Loach – an interesting fish
Description of loach. Where it is found and how it is caught (tackle, bait, time).
While fishing, there are a lot of interesting moments that are remembered for a lifetime. So, I perfectly remember the case when for the first time in my life I caught a loach. I didn’t specifically plan for this fish, but when fishing for crucian carp from the bottom, this fish appears very often in the fisherman’s catches, especially if fishing is carried out on a worm and some other animal bait.
Just a few words about loach
The body of the loach is elongated, and in this sense, in the water, at first it looks a bit like a small snake. The specimens that I had to catch did not exceed 11 centimeters in length, although there are data on larger individuals in the literature. The body of the loach is covered with small scales that sit quite tightly, the fish in the hands as if glides. Loach is interesting not so much in terms of culinary as in terms of its coloring. This fish is very beautiful: on the body there are also spots, stripes, dark and light colors. One and the same species in different water bodies may slightly differ externally, as living conditions exert their influence. The loach spawns in May-June, and in the absence of predators in some reservoirs, its number surges.
Meanwhile, loach is an excellent live bait. In particular, to the pike. In my practice, I had only three times to use a loach as a live bait, and I noted the vitality and agility of this fish on a hook. The difficulty lies elsewhere, not in all reservoirs, where loach can be found, since it prefers silted and marshy places where not everyone dares to fish. The loach keeps mostly on the bottom, where it feeds on larvae, bloodworms and other animals, but it happens that it rises to the surface (and in large quantities), which can be noted even visually. As a rule, this behavior of this fish indicates a change in weather, and, for the worse. It is interesting that under adverse conditions (for example, if the pond dries up), the loach buries in the sludge, and in this state it is going through difficult times. In addition, as experienced fishermen and experts on the ichthyofauna say, loach is a nurse of the reservoir, which affects the acceptable condition of the water in ponds and lakes.
What else can be said about loach?
For example, various sources say that loach is caught (and therefore active) only at night. But on the crucian lakes, where there is a lot of loach, I caught these fishes with enviable regularity in the daytime, especially when it was cloudy.
As for the gear for the loach, you don’t need to specifically configure anything
For example – it’s all the same gear for crucian carp. In the most primitive sense, a tackle may look like this: a simple float, sinker, hook. The weight can be put literally 5-10 centimeters from the hook, and the best bait is a worm. Of course, you should catch a loach from the bottom. The bite of the loach is quite noticeable, my float went to the side and flooded.
As I already said, this fish is not specially caught especially often, but, like with rotan, not many people know that loaches are very tasty when fried. Especially if the size of the fish is more than 15 centimeters.
So, do not be alarmed if a loach suddenly sits on a hook when fishing for crucian carp or tench. To some extent, it even somehow brings diversity to fishing, causing genuine delight and surprise.