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  1. 18 points
    Patch notes March 27th - Shop items such as baits, materials, foods and drinks can now be bought in quantity - To prevent the accidental purchase of one product several times in a row, a block on buying a specific item is in place until the previous purchase has been confirmed. - The return of unused items to the store has been increased to 48 real life hours after the moment of purchase. - Ready-to-use (beginner) sets have been added to the shop. The sets include sets of lures, sets of baits, and sets of rods with reels. - Rods from the manufactures Blade and Segun are added to the stores. - Implemented: the ability to view the rod handle in the backpack and the stores. - The bait harvesting algorithm has been changed and the probability of simultaneously harvesting several types of bait has been implemented. More bait can be harvested per one attempt, however the energy costs for harvesting has been increased as well. - Selecting a ticket when boarding a boat as well as choosing a ticket when extending the boat rental period has been implemented. - Implemented the visual effect of being ‘Intoxicated’ after excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. - The display of rods and reels that have been sent of for repair has been added to the backpack. Additional parameters are shown on the item such as the name of the water body at which the repair is taking place as well as the remaining repair time. - The option ‘Rod Indicator’ has been added to the game settings with a choice of three options: Hide, Show, Show for 3 Seconds. - The delayed display of player names in competitions and in chat has been reduced. - For a more accurate display of color shades, a transition was made to Linear HDR Rendering. - The game has transitioned to the latest version of the game engine Unity3D. - The game launcher includes the ‘News’ section and the ability to pause the download of the update. - Fixed: the ‘Disassemble’ button was not available for broken rods. - Fixed: with the rod in hands it was not possible to replace the reel. - Fixed: in some cases the EF TwinBells FA bite alarms behaved unnaturally. - Fixed: in the case of using a rod that had a skill bonus which would unlock a new skill, the reel could not be added onto the rod. - Fixed: in some cases after a fish attack broke off, the bait disappeared from the setup. - Fixed: in competition chat, the chat of blacklisted players was still shown. - Removed the upper weight limit for cafe orders.
  2. 13 points
    Belaya River - Fishing for Brown Trout Introduction This guide was written with the intention of show players how to catch Brown trout at Belaya, using lower level spinning technique. They can be caught on floats and bottom too, but I want to focus it on spinning since you can get better bite rate at belaya using spinning. Please remember that in our game fish do migrate, change preferences; Those spots that I’ll show you might not work anymore in the future, same for lures. Specie Overview The brown trout is a medium-sized fish, growing to 20 kg (44 lb) or more and a length of about 100 cm (39 in) in some localities, although in many smaller rivers, a mature weight of 1.0 kg (2.2 lb) or less is common. Brown trout can live 20 years, but as with the Atlantic salmon, a high proportion of males die after spawning, and probably fewer than 20% of anadromous female kelts recover from spawning. The migratory forms grow to significantly larger sizes for their age due to abundant forage fish in the waters where they spend most of their lives. Their diets frequently include invertebrates from the streambed, other fish, frogs, mice, birds, and insects flying near the water's surface. Spots and Gear I spent around 8 hours over 3 days, trying 4 different spots at Belaya river. Used two setups, one low level, and my regular higher level setup. The regular higher level setup was used only to compare if casting distance would make a huge difference on bite rate or size of fish. High level: This one I used a 6.8kg handmade Fluorocarbon leader of 15cm, which can be changed for a 6.4kg Fluorocarbon one from the store. Low level: Again, I used a 6.8kg handmade leader of 15cm, which can be changed for a 6.4kg Fluorocarbon one from the store. Lures: Those 6 lures was the best results I had. Aikilla 4g-004 is the best over all of those, but I found the Furry T07 a lure that can replace it, they have pretty much the same color spectrum, and it was confirmed by the tests. Aikilla 4g-006 is good for night time, together with the Dragonfly Original 1-008. Aikilla 4g-008 is good for early morning, together with the Spin-shot 1-001. Aikkila 4g-004 and Furry T07 are good all around the day, if nothing bites, throw those 2. Of course there’s a lot of other lures that work there, but the better results I got on those; I suggest changing the hooks to feather hooks, my PB catch while doing the testings was 1.8kg, on the Aikilla 4g-004. Spots: 1) This was a good spot, decent bite rate, but not the best for trouts. Chubs and Graylings bite there a lot, good to level up spin fishing. Worked better on sunny day. 2) Another good spot, decent bite rate, not many chubs, but lot of grayling and few brown trout, good to level up spin fishing. This worked better when sunny day. 3) This was a really good spot, decent brown trout bite rate, some graylings and chubs, really good for silver and spin fishing points. 4) This was the best spot after all testings, really nice brown trout bite rate, lot of graylings too, carefull, pikes can be in that area. Worked really well on cloudy day. When looking at those 4 spots we can see some particularities and similarities… They like to be near to rocks/structures, they like change of current, mostly they been bitting behind the rock, or on the change of depths, the 4th spot is right on a bifurcation of the river, so, for sure there’s a change of current there. Look for those features in the map and cast your lure, for sure you will find brown trout hiding there ! Technique I used two retrieval techniques that I found it’s good for the trouts… I used 30 speed, with speed up, you need to reel in 4-5 revolutions, then shift+reel, the speed up technique will show up, when it disappear, you stop reeling and wait for 1 second and start it again. The second technique was straight slow retrieval, 10-16 speed, straight reel, non-stop; You can stop for couple seconds, but isn’t necessary. Spinners works because they make vibrations on the water, so, most of the time you want it moving in the water, you can move it in the water collumn by reeling it slower/faster, stopping reeling or not. Both techniques can be done reeling upstream or downstream. While spin fishing, they’re really agressive fish, you will have so much fun! You can use small wobblers, small spinners and small topwaters, they will bite on pretty much everything small that makes vibration/caught their attention on sight. Remember too that you can use feeder and float fishing methods, my personal record on Brown trout was caught on a feeder, using Warble fly, other baits that you can use: Grasshoppers, Crickets, Cockhaffer. I used to use medium 10 hooks, 15kg fluoro carbon leader, with this PVA Stick: casters, chopped worm, bloodworm, fly maggots, caviar smell, that’s a pretty high level stuff to use, but it paid the effort. I don’t suggest using normal groundbait since it would make the water less clear, and brown trout don’t like that. Also, the further you can cast, bigger chance to get a bigger Brown trout, the average size for the trout was a bit higher when using the Higher level setup, and I cast way further with it: 0.3592kg when using the low level gear, and 0.421kg when using the high level. Got less trouts, but bigger ones when using the gear that casts further, that’s the same for the other fishes that you will catch between the trouts. Validation (I’ll show only keepnets with trouts, the complete net was around 250 silver for every day, 2h of fishing) Trophies that I already caught at Belaya with those techniques mentioned before Conclusion Brown trout are an amazing and beautiful fish, they’re fun to catch and can put on a hard fight, you need to control them to not run into open water or you will have troubles. You will get a lot of other fish while fishing for Brown trout, you mostly will get them mostly on early morning, late evening and night time. Use light setups to fish at Belaya, always with light leaders. Have a great fishing trip, if you have any questions, feel free to ask, I’ll be glad to help.
