A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

Chebak  is a species of fish from the Carp family. Today we are going to have a big chebak catch.

There are subspecies of roaches in Siberia and the Urals, Yakutia. They are found in small rivers, ponds and lakes. Due to their rapid production and growth, they are the most populated compared to other species in the region. Chebak is a popular name.

Chebak- a plain, unpretentious kind of fish. Chebak in Yakutia is a national treasure. Its the “inner world” of many people, a local favorite and an integral part of the Northern Russian tradition. They say taking out a few bits of glass from a kaleidoscope makes the picture not that fabulous and beautiful. In the North, no one throws away the Chebak, if you did, then the flavor of life will never be the same.

Winter

The snow is still soft and not stale. During this time the chebak is not required for food. People have enough reserves for consumption till fall. The chebak is used as live bait for burbot and pike.

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

Spring.

During spring the chebak wake up from their winter hibernation. Its just a while before one gets his first catch. Spring chebak is tasty but very lean. After peeling the fish try to hold it against light and its almost transparent! Its like they do not have any fat at all.

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

Summer

Summer and fishing bring back the childhood memories. The real “chebachye” childhood. There’s no such joy for a child than to run to the river to catch chebak then bring the fish home to his mother. During summer the river is never empty; day or night. You will always find fishermen from all ages  at the riverside; young  to old. Chebak in summer is not as hungry as in spring. You can spend half a day before you get your first catch. It all depends with the fishing spot and time of the day. In rare cases, people get unlucky and go back home empty handed. The excitement of summer fishing starts with the first catch. One always finds himself longing for his next catch.

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

Autumn

At Kolyma-land autumn is not that bright and colourful. At the beginnning of the season its already harsh and cold. Fishermen prefer using nets at this time of the year. Boats are a common site on the rivers at this time of the year. The number of fish is promising and the days are short. Filling one net takes just one hour! Autumn chebak has an amazing taste. Overfed in summer, they have bulging bellies full of fat and caviar. This autumn fish has the unique qualities for which it is appreciated and loved by the northerners. They are selectively large, feathery-red, with rich reddish flesh. Eating for the people becomes a process, its done slowly and way down to the caviars. The meal is completed with a cup of tea.

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

A Big Siberian Catch

via Vlad Veklich

6 thoughts on “A Big Siberian Catch”

  1. Damnit ER, this post makes me want to go camping and fishing in the wild, really bad. It’s making me hungry for my all time favorite campfire food too.

    I like my freshly catched (insert any fish name here) fish cleaned well remove all the guts, add some garlic and a slice of bacon in the middle wrapped in foil and cooked in the coals of an open fire. Add a well roasted potato smoothered in (real) butter, salt & pepper, sour cream and chives, some baked beans (I prefer Bush Beans) and a nice cold beer (I have several favorites and none of them are Bud or MGD). 🙂

  2. 4-5 of these,potatoes,butter,half and half cream,chopped bacon,onions,chives,salt,pepper and a little chicken stock = AWESOME 🙂

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