Street Fishing Poland is the second of four tournaments and it took place of June 23rd 2018 on the Oder River in Wrocław. Of course, the Mikado team had to make an appearance.
While in Wroclaw we couldn’t deny ourselves the pleasure of strolling around this incredible city. It’s always good to come here a day early to give yourself time to walk around the beautiful old town. It’s a medieval market square, one of the biggest in Europe and home to the biggest city hall building in Poland.
Unfortunately, the sightseeing had to be put on the back burner as we had to focus on the competition, which would start at 7:30 a.m. The weather wasn’t great - it was raining and there was a slight wind - but no one seemed to care. 213 people took part in the competition, most of them men but there were some women present as well. Interestingly enough, there were also two kids :) which only shows how big this event is. I’m pretty sure next year the organizers - Remek and Jowita - will have their work cut out for them when 500 people show up to compete :))
To my surprise there was no running and shoving on the starting line. The competitors slowly made their way to where they wanted to fish, talking about tackle and their experiences. Some even spent the whole day fishing right next to the start. You could use casting rods as well as spin and fly fishing rods. Most people went with the most popular method - spin fishing.
Oder is a winding river and home to many different species of fish. There is so much water! The most popular species among the participants were: perch, chub, asp, pike, ide, zander, and catfish - in that order. Perch and chub were the most numerous. The biggest chub was 57cm and the biggest zander - 84cm. One person even caught a rudd. All the catfish were under the required length.
Due to the huge interest in Blocks rods, lures, bags and chestpacks made for just this type of competition we set up a Mikado stand. We gave every participant a small gift bag consisting of the Mikado catalogue, Fishunter lures, and the very popular Nihonto braided line. We had very nice conversations and met people from all over Poland.
The competition ended at 5:00 p.m. As the scores were being counted everyone enjoyed a meal (bbq) and coffee. Just after 6:00 p.m. the scores were in. There were many prizes and giving them all out took almost an hour. Abramis, the distributor of Mikado brand tackle, also had something for the top three. The winner, Emil Dobrzański, who scored 140 points, got a BLOCKS BAIT DEALER 260 7-28 g rod, a BLACK CRYSTAL 3005 FD reel and a M-BAG - CHESTPACK ACTIVE (42x27 cm). Michał Kryc took second with an 84cm zander and 108 points. He got a BLOCKS HOMIE 240 3-15 g rod and a M-BAG - CHESTPACK ACTIVE (42x27 cm). Radosław Banach came in third with 102 points and he won a BLOCKS PLAYER 210 1-9 g rod.
We also held a text-message contest where the prizes were two chestpacks and a bag. Overall, 149 participants got some points.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in Street Fishing Poland II, as well as the organizers - Remek and Jowita. It’s a great event. Everyone needs a passion :)
Mikado Fishing Team