  3. 7 points
    Spinning for beginners - Basics, types of lures, retrieval methods and UL - by @Ejsioo and @Levo Casting and / or spinning In RF4 we can go spin fishing using a classic spinning rod with a spinning reel or a casting rod with a baitcasting reel. Each new player begins his adventure with a classic spinning set. After a while, many people start to wonder if they should switch to the casting set, or stay with the classic spinning. There is no unambiguous answer to this question. There are several important differences between these two fishing techniques and once you get to know them it will be easier to decide which you want to use under different circumstances. The main difference is the reel of a casting set. Due to its construction, fishing casting rods is a bit different then classic spinning, both the handles of the casting reel as well as the casting action look a bit different. There are two types of baitcasting reels, classic and low profile. Classic baitcasting reels are usually stronger and designed for fishing large lures and for larger fish species. In contrast, low-profile baitcasting reels are designed for lighter lures and you can use them for fishing when targeting smaller fish species - they are very well suited for light and ultralight setups. Low profile baitcasting reels have a much larger capacity of line than small spinning reels, which is a very big advantage when we are planning to fish for small species in large, open waters. In RF4 baitcasting reels have an additional "test" parameter that regular reels do not have. Proper selection of the casting set - rod and reel in terms of the correct test- allows for really long casts, even with very small lures. Unfortunately, a decent baitcasting reel or high-end low profile reel cost a lot of silver. A classic spinning reel is more applicable because apart from spinning, we can use it for bottom fishing and float fishing sets as well. It is often enough to buy a spinning rod, and the reel only needs to be "flipped" from the other set, so you don`t have to spend extra silver on another reel, as opposed to the separate baitcasting set. Summarizing, both classic spinning and casting effectively catch all predatory fish species that are available in the game, so both are very good. Classic spinning is definitely cheaper and the spinning reel is more versatile. The baitcasting sets are more expensive, being an additional expense, but they deliver further and more accurate casts. Baitcasting reels have an additional parameter "test", and low profile baitcasting reels have a larger capacity of the spool than small spinning reels. The most popular methods of spinning : In Russian Fishing 4, we can use spinning lures in many different ways. In addition to regular, straight retrieval, there are many other techniques. The most popular techniques are: · Jig Step (spinners and soft plastic lures ) · Twitching (wobblers) · SpeedUp (all spinning lures) · Stop & Go (wobblers) · Walk The Dog (poppers, walkers and jerk baits) Table showing what technique you can use fishing with a particular type of lure: The spinning method is displayed here: Of course, you can fish without any particular spinning technique and simply reel in the bait in its own way, which can also bring satisfactory results, but in most cases using the right method is profitable and increases the number of bites. It is also necessary to adapt the method and how we lead the bait to what species of fish we want to target. Below we will try to describe each of them more accurately, however, we should keep in mind that many things affect how we should fish : witch lure we are using, conditions of the spot, our setup (including stiffness of the rod, type of water (flowing/standing), or retrieving with the main stream of the river or under the current . Other important aspects are water depth, lure weight and reel ratio. Also remember there is no "golden rule" on everything, so next to this information, it is also worth to test everything yourself. Jig Step - In theory, a easy method: we cast the bait, wait until it sinks to the bottom and retrieve it by shortly rolling the line (0.5-1.5 turns of the reel) at the appropriate speed, followed by about 1 second pause, until the bait will fall to the bottom again and we repeat the whole process. In practice, under certain conditions, the achievement of the Jig Step can be very problematic, especially on rivers with fast currents. It is worth combining your speed with the wind, current, and depth as well as the length and frequency of pauses. Twitching - a technique of fishing used with wobblers, based on gentle "twitching" the rod using the right mouse button (RMB), which causes that the lure moves with small "jumps" to the sides imitating a sick fish... A simple, but very effective method. The speed of reeling (10-25) - start reeling and after 2-3 sec press RMB to make a twitch, reel again for 2-3 sec and repeat the twitch. SpeedUp - a sudden acceleration when the lure is reeled in to provoke the predator. It works on all types of spinning baits. After casting the lure, reel the lure over 3-4 sec at the same speed (preferably from 15 to 35) and then accelerate by holding the Shift button for 2-3 sec. At the moment of acceleration "SpeedUp" should appear and this is the moment in which the most bites occur. When it disappears, let go of Shift, again a few turns with the reel for 3-4 sec at normal speed and repeat the whole process. Stop & Go - The name of the technique explains a lot. It involves fast, aggressive rolling of the wobbler, followed by a short pause. This is an alternative option for Twitching. After dropping the lure, a quick 4-7 rotations of the reel at a reeling speed of 40-50, then a short, about 1-second pause ("Stop & Go" should appear) and then we repeat the whole process. The most bites occur at the moment of the pause in reeling or right after. Walk The Dog - In action, a very similar method to Twitching. Most popular, and in my opinion, the most effective way for using Jerks and topwater lures, poppers and walkers. Right-click jerk -> 1 to 2 reel turns to reel up the slack on the line -> RMB -> etc. The lure fished this way performs "slides" on the water, provoking the predator to attack. Reeling speed from 12 to 35, depending on the fishing conditions. Types of spinning lures : Spinners A classic, basic spinning lure that is available to all players from the beginning of the game. Using the spinners is very simple, cause even a steady reeling of the spinner at the right speed can give satisfactory results. Also, SpeedUp works very well, especially for more aggressive species of fish such as asp, pike or trout. Using spinners, we catch fish in the upper and middle parts of the water. So spinning isn`t a good choice when targeting species of fish that usually feed in the bottom parts of the water. The majority of predators can be caught on spinners, but in particular, we recommend them for fish such as Asp, Brown Trout, Grayling, Perch, Kesler Herring, and Sichel. Best results fishing spinners we had during daytime, not so much during nighttime. Spoons Spoons are one of the favorite lures in RF4, they are very universal. Most ingame predators can be caught using spoons. By far the most popular technique of fishing with spoons is Jig Step, which is very effective for predators feeding in the lower parts of the water both during day and night. They also work well when trolling. It's worth combining and testing different color variations, sometimes the color change can change a lot. You can successfully hunt for most predators, but especially for species such as Lake Trout, Asp, Burbot, Arctic Char, Kuori Char, Sevan Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Zander, Pike or Taimen. Wobblers Wobblers are artificial baits that look like a small fish or other aquatic animals. A very important factor to pay attention to it is the depth of glide of a particular wobbler. When the depth of descent is too large and the wobbler will "hit" the bottom during retrieval, its action will be ineffective and it will have a very negative impact on the number of bites. In our opinion, it's best to use them with Twitching or Stop & Go. When Fishing with wobblers the stiffness of the rod is very important, especially when fishing with smaller lures. We had the best results during the day, at night they feel slightly weaker. Depending on how deeply the wobbler goes down, we can target predators in the upper parts of the water, as well as those that feed closer to the bottom. Wobblers are effective fishing species such as Caspian Salmon, Lake Trout, Asp, Arctic Char, Kuori Char, Golec Kuori, Atlantic Salmon, Zander, Perch, Pike and Chub. Poppers and Walkers Poppers are topwater lures that create attraction for predators on the water surface during fishing. The best results we had using the Walk The Dog technique. Most bites we had in the morning and in the evening, as at night was a bit poorly. A strong wind can negatively affect the amount of fish caught. With their aggressive work, they can provoke all predators preying the upper parts of the water, in particular species such as Pike, Taimen, Asp, Lake Trout, Chub and Perch. Jerks Jerks are wobblers without a diving "fin". You can use them by vigorously trimming the end of the rod using the right mouse button (RMB), preferably in order to get the Walk The Dog method. As a rule, they are