This year, April spoiled us with a number of really warm and sunny days, often exceeding 20C of air temperature. The nature woke up from a winter dormancy in no time at all. Trees and flowers blossomed and all sorts of insects eagerly got to work. Stunning ambience made sitting at home feel like a punishment.
One, very sunny and warm weekend, overjoyed with a sudden arrival of a spring and the fact that the air pressure was constant for a few days in a row, I decided to head for a spinning trip. I packed my brand new chub-ide lure box containing wobblers and spoons, spooled the LX Sapphire Classic Clear fishing lines 0.16 and 0.18 on the Black Crystal 3000 reel and fixed it all to the Mikado Specialized Chubster 275 cm rod. I was ready for action. Filled with energy, I departed towards my favourite part of the Lower-Silesian Odra river.
Upon arrival to my spot I found out that all I have is one hour to spare, so I had to start acting quick and in an organized manner. At the beginning I focused on gathering a proper intel. Vague signs of fish feeding were only visible at the shallow part of a water, close to grass, within cages. Despite obstacles I decided that those will be the spots I will aim for while casting.
First lure I decided to use was the Bold Head wobbler with a J67 coating. Flawlessly prepared I took a perfect position for a first cast of the expedition. I executed a cast. The lure fell into the water, so I quickly grabbed the handle and made one full turn. Suddenly I felt a massive bait that made blood in my arteries boil with excitement. Filled with hope and delighted with effectiveness of a chosen wobbler, I started to haul the fish back to the shore. Sadly, it did not last long. To my despair the fish managed to get off the treble hook. Grief and anger got to my face. I had no time to weep over that loss though. I said to myself that the first pancake is always spoilt and that the show must go on. Who knew what was yet to come.
Following casts and changes of lures and spots resulted with a few, minor chubs. Angling was even harder, due to dried straw floating on a surface. The only lure that was capable of making fish react in those conditions was a 2,5 cm Duende wobbler, coating 67.
Despite a variety of obstacles and difficulties, I really enjoy that type of angling, as it makes me plan and consider every next move and cast. You need to invest a lot of effort into a noiseless approach, not to scare careful ides and chubs. Especially given that at this time of year they tend to hide close to banks, reeds, among calm water and within cages between spurs. There are not yet present in spillways, rocky river walls with a rapid current or within the current itself. I would not be myself though, if I did not try to do something the opposite way it ought to be done.
I decided to place the Duende, coating 68 wobbler on a snap. I made a cast along the rocky river wall, just underneath a sunk trunk of a tree. Then, a sudden bait happened. This time I was lucky. After successful hauling, I had a first this year, Orda river ide in my landing net. It was not of a size that I was expecting it to be in such spot, yet at the end of a day it brought me as much joy, as the desired one.
Sadly, the sun set behind trees and my Odra angling time was up. I went back home optimistic and filled with positive energy. Even though the fish I caught were not too large, I felt happy to be able to haul them successfully at all. I also managed to have a bit of lure effectiveness and conditions check, I also tried out my equipment. Now, I can start planning my next expedition. I will be back to the Odra banks in few days. I am sure it will be worth it.
Mikado Fishing Team