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Fishing and tackle

There are substantial disparities in fishing techniques and gear between river and sea fishing due to the significant size and resistance differences in sea fish.

Regarding rods, composite models are the norm. Relatively short spinning rods are tailored for boat fishing, while longer versions, particularly the optimal 370 cm rod for extensive casting, are ideal for shore fishing. The occurrence of large fish catches from the shore remains an exception; hence, the prevailing approach involves capturing juvenile pelagic and bottom fish, typically weighing a few kilograms, using the familiar gear designed for fishing in Russian waters. It's essential to note that marine spinning rods for boat fishing are somewhat elusive within the domestic market, even in Moscow. These specialized spinning rods, with tests ranging from 24 to 60 kg, vary in length from 1.8 to 2.4 m (or even shorter, specifically for trolling). Test ratings signify the minimum weight in grams or kilograms needed to bend the tip of a horizontally positioned rod into a vertical stance. Consequently, these rods employ composite materials for their guides, preventing excessive heat generation due to intense friction.

Reel options for sea fishing typically involve multipliers manufactured by brands such as Abu Garcia, Penn Senator, Policansky, Shimano, and Daiwa. These reels commonly possess gear ratios significantly higher than 1:1. Additionally, for those inclined towards ease, reels equipped with electric motors are available, considerably reducing the angler's effort.

For fishing lines, thick monofilament with metal or Kevlar leaders, or braided lines with leaders, are utilized. When dealing with sharks, a long steel cable is often employed.

While trolling with live or dead fish could fall under bait fishing, our experience highlights that modern, pricier artificial lures tend to be more effective for trolling due to the ability to maintain higher speeds. This technique is employed when the boat is stationary or moving at minimal speeds along a slope. The bait is lowered to the seabed and held there by an appropriate sinker, or it can be suspended midway in the water column. Our proprietary branded bait serves as a valuable addition, enticing a diverse range of fish species, particularly those that forage near the seabed.

In the evening, this method proves successful for capturing sharks. During the afternoon, often post 11:00 AM and in warm weather conditions, predatory fish transition their activity to mid-water levels. This is the prime time for larger trophies, sometimes up to 10 kg, to be tempted by live bait deployed through a downrigger at around 4 knots. This approach synergizes effectively with the use of substantial wobblers, enabling comprehensive exploration of all depths and horizons.


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