large lures for large predators, mainly for pike and salmon. Sometimes a Perch, Lake Trout, Arctic Char or large Asp will also take the jerk bait, generally most predators feeding in the upper parts of the water. For using Jerks you need a jerk rod and the unlocked skill "Using the rig with jerk bait". Jerks should especially interest those players who hunt for large pike specimens. Note: we had poor results when fishing with jerk baits at night. Soft plastic lures Artificial lures imitating fish and animals living in water, which we set up using jig heads or weighted hooks depending on the method we are using. You can troll with them as well, but much better results come when using them with Jig step technique at bottom parts of the water, which is the best technique for running these lures in our opinion. Tey are effective both day and night. For fishing with large rubber lures, it is worth having strong equipment due to frequent catches of Catfish. It`s good on all species of predators feeding near the bottom parts of the water, and in particular: Catfish, Zander, Albino Catfish, Char, Grey Char, Red Char, Burbot and Volga Zander. Wacky worms Rubber lures imitating worms. When fishing Wacky, we have the chance to catch almost every fish species in the game. Not only predators but also non predatory species. You never really know what will bite on Wacky when trolling. There is no single technique and no one could tell us how we should retrieve this bait. Wacky worms can be used in various ways and everything can be effective. Both very slow, steady retrieval of the bait, which almost scrubs the bottom (reeling speed 4-12), reeling with higher speed (monotonous and with intervals), raising the bait from the bottom or trolling. You can combine it in various ways. The undoubted disadvantage of these lures is that it attracts a lot of small fish and often it is hard to catch something bigger. Bites from really small species might be reduced by changing the size of the lure. Fishing with Wacky can give you a lot of fun. Effective both day and night. Spinning - Ultra Light setup UL is a very light and delicate setup that is able to cast a very light, small lure. A thin line, a small reel and an ultra-light rod make fighting medium-sized fish a big challenge even for an experienced angler. A great option for fun, especially for more experienced players. Unfortunately, a decent UL set is a huge cost, but you can always buy a cheaper light rod, which has a slightly higher test but is still suitable for small and light lures. The game also has a separate table with UL records, where you can win weekly prizes. It is important when choosing the right setup to remember about rod test and reel test - the correct setup will cast even very light lures a long distance. For a set to be considered UL, the power of the rod must be defined as "Ultra Light" as in the picture below. It can be both spinning and a casting rod. A small lure and a thin line/leader have a very positive effect on the number of bites. Such small lures are best enjoyed by predatory species such as Brown Trout, Grayling, Chub, Perch, Ide, Kesler Herring, Ripus, Whitefish species and many, many more. In our opinion, The Belaya River is the best map for light or ultra-light spinning, especially for beginners, Ladoga and Akhtuba for the more experienced players. Good luck and have fun guys. Ejsioo and Levo
  4. 7 points
    Kuori - In search of Char Introduction This guide was written with the intention to show players how to catch Char on Kuori Lake, to cover bottom fishing and some spinning techniques that might help you to catch Char. But this guide will mainly focus on bottom fishing for Char. Please remember that in our game Fish might change spots and baits. Those spots that I will show you might not work in the future and the same goes to the baits I used. I want to also show you guys the 5 spots where you can successfully catch a Char using a bottom rig with cords and clip info. Species Overview Char is the common name for several species of fish of genus Salvelinus of the salmon family (Salmonidae). Approximately 11 Char species occur worldwide. The Char is a lake-dwelling salmonid fish, native to the Alps, Scandinavia, Scotland, and Northern European Russia. Sometimes its forms found in the lakes of Siberia and the Far East are described as separate species. Char mainly lives in lakes, and exceptionally can be found in rivers. In deep waterbodies, the population of char divides into several forms with different diets: small forms feeding on plankton are often light-colored, bigger ones with darker coloring are predatory. thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/char Spots and gear I spend around 12 hrs over 4 days trying 5 different spots on Kupori map. I used 3 feeders (bottom tackle). Spot no.1 - 120.114 clip 40, cast in the direction of the 10m hole Spot no.2 - 124.84 clip 40, cast in the direction of the 15m hole Spot no.3 - 112.93 clip 27, cast in the direction of the 15m hole Spot no.4 - 89.99 clip 37, cast in the middle between 12m and 3 m holes Spot no.5 - 69.86 clip 13, cast in the direction of the 4.5m hole I focused on using only bottom fishing gear: loop rig and baitfish rig GB that I wanted to test ( I used lower level skill ingredients on purpose, so lower level players can give it a try as well) Baits: Results: Spots I chose to do my research came from my ingame experience and research on the internet. Char likes deeper water especially when the temperature is above 10 °C and this is happening very often on Kuori Lake, so searching for Char in those spots was the best option for me as during my research the temperature at Kuori Lake was between 5 °C during night to 12 °C in day time. When the temperature is lower than 8 °C you can try to look for Char in the more shallow parts of the Kuori Lake. The most Chars I had on spots 1, 3 and 4. When using a loop rig most of the Chars I was able to catch when using Mayfly larva - around 70 %, the rest of them I caught on Nightcrawler. I didn't have much luck using a Grasshopper. The most bites I had in temperatures of 8-11 °C and during hrs of 8-10 am, 12-1 pm amd 18-20 pm. I think temperature is a very important factor here. If the temperature was below 7 °C I was mostly catching Burbots and over 12 °C Breams and other species. For me, Char bit more on Mayfly larva during sunny weather and on nightcrawler during rainy weather. I would recommend using fluorocarbon leaders bellow 10kg to get a lot of bites and to increase the chance of getting Chars. Using GB will help you to get better results so try to use it when fishing. When using baitfish rig the most chars I had were on Roach and Bleak, but Gudgeon and Ruffie are good as well. Please remember that sometimes when using live bait rig and when spinning or jigging you might hook a Pike, but still, I recommend to use fluorocarbon leaders when targeting Chars. Using baitfish rig will bring you more Chars and often another cool species from Kuori Lake, but using loop rig or another bottom fishing rig is worth the try when targeting Char. Targeting Char with bottom fishing can get you a decent amount of silver and using 2 bottom fishing setups + 1 spinning setup might be the best solution for targeting Char and to earn a good amount of silver. Average Char keepnet during those 4 days: If you want to try to get Char on spinning setup, please consider those few lures that worked for me in the past. Lure rig with fluorocarbon leader bellow 10kg: Jigging rig with fluorocarbon leader bellow 10kg: Good luck and have fun guys. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to post them below (but not in game please). Thanks!
  5. 7 points
    Mosquito Lake - In Search of the Gibel Carp on Float Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch the Gibel Carp on Mosquito Lake. The decision was made to focus on float fishing only. While not everything was fully explored, it became apparent early on that the location and the sort bait used played a big influence. A total of 15 hours were spent on fishing, another 5 hours were spent on collecting data, sorting through it and gathering the results that are displayed in this guide. This guide covers basic information about the species, a review of the data collection techniques and results, discussion of techniques and rigs, a talk of the locations, some comments on hook and bait selection, and finally some points that I haven't covered, but could prove to be starting points for those anglers that want to dive further into the world of the Gibel Carp. Please note that fish behavior changes over time. Locations shown and baits used may not result in the same outcome as I had during the creation of this guide. Species Overview The Gibel Carp - otherwise known as Prussian Carp - is a fish of the Cyprininae subdivision of the cyprinid family. It is a valuable game fish. It occurs in numerous fresh water bodies of Europe, in the lower reaches of the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, in lakes on floodplains of Siberian rivers (up to the Kolyma River inclusively), in the Amur River basin, in rivers of the Russian Far East, in lakes on Sakhalin, in water bodies of China and Korea. This species was being distributed by humans from olden times and thus was introduced even to North America, Thailand and India. Gibel carp prefers flowing water. It can live in big clean rivers and