How to catch smelt in the Gulf of Finn

You will need
  • – fishing gear (not less than ten fishing rods);
  • – mormyshka;
  • – moth;
  • – bait;
  • – map of Leningrad region;
  • – schedule of trains;
  • – pass to the border zone.

Smelt in the Gulf of Finland can be caught at any time of the year. Fishermen of Leningrad Oblast most often do it in winter. For winter fishing it is necessary to prepare. Winter box with all the contents and Finnish sleigh, on which it is most convenient to carry, can be bought in any shop where they sell goods for anglers. It is better to take a thin line, about 0.2 mm. She is less visible. It is better to cook several fishing rods with different sinkers. The weight of the sinker depends on where you’re going to catch. There are places in the Gulf of Finland with quite strong currents. In this case, the weight of the sinker should be larger.


Smelt is caught on mormyshka. Get multicolored mormyshki. The fact is that in different situations smelt prefer different shades. So far, no researcher has been able to explain why this is happening. Therefore, it is better if you have both white and yellow and green mormyshki. Keep in mind that they all have to be involved, otherwise the light will lose their properties very quickly.


Experienced fishermen of the Leningrad region very often use so-called “etazherk”. The fact is that smelt can be caught at different depths. Therefore, tie several mormice to the same main line line at a distance of a meter and a half apart. Usually make a “tazherka” of two or three nozzles, less often – of four.


Very effective use of gloss. She is tied on a leash between two mormyshks. Blasna should be very light and shape to resemble a small fish.


Prepare the tackle and to catch bait. Best caught on a perch, so grab some amount of moth with you.


Decide exactly where you will catch. The most “crop” places are on the South Shore of the Gulf of Finland. But between Big Ijora and Lebyazhim begins the border zone. If you have acquaintances living in these territories, ask them to make you a pass. It’s the fastest option. The basis for travel to the border zone can also be the document on ownership of the land plot. A pass can also be obtained in St. Petersburg, indicating sightseeing or recreation as a basis. In this case, you can safely go fishing in the area of Red Mountain or Grey Horse, where smelt is best caught.


Don’t forget to look at the website of the government of Leningrad region. Ice on the Gulf of Finland is far from always safe for fishermen. The governor usually issues ordinances banning ice entry or lifting such an injunction. Winter fishing enthusiasts often violate this ban, but it is, firstly, dangerous, and secondly, an administrative offence for which a fine can be imposed.


If you can’t get a pass, you’ll have to choose a place closer to St. Petersburg. The site is not particularly large, it is located in the area of the causeway, between Big Ijora and Bronka on one side and Kronstadt on the other. There are usually many fishermen there in winter, but it is necessary to stay away from the fairway. Catching on the other side of the dam experienced anglers do not recommend.


Near the shore catch a few fish to bait. It’s best if it’s going to be malky. It is possible, of course, to catch large fish, cut apart, but this method is less effective.


Step away from shore. Try to find an even place between the toros. Drill a few holes and arrange fishing rods a few pieces each. Pigleting won’t keep yourself waiting long.

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