Very first, carp fishing trips of a year are mostly about making plans of getting to new spots and new fisheries, come true. They are also about testing in real life, the equipment purchased during winter.
Main goal of my first fishing trip, that opened the 2019 carp year for me, was to get to the Średnie lake, located nearby Mrągowo. The expedition was planned for a first half of April. In terms of average weather conditions in Mazury region at that time of a year, there were no reasons to be optimistic. Luckily, careful observation of the lake, raised among us hope that we will not finish empty-handed. The nature was clearly getting back to life, despite very low water temperature (roughly 10 Celsius degrees). Excitement coming from a fact that we finally got to the woods and were supposed to spend a few days in a tent, after a long, cold break, was strong enough to make us forget about all the concerns connected to cold nights and moody weather.
The destination that we decided to choose would easily fulfil dreams of the pickiest carp anglers. Large population of carps, their magnificent shape and marvellous colours, provide fish hunters with a wide palette of beautiful emotions and great memories. Administrator of those reservoirs – the Mrągowo Angling Association, takes great care of their fish stocks, but also remembers about the maintenance of the entire infrastructure surrounding the lake. Access roads, the fishery itself and banks are often maintained through social cleaning initiatives, held by the board of the Association. Those events are a great chance not only to actively care for the environment, but also to integrate members of the association and embrace their ownership of the area they utilize. I did mention that due to a fact that I personally took part in such an affair, but also – or maybe: mostly, to emphasise that it is a great example worth following.
Before my experience connected to the mentioned social cleaning initiative, full 24 hours of our April fishing trip passed. Afternoon was mostly spent on tent setting and rig making – last ones were to be used in mutually elected spots. Night did not reward us with any catch. We did not even hear a signaller sound once. Long awaited noise came to my ears in the morning, during a first coffee cup of a day. At first, I was a bit shocked and I could not believe my ears. It took me a while to realize that it was my signaller, letting me know the carp is there, waiting for me. I quickly got to my rod and… the following steps were executed perfectly. After few minutes of hauling, my first carp of the year ended up on a matt. At this point its size and weight did not matter (to be honest I did not even scale it, yet as per my opinion, that beautifully coloured fish must have had at least 5 kg). The most important was the fact that I caught him and that my carp year just got open. I was fulfilled and for me that trip could already be counted as a successful one. I believe that such a chain of events was not a coincidence, but rather an outcome of an applied tigernut bait (two grains), displayed on a devilishly sharp Territory Musa hook no. 6.
My joy was yet to become more intense though, as there was one more fish to come during the night. At around 23:30 I heard a long, piercing squeak of a signaller. It could only mean one thing – an escape attempt by a confident fish. My only concern was a fact that a carp, having approached the bait with such a drive, could get as far, as to submerged trunks of trees on the other side of a lake. Of course, that is exactly what happened. My prey decided to “park” among bushes. My first challenge was to cross the rods with a dinghy in a way that would not damage them. Actually, that was not that much of challenge and happened rather flawlessly. It is mostly due to the Territory Giant rod pod that I purchased this year. Its size allowed me to easily cross underneath tips of the rods that were resting on it.
Additional help came from the Nihonto Carp Fluo fishing line that I was using. It is really easy to spot and follow during the night. Besides its bright colour, it stands out with other features: it sinks fast, is strong and more extension-resistant than its predecessors. I use it with all my reels, but Litus that I pair up with the Purple fishing line size 0.40. Speaking of the reel, its precise oscillation and enormous durability are doubtlessly among major advantages of it, making it a perfect candidate for a spomb.
Getting back to my carp – with support of my colleagues I managed to haul it back. Eight-kilogram fish was a very important sign to me, as it meant that the spots chosen, rigs prepared and bait selected were spot on.
Summing up the first fishing trip of the 2019 – for the first time, since I became a declared Homo Cyprinus, an expedition that opened the seaso ended up with a successful catch for me. It might be an outcome of experiences that I gathered, the amount of knowledge that I collected throughout years of fishing, but also of an improving quality of the equipment I own. At the end I would like to wish you all (and myself as well), a carp season at least as successful, as my first fishing trip was – fulfilling and filled with joy. I can also reveal that I am writing this article righter after the may fishing trip I took, to the same lake. This time I was blessed with even larger amount of carps. Some of them were fully armoured with scales – the common carps.;)
Mikado Fishing Team
Subject: wędkarstwo karpiowe,