen decent burbots for fishing.