Fillet fishing

Many anglers only fish fillets then, when they have trouble getting small dead fish or live fish. In fact, fish fillets are one of the most catchy and versatile lures. They just need to be cut properly.
Unlike whole dead fish, the favorite lure of so many predator anglers, Fish fillets are not very popular. Why? Because it's unnatural, that a dead fish is broken into pieces. Oh so? What's happening, when the cancer starts to eat a fish lying on the bottom that is far too large for its size? What happens to the bream, that gets into the propeller of a speedboat or ship? What remains on the shore or in the water after the mink feast, otters or ferrets? What happens to the eels trying to squeeze through running turbines? What goes overboard, when the fishermen gut the fish?
So much for the alleged unnatural nature of fish fillets as baits. Fish fillets can be cut in many different ways, you can also give them any shape. However, the angler should not, without hesitation, cut a dead fish into pieces. He needs to think about it first, how do you want to fish with fillets and what kind of fish you set. For example, in the Volga Delta, large asp fillets are used to catch catfish. On the other hand, the tiny fillets are also used by fish of quiet feeding. I've already fished large lines with a small cube of fish meat, bream, it's dripping, and even rudd. Fish fillets are not only effective, but also a very universal lure. Friends who are actively fishing can spin with them (systemik spinningowy, twister head with fillet, pulling the lure on the bottom), while anglers who like sit-ups usually fish with the bottom method. Due to this, that fish fillets quickly "leach" in the water, and thus become less attractive, a recommendable way is to treat them first with some attractant. There is nothing difficult about it – cut fillets from the dead fish, and then "bathe" them for half an hour in the flavor of your choice. Don't be afraid, that your lure will smell too much! Although it is always recommended to dose the flavors in drops, this time it can be a longer bath.

For my "marinated" fillets in zander attractor I have already caught a lot of nice zander and I have not noticed yet, that the "fragrance bomb" served to them act as a deterrent. It is probably also due to the fact, that I prefer to fish in flowing water.
Water quickly rinses away a significant proportion of the fragrance oils from the bait. The scent streak flows downstream and intrigues, and very often it also lures predators upstream.
After bathing in the attractor, the fish fillet retains its attractive smell almost all night long.

The framed drawings show the best ways to Reinforce fillets.

1. Tail part (mackerel, herring or white fish)
On: zander, eels, sometimes pike too.
Advantages: "reduction” too much dead fish, natural and attractive appearance due to the presence of a caudal fin.
Disadvantages: quickly becomes stiff (post-mortem concentration), low odor diffusion, the hooks of the systematics sometimes incise the caudal muscles.

2. Leather belt (flatfish, herring or perch)
On: zander, perch, curse, Sore, sea ​​fish, sometimes pike too.
Advantages: natural fragrance and color, a great substitute for a twister tail.
Disadvantages: The leather strips must be cut very precisely, otherwise they will not wave attractively in the water, they often have to be changed.

3. Head part (bleed)
On: zander, eels, sums.
Advantages: "Shrinks" too large a dead fish, intense fragrance, natural look, the ability to make long casts.
Disadvantages: quickly becomes stiff (post-mortem concentration), the point of the hook sometimes sticks into the bones of the skull of a dead fish.

4. Carbonad (roach)
On: zander, eels, burbots.
Advantages: few empty strokes (small size of the lure), intense fragrance.
Disadvantages: it quickly loses its natural fragrance.

5. Stitched abdominal integuments (white fish, perch)
On: pike, zander, perch, Sore.
Advantages: good natural bait for spinning rods.
Disadvantages: it tears quickly on many takes.

6. A cube of meat (white fish)
On: perch, eels, ropes, it's dripping, bream, ide, barbels.
Advantages: intense fragrance in the water, it is also possible to catch non-feeding fish, almost no empty strokes (small size of the lure).
Disadvantages: quickly loses its smell, soft texture (the need to constantly change the bait), often overeated by crayfish.

7. Traditional fillet (white fish)
On: zander, perch, sums, sometimes eels too.
Advantages: mato of empty bites of zander (small size of the lure), the inside of the fillet gives off an attractive smell into the water, and its ragged surface retains the smell of any attractor longer.
Disadvantages: it quickly loses its natural fragrance, deforms on the hook, does not allow long casts.

Pattern for cutting fillets (for example, from a dimensional roach). Different lures can be obtained from one fish (numbers 1 – 7).

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