lakes as well as in overgrown ponds, marshes and ditches. Usually it doesn’t migrate, remaining in the same area. It can survive in low oxygenated water, and can also withstand a period, when the waterbody is completely frozen or dried out, without any damage to its vital functions, by burying itself into silt. Gibel carp’s favorite food includes insect larvae, plankton and simple algae. Gibel carp is normally smaller than Crucian Carp, it has bigger scales and a high and slightly flattened (but not very flat) body. Its back is dark, flanks are silvery, there is a black pellicle on its abdomen. Gibel carp’s dorsal fin is long and prickly. There are prickles in its anal fin too. Unlike common carp, it has no barbels. It has one row of pharyngeal teeth. Large specimens reach a length of 40 cm and a weight of about 1.5 to 2 kg. Getting Started Based on the above information plus what I could gather through other resources on the internet, I decided to start fishing for Gibel Carp close to the shores where there is lots of vegetation. While I knew that Gibel Carp can be caught both on float as well as on bottom fishing, I decided to focus on float fishing only, since this is the first method of fishing players are introduced to at this water body. I spend several hours trying different spots until I located three spots that yielded enough Gibel to start writing my report. Catching Gibel carp on a frequent basis proved to be harder than I initially thought. The depth and setup were easily figured out, but the hardest part was finding the right bait that didn't attract a whole lot of other species. Later on I learned Time of Day also proved to be a major factor in catching these silvery fish, as did type of weather. While there are plenty of Gibel Carp, they are not as easy to farm as their nephews the Crucian Carp and most of the time you'll find a collection of both species in your keepnet, with the Crucian being the dominant one. Data Collection and Results The first three sessions were held at 37:55. I choose this spot based on earlier experiences. While I did catch gibel carp in general, I caught more crucian carp, despite switching baits. For filling your net quickly and completing cafe orders for both gibel and crucian carp, this is a good spot though. Spot 1 37:55 The second spot did wonders for me. It resulted in a lot more Gibel and a lot less Crucian. The only downside, the common carp loved this place as well and a few times broke my line off. Mind the common carp when fishing here! Spot 2 36:47 The final spot didn't work out very well, but then I had a streak of bad Gibel weather as well. If the weather is better, I figure so will the overall haul of Gibel. There is some nice tench at this spot too. Spot 3 56:45 Rig Setup and Techniques Used For fishing Gibel I used both the basic bottom rig as well as the slider rig. Both rigs gave equal amount of Gibel. I wanted to test other rigs as well, but during this period I stayed at a hotel and their firewall blocked direct access to the game. This made me force to play on my Steam account which is a low level and didn't have all float rigs unlocked. There wasn't a notable difference between monofilament line and fluoro line. The same went for the usage of leaders. I caught trophy Gibel on both fishing with and without a leader and both fishing with mono line and with fluoro line. As for hooks I went with size 18 up to size 8. I noticed that size 12 already reduced the amount of gibel carp, though those I did catch tended to be a little bit bigger in general. Another downside of using hooks size 12 to 8 was that it could attract bigger common carp as well. Given that it's mostly new players that will use this guide, they want to prevent hooking into a common carp that can wreck havoc on their gear easily. I went with the Simmons Silk Series CL-14 for their shape and longer shank allows for the fish to not spit out the hook easily. Finally I went with a 5m - 6m rod length with a fast action, so I could cast out a little bit further and strike quicker. A fast strike isn't necessary, but it sure helps especially when fishing with multiple rods when there is a lot of fish activity. Baits and Groundbaits As stated earlier, it took me a while to figure out a bait that was good enough in producing enough Gibel carp and reduce the amount of side catches. While I caught plenty of gibel on maggots and cheese dough, these too produced a lot of tench, crucian carp, perch and common roaches. In the end it proved that certain boilies worked good, as well as Semolina. With Milk Peach boilies I was able to reduce the amount of crucian carp significantly, to the point where I had 75% gibel and only 20% crucian (with 5% being other fish species such as common carp). Semolina, Milk Peach 12 boilies and Egg Dough proved to generate the biggest gibel carp. However, with Wet Bread and Worms, I caught a few trophies too. The downside of the latter two baits though is that they also attract a lot of other fish species. For me, Milk Peach 12 was the best one in generating both primarily gibel carp and good sized gibel carp. I have been looking for another bait, but couldn't find it and didn't have the time to test all types of baits and boilies. I'm confident though that there are more boilies that will yield the same results as Milk Peach 12. I used standard Gibel/Crucian carp mix with 10/10 quality. It definitely increased the amount of gibel, however it also increased the amount of crucians. I ran out of time to use self made groundbait and therefore haven't tested it, but as with other species, I'm confident that certain home made groundbait will work better than the standard mix the game provides. Locations I've fished close to the shores, but also tested the deeper waters. Unfortunately, the deep holes didn't generate Gibel, they were only rare. Closer to the reeds and liliepads however, there would be an abundance of Gibel. The spots marked down are the three spots that I fished. There are however more spots that are similar in vegetation and depth at Mosquito lake. In general, having depth between 50-100cm seemed to be the place where Gibel resides the most. 37:55 - Good spot, but also loads of crucian carp. On occassion tench, chub and common carp 36:47 - Excellent spot, hardly any crucian carp. More common carp though, so be careful. 56:45 - Fair spot, it has a few tench and a few crucians but also does well with gibel. Couldn't test it further due to bad weather. Weather and Time of Day Whereas Crucians aren't really affected by weather and are active throughout the day, this does not go for Gibel Carp. They have a high preference for sunny days, will be medium active during clear and overcasted days, but hardly not active during cloudy, rain or thunderstorms. Next to the weather, also the time of day plays a major factor when going after Gibel carp. They show a clear peak during morning hours, but quickly reduce in numbers when it reaches late morning and throughout the rest of the day they can only be caught a few at a time. This makes the gibel - and more so the trophy gibel - harder to catch. Validation After collecting all my findings, I returned to spot #2, used Milk Peach 12 on all three setups (slider rigs) and started fishing for another real life hour. I kept a close eye on the weather and minded the time of day. This resulted in catching another trophy gibel as well as having 36 gibel out of a total of 54 fish. While trophy Gibel were not really hard to find - I caught them on wet bread, worms, maggots, semolina, egg dough and milky peach 12), it was nice to catch my biggest one during this session. Conclusion The Gibel Carp is a bit picky when it comes to time of day, weather and baits. It is often accompanied by it's nephew the Crucian Carp, though if you find a spot without Crucians, changes are there will definitely be Common Carp to attack your bait as well. Despite that the Gibel Carp is picky for weather and time of day, they are not that picky about their food and you can catch them on a lot of different baits. There are a few roads I couldn't pursue due to time or circumstances. I encourage the avid angler to look further into the usage of different rig types. I also like to appeal towards catching these silver fish on bottom setups, for they sure can be caught on them. Perhaps with the right setup and the right bait, you too will find a method to exclude the Crucian and focus solely on Gibel. I didn't test different types of groundbait other than the Gibel/Crucian mix the game provides. Given how other fish species respond to player created groundbaits, I'm sure there is a method there to generate more Gibel and exclude other species. Furthermore, while I didn't see a difference in the usage of a leader and fishing without one, I did get an inkling that maybe in combination with a different rig type or for bottom fishing, this may lead to a significant difference. I didn't have time to pursue this notion. Finally, as I stated above, I'm sure there is another type of bait that too works very well for Gibel and excludes its bronze nephew more. Thank you for reading my report, I hope the handouts I've given will help you in targeting this fish. They are quite fun to catch, they don't give a massive fight but they do reward fairly decent for the larger species and will definitely help out new players in increasing their amount of silver. Until next time - Tight Lines!
