Story of a carp that opened a season for me in Masuria

Published by: Adam Stomski

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June 17, 2019

Story of a carp that opened a season for me in Masuria

Carp angling in unfamiliar Masuria waters is not as easy as it might seem. In other parts of the country (like in the southern Poland), my angling colleagues could easily enjoy their first carp catches in early spring. Others angle all-year-round in heated waters. In my region carp season starts in very late spring and ends really quickly, in early autumn. Unique climate of the region, sadly presses its mark on both fish and anglers.

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It is a consecutive year in Masuria, when the winter lasts for way too long. Late ground frosts, colder days and rains effectively kept me away from any angling expeditions. Despite that I managed to sneak in two, early angling trips that gave me total of seven days by a water, without a single strike. That was when I decided that it might have been a bit too early for angling yet. Large, non-predatory fish were still hardly approaching the bait, waiting for the water to heat up. It is widely known, that our favourite fish enjoy rays of a spring sun a lot. At the split of May and June the weather changed drastically. The temperature suddenly spiked and you could tell that an unofficial summer has arrived. Fish started to spawn. I could easily observe their actions since the early morning. I was then at the fishing trip for a first, full day – without a single strike of course; it did not discourage me yet though. 24 hours really meant nothing. Since 2 am fish were making some intense noise and they were occupying reeds and water-lily bays. When I departed to set the rig up after a 2 kg tench strike, two immense carps headed towards my boat, turning right before the stern. I stopped breathing for a brief moment. I was pleasing my eyes with this sight, worrying at the same time that I will leave the fishery without any contact with a fish. Getting a quick nap, I kept thinking about what could I do next. I decided to head home in the morning and let carps finish what they started.

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Wake up, morning tea, packing and disassembly of a tent took me roughly a few moments. After an hour I was ready to get to the boat and to transfer to the other side of the lake, where I left my car. Rods of course were, as always, left until the end.;-) Waiting for the tent to dry up, I slowly started cleaning its pins in the lake. Then, out of nowhere a strike happened! Hauling back to the shore was not an option due to large number of reeds and lilies. I quickly jumped into the dinghy and departed towards the fish. Beautiful and strong carp got through an entire peninsula of reeds and finished in a bay, where I managed to successfully finish this duel. After weighing and brief check-up, I decided to take a quick photoshoot with the fish using the timer in my camera and then I released it back to where it came from. Carp was evidently after spawning. Slight injury on a side, a few abrasions caused by the reeds and slightly hollow belly indicated that clearly.

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My plans regarding the angling trip have changed abruptly. I intended to spend 4 days by a water, then I wanted to leave after the first one. After all I decided to stay one more night. Sadly, no carp blessed me with any other strike.

The rig that I was using this time was a simple Multi Rig, made of a Musa Territory hook no.2, rigging braid Molia Sinking 0.45 lbs, Territory hook positioner and an anti-tangling tube. I used also the Territory Gravis Leadcore braid, 1.5 m long, durability 35 lbs with swivels and Nihonto Carp Fluo 0.35 lbs line. My rigs were used with M-ka 3 lbs 10” rods that were fitted with Lentus Free Runner reels. The fish fell for crab flavoured ball and a GLM.

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The above list of accessories and equipment made feel completely calm during the strike and worriless about the rig used. Trust in your tools is one of the key elements a successful angling trip.

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I think that in more or less a week, also in my beloved Masuria waters the carp season will fully blossom. Intense feeding and strikes period will begin. Even now water by the shore managed to reach 25 C in shockingly short period of time. Each season begins differently and sometimes it is hard to sense the right moment to start angling effectively. Being by the water in every spare moment surely helps to figure out when fish start to feed at the given fishery and tell what conditions can we expect there this year. Obviously, though, every single reservoir is different and it has to be taken into consideration that not all techniques will work in every water. Getting to know the fishery is a basic thing when it comes to effective angling. After that you can start with choosing the right tactic and… catching the most impressive fish.

I believe that you always should try. You have to be patient. This discipline teaches humility. Do not give up!:-)

All best.
Adam Stomski
Mikado Fishing Team

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