My favourite season, the one I always wait for impatiently preparing my tackle and thinking out strategy, starts on the last weekend of May in the Netherlands. There is a large lake by the name of Lake Vlietland a few kilometers from the city I live in and this season I made it my goal. It has a varied bottom and can get as deep as 30 meters in some places. I usually get there by bike and I take my M-Bag Bank&Boat with me, which is very handy. It’s filled to the brim with lures, jig heads and other accessories that I might need on the water. I tend to take two rods but on the day I want to tell you about I only had one with me. I decided on the 2,60 m Kamisori Zander with a casting weight of up to 28g. I combined it with a 4005FD series Black Crystal reel with red 0,14 Octa Braid braided line, which is very well visible after dark.
I had my eye on a few places on the lake. I took a boat around it a few times to see the bottom which would make my task easier. Using maps I prepared and a GPS I got to a spot that I could fish around from the bank. There is a 15m drop on one side and that was where I intended to start. I often use a stalk for the first few casts because on many occasions I had pike cut my fluorocarbon and I don’t like thick fluorocarbon leaders. After about a dozen casts and a few lure changes I decided to try an 11 cm Swingfish in the 313 color. I cast again and I tuned my reel a few times as the lure was sinking. I felt resistance. The Kamisori Zander is so sensitive that I was able to feel the reluctant nibbling on my lure. The rod lets you feel every touch in the butt so you know about every bite. It’s also a very versatile rod when it comes to the kinds of lures you can use - from wobblers to heavier jigs, they can all be easily operated.
I cast again in the same spot. After a few turns I got the lure to move properly and I felt strong resistance. The rod bent quite a bit as the hook was setting but it gave just the right amount of resistance during the haul to hold the fish securely. After a few moments I had a nice pike on the bank. I removed the lure quickly, took a few pictures and put the fish back in the water to let it grow some more. I might have more chances to go head to head with this one.
I changed spots a few times until I got to the other side of an island, where there was another drop; this one was deeper, 32m. I switched my lre out for a 9cm Nihonto, color no. 372. This lure also caught my eye but when I first saw it on the pages of the catalogue I didn’t know the little details that make it work so well. The purple color with green glitter and a luminous lower part make it an absolute killer for predators.
I decided to lose the stalk hoping that I wouldn’t meet any more toothy fish. I rigged the lure with a 12 gram jig and a 2/0 hook. Half an hour went by and I ad nothing, no bites. I walked a bit further away from the island to a spot where there is a sunken groyne and the drop is pretty steep. I decided to try fishing ‘on the drop’ in this spot. A few quiet minutes later I felt a powerful hit. The hook was set almost instantly and the adrenaline kicked in. The rod bent sharply but allowed me to control the fish. After a few minutes I saw a pretty, dark zander. A few pictures later the fish was back in the water in good health - I didn't even have to help it, it disappeared right away. Happy and in good spirits after a successful haul I decided to end my trip and go home. I stopped on my way back to have a drink and the spot I was in seemed interesting enough to try it out.
It took just a moment to take out and put together my Kamisori Zander, this time with a 374 Nihonto on a snap and a 10 gram head. I got a small zander after a few casts. The fish was back in the water shortly and I went home happy and contented. I learned that you should take lures that look like worms into consideration, especially Nihonto. It got me unexpectedly good results and it works for zander, pike and perch.
Mikado Fishing Team