  6. 7 points
    Old Burg - Going after Pike Introduction: This guide was written to show players how to fish for pikes on Old Burg lake. Fish in this game migrate and change their preferences so keep in mind that spots, baits, lures shown in this guide might not work in the future so just use this guide as a reference what you need to look for when looking for spots or when choosing your baits or lures. Species overview: The Pike, also known as the Northern Pike, has one of the widest native ranges among freshwater fish species (it includes Northern Europe, Asia and America). Pike prefer lakes and rivers with weak currents. It occurs in brackish water (the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Riga of the Baltic Sea, the Sea of Azov). However, sufficient oxygenation is a mandatory condition. Pike can reach a length of 1.5 m and a weight up to 35 kg. An average specimen weights about 5 to 8 kg. The body is elongated and arrow-shaped. Its long and flat head resembles that of a crocodile. The specific of the species is that pike's teeth change throughout its life. Its coloration is blotchy and ranges from grayish green to tawny grey. There are lighter stripes along and across its body. The main color depends on the surrounding vegetation. The back is dark, the belly is whitish with gray flecks. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins are brownish with black spots. Pectoral and pelvic fins are yellowish red. Habitat: Pike are an ambush predators, hunting in riparian thickets, under snags, near fallen trees on sloping areas on the bottom. It avoids strong currents. Diet: Its diet is based on fish of other species (and sometimes of its own), frogs, crustaceans. Occasional attacks on ducks, mice and squirrels are also known. Setup: Well first of all let's talk about the setups. First setup was a spinning setup equipped with lure rig that I used the most while fishing for pikes. I didn't want to waste a lot of time fighting them because that would cut into my profits when fishing for them. So I went with a heavier setup that wouldn't even have much trouble with a trophy pike. Also steel leader is a must when fishing for pikes othwerwise you are risking of losing your lures/baits to pike since they can easily cut your line/leader if it's not steel leader. Second setup is a float setup equipped with a baitfish rig. Third setup is a bottom feeder setup equipped with a baitfish rig. I choose second and third setups because pikes are predatory fish and they like to bite on live baitfish. First setup (spinning) Second setup (float) Third setup (bottom) Lures: For lures I mostly used spinners, lures, wobblers and topwater lures that have perch pattern or are darker in color, but you can also see that I tried to use lighter color lures. Most of my bites came on topwater lures, second place was taken by shallow wobblers, then spinners and lastly lures. You might be asking why I had the most luck with topwater lures and shallow wobblers. Well that is because pikes like to stay in shallow water closer to the surface hiding around structures in the water like dead trees or boulders or under lilypads where they wait for a good moment to ambush their prey. Baits: Now let's talk about the baits and lures that I choose. For bait I choose perch, gibel and crucian live baitfish, because they are the biggest baitfish that we have in the game and it's a great choice for pikes. But you can also use any other baitfish, because pikes aren't that picky and they will bite on all of them if you just let them. Spots: Why I choose certain spots and what I saw in them that made me try catching pikes in them. On every screenshot you can see circled areas. They show what exactly made me choose those spots. There are reeds, dead trees, boulders, lily pads. If you see something like that in a spot you are in then there is a high possibility that you could catch pikes around there. So don't be afraid to take out your spinning rod and try catching them. Spot No.1: 40:61 (Red) Spot No.2: 17:68 (Orange) Spot No.3: 25:28 (Yellow) Spot No.4: 47:20 (Dark green) Spot No. 5: 60:22 (Light blue) Spot No.6: 70:49 (Dark blue) Spot No.7: From 69:58 to 56:60 (Light green) Map: Guide: Well after giving you all this information it's time to explain what I used and how I used it. What exactly went through my mind when using some of the baits and why I picked certain spots. Fishing methods: When fishing with topwater lures I used speeds from 15-30 and every 1-2 cranks of my reel I pressed right-click to get "Walk the dog" technique. For shallow wobblers I went with 15-25 retrieval speed and every 1-2 cranks of my reel I pressed right-click to get "Twitching" technique. For spinners and lures I used speed 20-30 and every 4-5 cranks I pressed SHIFT to get "Speed up" technique and as soon as it disappeared I stopped reeling for 1-2 seconds. I didn't jig step my lures because I got way more bites while using speed up then jig stepping. For float baitfishing I had my depth set to 50cm. Weather, time and temperature: The best times for fishing pikes for me were from 6AM(6:00) to 11AM(11:00) and from 6PM(18:00) to 10PM(22:00). Those are times when pikes are most active because they are feeding at those times. Best weather for me was Sunny. During sunny mornings I was getting the most bites and the biggest pikes came during sunny weather. Most bites for me came when the temperature was around 8-15 degrees. How I was fishing: So my fishing started early in the morning 6AM (6:00). Weather was sunny, temperature around 9 degrees in a spot No.1. I started fishing by throwing out my float and bottom setups with baitfish close to a dead tree and lily pads. After that I took out my spinning rod with a Hypnotic lure. After a few throws I noticed that I'm not getting many bites so I switched to a shallow wobbler that had perch-like pattern. The result were better than using a lure. After catching 3-4 pikes I tried to use a topwater lure that got me even more bites than a shallow wobbler or a lure. When the time reached afternoon, the bite rate slowed down quite a bit, but that didn't stop me from fishing. So I choose a lighter color spinner and tried to do some speed ups closer to structures in the water. After doing that I managed to get some more pikes until evening time came and I switched to shallow wobblers to get a few more pikes into my net. When the time was around 11PM (23:00) I stopped fishing for pikes since the bite rate just disappeared until the next morning where I repeated everything again but this time I wasn't getting many bites on topwater lures that made me quickly change spots and that was a good decision since I started getting more bites again. All that was being done while the weather was sunny or partially cloudy but when it started raining instead of using a topwater lure in the morning or a shallow wobbler I used spinners and lures. They had better results during rain. So when fishing for pikes I recommend to not forget to use a steel leader. Don't be afraid to play around with your lures and baits. If you are not getting bites just change to a different lure or move to a different spot. You have a lot of choices that you can make when choosing lures and spots. Hope this guide was helpful to you all and good luck catching pikes and earning some silver.
  7. 7 points
    Kuori Lake - Sevan Trout Tracking Introduction: In this guide we explore the crystal clear waters of Kuori Lake in search of the elusive Sevan Trout. Trolling and spinning tactics were used in the creation of this guide. Three locations were methodically fished using four different types of lures in order to learn about the preferences of the Sevan Trout on Lake Kuori. Due to the low frequency of Sevan Trout catches compared to other species in Kuori Lake, some insights into other species will be provided as well. Kuori Lake is one of the best spinning destinations in Russian Fishing 4, and the data will clearly prove that there are indeed fish in Kuori. Species Information: Images of the Sevan Trout (Salmo ischchan) The Sevan Trout (Salmo ischchan) is endemic to Lake Sevan located in Armenia. It is now endangered in that lake due to habitat loss from water levels receding. It has been sucessfully transplated in Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan. In real life they feed on benthic organisms especially species of amphipods. There are four sub species that have been identified. winter bakhtak (Salmo ischchan ischchan) summer bakhtak (Salmo ischchan aestivalis) gegharkuni (Salmo ischchan gegarkuni) bojak (Salmo ischchan danilewskii) Phylogenetic studies have shown the fish is closely related to the Caspian Trout placing it within the brown trout complex. In real life the maximum published weight is 17kg. In game the Sevan Trout has adapted to the conditions in Kuori Lake and feeds in the upper water column. As we explore the data more details will be shared on their preferences in game. Data Collection: Data collection occurred over a period of twenty-eight hours. Twenty-four hours were spent testing Spinners, Spoons, Wobblers, and Topwaters at three different locations, using two different color patterns for each lure. Each lure/color combo was fished for one in game day at each location. An additional four hours was spent trolling. Each type of lure was fished for one hour with one of each color pattern being trolled. This allowed me to collect data much faster than spin fishing at a fixed location. In all, 698 catches were recorded which comes out to an average of 25 fish per hour. For our first look at the data let's take a look at the lures used, the overall catch rates, and then break them down by lure type. The first thing that jumps out is the bite rate. Sevan Trout are indeed elusive. There is a 2% bite rate while spinning, but surprisingly a higher bite rate while trolling at 5%. While spinning Sevan trout show equal preference for wobblers, spinners, and topwaters while not enjoying spoons as much. The reason for this is that spoons were jig stepped as well as fished near the surface. While jig stepping, not a single Sevan was caught. While trolling, Sevan show a preference for topwaters and spinners. Now, let's take a look at the color preferences. As can be seen, the Sevan display an affinity for colors in the Blue/Grey/Purple category. This is especially pronounced on spinning. On trolling, it is not as pronounced. I have included the other caught species for your reference. This may come in useful for my fellow anglers when considering colors for different species. Next, we'll take a look at time of day preferences. The first chart is for all species. The second focuses on Sevan. Sevan bite best in the Evening hours between six and midnight. But what weather do they prefer? Weather was a little tricky as I had to normalize the catches per hour based on the weather conditions. It should also be taken with a grain of salt, as some weather conditions are not represented very well. It's seems to be Sunny on Kuori lately. The data feeding these tables was collected from the spinning data only. The top table is the in game hour estimate for hours of each weather condition. The table below that is the catches by species and weather condition. The table to the right is the preference in percentage for each weather condition by species. The chart below is a temperature chart for the some of the more popular species. What we can see is that there is a lot of clear days on Kuori lately. Also, it appears that Sevan might like heavy rain and thunderstorms. Sadly, there is not enough sample for me to say this conclusively, but if it starts storming don't put the rods away, they will bite. Then you can see some temps where there are no bites, and some where they bite well. This is due to the time of day as well. Lets finish off our investigation by looking at lures and colors. From this table, which is based on all collected data, we can see that Blue/Grey/Purple spinners, topwaters, and wobblers are the way to go. So the assertions we can reliably make: Sevan prefer the evening hours on clear days. That being said, they may show an affinity for extreme weather as well. Sevan like temps in the 10 to 12 degree range, but time of day plays a big part. Sevan prefer lures in the blue/grey/purple patterns. Sevan prefer Spinners, Topwaters, and Wobblers. Sevan are elusive, you will need to put time in to catch them. Now, where might we find them? In Game Location Preferences: Three locations were tested, and trolling was also performed. Let's start with the trolling - I generated a scatter chart using the data collected. This shows some interesting concentrations of fish, especially for the Sevan. The Sevan are the bright green dots. Now before I show the fixed locations, let's look at a table showing the %of total catches broken out by location. As can be seen, they are about equal for Sevan. But based on the trolling map above, there is a line of Sevan a little east of 117:111, so setting up a little more south and east of there might be better for Sevan. And now the map of the fixed locations. Rigs and Setups: There are numerous rigs that can be used successfully on Kuori. For the purposes of testing, I settled on the Medium Light Spinning rig below. For practical purposes, the angler will want a rod with a minimum of 15kg capacity, and a Sabre 60 reel or better. With the rig I was using, it gave the ability to handle the lures I wanted to throw with a good casting distance. The reel and rod also handled the fish well, making even bringing in a 13kg Kuori Char easy. Sample Setups: Tactics: After reviewing the data, I went to 105:100 in search of the Sevan Trout based on the results of my data collection. This location was selected as it was near the line of Sevan catches from the trolling map, and between some fixed testing spots that had yielded Sevan Trout. It took me a few minutes to figure out where the Sevan were, but using (Custom Popper Name Here) I was able to bag six Sevan in an hour. 6 out of 21 fish were Sevan making for a 29% catch rate, a huge improvement to the rates during testing and searching. Five of those fish were caught between the hours of 1800 and midnight. The popper was chosen because of color, and the success I had with topwaters. Conclusions: The Sevan trout is elusive, but with some trolling and some mapping they can be localized. Once localized using the proper lure will also improve the catch rate. It is a fish that requires a little work, but if you want to track and hunt them down it can be done with a little testing. Do you need to put 28 hours in like I did? No, but you should be prepared to troll around for 4 or 5 hours with some carefully selected lures, and make notes on where your caught them. Armed with that knowledge, you should be able find a fixed location and really begin catching them. Until Next Time: Tight Lines!
