One of the best expeditions last season! I have already described the first visit to Pálava in one of last year's issues, but the second one was incredibly demanding and very successful. It all started with a beautiful sunny day. Loading the ship was a cool thing. Until it seemed weird with Michal, two days old prediction. Well, it is good to enjoy. Traditionally we have such a relaxing day on the first day, due to the tactics we choose, we are successful only the next days, and especially the beginning full of preparations is demanding also physically.
As soon as the work commitment allowed me, I decided to try to realize it, to meet another of my previously set goals. It was catching my first big carp on the Vltava cascade, which I have never historically visited carp fishing, even though I have spent a lot of free time here in recent years. It just had to mature, and it happened… I selected a suitable area for this period on Google maps. I found the very place to fish only on closer inspection of a completely unknown area for me from the rumann boat, which I was transporting over this large area.
On 2 - 6 October 2019, our RCCC Czech Fishing Club, in cooperation with the City of Čelákovice, its MO ČRS and ČRS SÚS, organized the tenth annual RCCC ČRS SÚS and I, traditionally for the third time as chairman, hunter, moderator and manager of CZ MIVARDI team. It is the most prestigious and most difficult race in laid individuals, only offshore and without the help of another. The scoring fish is recognized by the hunter only when it is placed on the ground. The competition was announced for the credit of the three heaviest catches from 4kg weight. The duration of the race of 92 hours on a 6 km stretch of the Elbe River, with a total of 48 competitors in four sectors, made this event unique. The purpose of this race is to support the Czech Fishing Clubs, fishing youth events and especially the support of children who were not so lucky.
Yes PLACE, it is also alpha and omega. I only visit the so-called transition points, ie parts of the stand, where the shallower part of the transition to the deeper parts, or fishing directly in the "pits". Most of the old sandpits have such places and it is only about your summer activity to select such places. As I wrote in one of the previous articles, it's not all about technology, throwing sonars, passing water, or popular markers. Lazy mushroom bare misfortune, walking with a dog and chatting with hunters in full season, or during it will find you a guide to winter fishing. So communication is the best "technology".
There are fewer shots, the water is far from bathing, the fishers have been reduced by the water, and I still have a few days a week to hunt for a few hours. I have to rethink hunting. I lay out everything in the workshop and adjust the equipment style "big purge". Everything to get into the backpack, carp bags so that I can move quickly even over long distances with a trolley, or really a "punk" with everything in his hand or on his shoulders. But I have to admit that I consider it the nicest fishing. Every catch has a high value for me. Fishing in winter also has one big advantage, the incredibly exposed places are not always occupied, so I open up the opportunity to get where I do not have a chance in the season. Well, hand on heart, it's not always the joyful moments when you put a mile in your feet and find out that a bunch of guys here soak the pike rods, but that's part of it. You have to take some more power and go a little further.
I have been visiting small and larger waters, as I have been doing in the winter for several years. Interesting is the comparison of success, I had a few questions on social networks, whether the winter is better shallower stagnant water, or larger and deeper. I have to say very frankly that for extremely cold waters, definitely larger and deeper waters. Hec, which I tried to realize immediately after the thaw last year in one barely two-hectare sand pit ended up quite a flop. I think that in small waters the fish really winter as the water freezes, loses activity completely and food intake is minimal, unlike large deep waters. With essentially identical walks, ie in the same period, under the same climatic conditions, the number of shots was significantly different. This, on the other hand, changed as the water in the spring sun warmed up more quickly and the fish approached shallow parts. Then it is advantageous to react and visit such water in a timely manner after a significant spring weekly warming.
Time has shifted and the water is already very cold. The time of particle and hunt with pop-up comes. So the time of small pitfalls and complete refinement. But I still stick to proven helpers. Morning frosts alternate with days of rain. Again, I'm on a wave of quick walks. The Turbo, Easy Catch and Sweet Corn pellets add a great helper. Particle. In a very simple, basic combination of proven components. Rape, wheat, maize and important hemp, which is absolutely indispensable for winter hunting. For a quick walk, you will need a small box and PVA stocking, Flavor essence, Liquid Food and scissors, for mixing I use a discarded kitchen knife.
This year, both of us can be considered very successful. Vítek caught his personal best of carp and I caught my PB in grasscarp. So great! It started to flourish already in the spring. We went to the smaller water, where we caught many fish and one older coot. After that we made several smaller expeditions. Easter came and with them a typical voyage to the vast water near the residence. We caught a lot of fish here. Most of the fish were around 10kg. An interesting catch was catfish, with a length of about 1 meter. He bite up on pop up boilies. On this expedition we caught most of the fish on the Mivardi Rapid Devill Squid boilies in a paste. We used quite a few feed.
Due to lack of time I have not been fishing for more than 3 days. That's why I choose short walks to at least take a break from my daily duties. I always select in advance places on my favorite small district with an area of less than 10 hectares, depending on the weather and water temperature.