Just a moment ago, with a heavy heart I decided to finally remove a very special wristband from my hand – a contestant pass to by far the best angling event I have ever had a chance to attend. Crazy Fishermen championships – the very event I am talking about, that for a few days turned the entire town of Szczecinek into an angling mecca. Heaps of awesome blokes beaming with a good energy filled the place with positive vibrations. Kudos to the organizers for their incredible job and for making sure that everything was mapped out perfectly. Thank you! Anyways the wristband landed in the bin and the memories rested in our hearts – but let’s get back to where it all started.zątku.
Together with the Mikado Team boys, we set off to Szczecinek on Tuesday evening; that way we had two spare days to get some intel on the two lakes we were to face during the championships – Trzesiecko and Wierzchowo. Having decided to start with the Wierzchowo lake, we knew that it won’t be an easy game and we need to prepare a proper strategy, pretty much at a first glimpse. Water was crystal clear and visibility insanely good – at least a few meters down. We managed to catch a few fish yet they were far from the desired size. Nonetheless we had a chance to explore the majority of the lake area and save the best spots on our fishfinder – then we decided to call it a day.
Next day the time has come for the second lake – Tresiecko. Sadly we didn’t have as much time for exploration due to an afternoon briefing we needed to attend. Luckily two days were more than enough for us to come up with a plan. With a great help of our commander-in-chief – Marcin Gruszczyński who patiently listened to all our ideas, a strategy was born and we decided to stick to it very thoroughly throughout the event.
As far as I’m concerned almost 140 solid teams took part in the boat contest, yet only 47 out of that managed to gather any points at all. The proudest moment of the event was definitely a catch of the championships – 46.4cm perch caught by Artur Matuszewski. His partner also scored an impressive perch and besides winning the fish of the event award, they took the 13th place that thanks to organizers turned out to be generously rewarded rather than unlucky. Rafał Światłoń who was in command of another skiff, together with Marcin Gruszczyński ended up on the 12th position with a 79.3 cm pike and until very last minutes of the first round was on a lead with his prey. Another pair made of Arkadiusz Chudy and Michał Załucki scored with a decent perch, while we – it is me together with Karol, managed to catch a zander that granted us a 20th place; only 6cm shorter than the biggest zander of the contest. What is worth mentioning – our biggest fish were caught with a Sairas – the large ones.
To wrap it up – I think that the Mikado Team did well. After further post-game analysis of the fishery, it turned out that Marcin chose all the right spots that provided the contestants with the biggest fish and granted them the best places. These were some insanely intense days filled with a passion, some great humor and lots of positive energy, mixed with a really healthy competition. For me – an amateur when it comes to such a level of contest – a great source of knowledge that will surely be very fruitful in a future. Finally I would like to thank all the bonkers Mikado Team members for those great days spent together.
Greeting to everyone
Mikado Total Fishing