Yet another competition has come to an end. It became a tradition by now, that the Mikado Team participates in the Grand Prix organized at the Nekielka fishery. On the 8-12 of May, first round of the Grand Prix – Golden Carp was held. Twenty teams participated and the competition was based on the old formula: angling, baiting, depth plumbing – allowed only from the shore.
On Wednesday, 8th of May we departed towards Poznań. On our way we were wondering what the fate will bring us this time and which spot will we draw. Good location is a crucial element on the road to success. High positions we took last year made us feel very optimistic about this edition.
We arrived to our destination early in the morning. After official opening, the draw has begun. Results were rather disappointing for us. We were assigned to a rather difficult spot.
After reaching our location we set up the camp. Shortly after that we started plumbing the depth, choosing the right place and baiting.
At 14:00 referee announced beginning of the competition.
The weather was rather unpleasant – despite the sun it was chilly and windy. Our good moods did not get spoiled though. We were eagerly waiting for our first strikes.
During first night we only had three slight bait attempts.
Next day was a pursuit day. We are plumbing the depth again, frequently moving the rig in order to find any signs of carps feeding. The weather was not helping at all – constant rain and low temperatures were not making it any easier for us. Poor fish feeding behaviour was noticeable across the fishery. After first two days, for 20 teams participating, only a few carps were caught. We did not give up and kept fighting though!
Continuous rain and very low temperature, that went below 5 Celsius overnight, made that event really hard for participants. Some teams decided to finish a bit early.
We were fighting until the very end. Fish decided to get close to our post only during the last night. In the morning all we got was a slightest bait attempt. After about 2 minutes of hauling, sadly the fish escaped. After 6 more hours the competition was ended and, in a pouring rain, we had to pack up.
We were not the only ones to finish without a single catch. It was a valuable and humbling lesson for us for sure. After deep analysis of the entire event and proper evaluation of our strenghts and flaws, we started preparations for the next round that will take part in August.
Thank you all, who kept their fingers crossed for us! We will make whatever possible in order to get to the top in the second round.
Mikado Fishing Team