Lake Vlietland and Kamisori Zander rod

Published by: Paweł Piekuta

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August 2, 2018

Lake Vlietland and Kamisori Zander rod

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paweł Piekuta

Mikado Fishing Team

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