Underwater fishing for catfish


  • Where to find catfish

  • How to hunt for catfish at night

  • Features of underwater hunting for catfish

Interest in underwater hunting for catfish is not accidental, if only because the catfish – the largest freshwater predator of our reservoirs. But fortunately for catfish – nocturnal fish and he loves the dark and tight spaces. Therefore, underwater hunter’s catfish extract, if not in the Delta, the labor and head. Catfish in the old beaver dens, Coastal gullies, underwater obstructions. Most catfish are hiding from the world under the roof of dead grass, twigs or torn roots and surfaced cane.

Ducked and looking under a roof, you can see the white belly embrace her back a black fishes hanging tail. Distinguish black catfish is very difficult in a deep dark hole, so some hunters, despite the bright sunny day, take with them into the water lamp. It is recommended when viewing such a deep and large holes, be extremely careful, as departing from there even 10kg catfish can easily bring down or split a mask, and you knock.

Catfish Habitats

The most favorite place of maturation sums day is a blockage or a small wooden bridge supports, which are piled over the board, driftwood and trash. Over time, the debris formed over large floaters, which even grow grass. Such floaters as dense roof cover the obstruction, making it very dark.

Climbing into a chaotic jumble of branches and logs, huntsman long accustomed to the darkness, peering into the clear contours of trunks and snags. In a place like this catfish is hard and it is difficult to flush out. Therefore, large piles should be examined from all possible sides. Even if you have it done, and catfish with noise, not swim away, check out the whole dam until the end. The old beaver burrows, cornices and niches in the banks – are also favorite places of rest day sums.

Beaver holes are very deep and spacious: a few meters deep, two feet or more in diameter. It is clear that in such a shelter can relax any monster. The yield is usually one (the second on the ground – do not count), and the fish have nowhere to retreat. It should always be remembered, if you decide to check this or that hole for the presence of her temporary owner.

Sometimes chump whiskered catfish peeps out of the hole like a muzzle watchdog of the booth. I never met before with hunters and calmly shooting fish react to your appearance, and will make an aimed shot. But, alas, the fish is very quick to learn. Under the bank, especially if it is clayey, washes over the pockets and voids. Sometimes it happens right under growing tree at the coast. Then this pocket is covered by a thick curtain of the roots of the tree. Take a look here and because under this canopy, clinging to the body of the float, catfish loves to spend the day, too.

However, more often we come in on a bluff overlooking the seemingly empty hole, with a black, tight womb eyes. Here everything is decided by experience and even, perhaps, the ability to stay under water for a long time. The fact that our eyes have the ability to adapt to the lack of light. In other words, the longer we stand and look into the darkness, the clearer the contours of which are in the dark objects. Experienced hunters quite the sight to see a small piece of fish’s bodies, to distinguish it from surrounding objects. Here is another example.

Love the catfish to settle in the coastal alcove. Such long horizontal grooves in the vertical walls formed by underwater currents and the influence due to the heterogeneity of the soil. For example, the soil layer is washed sand and clay layers remain. In such places, catfish can lie on my belly and be pretty good at seeing. If at first glance the niche is empty, it is still definitely dive and look at the ceiling hole: there, too, like cling “little black”. By the way, in these niches are often resting most large individuals.

Often underwater vertical wall is tightened grid of roots or a screen hanging from algae. Do not swim past, carefully peer into the gaps between the roots and algae can even be neatly apart. For these natural blinds and curtains like climbing catfishes, but most are small copies.

Thickets soft aquatic vegetation – another place catfish rest in rivers. Most often it is overgrown with water lilies and the capsule. Their broad leaves at the bottom create the twilight and see the fish from the surface probably will not work. It is necessary to dive, hover over the most “mugs” and in the gaps between the leaves to try to find some of the catfish.

Going to the bottom and look for the green roof as we do when hunting in pondweed, should not, and will not work. First, the leaves of the perennial plants begin to grow right from the bottom, and, secondly, your body plus flippers Coverings such as blankets a large area of ​​bush and (as luck!) Will lie directly on the fish. This happens often. Under other conditions, catfish climb into dense thickets of the most pondweed. And not necessarily to the bottom.

