What to catch crayfish
Crayfish bait. Crayfish fishing, as well as fishing, has a lot of fans, and not only in the summer, but also on the ice. True, there are also restrictions in terms of catching these arthropods, which are objects of industrial and amateur fishing (read here). And this is understandable. After all, crayfish have a delicious and dietetic meat, and are also considered to be a special and tasty beer snack.
Lures for catching crayfish can be very diverse, since these arthropods are omnivorous. But the main misconception in this matter is a steady legend that give crayfish only rotten fish and the same meat. These underwater animals are hunters and predators. And therefore, if there is such an opportunity, they will attack small fish, preferring fresh meat to fall. Of course, the crayfish will not refuse from snoнул fish or an animal that fell to the bottom, but if there is a choice, they will choose fresh prey. This combines crayfish with catfish, which are also attributed to simply pathological craving for carrion.
Another unexpected feature of crayfish is their ability to sometimes … peck like a small, cautious fish. Moreover, during such a strange bite, they sometimes even fall for the bait. In the summer, I did not have to catch them with a float or bottom fishing rod, but on ice such cases happened, and, surprisingly, on the Volga, on its main channel and depth, which was about five meters. In fact, we caught a rather large shark here on the eve and, leaving to spend the night at the car, we lured the holes in the calculation for successful fishing the next morning. But at the dawn, after catching several plotvits, some uncertain bite followed, and suddenly a rather large cancer appeared on the hook, which strived to grasp the fingers with its claws. Obviously, the bait, in which, besides the ready-made winter mixture for roach and filler, there was also a bloodworm, came from somewhere hungry crayfish and began to peck on mormyshkas with bloodworms. And the roach either left itself, or the raki drove away, but we had to look again for the large barges.
How and what do the crayfish catch
This suggests that crayfish are not alien to animal bait used for fishing. But, since these arthropods often live under cliffs where settlements are located, then human food waste may also be of interest to these underwater animals. And this: bread, meat and fish. In addition, it turns out, crayfish, too, versed in cereals. They may be interested in steamed wheat, corn, and even canned peas. It is not for nothing that arthropods keep close to the places where they catch different fish, which also like peas and corn. And just like fish, crayfish at different times of the year give preference to high-calorie or less high-calorific baits that experienced crayfish catchers put into shrimp salons according to the seasons.
It is believed that in the warm season, when there is a lot of food and water has a positive temperature, there is no need to travel along the bottom of long journeys in search of food, as bait it is better to use vegetable bait in the form of peas, bread and corn. Moreover, it turns out that crayfish are no worse than fish as a product and, like a sophisticated roach, prefer Bonduelle corn. Bread, like crucians, is sometimes loved with the smell of garlic, but unlike stupid crucians, crayfish are not “kept” for bread flavored “Garlic”. Arthropods feel the difference between a surrogate forgery and a natural product.
What to catch crayfish
Underwater grass is also included in the diet of crayfish in the summer. Often, it even predominates as feed in the summer. Therefore, it is not uncommon for crayfish to be found in tufts of grass during the cleaning of a reservoir. And such a bait are ordinary plants in the form of a water lily, horsetail, elodea, arrowhead. Sometimes crayfish attracts fresh dill and breading, that is, cake. But the cake has a feature. If it is old, it will rather frighten off the cancer with a rancid smell.
As already mentioned, in the summer crayfish love bread with garlic. But it needs to be ground together with garlic and spread into a rakolovka in mesh bags. The crusts of bread must also be laid in a net and tied. Otherwise, the bait will pop up or crumble.
For cold water animals are more suitable bait. It can be pieces of meat, insides, lungs of animals. It is better to lay out the fish, having done it in advance on pieces of a notch. This will give a brighter smell and will attract crayfish to the bait from afar. It is better to use fish of the carp family.