  8. 6 points
    Hi there! 41.108/42.107 is a nice spot for zander. I tried only with texas rig, but caught some nice too with nightcrawlers. Should work well with baitfishes like bleaks. Cast in the hole.
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    56:35 clip 26
  10. 6 points
    Winding Rivulet – In Search Of Zander (Sander lucioperca) Picture 1 The scenic river "Winding Rivulet" Introduction to this Guide This guide was written with the intension to show players of Russian Fishing 4 how to catch zander on Winding Rivulet. I like to point out to you that this guide is not a “catching guarantee”, but a guideline to help you find and catch zander on Winding Rivulet. All the data handed to you in this guide is meant for your own interpretation and getting you on track of this mysterious predator. Demarcation A total of 30 in real life hours were spent fishing in different, zander producing, spots. These spots were chosen by my experience as a angeler in real life and as outcome of trying a whole lot of spots, covering the whole river, and narrowing them down to the best producing spots. Although this guide mainly is meant for low- and midlevel players, it contains some info for higher levels aswell. I used a variety of equipment due to the different fishing methods, so every player should be able to create a zander setup matching his level. The collected data has been analyzed and put into graphs to get a better understanding of the preferences and behavior of the zander on Winding Rivulet. Species Overview: Zander (Sander lucioperca) The zander is a species of fish from freshwater and brackish habitats in western Eurasia. It is a popular game fish and has been introduced to a variety of localities outside its native range. The zander is closely related to perch,and therefor often called pike-perch as they resemble the pike with their elongated body and head, and the perch with their spiny dorsal fin. Zander are not, as is commonly believed, a pike and perch hybrid. Picture 2 Sander Lucioperca Although the zander can reach a length of 120 centimeters, a zander of 80 centimeters is already considered large. Their weight can rise to 11 – 12 kg.. Zander is a fish from the open waters and lives mainly in deep water. They spawn from April to May at temperatures of 12 to 15 ° C. The males make a pit in shallow water that exposes the roots of aquatic plants. The eggs are guarded by the male and supplied with fresh oxygen-rich water by fin movements. Zanders don`t like too much light and will look for deep or shady places during the day. Young zanders even die when the light intensity is too high. Young zander eats small water creatures such as water fleas. As they grow, this solitary fish changes to larger prey, in particular elongated fish. Zander has a preference for somewhat smaller prey compared to the pike, which can devour prey up to a third of its own body weight. The zander mainly hunts for prey between 5 and 12 o'clock in the evening and in the early morning. While hunting the zander uses his sideline organ which is sensitive to small pressure differences and water flows and enables the fish to find the prey by observing the vortices that are caused by moving prey. The sideline organ is also being used to detect larger stationary objects in the water, due to the disturbance they generate in the flow pattern around the fish. In the winter zander moves to very deep water if possible. Many zanders then live at depths between ten and twenty meters. Another characteristic are his big, blurry eyes. Picture 3 Big eye...Door Piet Spaans - Eigen werk, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1707921 Zander represents a great economic value, because of the highly valued fish meat and because of the large number of anglers who fish for this species with fairly advanced materials and boats. Getting Started: Tackle and baits I used a variety of equipment for there are many ways to target zander. For this guide I used natural baits, bait fish and artifical baits, each with its own setup. Therefor the shown setups are an example, not a must have. Picture 4 My natural bait setup Picture 5 One of my lure setups, a light version Picture 6 Baitfish / float setup, I also used bottom bait fish rig I fished mono, braid and fluocarbon lines, hooksizes 8 to 2 and tried as many rigs as possible. When jigging I used weights in the range of 2 – 17,5 gr. and only used the jiggin rig to keep it more simple. I`ve fished almost every natural bait, lures and baitfish trying to discover wich bait gives you the best chance of catching zander on Winding Rivulet. Picture 7 Little selection of bait used while baselining Using so many different baits is a guarantee for catching a lot of fish species. I caught over 900 fish and 27 species of the 28 on Winding Rivulet, including 34 zanders. These numbers give a bite rate of about 3.8%, meaning zander on Winding Rivulet is a fish you don`t hook into very often. Picture 8 Total fish caught during baselining and accurate fishing The high number of gudgeons can be attributed to the natural bait fishing. On The Banks: Fishing spots Now we know zander prefers deeper water its most likely to look for the deeper parts on Winding Rivulet. As mentioned before I fished the whole river and it is safe to state that the shallows indeed produce little to none zander. Occasionally I caught a small one in the shallows, but the bigger ones are lurking in the deeper spots. Winding Rivulet will not produce the numbers of zander you can catch at, for example, Sura River, so the chance of getting a really big one is a lot smaller then on the bigger waters in the game. But don’t let that stop you, there are still nice zanders to catch wich make you some decent silver. These are the spots I focused on during my time on Winding Rivulet. Picture 9 Fished spots on Winding Rivulet Picture 10 Fished spots overview Summary and conclusions Weather / Time of day A benefit of fishing many hours on the same waterbody is you exeperience weather changes. These changes affect fish behaviour in different ways. Weather changes often come with a change in air pressure. For example a sunny day turns into a day with lots of clouds, the air pressure will drop (anticyclone to depression). This change of pressure has an effect on the swim blatter of fish. Fish feels this pressure and theire behavior will change. Another consequence of a weather change is the change of light intensity, for example a bright sunny day changes into a overcasted day. Fish in general, but zander in particular, are very sensitive for such changes. During my sessions on Winding Rivulet I discovered that during a change in the weather the zander stopt feeding for a while. When the weather was stable they started feeding again. As mentioned in the beginning of this guide, zander doesn`t like to much light. In early mornings when the sun is rising or in the afternoon / early evening when the sun goes down they are feeding. When the sunlight is at full intensity the feeding stops and the zander hides out in deeper areas. Picture 11 Weather makes a difference Wind and (air)temperature both are factors to keep in mind, cause both influence the temperature of the waterbody. A big, deep waterbody takes more time to warm up or cool down than a smaller, shallower waterbody. Once the surface of a waterbody warms up, the wind can drift this warmer layer around and create a so called thermocline. For this guide I won`t go into detail about thermocline since this affects bigger waterbodies a whole lot more than a small one like Winding Rivulet. In the next graph you see the inlfuence of temperature and wind for zander on Winding Rivulet. Picture 12 Temperatures versus fish Picture 13 Zander don`t like wind from the West? Notice that I caught no zander when the wind was west. Fishing spots Only two spots produced zander during my session. This doesn`t mean you won`t catch them anywhere else, fish migrate remember. During my sessions however they liked two spots the most. These spots are 107:123 and 119:124. One odd thing I discovered fishing these spots was the behavior of the zander when catfish came in. As soon as I started catching catfish, the zander seemed to disappear. Picture 14 107:123 Picture 15 119:12 Tackle and bait Keep it simple! Mono line and fluocarbon worked good for me, braided also caught me zander, but only with a fluocarbon leader. I used both mono and fluo in the range of 8 – 10 kg., no leader needed. When I used a leader with braided I used a 6 kg. fluo leader. These lines are capable to bring in zander and catfish up to 5-6 kg.. The hooks I`ve tried range from size 8 up to size 2. I tested most brands, from Deadly loop up to Rage series, but the Berserk Hooks Rage Series S3 S6 would be my choice for zander on Winding Rivulet fishing natural baits. When lure fishing I recommend the Beserk Hooks Rage Treble S1/0 for the bigger lures. For smaller lures use the same series but adjust the size of the hook to the size of the lure. For those how can use live bait I would go with the Berserk Hooks Ultra LF Series S2, but again, using bigger baitfish you have to use a hook matching the seize of your bait. Now the statistics on the baits used. What really suprised me was the atraction of zander to leeches. Like I mentioned I used a whole wide range of baits and had expectations of some of them, but leeches hit me by surprise. In the graphs you`ll see no spoons. From experience in the past I know you can catch zander on spoons, (Hypnotic 20 in black and reddish colours for example) but during my fishing fort his guide they had no interest in spoons whatsoever. Graphs say more then words so here are the baits that produced the best for me, but keep in mind, preferences of fish may change over time. Picture 16 Overall view on baits used Picture 17 Preference using natural baits Picture 18 Preference using artificial baits Picture 19 Preference using live baits Conclusion If you`re after a thropy zander Winding Rivulet is probably not the perfect waterbody to catch it. It is a rather small river with a small population of zander compared to Sura and other big rivers ingame. For players who can`t go to the bigger waterbodies yet, Winding Rivulet gives you decent zander and silver if you catch them. Keeping you`re tackle simple, using a artificial lure and fishing the deeper spots you should be fine. I hope this guide has put you guys on the right track for zander on Winding Rivulet. Have a lot of fun fishing and If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me on the forum ! Greetings and tight lines, Butcher™
  11. 5 points
    Another 1h40 session.
