The World Championships in spin fishing from the bank took place on the 24-27 of May. The competition was fierce this year - 19 countries took part in the event. The competition was held on the Żeljeznica river, which flows past Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Polish Team consisting of 8 people in Mikado Polish Angling Association colors went to this picturesque region where the walls still bear the remnants of recent history.
Just before leaving for Bosnia and Herzegovina the Polish National Team met in Jelenia Góra with representatives of Mikado Poland, the main sponsor of the team. After the first analysis of the Żeljeznica river it became clear that it was vulnerable to the effects of the constant rain. The level was kept in check by a dam. These extreme conditions changed the pace of the river and with it the placement of trout, which were the main target. The official training session confirmed the rules of this river but the Poles didn’t back down. The team went into the first round of competition determined and ready to fight.
The scores after the first day looked very optimistic. Sebastian Mazur won his sector, Tomasz Podkul came in third, Łukasz Panas - fourth and Marcin Romańczuk was in eleventh place. Poland was leading with 19 points but the point differences were very small.
Anything could have happened on the second day. It wasn’t an easy competition and everyone fought to the very last second. The differences between teams were miniscule. Every fish was crucial. The second round brought a new challenge and new sectors for everyone. The first round of the second day wasn’t very kind to the Poles but they stuck to their guns and tried to catch up.
In the end the members of the Polish team came in 3, 5, 7 and 12 in their sectors and all they could do was wait for the final scores. It was very uncertain because other countries did very well on that day. The closing ceremony of the World Championships was held in a different town. We had to travel quite a bit, we had very little time but we could stop off at the headquarters of the competition. We rushed to check the scores - Poland came in 4th. Very close. The individual classification looked even better - Sebastian Mazur took home the bronze and Tomasz Podkuł was 5th. Incredible accomplishments!!!