Gouda, the roquefort and the appenzeller also convince the fish. Yellow cheese is the bait, which is easy to buy and can be used in many ways.
With fish it is just like with people. There are people like that, who are very happy to eat cheese, others consume it occasionally, and there is also a small group, which because of its appearance (and smell) he shakes his noses disapprovingly. Only some species of quiet feeding fish are averse to cheese. His greatest supporters are chubs and barbel. Out of seven, reported to us this year, record barbel specimens, three were caught with cheese. Also the largest chub by weight 2,5 Kg, from the Saxon River Mulda, he craved a bit of cheese. Chubs and barbel are perfect for the yellow cheese alone.
Other quiet feeding fish, like bream, ropes, roach and rudd, they do not despise this bait, but they usually take it in the form of an "addition", that is, as an admixture to the fishing dough.
To cheese opponents, as bait, belongs in the fishing group of the so-called. meat fraction. In support of their beliefs, they have two arguments against this lure for "covering sandwiches". First – to, the cheese is too expensive. I will agree, that it is, if we buy it in a deli or in some specialty store. I am sir, bought at a large grocery and dairy store, it is much cheaper. Often these will be much lower expenses, than when buying e.g.. more white worms for a full day's fishing.
Argument number two of the "meat fraction" is belief, that cheese is possibly only a good bait in the summer, and in winter you can forget about it. Also, I agree with this only partially, and I will provide a story to confirm it.
Only in summer?
It's the middle of March. The temperature outside, judging by how cold my legs are, is approx. 5° C. The water is not much warmer, and while baiting my fingers did not obey me. Our boat was anchored on the border of the reed belt and we were fishing at a depth of approx 4 meters. There was a different bait on each of the three fishing rods. White worms on the right side of the boat, dough with the addition of cheese on the fishing rod to the left and "fondue" cheese in between (about this lure a little later). Roaches took very capriciously. Their small flock was nearby and after literally two of them were caught, there was an hour-long break in taking, until one of the fish "graciously" became interested in the bait again. The balance of this cold morning is: seven strikes, of which three for "cheese" baits, four for individual white worms. Thus: in winter, cheese is indeed not the best bait, but "from poverty" you can catch it. A piece of yellow cheese alone in winter is not suitable for catching: in cold water it becomes hard and loses its own, so to say, alluring scent. On the other hand, adding a few drops of cooking oil to a cheese dough will do the trick, that it will be soft even at low temperatures. Otherwise, oil or fat, they will increase the flavor of the cake.
Eels for cheese
Now let's forget about winter and its problems. In the warm months of the year, our cheese has a lot to show off. They even take eels on him! In many waters, cheese cubes are considered to be one of the best baits for these fish in summer. The fact that eels eat cheese, for example. in the Kiel Canal, can still be explained by this, that food waste is regularly dumped into this water. However, there is no way to say, that it is similar in the case of e.g.. Lake Titisee in the Black Forest. The facts are like this, that in both these waters, eels are caught with great success for cheese.
Unless cheese is one of the many good eel baits, it is absolutely the best for barbel. Does not matter, what river it will be, cheese is such a bait for barbel, like a protein ball on a carp, that is, "selective" bait of the highest quality, and unlike boilies, it does not need to be properly prepared. A hard and fresh piece of cheese is put on the hook straight from the packaging. I always cut it into small cubes and use a bait needle to stretch it over a large one, single hook (no 8-4). The point of the hook should be exposed. Cheese cubes are usually caught using the ground method. The lead weight is either permanently or traversed on the side strap, and the hook ties directly to the main line in diameter 0,20 Mm. Lead weight is dependent on the river current. He's tempted, tossing cheese cubes into the water from time to time. In the event of ever weaker bites, the cheese should be replaced with a new one, because it loses its aroma in the water over time and becomes brittle.
Milk and honey
Hard yellow cheese will be much more flexible, if before fishing we soak it in milk overnight and then keep it in a damp cloth or a plastic bag. Adding flavors to the milk, like honey or crushed garlic, will cause, that the cheese will become more "aromatic".
If the barbel (i klenie, who are the same fans of cheese as their mustache colleagues) they don't want to take on hard bait, you should start catching them for cake, that it holds the hook well? What kind of cheese will be the best here and what flour should be used to make a dough for ground fishing? Take, for example, the first hard cheese – e.g.. Parmesan. We would need this amount to make the cake, that we would have already come to a conclusion while rubbing it, it wasn't a very good idea. Processed cheese or soft cheese varieties are much better for this purpose, such as camembert and crispy blauschimmel cheese (with German. Blue cheese). The latter has, unlike hard cheeses (Gouda, edamski, Swiss etc.), especially intense fragrance. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive. All cheese dough toppings (the number of possible combinations is simply unlimited here) they must be very finely and evenly distributed. Only then can some water be added. Knead the dough for some time, preferably through a damp cloth, and leave them overnight in this cloth or in a plastic bag. A bit of honey or chokeberry syrup for better binding and "sweetening" the dough, It will certainly hurt me. Also, do not forget about the cooking oil! Properly made cheese dough – thanks to its consistency – holds very well on the hook. After all, we do not like hard dough, nor do we like fish.
Cake with cotton wool
Plain cotton is helpful, when you want to make a dough with the right consistency, e.g.. made of soft cheese. The mashed Camembert cheese is an excellent bait for cautious sea-headed bluntheads. Even more sophisticated is the fondue cheese bait. To do this, heat the melted cheese with a little milk, water or wine (red wine can give the bait a different color). On 150 g of melted cheese should be approx. half a cup of added liquid. Our fondue should be cooked over low heat and should be stirred constantly, so that it does not burn. Throw it into a soft mass, constantly stirring, small, loose pieces of cotton wool. Finally, pour it into a plastic bowl and set aside to cool. In this way, we got a sticky dough made of intensely smelling cheese. The cotton wool gave it the necessary brevity. This mixture will "stick" to the hook just as well, and to the fingers. Cheese dough can be frozen for some time without fear. The leftovers that are not used during fishing can be stored for many days in a sealed foil bag. There are such anglers, which I do not mind, that a layer of mold will form on the bait after a longer storage time, they consider, that this makes the dough even more gameable. I am not one of them. When I'm hungry by the water, what is happening to me, when I leave the house in the morning and do not want to wake the whole family with the sound of chairs shuffling in the kitchen, I'm eating some of the bait. Which of the colleagues, catching red or white worms, it can afford to take full advantage of it” your bait.