Ice Fishing on the Minsk Sea
• Ice Fishing on the Minsk Sea
On the street a minus 13 wind cut his face. In the morning procession of men, laden like mules, walking along a path with stopping the train "Minsk Sea". Some carry backpacks on their shoulders, the second - the tents, others are dragging heavy iron box. In them something appetizing gurgles and rings. 8:20, just daylight. The procession in steps officially pond covered with ice.
Today, a report on the present, incorruptible and obscure to today's youth man's obsession - a classic ice fishing.
Fierce cold firmly tie the water surface of the Minsk Sea. "Ice sturdy, reliable, 25 centimeters," - said the fishermen. Near the coast some even riding on a snowmobile.
Ice Fishing - a headache for the rescue services. Every winter the country is sinking by about 100 people, neglected basic safety rules. They fail, treading on thin ice, and can not get out to the beach in an instant potyazhelevshy clothes.
At the next to "sea" birch - Reminder Reminder from OSVOD. Fishermen are recommended to have a life jacket, a long rope with a loop and load. Not recommended punching holes at close range, jump or run on ice, collected in large groups. Well and drinking alcohol. Virtually no one these tips should not be. Especially the latter.
The wells need to designate wands or flags - another unwritten law. Here it met.
Some fishermen are settling closer to the shore, while others stomp, tapping drills on the ice, still 500-600 meters. Go after them, cursing the wind, frost, fish and February.
By nine in the morning at the Minsk Sea grow a real fishing village with paths and trails, with tents, houses. People, it seems to us, the darkness.
"Nonsense, almost no one. Afraid of the cold ", - commented on the local regulars.
Someone came in an old overcoat and boots - are sitting on the iron cans. Who is richer, equipped in brands. Eugene M. fishes 40 years, and maybe more. "On the fishing is now a lot of" cool "- the millions spent on costume and gear, camera some underwater invented - he tells us. - And the result - a pair of juveniles, in which the cat and do not look. "
"Previously competed catch, and now fishing poles and sledge" - grumbled the old man.
About the millions it is an understatement - enough only for the basic set. A neighbor of the pensioner, Igor, lists how much to spend this year: winter, Canadian boots - 1, 5 million, thermal underwear set - the same cat for shoes - 100 thousand, jacket - 1000000 A still polarized glasses for 500 thousand... good thermos to keep the tea hot all day, took over 1, 2 million, winter tent for 1, 1 million, ice ax -. 1, 5 million with a fishing rod and a sledge came from more than 1000. e.
Eugene M. listens and laughs. Bur he is old, blunt knives. Retired panting, out of breath. In one well it took 2 minutes. Younger colleagues cope seconds at 40.
"Bad wind, wrong, bad is biting - angry old man. - The point is not in the fishing rod is not in the chamber, and in the wind. It can not be bought. "
When the drilled hole, there is lowered drop-down trough with breadcrumbs or joker then scooped thin crust of ice waiting. Wait terribly cold.
The most budget option to hide from the piercing wind and okolet.
To put in a tent. Warmer, you can remove the cap hole is not tightened the ice. Tents with burning candles inside resemble huge Chinese lanterns.
Only icons Fisheries God is not enough! Well, one hundred grams.
Another of our interlocutor, Vladimir, working on a large Minsk plant. The plant is engaged in a dubious affair, scores of its stores products. Fishing, sincerely from Minsk says, for him for ten years - the main outlet in life, "fisherman will understand me, there is nothing to explain. There is nothing more exciting and more fun mankind has not invented. "
"The Minsk Sea catch and perch, and bream, and pike and perch, - says Vladimir, carefully looking at the bait. - Of course, I come exclusively from the sport. I went to the dog freezing cold just to catch some fish for dinner? Simply go to the store and buy. Last year, all the inflammation is picked up, lying in the hospital. But, you know, pull anyway. It's like a test for this guy: sit, catch, neighbors beat. "
On fishing Vladimir runs exclusively on Saturdays. "On this day, a break from his wife, and she from me, - he jokes. - Today arrived at the car, and when and by train. Well, you know. Why not indulge in nature? "
"Successful fishing. No tail, no scales! "- we say goodbye to him. Near men saluting a cup of hot tea. Nothing stronger. It is not done, there is no fish.
The Minsk Sea can fish for free. On some waters in the vicinity of Minsk - if only for the money. Most of the fishermen are telling us that it is not against paid fishing as such. Even if all countries reservoirs will pay (for a reasonable price) and put the water to collect tribute. The main thing is that the money spent on the case. On the stocking, for example, for cleaning.
For some of them fishing hobby for someone - a sport.
And how are our today's heroes? By the afternoon we return to the pond to check the catch. Fishermen joke for dinner will suffice. Someone caught bream, someone - white bream, and retired with an old brown - bowler Roach on frying. Sparsely ... But is that the point? All faces are happy, my eyes are burning, and the frost is no longer a hindrance.
Open up! Pour! But this is not a sacrament for outsiders.
"Well, for fishing! - toasts Eugene M., fun looking at the blue sky, the sun sparkling on the ice and his friends. - Good sit! "
And really - well ..!