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    Hi there! 70.100 again hot! Clip: 25m to the bridge Baits: redworm and algaes for blue bream, redworm 10 for white bream, redworm for vimbas Groundbait: see screenshot and white bream mix Very High biterate and many valuable fishes. Session of 1h40.
  13. 5 points
    Bear Lake Global Record and first blue Information Location: 44:50 Weather: Overcast Time: 22:00 Temperature: 12ºC Clip: 24m
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    New Sturgeon Spot Location: Setup: ~4 1/2h Fishing Result: Additional Infos inside the Spoilers below the Pictures. Gl & Hf That picture is not removable, just ignore it...
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    44:50 >>> clip 23 >>> Diced Chesse
  16. 5 points
    Introduction This guide was written with the intent to show players how to catch Perch in Old Burg and to share some spin fishing techniques used in the game. Please remember that in our game fish might change spots and lures over time. The spots that I will show you might not work in the future and the same goes for the lures I used. From my own experience as a player, I knew that Perch likes to bite on various lures and baits but i focused on testing various spinning techniques to catch them. Species Overview The Perch is one of the most widespread freshwater fish species in Europe and Russia. They’re living in rivers as well as in still water, you even can find them in brackish water and in mountain waters up to around 1000 m over sea. Its maximum length is 50 cm, its average weight is about 1.5 kg. Large specimens weight up to 4 kg. The perch is beautifully and vividly colored: the back is dark green, flanks are greenish yellow and crossed with dark stripes. Caudal, anal and pelvic fins are scarlet, pectoral fins are yellow. There are sharp spikes on the opercula. Be careful to avoid injury. Even specimen over 60 cm are documented, but very rare. Furthermore, perch grow very slowly, with 8-10 years they are only 25 cm in size. Fish Activity Habitat and Diet Perch are not specialized regarding their habitat and are very adaptable. Perch avoid very muddy places, shallow water and prefers still water or slow flowing rivers with deep and stony substrates. In rivers, they prefer staying close to the shore. Younger specimen live in groups near the shore in shallow and feed on plankton and small soil animals. Adult specimen prefer deeper areas and usually live alone. Perch is a nimble and voracious predator. Usually its prey includes not only smaller fish (even of its own species), but also various invertebrates, e.g. crayfish, and fish roe. This makes Perch one of the best species to target with artificial lures. Gear Spots Lures Jigging-/Texas-/Carolina-Rig Drop-Shot-Rig Wacky Rig Lure/Topwater Techniques When using Texas/Carolina rig, Drop-Shot rig, Jigging rig or Wacky rig i use a slow to medium fast Jig Step, reel speed between 15-25. When using Spinners,Spoons or Wobblers i use them fairly fast with straight retrieves between 20-35, or twitch crankbaits on mediums speed around 20-25. Results Nearly all of my spots have some coverage in form of weeds, logs or other similar things, because perch like to hide around that. The other ones are some deeper areas because they go deeper as soon it gets colder. Most of my bites, especially the big ones, bit on partly cloudy/sunny days between 18-22°C and in the evening and morning hours between 4am-8am and 5pm-10pm. I personally would recommend using fluorocarbon leaders between 5Kg-9Kg since perch can be very finicky, depending on the weather. You are also able to catch perch on float- and bottom fishing on this spots. I will show some baits here that worked for me in the past.
  17. 5 points
    Your Guide to Writing A Pike on Kuori Guide Introduction Ok, so this time I am going to do things a little differently. Instead of giving a man a fish and handing you my information on what I narrowed down to be my best bets for trying to catch bigger and trophy pike, I am going to try and walk you through my thought process. I will still at the end give you a guide, I just want to try and give you the ideas on how to collect your own information so you can use the guide just as a starting point and tailor your fishing to what you find to work the best for you. How did I find the data? How did I summarize the data etc. Obviously first and foremost RF4 is a simulator and extremely realistic but also at the end of the day it’s a game. Another thing is that walking yourself through finding out what works, why, and where will give you insight into fish on your particular instance and you will be able to find them when they move. Where to Start Ok so here is the list of questions I asked myself. Most will be pretty obvious. What are some general facts about pike? How do pike feed? Where and at what times do pike feed? What are pike spawning patterns? Since this will be a lure fishing guide, do pike prefer certain colors? If so, under what conditions? What type of lures are the most successful? Those are my basic questions. So off we go to Google. I personally am not the hugest fan of Wikipedia. Lots of others use it including other mods and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I personally am not too fond of how anyone can edit it. Yes it is true that you pretty much have to take data from the internet with a grain of salt, but I try to get my data from fishing sites maintained by government organizations, fishing magazines or from actual guides for real life fishing. General Pike Data and Feeding Activity Pike are carnivorous ambush predators and consume large amounts of fish daily, but have also been known to eat frogs and even waterfowl. They will eat just about anything smaller than them. They are able to lie perfectly still for long periods of time. Their maximum speed is between 8-10 miles per hour. They are found mostly in weed beds facing the open water. The small pike tend to be in the thickest area of the weeds. Medium sized pike will be right on the edge where they can speed out and surprise their prey. This is why the pike are shaped the way they are, and their torpedo like body helps to propel them through the water with extreme speed bursts so they can be on top of their target before they have a chance to escape. The really big pike including those of trophy size tend to be at the points leading into weedy bays. Where to Find Pike I found a couple different trains of thought as far as where the fish would be during different times of day. The first claimed that morning pike would be in open or shallow water. Towards the afternoon hours the pike would be found in weed beds or in deeper waters especially in higher temperatures. Ok let’s stop here a second. This is a guide for Kuori. What is the first thing you notice when you hit Kuori? Weeds. Perfect right? Right. Given the amount of lures and techniques in game, I chose to focus solely on the weeds. There just wouldn’t be time to fish everything everywhere which is why I am choosing to do this report in this way. We continue on. Higher temperatures also tend to decrease pike activity. Once the sun goes down, They usually can be found in she same manner as early morning. The optimal time for monster pike is early a.m. as pike are less known to feed at night, which makes for a hungrier and more aggressive fish in the morning. . Pike Spawn Activity Pike start spawning when the water temperatures are about 5 degrees celsius or above normally May 15th to 31st. They spawn in daylight hours in areas with heavy vegetation in dark water bays near creek inlets where available. Females are much larger and usually pair with one or two males. The males swim alongside the females so the eggs come out while males fertilize them. When in shallow water the fish backs are easily seen and the water disturbance noticeable. The fertilization occurs in last years vegetation where the eggs are able to sit in the water above the bottom and obtain the required amount of oxygen. The eggs hatch in about 14 days. When spawning is actually taking place fish are difficult to catch as they are distracted. However, the pre and post spawn have highly active feeding times. During this period pike are extremely aggressive. Medium to small size lures work the best for catching fish. Lure Coloration Most fishermen follow similar rules when it comes to colors. For pike metallic finishes were supposed to be the best for clear water. In stained water, the classic red with white, and yellow with red work well. Orange, firetiger (green, black, orange) also work well. Bright sun favored flashier