This year’s edition of the Spinning Dutch Adventure competition is already behind us. It took place on the large Ketelmeer lake in the Netherlands. 40 pairs of contestants took part; I went with my long-time friend Tomasz Dziewulski, who managed to catch a 90cm pike last year. This made me feel optimistic and we were both hoping we might be able to do it again. We were already familiar with the water. The competition started at 8:00, sharp, with a whistle from the organizer of the event Adrian Proń. We had prepared our strategy beforehand so we could get straight to the fishing.
We set out for the first spot we thought would be interesting but it was unfortunately taken. We went through some thorny blackberries to get to the end of a groyne, where I had gotten a few perch the year before, using a 7 cm Fishunter, white with a black back (color no. 18). I started out using this lure, as it has worked before. It didn’t seem to be working on that day though. We tried a few different lures but still, no luck. We decided to change places to a second groyne. In the meantime we started hearing some chatter about big pikes being caught, one was said to be over 1 meter. We knew right then that the bar was high. We decided to go to the same spot where Tomek had caught the huge pike the year before. Unfortunately, the plentiful amount of plants in this area made it impossible to fish. Walking toward the end of the groyne I thought that I should completely change my lures, from white and subtle to bright and flashy. That seemed to have been the right decision, as I had a nice perch very soon after that. Using a 55cm Fishunter TT in a green fluo color (348) with a 25 g jig head. Unfortunately the fish fell off my hook just 30 cm from the landing net. I spent the next 30 minutes trying to catch some more fish and constantly switching lures. finally, there was a strong bite. After a quick haul I had the fish on the bank and we had a beautiful perch, 34 cm long, that especially liked the firelighter color no. 127. Tomek only got one more perch in the whole competition but it was a few cm shorof the legal limit.
We finished in 10th place but the vibe was great and the whole event very nice, so the scores mattered very little. Great participants, and good, Polish food - that is why we want to come back for the next competition, which will probably be streetfishing in the town of Hellevoetsluis. We can’t wait.
Mikado Fishing Team