In search of the Buffalo Trophy:
I never fished before for Buffalos so the first step was to find their location.
I checked this, the german and the russian forum, together there were about 5-6 posts about that fish and the more rare black version of it.
All of the location have been at the Akhtuba pond, although all of those posts being a bit older I decided to go there and go for step number 2, finding a working spot.
I looked at all locations from the found posts and they all had one thing in common, lilies in front of you and casting with clip 19-25 with direction towards the 4m hole.
I went to the weekly leaderboard and checked the currently working baits, it was Tuna 16 and Mayfly larva.
With those informations I started to test the different spots where they bite and how the bite rate was.
The best spot was 131:122 with clip 21 and that's where I was for the last 3 1/2 weeks IRL for at least 2h a day, sometimes up to 8 hours.
I tried almost everything, from hook size 2/0 up to #12, Basic Bottom, In-Line, Loop, Float with sandwich combinations and about 15 different GB/PVA mixtures and then he finally appeared today:
(Clip 21, people normaly fish here with clip 19, but if you cast with 21 you can use several Times the reel in function to generate activity, with clip 19 you are at a uphill area)
(The GB/PVA tests over that Time showed that this base + additives is one of the best working, as attractand you can use coriander, C&M, crayfish and sunflower too) (The prefered Bait with Tuna 16 did not change during the last 3 1/2 weeks, recommended Hook size is #1/0 - #2)
Few Keepnets to show bite frequency:
(As almost always does the bite frequency slow down over Time, if it is becoming to slow, leave the place/game for ~1h and then come back.)
Again a not removable screenshot, just ignore it