Fishing Rotana in the vicinity of Tobolsk in the winter on fat
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Rotan as a trophy on the way to the peak

Once upon a time, many years ago, fell into my hands a small book, it was called something like “Fish and fishing”. And in it, among other things, talked about the acclimatization in the Ural lakes European whitefish. It turned out that the settlers in new bodies of water the first time reached large numbers, and of unprecedented proportions. And vendace, which in the native Ladoga lake rarely reaches 300 g, being in the Ural lakes, often grown to a kilogram. Whitefish 1 kg…

It also mentioned some acclimatization curve. The number of some fish shortly after introduction to a new lake for them quickly (subject, of course, is years and decades) reaches a peak and then just as quickly decreases, stabilizing at a fairly low level. Later, after talking with ichthyologists, I drew it for clarity. We have vendace in the lakes I have not seen, but now comes the triumphant March of Rotana. Some theoretical arguments about the acclimatization can be useful for regular fishing practice.

I mentioned the book is not the only fishing work, I read in childhood. In those days, when Rotana we still did things, I happened to stumble on the story (title and author I do not remember already) about fishing Rotana, where contrary to the generally accepted line, then the author has not abused the fish, and rejoiced at her appearance in a nearby pond, because unlike carp, used to inhabit there before, rotan was interesting for the angler of the object. Pecked well and was picky. All this information is remembered when a strange fish appeared in our area.

History of invasion

Because it was not so long ago, when I took up the bait and had some information about local waters and fish, you can try to throw together a rough picture of the appearance of rotan in the vicinity of Tobolsk. He walked to us, apparently, on the Tobol, and at currents from the Urals. There he bred a few years earlier — in the 90-ies of the last century, and maybe even in the 80-ies. Then I heard about him from Tyumen anglers. Several years later, around 2002, rotan appeared EN masse and we have. First, he settled in a small lake in the floodplain of the Tobol and on the left Bank of the Irtysh. But above the mouth of the Tobol, the Irtysh valley, its first in large numbers was not.

According to my observations, the settlement went under floods in may — July. And much success migrant has reached in the lakes are flooded annually and only in years with high water. In years with low and medium spill, they started to grow herbs, they disappeared pike and perch, and rotan bred very quickly. He soon appeared in the remote lakes, lying nearby. As he settled in the air, remains a mystery. The first great wave of resettlement took place in 2002-2007. In the last year of this period, there was a large spill, and in between are moderate.

After 2007 began a series of dry years, the lake was overgrown, greatly reduced the number of pikes. Rotan bred in already infested waters and have grown to impressive size. Bred and grown Rotana noticed anglers. The first “shot” Mazankowski pond — a small pond in the village of Russian Copperhead, about 30 km from Tobolsk. According to local residents, has opened its local boys. When is trivia, they began to bring fish 100-200 g, this was brought to the attention of the adults. The news of the new fish quickly spread around. It happened around 2010-2011.

The village is famous for its ducks and geese, which the locals are bred for sale. And from spring to autumn on the pond, home to abundant waterfowl. And apparently, it somehow affects rybniste of vodoemakh. Previously, there were carried out the carp, and few have paid attention to the pond. But with the advent of Rotana, and it became a favorite fishing spot. Especially pervalidus. At a small pond gathered tens of anglers. And all caught. It was there, they tested the catching skills of Rotana, studied the rhythm and characteristics of fish.

The last time the glory of Mazankowski pond faded somewhat. Rotan noticeably crushed. But now, somewhere in the social networks, you can stumble on the entry: went there, fished the afternoon, caught one pickerel (five or ten perch Dace), then stopped for a couple of hours in Copperhead Rotana catch. And a photo of a mountain of Romanchikov in the hole. In 2013, after a long dry years came spilling, which can be called average. The water flooded the mass populous rotan lakes in the floodplain. And it is massively dispersed to the district. And after the fall of water in large quantities began to meet in ponds in the floodplain of the Irtysh river, where it previously not detected at all (above the mouth of the Tobol). And also in the river itself from whence he is, however, by the autumn disappeared. In the same season rotan was recognized by many river anglers as a good bait. Even after freeze-up in the Irtysh on Rotana was well caught burbot.

Personal acquaintance

I got acquainted with a new fish in Chelyabinsk, where at the end of 90-ies was in a long trip. At the weekend, strolling along the embankment of the Miass river near the circus, was found by fishermen who dragged me previously unseen fish. It was rotan. After a few years caught Rotana himself. In Tobolsk, on the lake beyond the river catching carp. The morning was quiet and small crucians were polewali. When the sun came up and a wind blew, a biting carp as cut. Going home, but suddenly the float showed uverennuyu the bite, and here I am holding the fish monster the size of a little finger. Purposefully catching rotan I, like most of Tobolsk anglers began to Copperhead, but only a few years ago.

