This year spring started with a bang and brought hot weather and green leaves with it. It’s a breath of fresh after an unpleasant winter and anglers are all ready for some action. My tackle has been polished and stood waiting for this moment for a long time. Sitting in the warm breeze I decided it was time to trade my spring fishing rod that I used for catching perch for a comfy chair and a method feeder rod.
The morning was sunny and it was still a bit chilly outside. I made myself some coffee to go and I could feel the excitement coming back to me that I hadn’t felt since autumn ended. I felt very happy and I was looking forward to relaxing by the water. As I was getting closer to my chosen spot I was also hoping that the bait I chose would entice some nice fish.
I chose my favorite fishery for this first trip of the year - Kamień or “the Stone”. I know it very well. It’s a Polish Angling Association fisher and it’s divided into three parts, one of which has a ben on taking fish home. It’s home to beautiful carp, grass carp, ide and bream. I chose to focus on ide during this particular trip and I chose two different techniques to try - feeder and method feeder. I used a Mikado rod, the Black Stone light feeder for the classic feeder as I thought it would be very satisfying due to its sensitivity. For the Method Feeder I went with a new Mikado product for 2018 - the Excellence Method Feeder, which enticed me with its specifications and great design.
The first dandelions of this year were just starting to bloom and I remembered that an older angler once told me that’s the best time for catching ide so I decided to focus on them for this whole trip. Based on my experience on this fishery I knew that I should use brightly colored lures in early spring. I went with with and yellow dumbells and pellet in a contrasting color - for example red. Although most anglers fish for ide in rivers I personally prefer lakes where the rivers end. There are many reasons for my preference - these places are very well oxygenated and there is a lot of different foods the river brought in which entices the ide so they stay nearby.
It quickly turned out I was right in thinking this would be a good time for ide. I didn’t have to wait too long after this first cast before I had a big fish on the feeder rig. I set the hook , hauled the fish out fairly quickly and I was already sure that I chose the right method for this trip. The time flew by because I was busy pulling out many fish with both my rods. The Black Stone was very pleasant during hauling. It’s sensitive and has a soft blank which allows more control over the fish. The Excellence has a lot of finesse so I was surprised to learn how powerful and effective it is. The blank is moderately stiff so you can cast precisely but it still bends nicely during the haul.
When fishing for ide it’s absolutely crucial that you choose the length of your leader carefully and that you adjust your rig to fit the particular fishery. I usually choose a line that’s around 0,18 - 0,20 in diameter and add a leader with with a hook between size 16 and 22. For the classic feeder the length of my leader is determined by how active the fish are. I usually start around 50 cm and go all the way up to 120 cm if need be. I choose the feeder itself according to the flow of water. For the method feeder I use a fixed combination of a 30 gram feeder and a 10 cm leader.
I was very happy with the first trip of this spring so I am planning on sticking with whitefish for the time being. My next trips will probably be all about carp so I’m happy I got to play with some ide. Hauling the bigger, stronger ones is a lot of fun and you will be very satisfied if you manage to get one out. I’m already planning my next trips and I hope they will go just as well.
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