Chebaka on a spoon-bait ?!
Chebak, or Amur ide is a common fish in the Amur basin. In Primorye, it is found in almost all bodies of water, excluding the very upper reaches of mountain rivers and low-flowing small lakes. According to literature, it reaches 30 cm and 250-400 g, but my personal record is 870 g, and fish weighing 500-600 g comes across constantly. In appearance, the chebak is similar to an ordinary ide, but has a higher body and less bright fins. It spawns in May, during spawning and immediately after it, it feeds mainly on insect larvae, insects themselves, filamentous algae. Chebak in large quantities destroys eggs and juveniles of valuable fish species, so its catch is unlimited.
In spring, this fish is well caught on worms, maggots, caddis flies, pearl barley, and bread nozzles. In summer, biting is much worse. A large chebak can be caught only at night on a lamprey larva, in the daytime only small and medium specimens are caught on greens, insects, bread nozzles.
Many probably saw how on the rifts, or just on the shallows, in the daytime in sunny weather, large flocks of chebakov clean fouling from stones. I bet that you have repeatedly tried to fish out at least one fish from this flock (since the chebak is not particularly careful), but most likely nothing happened. Having suffered so several times you threw this venture. And completely in vain. There is a nozzle at the sight of which a phlegmatic chebak, grazing peacefully under the July sun, turns into an aggressive predator – it’s a spinner! Surely most of you do not know about this, especially since it’s almost impossible to catch a chebak even on the smallest live bait (at least I don’t know any such case, on a frog, on “cutting” – it was, but never on a live bait) . But the fact remains that on a good day in 3-4 hours you can catch more than 10 kg of this fish, while other bait will not even bite.
Now about gear.
I use a fishing rod with a length of 210 cm for fishing, an inertialess reel of class 2 with a match spool equipped with a fishing line of 0.15 mm. I use spinners only rotating No. 0-1, all experiments with oscillating ones showed that biting on them is an order of magnitude, not even a few orders of magnitude less. This statement is also true for spinners more than the first number – biting on them is possible only with very good bite.
Of the twists, it is better to use Aglia Long or something similar, the color is white and yellow “reflex” in muddy water, red dots against a dark background in transparent water or brushed steel. Pecking on spinners with Comet type petals is noticeably worse; it is advisable to use them only in calm waters with muddy water. In any case, it is better to mask the tee with red wool.
The best places for fishing are shallows at the exit from the pits, quick rapids, with high water – stretches 0.7 – 1.5 meters deep (oddly enough, the bite on the spills is worse, but it’s better to say it is not there at all :)). Better to catch from 10.00 – to 15.00, early morning as well as late evening are rarely successful.
And in the end, an interesting observation. In high water, the chebak loves to stay close to floating branches, sticks even small in size, and in the summer, with bad biting, this fish should first of all be found in marshes, trees hanging low above the water (you can even conduct an experiment on a well-visible stretch with a slow flow throw a stick half a meter long and after 50 – 100 meters a few chebaks will spin near it). Fishermen who were in the Indian Ocean probably know that the same behavior is typical for tuna – large flocks of these fish gather near floating snatches of cables, fragments of boards.