spoons such as metallic blue, silver, and green or mirrored silver backs. In overcast conditions colors such as black and purple with a white pearl back or dark blue with a white pearl back work well. Basically bright lures for bright conditions and high contrast lures for low light conditions. Lure Techniques Pike will hit almost anything that moves. The following lures can be very effective for pike fishing. In line spinners retrieved steadily just fast enough to keep them off the bottom. Spoons steadily and slowly reeled just fast enough to keep the spoon wobbling. If this doesn’t produce try a flutter retrieve, doing a jigging type motion with the reel. Spoons are most effective along drop offs. Minnow-imitating plugs can also be fished with a steady retrieve. If that doesn’t produce fish a stop and start method can be effective. As waters warm up, use cranks or soft plastic swimbait running in the 3 meter range. Regular spinners drawn past sprouting weeds with a three count just as the bait approaches possible hideouts. Add a twist tail or rubber worm trailer for action and color contrast. Jig and worms in temperatures of about 30. Pike are found mostly along 6 to 10 foot drop offs. Use a full 2 to 3 foot hops. Surface plugs lured over weed beds in the calm water of the morning or late afternoon. Slim minnow shapes work well. Information Collection The way I did my research was done mostly the same way I fish. I would start with one type lure and vary my retrieval a bit until something worked. If I couldn’t get something to work after three attempts, I changed lures. After a few lures not working, I switched to a different rig. It was quite productive. I may have had some areas of inactivity, but the for the most part I was able to reel in pike after pike. I recorded lures and results. If I didn’t get a bite I noted that, but also tried to take note of the fact that the particular lure may not be working due to weather conditions, temperature, color, time. Basically you are trying to fit pieces into a puzzle, find them all, and come out with a complete picture. Of course the picture won’t cause you to reel in trophies back to back. You may have a tough time getting a trophy at all. The points in the rigs that you are using will also color that outcome. The picture will however increase your bite rate, and usually bring consistently larger catches. Oddly enough, I just used the effective lures guide I located sparingly. If you know me, you know I have a love affair with pike and fish them often, so I had a pretty good idea to start off with and I also wanted to test pretty much as many lures and rigs as possible. Of course whether or not I would continue to fish them would be affected directly by my results with that particular lure and rig. Charts and Screenshots If we take a look at our color chart to see how what lure colors were preferred in game, we see that lures with silver in them came in at the top, closely followed by green. Next we take a quick look at weights during weather. We can quickly note that sunny days held a wealth of fish. Are the numbers skewed due to weather being sunny more of my fishing time? They certainly might be. Trying to fish the same amount of hours in different weather conditions would require some serious weather condition monitoring. Could it be done? No reason why not, but it didn’t happen this go around. These reports are a work in progress and of course we will see better ways to accomplish more complete results each time we do one. This graph shows the weight of fish by lure type. The number of spoon catches jumps out at you immediately. Wobblers did quite well too though, and if you look at the weight to catch number ratio, you can see that pound for pound, wobblers still held their own. The numbers here are also not absolute. The technique that I used of switching rigs when fish stopped biting could have easily led to much more spoon fishing. Last but not least, we have a look at time of day. True to the information that we found during research, morning to midday and evening to night seem to be the time to fish. Ok so we take a final look at our information and see if we can come up with a ballpark idea of how to attack getting our bigger fish and hopefully net our trophy. We can deduce that silver and green might be our best colors. The bigger fish seemed to come during sunny weather, but partly cloudy had potential as well. Spoons and wobblers brought the biggest fish without a doubt, but even though I only caught one fish on the pipe, we do see it lands in the over 5kg category. Last but not least we look at our time frames. We did catch an over five in all brackets, but morning to midday and evening to night brought bigger and more abundant fish. The absolute biggest pike while testing weighed in at 9.967, so it was a close one. The fish was landed at 17:41 on a sunny day with a temperature of 12 degrees using the following lure with a fast paced stop and go reeling speed of 35. For a setup I went in heavy. I wanted to be able to handle a pike quickly and easily. Also some of the other fish there can get very big, so I wanted to be able to handle them just in case although I did expect to get mostly pike except for the occasional perch and that is exactly what happened. I saw a few Lake Trout, and very few Arctic Char. I fished from five spots. I left the screenshots full size so you can see the coordinates. Just click the picture to expand the. The first one is actually the view from the dock, just in the boat so it was clearer to see the cast area. In all cases I cast right along the weeds. The dock edged out every other spot, and all the others were pretty even for the most part. I had periods of non activity, but I had those everywhere including the dock. Armed with our deductions I headed back out on a trophy hunt. Unfortunately I was unable to net one, but hopefully you will be more successful than I was. The next two fish under the top out of 9.967 were a 7.813 which was caught on the first lure pictured reeled with a stop and go of 35 in Sunny weather at a temperature of 6.6 degrees at 5:55, and a 6.651 caught on the second lure pictured twitched at a speed of 25 on a Sunny day of 7.8 degrees at 11:23.
  18. 4 points
    55 63 clip 20 isca limao suculento 18
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    Volkhov - 71:100, new spot for this fish, clip 25m (cast at the train bridge) Redworm 10 boilies. I use hook small 12 with 3.1 fluoro leader.
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  21. 4 points
    Feedback for todays update. 1. The HDR transition did improve the lightning extremely, especially at Night it is now way more enjoyable to fish. Well done! (Tipp: If you still have your brightness setting increased you might have problems seeing the chat now at some areas, turn brightness down.) 2. The change to the most recent Unity Version did improve Details also extremely. The game does look now way more polished and detailed. Love it! 3. The new Shovel/Scoop Mechanic: I am generally not really a friend of changes, but that was kinda necessary. I like the high energy drain, it does prevent people from spamming the shovel/scoop and therefor the bugs with it should be way less frequently. The decission that it does "only" drain 3/4 of the energy bar was user friendly, with draining everything it would have screwed us over at the beginning of big fish fights. Also the amount of baits found is pleasant. My max atm 5 different kinds and up to an total amount of 25 pieces for 1 scoop. All in all really well implemented. Thanks 4. Item Quantity at shops: Thank you! But we still have to single pick GB / PVA ingredients when crafting stuff... 5. New Rods: Power creep, next patch fitting reels? What about the Venga 10.000 slow reeling speed? People stopped talking about, they adapted and do pull fishes out instead of reeling. That does not mean that it should not be fixed... 6. QOL & Bugfixes + Cafe order Change. Thank you.
  22. 4 points
    Today, March 26 at midnight EST time, the game server will restart and the client will be updated. The approximate down time is 3 hours.
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    Volkhov - 93: 106 & 95:110 are full of White Bream. Clip 25m, hook small 12, Redworm 10/Spice MiX 12, fluoro up to 3.1.
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    My first Trophy Grass Carp. Old Burg Spot 53:13 Clip: 7 mt
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    10:44, earl morning, rainy/cold temp: casting in to the hole clip 22m, using 10/10 bream groundbait.
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