Wonderful live bait
The ruff became a live bait in catching not only pike, but even a good perch was caught on a ruff.
In fact, the ruff is considered to be not very attractive for predator zhivets. Only nalym bleed at the sight and smell of this prickly and slimy representative perch. For the nocturnal predator, there is no tastier fish than a ruff, despite its spines and snotiness.
Pike and perch on the ruff
But once we were faced with a situation where the ruff became a landmark live fish in catching, not only pike, but even a good perch was caught on a ruff. Probably, the reason for such predators to the ruffs was in the complete absence in these places of medium-sized “white” fish. Where is she gone is unclear. But when Andrey and I settled in the narrow channel next to the dugout in the evening to catch live bait, then where there were no problems with catching carpentans and perches just peaked at the ruff. There is nothing to choose from. Left them in the mesh channels, which were specially made to the diameter of the hole. Dropped under the ice and do not need to think about the fact that water can freeze in an ordinary canal and livelihoods will suffocate.
I advise you to read: Fried mound – The history of its name. Where to catch. What kind of fish can you catch. How to get there.
We spent the night in a warm, heated dugout, noted the arrival to familiar places near the Roasted Mound. In the dugout, the receiver purred, smelled of fresh spruce branches, covered with bunks, alder smoke, stewed potatoes, and bacon with garlic. It was warm at heart and gently drunk a hundred grams. Plans were made for tomorrow. Thought to look for roach and perch closer to the Fried mound. There was always a trifle. But I had to be content with some ruffs in the morning. I did not take live fish in the area and that’s it. Like a pestilence what happened here. But, most likely, the predator just walked around in the area and dispersed the small fish, or maybe he picked up carpentine and perch before the rest of the fish had to be found during the day with fire.
Is the ruff on live bait?
It was decided to try to expose the zherlitsy along the flooded riverbed of the Rutka river, which is higher than the Fried mound, if you look along the stream of the flooded river, that is, closer to its mouth. Here even the riverbed was visible. It could be identified by the trees that were once rustling with foliage along the banks of Rutka. Now they were a silent wall of birch, oak and maple carcasses, and the river was a snow-covered clean strip among these dry trees. Then I exhibited here for a few seasons zherlitsy and always caught pike. And in the snags on the former shores sometimes fell on the catch of a rather large perch. Then the local fisherman Sashka even started this section for me along the Rutka channel, around its turn, they say, Sanya should come from the city. Set aside zherlitsy. Namesake disappeared in one spring in these places, falling through the ice. It also happens.
This morning we did not wait for the predator to come out.
Not inspired confidence ruff as lively. There was, of course, the experience of using ruffs as live bait, but more often their predators avoided it. Only the burbot regularly sat on the hooks with a sharp ruff or live fish.
We sat with Andrei, watched the day flare up, and yesterday’s plans seemed unrealistic targets for idealists. But what is it? Suddenly, the “fire” flag among the ranks of stubs on the curb – the former bank of the river. We go to the rigging. The coil does not rotate. So, there is no hurry.
Going to the piercing, I take the line. There is no jerk, but the line slowly goes through his fingers, sometimes weakening and rising upwards, on the contrary. Uh, yes, it’s not a lively fishing line, but some indecisive predator. We must wait … But now the line slid down and the hand felt a decisive pull. It’s time … Cut down and drag the bass out onto the ice. You can not say that it is very large, but somewhere in the pound. And the main perch took on the ruff. The first time I see this. Perch usually give a gentle top, bleak, or plotweed, and then a clot of mucus and a clot of thorns. Hungry, you see, “sailor”. Himself to blame. It was impossible to completely destroy the surrounding wildlife. It is necessary and on the “later” to leave.
Perch on ruff
But it turns out that not only the perch was interested in our ruffs
Soon another flag was raised. Only this time, the coil spun immediately and soon a pike of two and a half kilograms pounded on the ice. Now this is getting interesting. Only one more time after this incident, the pike was caught on the ruff so actively and passionately. Then, with my father, we also could not catch roach and perch, and just before leaving home, we put out at the new place a few toes with ruffs on hooks. And, lo and behold! .. Caught a few large pikes.
Ruff as live bait
Before lunch, Andrei and I caught, apart from the perch, six pikes, not the largest, of course, but we did not expect this with such live fish.