November day, calm and warm, after a few days with a fairly strong cold, I called a friend for fishing trips on the subject — and whether it is where the fishing line to help? Decided to go to Copperhead. There the pond had to freeze, and the year before there were caught by Rotana. Go. Took the usual winter fishing with jigs and worms. Both went to catch Rotanov for the first time. Found some old holes and lowering the jig, just a couple of minutes I pulled the first Botanica. Began bite and me and a friend, and a pensioner sitting nearby. He saw how we catch, gave us a few slices of bacon. Fishing went brighter, eliminated the need for frequent replacement of bait.

That evening I cooked Rotana ear. I like this fish like in fishing, in terms of gastronomy. Since the ice season start with Rotana. He has the best bite that is at first the ice on the small lakes is before at large, and is much stronger and more reliable. And the river often rises a month later lakes when rotani biting weakens to the point of losing meaning. I am interested to catch large Rotana. And here we can recall acclimatization curve. In a period of rapid settlement and number and size of the settlers can reach unprecedented highs. Rotan with a length of over 20 cm and weighing 250 grams is not uncommon. These we call “bulls”. A friend of the fishers engaged in fishing for carp in one of the far lakes, caught a “bull” with a length of 27 cm and a weight of 470 g. Tyumen And one of the anglers catches geosense Rotanov a pound, which confirms the photos. But there are these gluttons appeared earlier than in Tobolsk, and, presumably, growth is overtaking Tobolsk.

Features fishing Rotana

The first time romanami in Copperhead showed that our gear configured to catch Dace and perch, for rotan, of course, suitable. But far the best. And worms head much inferior to conventional pork unsalted fat. After studying the issue and practice, I finished the rods. Their two options. The first is the usual “balalaika”, but with fishing line Ø0,2-0,22 mm, large bright (silver) or grey (lead) of the jig. Under them is selected corresponding stiffness nod. The hook is placed a piece of bacon around 10x5x5 mm or a piece of raw chicken skin. The game is simple — keep the jig just above the bottom. Bale to the bottom is not necessary — the fat mess fine black silt. Short shocks or smooth potagai raise the nozzle 5-10 cm above, then drop. Waiting for half a minute to three, and everything is new. However, sometimes “hard-on” takes even better.

The second option is the rod for trolling with fishing line thickness to 0.25 mm. On the end of a vertical jig, with a large — length of 3-5 cm and 7 cm Higher (10-20 cm), on a short leash or directly on main line, shining light jig or plain hook № 6-7 (domestic classification). The jig bite better, but the hooks on these lures are usually small and weak. The major hook of thick wire easier. The nozzle is the same, it is necessary to cling on the spoon, and jig. Using this snap-in, you can safely knock limit bait along the bottom — most of the bites will still be on the top hook. But blazenko sometimes peck Rotana, and often they are the largest for fishing. The fat tail of the bait it is desirable to change frequently.

Refining the gear I have dedicated a lot of time. The first problem hooks the top hook over the edge of the hole. Due to the jerks that are transmitted to the host, the main line is rapidly losing strength. Not to pick off all the attachments, use a lead of slightly thinner monofilaments. Experimented with different lures. The most successful was wide. Somehow river found on driftwood, old, almost rotten spoon with well-preserved petal. Made it winter bait. Single hook No. 6 has placed on the leash with a length of 3-4 cm from the fishing line Ø 0,20-0,22 mm. The largest Rotana pecked to such a strange lure. Fishing take three rods. One with a jig, one with a wide spoon. The third replacement, but good bite to repair once.

Now about the fishing. On the subject of finding clusters of “bulls” began to explore various small lakes scattered throughout the floodplain of the Irtysh and Tobol. A lot of them, especially on the left Bank, opposite Tobolsk. Go there by ferry. But when autumn snow is thrown, most of the lakes can be difficult to reach. However, not far from the city and roads, there is a lot of interesting water bodies. Of course, the new place for fishing it is desirable to examine the open water. To see where the border of the jungle, the shore abruptly, with no bumps, etc. Among hummocks of ice usually rises is not as durable. Fishing nominated on the first, but solid ice — I don’t understand extreme. With only a backpack with gear and light ice pick (later explored the place I go, of course, ice screws). Crossing by ferry through Irtysh and begin to crawl lakes. After half an hour it becomes clear whether it makes sense to sit on the selected reservoir or is it better to go further. In General, the perspective of a dozen lakes was two. One teeming with large romanami, but to get there by pervalidus extremely problematic.

The second a bit weaker in terms of trophies, but close to a road and the shore is good, out on the ice without any problems. 70 kilometers North of the city, according to the fishermen, there are lakes, where there are huge Rotana, they are caught in the beams. However, confirmation of this information yet. More precisely rotan there, but until I came across quite a normal weight, so it makes no sense to go this far. Rotan now masters of the lake in the floodplain of the Irtysh river above the mouth of the Tobol. And already captured continues to grow and multiply from year to year. Sure, the peak in the number of Rotana and its size in local waters ahead, and it should take.

The source magazine the angler
Author KIRILLOV V. city of Tobolsk

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