Som is a huge freshwater resident capable of growing to very impressive sizes. Known specimens caught in domestic reservoirs, reaching a weight of 80 kilograms. Of course, for many fishermen this is a trophy fish of a dream that I would always like to catch. Avid fishermen-oyatniki, of course, know the habits and nuances of the life of such fish. But newcomers are often interested in the question: “What does the catfish bite at, what are the most preferable things to entice him with?” For this kind of amateurs, our article is intended.
Little about the habits
But first you should deal with questions about where to catch catfish is best, what mode of the day and food he prefers. First of all, we must remember that the catfish is a night predator. It is a bottom fish and in the daytime rarely leaves the shelter, which can be snags, twists, stones, caves. The main thing is to have enough space and present a certain depth, which would suit him.
Under the cover of darkness
So, in the afternoon, catfish, so to speak, works under cover, waiting for possible prey. But at night, the fish predator goes to shallow water, where among water thickets it is easy to find green frogs, becoming its prey in the wild. But the basis of the average catfish ration is fish menu Moreover, any fish is used: small, medium, and even large-grained (as the head and mouth of a catfish are very roomy and directly intended by nature for such nutrition).
And about the gluttony and omnivorous som legends. They say, and the duckling pulled, as in the pool, and even an adult bird. And it really is in some way true. On free breads this predator (especially if it is hungry properly) is capable of much. He eats and waterfowl, and rodents, and snails, and crayfish (except fish and frogs). It is this quality that allows, as scientists believe, to grow a river predator to a truly huge size! Now let's talk about what the cat bites? In theory, the menu proposed by the fisherman should not differ much from the natural one. Or are there any cooking fishing intrigues?
What does the catfish bite at? Classics of the genre
Many fishermen - both beginners and more experienced - tend to catch a whiskered fish, excelling in the selection of various baits and baits. But, in the opinion of the main mass of fishermen, the most effective and traditional bait for catfish is live bait. It should be moderately well-fed, weighing from one hundred grams to a kilogram (depending on the weight of the intended prey). Chub and asp, and sometimes other species of fish, often act as live bait. Among fishermen, this catfish bait is considered the most reliable and capable of attracting fish in almost any body of water. Ideally, to catch an average catfish, a live-bait weight of up to 200 grams is required. But if you are going to get a giant, then you need to take a fat chub with a kilogram.
Continuing the menu
What else do catfish bite more or less willingly? Of course, on those types of food that he uses, hunting on their own, without the help of a fisherman. Frogs of various colors (those that are larger), river mollusc, crustaceans are used. It is said that soma especially likes leeches fed with the blood of animals (cattle or pigs).
Among the gastronomical delights, designed to get the coveted trophy, there are fried sparrows, animal meat, meatballs, liver and guts, chickens (a little tilted up to mild swelling). They said that on the Volga they caught these predators and cut them into pieces of natural “stinking” soap. However, despite all the excesses, few people observed a clear gastronomic preference. And many avid fishermen who have caught more than one weighty specimen of catfish in their lives tend to believe that gastronomic delights work well only on a jaded fish, at a time when it is either full or resting. In all other cases, options such as live bait, a frog, a piece of slightly rotten meat with a dandy or a bunch of leeches are quite sufficient for successful and efficient fishing.
Sometimes a hungry catfish can bite on a lure when catching on spinning (“spoons” are especially effective in such cases), and on a wobbler, and on jigs. It should be remembered that catfish is a very strong fish. And a hungry catfish can play an insidious thing with you: grab a lure sharply and jerk aside with great force and speed so that it will be difficult to hold the rod. And this can be expected from the small, and from a large representative of the species.
Why catch catfish in July?
Traditionally in Russia, the middle lane is the best time to catch this fish in July and August. The water is already well warmed up, and catfish is a lover of heat. The time of day, the most productive - from dusk to dawn. In these hours, the catfish goes on the hunt and feeds. A good sign for a possible trophy is a warm and windless night or late evening, not a rainy dawn. Although, of course, the fish can be caught in the afternoon, if you really try and if fishing luck will be favorable to you. Delicious fishing for all and desired trophies!