At a time when there were many, including small rivers, some specimens were in the open floor, directly on the sand. It can be assumed that any of these fishes someone were rounded up with a good vacation spot, or is caring mothers or fathers, guarding their eggs. Despite the fact that the rivers catfish prefer areas with current, they also thrive in stagnant or oblong form reservoirs: lakes, limonite and reservoirs. So well that gaining weight up to 100 kg and more.

With the debris and beaver burrows in such reservoirs things it does not matter, so the main places daily soma elect reed thickets and grassy underwater. Most of stagnant water, especially south, to depths of 4-5 m strongly overgrown soft aquatic vegetation, and along the shore to a depth of 1-1.5 m girded rigid water vegetation: reeds, reeds and cattails.

Dead, dry the roots and the old Cane millimeter create on the surface of the roof. Beneath dark and closely – just what you need to relax. Looking at the cover, it can be formed after the ascent of cane bush to see the pit lying catfish. You can find hanging out from under the roots of the tail, and often through their thickness lurks a piece of white belly or hips.

Such fields torn cane – the most promising places daycare in lakes and limonite. However, where they do not exist, catfish simply fall to the bottom among reeds. But in the bright, easily accessible location, you can hardly find it. It is better to climb into the lining, where swimming is absolutely impossible, and has to move with the help of one hand, pushing them thick and stiff reeds.

The crackle and noise generated at the same time, even if you are not particularly confused, as in this place the fish feel safe and not fearful. Usually in such thickets over the water and on the surface of a dense lattice of broken, dried stalks, which, together with a five-meter, standing reeds create strong shading? Here, even the method of dragging his body on the hands is not always possible to move forward.

We have to get through at the bottom of a meter and a half, and then, with his back lifting plexus lying stems push through the tube in order to reach it to the surface and breathe air. That places the soma and lie. Those that are larger, usually located at the bottom in the touchline (there are passages or manholes in these wilds), and those that are smaller, often hanging below the surface, in the same lattice of the old, broken stems. Can you imagine how difficult it is to deal with these conditions, shot down catfish?

Night hunting for catfish

At night the catfish come out to hunt in open spaces. Our observations suggest that the catfish have a relatively small hunting area, which is adjacent to the site of a day of rest and slumber. Even the fish in the afternoon disturbed, and even the wounded, still returning to their burrows or blockages. This happens in the summer in small rivers, where the spring comes and the bulk from autumn leaves.

Night spear fishing on KGS on lessons learned significantly less productive than a day. Indeed, all of the soma, if they have not been declared for any reason, post or hunger strike, night out on the hunt. However, the human hunter-limited review of the lamp features, and much water for it is as though behind the scenes.

Secondly, although catfish quietly moves aimed at him stray light, it is still is in the active phase of the circadian cycle, feels good hunter and sailing are likely to give way in advance. Soma night occur usually are in motion.

Features of underwater hunting for catfish

Much space is devoted to answering the question: “Where and how to find catfish” is no coincidence. Among the many hunters there is a perception that in the hunt for catfish main thing – is to find it, let alone to take – does not constitute a problem. And they are right, but only if it is a small catfish. But the growth of rival met with you or more, and a positive outcome to the problem of underwater hunting is not only there, but also comes to the fore.

Overcome – so do it right from the moment you find catfish in the river, and before the laying of the trophy in the trunk of your car. That is: where to shoot catfish in different situations, how to be after the shot, how to plant in the Cook or towed to the shore, and even then how to cut the trophy right. Now, all this in order.

The question “Where to shoot catfish?” Set all novice hunters, especially after a couple of good trophies they fail. Unfortunately, you can often hear the answer: “In the head.” The answer is not entirely wrong already because fish head, we often do not see, but we see only one piece of her body or tail section. Even if the whole catfish in sight, the head can be much more of another decent place a shot or may be at a very acute angle, etc.

Therefore, the correct answer to a question, reads as follows: “Depending on the situation, shoot catfish can be in any place that can then keep it from vanishing. » Note that it is not necessary to kill the fish shot (although, of course, desirable).

