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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mikado Fishing Team