My first fishing adventures

Published by: Dawid Beczek

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September 6, 2018

My first fishing adventures

Every angler likes to think back to those early years when they were just starting out fishing. We all have our own, fascinating stories.
I was around fish and nature ever since I was a little boy. My grandfather used to bring incredible fish home and I was always very curious about them. I was in awe of his abilities and I wanted to do what he did. I was only 8 when, after a few unsuccessful tries, I finally managed to successfully haul my first fish. They weren’t particularly big carp but they brought me incredible joy. For the next five years I regularly went with my grandfather to his fisheries to learn the basics. I managed to catch my first pike, which was absolutely thrilling. I still remember the float going under water and the tense moments waiting for the fish to go far enough. I had the best time on these fisheries. Unfortunately, they were later sold and I moved away from my town. But my passion never left me. There is a picturesque reservoir next to my new home. I decided to start fishing in it on my own and teach myself as much as I can.

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2013 was a very hard year for me. I didn’t know the fishery and the quality of my takle left a lot to be desired. Luckily, I had people around me that were always ready to help me and give me good advice, so I kept faith that I would be successful. Most of my savings went towards buying fishing tackle. After some time I started to invest in tackle made by different brands, especially Mikado. Their spin fishing rods made the biggest impression. I was particularly taken with X-Plode and Athis rods. They were light enough, affordable and sensitive, which was very important to me. I started to catch more predators very quickly. In the second year of my solo fishing adventure I set my pike personal best - 77cm/3kg. By now I caught hundreds of them but none have improved my record. The next Mikado rods that I really fell in love with were from the Nihonto range. I liked the perch Red Cut as well as the strong TT Zander. They made every spin fishing trip pleasant and satisfactory. They also allowed me to maneuver the lure as I pleased. I could feel it’s every move and I knew immediately if I had even the slightest bite.

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At some point in my learning process I got to know Method Feeder. Initially I was sceptical that this technique would work but I quickly got on board! After a few successful tries I got my own rod that I still love using to this day. It’s the Mikado “Trython”! This rod has helped me get many incredible carp over the last few years, as well as a record breaking, 112 centimetre, 11.5 kg catfish. It checks all the boxes and has everything you need to catch big fish with delicate rigs.

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Float fishing has also been a big part of my fishing adventure. It was the first technique I learned and for almost 7 years I stuck to using a match rod. I didn’t accept any other float fishing technique. That is until I came upon the Mikado Golden Lion. It’s not the lightest ord but it immediately got me to change my ways. It has been a huge help during many tournaments and it was largely because of this rod that I managed to get the title of the junior champion of my district. I would recommend this rod for any young anglers that aren’t completely sure about using pole rods.

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I think that my 11 years of angling have been full of adventures. I have quite a few accomplishments in the field. I am most proud of getting 6th place in the Polish Spin Fishing Championships in the junior category. Despite many defeats and goals I never managed to reach I always give it my best shot. My ambition grows with each passing year and I hope it will stay that way.

Best regards,
David Beczek
Mikado Fishing Team

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