Smelt. What do we know about her
Even now, when the fish stocks of the Baltic Sea and the rivers flowing into it decreased significantly, in late spring on the streets of St. Petersburg, no, no - yes and feel the smell of fresh cucumber. This means that there was a massive fishing smelt. And although it is now almost does not happen, the whole town with fishing rods and special grids built along the embankments of the Neva, smelt remains one of the most popular fish of the Northern capital.
It so happens that the "smelt" word comes to mind St. Petersburg. By the way, this little fish, only some 15-20 cm in length, even a monument there - in Kronstadt, whose population survived during the siege thanks to the legendary Gulf dweller. In St. Petersburg, the festival of the smelt is held every year, and to cafes and restaurants participate in this festival is considered very prestigious thing. However, the catch smelt, not only in St. Petersburg, and not only in the spring. It is found in many seas of the Northern Hemisphere, it is easy enough to catch, and these uncomplicated craft engaged and involved many people in the coastal regions from Kaliningrad to Nakhodka and beyond. And in the Gulf of her great catch and winter. Smelt - one of the oldest fish. She remained with the ice age, and lives in both salt water and fresh water. Freshwater lake smelt called smelt, and lives this food fish in many parts of Russia. At this fish there is one great feature. It is extremely sensitive to all sorts of pollutants, it lives only in clean water. This means that the drink can be smelt for food without any fear. Smelt feeds on smaller fish, as well as organisms that live at the bottom of the seas and rivers. Great eats it, and eggs, which postponed the other fish. However, and this very often fish become food for larger predators. But it multiplies quite rapidly, laying eggs in the sand and pebbles, from their kills for. It was during the spawning adult smelt most often caught. anglers success in no small measure contributes to the behavior of most fish - smelt live in packs, and in the case of anxiety slipping into a dense pile and swim together. If desired, you can catch smelt the bait. However, this fish is very sensitive to the danger of too thick fishing line is fairly easy to notice. Therefore, the fishing line should be thin, and used a small sinker. That's how often catch smelt in winter. But in the summer of convenient special mesh - a kind of net with a long handle. From smelt prepare a variety of dishes. The easiest way to fry it, the more that do not need to be cleaned. Just roll in flour and toss into the pan, uncovered. But it can and pickle, and jerk, and cook in batter. In general, this fish for all tastes, even the most whimsical gourmet will find a suitable recipe.