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Onboard donks on a small river

Is it appropriate to use specific donks at shallow depths of rivers, both small and large? Report.

Catching on-board donkeys is unique and passionate in its own way.
The bite moment here is probably one of the most exciting among gear of this kind. Here the gatehouse, quietly bending under the pressure of the current, suddenly stops, bends down sharply, and then, leaning back limply, starts to shake sharply and nervously, making the bell ring. Most often, it takes a bream and most likely a large bream. And scammers take about the same, but still the nature of the bite of a large bream is distinguished by some solidity and authority, which is not determined immediately. Only after sitting on the water a couple of days, you begin to distinguish all these features.

Onboard donks on a small river

On a previous fishing trip, coastal donks caught onboard
A rather large fish came across feeder tackles and snacks. And from the boat was caught only silver small fry. At first this was an unpleasant surprise, but then I recalled the Volga fishing, when suddenly breams and ides refused to be taken on previously catchy places near the fairway and the right hilly bank of the Volga. There, at a depth of seven to ten meters and a rapid current, flocks of golden-sided breams and ides were kept, the carp were breaking fishing rods and tearing the fishing line. But something was happening under the water, and even the little hounds with ubiquitous ruffes ceased to peck. I had to raise heavy anchors, start the engine and search, search for this cunning and masterful fish. Finding happened at the low left bank, on some sand spit, where the depth did not reach even four meters. But the fish took only light donks with a feeder suspended on a fishing line. Our heavy and rough “rings” were in shallow water and weak currents completely inappropriate and helpless. They only pecked at the Donkeys, the “dudes”. And then they had to be thrown downstream, otherwise under the boat it was possible not to wait for a bite. The fish was simply afraid to approach a strange large object on the surface, all the time making some kind of sounds. In a duralumin vessel it was impossible not to rumble with something, even just crossing over to the other side.

And here, on the forest Big Kokshag, the situation was the same. But this time we took with us light feeder feeders weighing 20 grams. First lowering 40 grams to the bottom, we were convinced that nothing had changed: they fell to the bottom a meter lower than the boat, that is, the fishing line went almost vertically into the water. When the light feeders lowered into the stream, they immediately melted about seven meters from the boat and there lay down. Raising them and releasing them even lower, we started fishing. Here’s the first bite! .. Not a couple of those, last time … At the comrade the gatekeeper bent almost to the side and pounded himself with short strokes. A large roach elastically hung on the fishing line. He took on steamed peas. Then the gatehouse shook with me. This is a scammer. Everything is simpler here. He took on a worm with a colored maggot planted in it. Traditional bait – “sandwich” … The first fish on the hook. And these are not brisk little hands. But here, on the right steep and snaggy bank, where floods constantly bring fuel, and where washed trees fall, hooks are another problem. Having cut off the undergrowth with leashes, I try to probe the bottom with a small weight with soft wire hooks tied to it. A comrade nearby, cursing too, takes out a piece of fishing line and looks at my strange actions:

– Have you played enough, you’re playing around in the water?

– It’s better to indulge in this way than to clean the bottom from snags with hooks, I notice.

Soon I felt a relatively clean bottom closer to the boat, and the fish pecked without interference. Caught in the morning not much, but fulfilled the norm. He took mostly a small scavenger, but occasionally there were quite worthy fishes.

From all of the above, several conclusions can be drawn.
Firstly, at shallow depths of rivers, both small and large, for example, in the shallow Volga, the use of a heavy and specific donkey “ring” is not practical. Rather, miniature airborne donks with relatively thin rigging and feeder feeders with precisely selected weights are suitable, so that the feeders carry about 6-8 meters of current from the boat and the hooks with bait are away from the boat. It is advisable to pre-trap the place of fishing with a marker weight or a wire “cat” in order to determine the level of clogging of the bottom.

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