Black Cupid: Features of catching
Black Cupid is the only speciesof the same name, belonging to the family of carp. In Russia, it is considered to be a rare species that is on the verge of extinction, but in China it is very widespread and is an object of valuable fishing.
Description of the species
This is a fairly large fish, the growth of which reaches1 m, and the weight can be 30-35 kg. Outwardly it resembles a white cupid, although it is difficult to confuse them because of their color. After all, the black cupid has a color corresponding to its name, and only a small part of the abdomen is very light. Fins are also dark in color. The elongated body is covered by large scales. Head of small size. Pharyngeal teeth, having a well developed chewing surface, are large and massive.
He grows relatively quickly. By the beginning of the second year of life, its growth may be already 10 cm or more, and after 7-9 years it becomes sexually mature, reaching a length of 70-80 cm.
Massively it is common in the reservoirs of China. On the territory of Russia it can be found in the basin of the Amur River, namely from the mouth of the Sungari to the estuary, and also in the Ussuri River.
In the 50s of the last century, this fish was brought to some rivers of Ukraine, the North Caucasus and Central Asian republics.
As a rule, a black cupid (photo of a fish can be seenin the article) - a lover of fresh water, but sometimes it can be found in salt water. He prefers the channels with unhurried flow of water, being near to places with a large concentration of mollusks. After all, this is his main food. Thanks to the powerful pharyngeal teeth, it easily shreds the shells. Also, fish like to eat larvae of different insects inhabiting ponds and rivers. Do not refuse and from aquatic plants, such as sedge and reeds, eating a day a large amount of food (1.5 - 1.8 kg).
Black Cupid - lover of a single way of life,therefore the flock forms extremely rarely. In the cold season, it moves to the riverbeds. By the way, here he spawns. Usually this process takes place in early summer, when the water is already sufficiently heated by the sun's rays. During spawning, the fish is kept almost at the bottom of the reservoir, rarely rising to the surface. Both larvae and caviar are pelagic, and fertility is up to 800 thousand eggs.
Features of catching
Catching a black cupid can be carried out in several ways. It can be a plug or float rod, as well as a bottom or feeder tackle.
Best of all, the fish bite on a normal earthworm. Also as a bait use peas, sweet corn, young cucumbers, bread, pasta, reeds or greens.
For bait, aloe leaves are great,ovary cucumber, filamentous algae, bait for carp or various dry mixtures. Good lure is obtained from such a mixture: ground peas, cake, dill and aniseed oil.
When choosing tackle, it should be remembered that for thisthe kind of fish it takes is very solid. The line should be thick (not less than 0.45 mm), as a lead - monofilament. It can be combined with a shock absorber (rubber band). The hook must also be large and strong. It is chosen depending on the estimated size of the fish.
Despite the fact that the meat of a white cupid is consideredmore valuable, the black cupid is absolutely not inferior to him on the taste and useful properties of meat. It is no coincidence that the fish in China annually make up to 30 thousand tons.
In a word, if you decide to engage in fishing, you will not only get great pleasure from the process itself, but also become the owner of a very tasty and healthy fish.
Now in Russia, this rare fish isThe Red Book. The conducted researches show that in the near future it can disappear. That is why a program is being developed for its acclimatization in some water bodies in Russia.