In May 2019 on a small river
Feature of fishing in May 2019. Ascent to spawn. A chance to catch a chub. Spawning ban.
First of all, a feature of May in 2019 can be called an abundance of vipers. These black creatures crawl out from under their feet, hissing and, it seems, are not averse to attack, make one more unnecessary movement towards the snake. As far as I can remember, so many of these reptiles of blued metal have never been on the banks of Big Kokshagi. Obviously, their mass appearance is associated with almost summer heat, which anomalously quickly established in May. Moreover, the air temperature reaches 27-29 degrees, which for this time can not be called ordinary temperature. Apparently, the snakes crawled out to warm up and indulge in love, since the mating season falls on them in May, and the vipers are not very happy about the mass appearance of vacationers, tourists and fishermen by the river. Judging by the black color, this is Nikolsky’s viper.
Early and steady heat caused the burbot to cease activity, since the temperature of the water in the river is no longer suitable for the night-loving, cold-loving predator, although it seems to us that the water is still icy when you wash your face in the river in the morning. But burbot knows better what kind of water temperature he needs in order to have an appetite and an increase in vitality. Apparently, he had already climbed into the bottom holes and under the driftwood driftwood, so that there, in the chill, he could wait until late autumn for the summer heat and warm water. On the night of the seventh to the eighth of May, there was not a single burbot out for snacks, although the night predator still came across other colder springs at this time.
The spawning ban, of course, does not give the fisherman life and seems pointless, at least in places where there are no spawning sites. For two days, some predators eagerly and loudly hunted before our eyes, chasing the melting pot. Here would be spinning with wobblers. Why can’t you catch spinning at least from the shore? It seems that laws are written by officials who are completely indifferent to the aspirations and needs of the Russian people, since they themselves do not comply with the laws and live in socialism, which we built for everyone, but built for deputies and civil servants. Norway, Sweden and Finland built capitalism, but for some reason they came out with socialism with a human face, where people live richly and can even catch nets, just observing the rules and not arranging garbage dumps in forests and ponds.
Rise to spawn
Judging by the results of fishing on the eve of Victory Day, although there is no mass rise of roach to spawn on Bolshaya Kokshag, as happens on Rutka, a rather weighty roach with caviar comes across (read the report). Males are rough, in “warts” and “acne”, which indicates their mating outfit. So, the fish still goes to spawn. Maybe this is a local roach, not Volga, because fish do not come across a pound and a half in weight, at least we did not come across such a fish. We didn’t know how other fishermen were doing, because we didn’t have neighbors in those holidays. Only in the morning, when they were looking for a place for fishing, did they meet a fisherman who said that only small roach would bite at the place where he was staying for a vacation with his family.
Chance to catch a chub
There was probably a chance to catch the chub at night for the worm and bait, as one chub took to the donka in the early-early morning. If we had one more night, we would not have slept, but we checked the probability of a night chub. In the afternoon there was no bite even of the smallest chub. At dawn, the chub grabbed a hook with a creep planted on it. It seems that these giant and gentle worms are the best spring bait for chub, burbot and other large fish. Probably, minnows could compete with crawlers as the best bait for the chub, but for some reason we did not see these fish on the sandbank, where we caught on feeders-donks. Places at first glance are classic habitats for minnows. Apparently, the time has not come yet for these gentle and nimble mustachioed fish.