Friday, March 4, 2011

At the dike (Amur River near Khabarovsk, May)

Huge side channel of the Amur River, Pemzenskaya, in 2000-2006 was growing and becoming bigger and deeper every year.  There was a threat that Pemzenskaya will become the main channel of the Amur, so the river will go away from the city and its river ports.  A new dike was constructed out of big rocks at the upper part of the Pemzenskaya channel. This had created an unusual, mountainous type habitat at the river flowing through huge plain.  After a day spent near roaring water a fisherman has buzzing in his ears - as if he was fishing for salmon near big falls.
 Many fishermen use spinning rods with a heavy spoon or sinker at the tip of the rig and 2-3 primitive flies as droppers.  With this tackle you can catch many species of fish, including Mandarin bass (Chinese perch).  Siniperca chuatsi is the only freshwater rockfish (Sebastidae).  
 Amur ide is among those carps which often eat small fish.  It was caught with a tiny wobbler-fly on a flyrod. 
 Skin-carp (Hemibarbus labeo, in Russian - horse) also eat small fish.   
The head of skin-carp is horse-like.
Andrey had landed a good size Mongolian redfin  (Erythroculter mongolicus)
 Amur catfish (Parasilurus asotus) is normally small
 Lookup (Culter alburnus) is one of predators which are numerous around the dike in spring.
Banded catfish  (Pseudobagrus fulvidraco) has relatives in tropical rivers. 

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