Let’s consider a difficult question, as the feasibility of (for example, in order to find the best place of slaughter) multiple visits to the detected catfish. There is no counsel for all occasions. Only with the acquisition of our own experience, you learn to feel, whether to allow this particular catfish to hold the bride, and a chance to take it big if to shoot immediately and at a place that can be seen.

It often happens that you have no choice when trying to retreat and go on the other hand it means 100% flush out fish. However, even here there is a choice; the choice is already mature hunter: just let go of the catfish alive and healthy, and not crippled.

Speaking of a wounded animal. It is noticed that if the wound is a fish not penetrating into the abdominal cavity, this fish is 90% survive. The remaining 10% cover the damage, even very slight, spinal cord and brain. Sometimes there are a variety of fish, deep, already overgrown wounds on his back with torn fins, with continuous, long-healed hole in the rear.

Going on a catfish, you should be sure that your gun will allow breaking at least a 30-centimeter-carcass at a distance of 1.5-2 m. If the gun is weaker, then forget about the shooting in the head and try to shoot with the most appropriate range. Approximately 1 m. Or aim for a tail part, where the thickness of only 3-5 cm. in this case, the boom can easily pass right through and serves as a wonderful hook and two layers of thick, durable skin is very hard to break even big catfish.

We absolutely reliably took the 30-40-kilogram fishes, tench and pass the place was absolutely not a strained. Only one important remark: the tail of the shooting, you should aim not in its middle, and bottom border of the upper third. Otherwise catfish slips easily tearing itself along the bony rays and anal fin rays.

In any case, the best option would be getting a shot in the spine. Spinal injury immobilizes even the biggest fish and takes a lot of problems. Therefore, firing in the back from above or below in the stomach, aim accurately at the middle, and the side, as in the case of fire in the tail – the upper third. When your asset will be a dozen or catfish in different sizes, and even to cut them yourself, you will be confident when meeting with them, and the question posed at the beginning of this section will be decided immediately and correctly.

Continuing the theme of “hunter Actions after the shot”, it is important to define the main goal: you should do everything possible to KGS not broke. Even with a good shot, but further action may be wrong to miss their prey. And vice versa – a skillful hunter maneuvers can compensate for not too successful hit. Hence the conclusion: your actions after the shot is no less important than the shot.

First and foremost – do not try to hold back the most powerful, the first tug. On the contrary, if it is possible, follow the catfish with the utmost speed, in order to maximize ease the load on the line, on the tip of your petals and holding his flesh. Contrary to popular belief, if caught catfish at noon pulled by a boat with fishermen, the fish do not resist long.

They are sporty sprinters rather than stairs. This is understandable, since the method of hunting these predators ambush. For example, a 40-pound catfish, received unimportant to his health a hole in the rear, is actively fighting no more than 5 minutes.

On the open water and shallow depth to cope with the large catfish is quite simple. Another thing, when hunting takes place in or under the rubble of the old reed roofs. There entanglement tench and catfish stop is inevitable, and therefore dramatically increases the likelihood of gathering fish, since it appears support.

However, hopping, whirling catfish is a danger to the hunter, so in places after a shot is better to retreat immediately. But what to do next if the catfish, thank God, did not come down? At a depth of 3, 5, 7 m walking catfish almost calmed down, but the line wound up over many obstacles and are not always clear how. It proposes the following technique, which is used in such cases.

Detachable and shoot the cook with a weight belt and dive to the soma. Sudden movement needle pierces his lip and attach to the nearest tree trunk. Then empty the fish from the boom and tench. The next stage is disengaged cook with catfish, raise it to the surface and attach already there, so as not to interfere with the bottom of the gun to unravel. Well, then can long, but easy to release from captivity of his underwater gun and arrow.

Small catfish (20 kg), it is possible to carry with you if you have a good Cook fish head will be able to pull the belt. Threaded extraction needle under both lips and the eyes and under the lower lip. When going on catfish, the hunter often accompanies the boat. If there is no boat and assistants, then use a buoy (a large piece of foam), which is attached to a stationary. To him and suspended production.

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