Between 14-16 of June 2019 in the town of Opole, by the Oder river, Polish Feeder Championship took place. I was planning to take part in that event for quite some time then, yet I did not expect it to become so meaningful to me. It turned out that Mikado became a main sponsor of the contest – my angling family. I was really pleased to hear that and it motivated me to fight even more eagerly and to give all I have.
On the Friday, the day before the Championship, I arrived to an obligatory training session that did not turn out great for me at all. Lack of sleep and rush made me spoil the bait. Oversoaked clay and the bait itself effectively kept me from catching larger number of fish. After the training session I headed to the Turawa lake, where my friends and I were camping and resting. I spent rest of the evening contemplating and preparing myself mentally for the main event.
On the first day of the competition, I had a last post in sector A allocated – number 20, where average results during the training session oscillated at around 2000 points. During the competition it was not an easy task to catch anything; search had to extend to various depths. Breams and roaches were getting caught most frequently with the second ones in the lead. After 5 hours of struggles I ended up with the 3rd position in my sector, what I found rather satisfying. I got back to my lake-base and just like the day before, I began preparations for the last day of the championship that was to decide about the final result of the contest.
During the second day of the championship I drew a sector C. While heading towards the draw machine, I kept thinking about the – lucky for me, post number 20. My thoughts turned out to be prophetic, so the only thing left was to hope that the number 20 will become lucky for me again. First few minutes of the day brought me a bream and a few roaches. Let’s keep it going, I thought. Sadly, that day was not meant to be one of the easiest. After some time, water level started suddenly dropping. It made me start to play with weight of my feeder. As if it was not enough, a thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere and caused a 30-minute pause of the contest. After returning to the post, I found out that the water level was even lower and that it dropped by additional 50-60 cm. Those conditions meant that each fish had to be caught with great effort. Completely absorbed by a hard work to catch anything, I lost count of time. I got back to reality with a sound of a horn signifying end of the competition. Suddenly I started worrying about the final result. In the distance I noticed familiar colours – a Mikado flag. That sight elevated my spirit a bit. I quickly re-calculated all my fish in my head and a bit of hope came back to my heart, so I kept waiting for the final scores slightly calmer. It turned out that the post number 20 brought me another 3rd position in a sector and that I finished 6th out of 79 contestants from the entire Poland!
Besides great result, lots of joy was brought to me by a prize sponsored by Mikado – the UV MH 360/120g with an Ultraviolet Method Feeder reel. I will surely shortly test that set thoroughly and I hope it will have lots of work to do.
I think that the contest was really great overall. I can only hope that there will be more events with such great prizes and marvellous atmosphere, that only tightens the bond within angling society.
Using this chance, I would also like to express my gratitude to my coach – Piotr, for all his support and great amount of help.
With angling regards, Rafał Pagacz Mikado Fishing Team
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