From 25. to 26. of June in city Konjic, Bosnia & Herzegovina on river Neretva was organized 3rd International Spin Cup. Interests for cup where huge but there was a limited shore for venue so on competition where present 25 competitors from even 5 countries: Croatia, BiH, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Romania. Tournament was placed right in the middle of city Konjic in very restricted Fly Fishing area which is one of the most popular and the most visited in that part of Europe. Fishing area is characteristic with very light colored sand bottom with crossings to huge cliffs where the most fishes was situated. Very good care about river itself resulted with very rich population of huge brown trout’s sized more than 60-70 cm.
Organization in front of ‘’Fishing club Konjic’’ has taken by Amer Hadžimešić, BiH national team member who actually made great job organizing it with a great help of city Konjic and with a sponsors Anglers Zone, Anglers Zone Croatia and Stream Tackle.
Preparing for tournament brings doubt’s to many competitors and teams also like to us, Pontoon21 Croatia Team (Mario Matijašić, Hrvoje Kuzmić and Željko Kuk). Of course, before starting we hear about huge trout’s and saw many videos and pictures.
Prepared tackle was finally with light and medium rods with appropriate reels and lines. Light weight rods we choose are Pontoon21 Stylo which are well knowned as best rods for trout’s but they are tested up just to 7gr and for viewed fished not enough, so for medium choice where selected Pontoon21 Detonada (4-18gr), Gad Gancho (3-12gr) and Pontoon21 Seven&Eleven (8-24gr). On reels we put Pontoon21 Exteer braids with Pontoon21 Marxman SFC 0,20mm leaders.
Starting on first day, all of us where very careful and hesitant. It was a question which type of fish we will catch, it there enough of ‘’small’’ fish inside. We knew that that decision will be very important in total. Also, we knew that river was no additionally restocked so there was no doubt’s about fishing wild natural trout’s for which we all know about it very careful behavior. And it was like that, very clear water let fishes to suspect in lures so in steady waters catching was possible almost only on bottom rolling soft baits. In streams fish was slightly less cautious and spinners like Pontoon21 Trait TB were effective. After all, passed time and few finished rounds, our doubt’s cost us. Catching with light and medium tackle was effective but that was not enough, many time on it was wasted.
So first day finishes with results, 19th, 7th and excellent Hrvoje Kuzmić who hesitate less, was best winning 3rd place. Long conversations during night and preparing tackle for second day, give us final conclusion – there is no other option than catching small trout and focus just on it. On venue we bring only light tackle and use only micro baits. In addition to it, we realize a very interesting fact. Many people feed huge trout’s from bridges with bread just throwing it. Bread floats until get full with water, then easily sinking where fish can’t resist it … That’s it!!! We need white soft bait on very light jig head. How efficient was that. All of us where catch more than double from other teams. Many tries to imitate us but it’s not possible on heavier tackle without very thin line. Second day then finished with total Croatia Team domination by winning all three first places.
In total, best from Croatia Team was Hrvoje Kuzmić as a winner of the cup with total penalties 4 (3+1), just behind him was Željko Kuk by winning 2nd place with 9 penalties (7+2) and 3rd place was taken by Boris Ladan (Bih) with 11 penalties (6+5). Excellent tactics bring us 2 best places on this cup and again confirm us how team work and experience can turn game in our favor.
Winner announcement was organized on bank of river Neretva, where winners receive valuable rewards from sponsors. After it, it was a banquet where experience and impressions where changed between competitors. Long memories will stay about this tournament: fantastic strikes, huge fishes, beautiful nature, unforgettable win…
Mario Matiashich, Croatia
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