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Kayaking is also a sport.

“Silent hunting” in our time is gaining momentum, according to experts. What kind of trophy is dreaming and what kind of boat does one who is ready to wait for the fish of his dream prefer?
More than just fishing

On the boat you can retire to the quiet world of nature. Animals do not scatter through the bushes, as happens because of the noise of motorboats, but on the contrary, shows curiosity. Deichert, president of the Kayak Fishing Club, says: “When I first got into a kayak, I immediately realized that it was for me. On it you can get close to the river otter, to ducks, birds. I swim in places where you can not get under the motor.
Without a motor, less hassle and you don’t have to pay for gasoline just to catch a small fish. ”
Being satisfied with a small fish is a shame, so professionals are looking for larger prey. So, a desperate fisherman from Chicago, Dave Lamuro goes to the open sea for bluefin tuna. He has such poklevki that a four-meter kayak pulls at a speed of 25 km / h! Once Dave was lucky: he caught tuna weighing 70 kg. “Tuna fish are healthy and rough,” he recalls. “When I took this, I even cracked a kayak.”

Fishing kayaks – fully folded type of vessel. They are divided into two classes and differ in the landing of the fisherman: sit-on-top and sit-inside. Boats with a “top” landing are almost the same as regular sports models. The one-piece body, self-pumping mechanism and soft seat, sit down and stand up from which is simpler and more convenient than from a lounge chair.
Freshwater kayak wide, stable, not afraid of the waves, so that the fish can be caught standing. The boat is strong enough to be dragged to water. However, it is relatively easy: you can easily throw it on the roof of the car.
The popularity of kayak fishing is growing rapidly, new boat brands are emerging. The main ones are still considered: Hobie, Ocean Kayak, Jackson kayaks, Perception Sport, Wilderness Systems, Pelican, Ascend, NuCanoe, Native Watercraft, Malibu, etc. Sportsman, participant of the Olympic Games Yuri Orlov considers fishing with a canoe “the top of the fishing aesthetics. ” This boat will pass where others can not even dream. Depths of 20 cm are already sufficient, and aquatic vegetation, although it slows down the canoe, but is not an insurmountable obstacle, as for a motorboat. There are hybrid constructions – something between a kayak and a canoe. On some models install engines systems Mirage-Drive. They are a pair of flexible fins with a pedal drive. The fins push the boat forward in much the same way as the flippers – the sea turtle. In humans, in the meantime, both hands are free, you can simultaneously quietly move through the water and fish.
“Thanks to all this, the very concept of“ kayak ”acquires a new meaning,” says Brendan Bayard, organizer of kayak fishing competitions. “Now it’s better to call it a personal fishing craft.”
It is interesting that recently fishing has become fashionable not only from boats, but also from SUP boards. This market is also growing, there are fishing versions. In fairness, we note that for Poccia paddle boards are still exotic, and the distribution of fishing kayaks involved units.
Most anglers dream of sturgeon or its closest relatives: sturgeon and Beluga. Since 1970, Russia began to breed another fish of the sturgeon family – paddlefish. This is a big, strong, freshwater fish.

The homeland of the paddlefish is the Mississippi River and its tributaries. In our country, he was well acclimatized in paid reservoirs in the south of the European part. The breadth is not quite suitable, but the fish successfully matures and gives birth to offspring. Paddlefish are caught in the Krasnodar and Voronezh reservoirs, as well as in the lake of the Great Kostroma region and other fish farms.

How to catch a paddlefish?

Adult paddlefish reaches gigantic proportions: more than two meters long and under a centner in weight. The gills are made on the whale principle, so this prehistoric fish eats only plankton. Naturally, the bait of paddlefish will not work. The peculiarity of his diet imposes special requirements on the nozzle and on the gear. Miracle fish have to catch in the literal sense of the word, and effort is required a lot. Besides, paddlefish is extremely shy.
However, the most desperate anglers do not give up. They are attracted not only by truly tasty sturgeon meat, but if they are lucky, they also have a couple of kilograms of black caviar. It’s all about the ability to compete with an unusual fish, which has an oar instead of a nose, and the head of an adult man easily fits in the mouth.
To catch a water monster, take a photo for memory, taste fish soup – this is not all the joys of a fisherman. If you perfectly master the paddle and tackle, you can take part in competitions. Masters perform at the World Championships in fishing with kayaks and compete for the title of “Fisher of the Year.” In the water area of ​​Bolshoi Utrish, a spinning fishing tournament from the kayak “Kayak Fishing Cup Russia” is held annually.

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