The football World Cup is here and I’ve been thinking about how different kinds of football games resemble different kinds of carp fishing trips.
I think a friendly match is like going to a fishery you know very well. In football during a friendly match the coach has time to try out different strategies and ideas, analyze the game and skills of as many players as possible. Homo ciprinus (carp angler) tests out tackle, analyzes techniques and tries out some new ideas.
An exhibition game is just a normal carp fishing trip. There is no particular pressure and the expectations aren’t too high. We just go and do what we do best, as well as we can. We enjoy the stress-free trip and relax in nature by the water.
Group stage game is just like a carp fishing tournament. You have a set amount of time to give it all you’ve got, show your best skills and… get as many points as you can (in the form of carps). There is no time to play around and test stuff out.
Finally, there is the final match, the championship - where you have to go all out and consider every possible angle. You need to analyze the fishery, localize the carp and plan out every step all the way to taking a perfect pic with your trophy.
Recently my friend Adam and I had the chance to try our hand in the most demanding type of fishing. The owner of the fishery that hosted “the final match” assured us that there has been no permits issued for the last seven years - a carp fishing El Dorado! There should be only 10kg+ carp in the reservoir. We started with a fishery reconnaissance; we checked it to establish where our camp should be, where we should bait and fish and we analyzed the bottom to figure out what kind of techniques we should use. This stage took five days, the last two of which were mostly spent baiting in our chosen spots. What made it even better is that the fish in the reservoir hadn’t been “pricked” before and they had never tried boilies. In short - the fishing lasted four days and we didn’t get what we came for until the last night, when we finally felt like we won - we got a 17kg carp. I don’t have to tell you what a fish like that means to a carp angler, especially considering the conditions. This carp was a unicorn among fish.
I have to say that none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for Adam. He has to get credit for helping me in the “finale”. I know that there are many more carp fishing “matches” still before us and the next time I would like to be Adam’s wingman. I’m always rooting for him. “Fair play” applies to fishing too. ;)