Hi all !
Here is more on my quest for black sea kutum (see the post above).
I've insisted a lot at 95.173, because it was still working after I've posted the place on the forum : between 1 and 5 fishes per day in game.
Few days later, it has stopped suddenly, and by this I mean not a single kutum in 4 irl hours straight.
So I've decided to move to the base, at 85.164, on the dock. And I had quite good results with kutums.
About the spot: (E2, clip 17m)
The good thing at this spot his that there are not many big fishes that can give you a hard fight and make you lose time. The biggest fishes were between 3 and 6kg, including russian sturgeons, common and wild carps. So I've decided to use lighter setups at this place.
The bad thing is that the spot is invaded by common breams. So they steal the bait quite often .
About baits: I've tried a bit of everything. Unlike on the weekly catches statistics, stonefly larva didn't work well for me. The fish were fewer and smaller. My best results are still with river and zebra mussels.
About setups: I'm using strong setups at 95.173. I recently got a 38kg russian sturgeon, and a 38kg black sea beluga, and some 15kg+ wild carps and some 15kg+ catfishes. The diameter of the line don't seem to have a great influence on kutum's bites. It's the same for the hook size. I got equally as many fishes with the strong setup (in the post above) as with the weakest setups (below):
About the weather: It seems that kutums hate a lot windy weather. The wind seems really to disturb them, and not only them (nearly no bites at all when there's much wind). The best results I had were by sunny or slightly cloudy weather. They bite better when it's colder than the usual temperature (around 26°C during the day usually, so days with 23 or 24°C are the best). Also, kutums don't seem to like a lot rain. I could be wrong about the weather factor, but that's what I've witnessed.
Important: sometimes, even if the conditions seem to be optimal, the spots just don't work and remain silent for kutums. So if one of the spot isn't working, try the other one. It's pretty cyclic.
Results at 85.164: