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2019 1st club match - Trooz fishery

The Trooz fishery hosted our first 2019 club match. Some lads went and trained the week before and their posts seemed to be sadly pessimistic. The water temperature was still low and carps were much fancier snoozing a long way from their usual feeding spots.

The weather conditions have been fine all the day long but some whirling squalls nevertheless made the castings a bit touchy at some times. A quite complete team gathered around a cup of coffee and fishing discussions were flying around in a really light and thoughtlessly ambient.

Trooz fishery

8:30.

Time now for the draw in a calm but exciting atmosphere. All of us anyway were sure to have gotten the good peg, well, almost all of us :-)

Getting settled was quick and easy, the banks are clean, quite flat and covered with pebbles. We were impatiently awaiting for the start whistle.

A warm fishery stuck in a wonderful valley

GO.

The 10 AM radio news triggered the first casts. We were up for a 6 hours battle. Less than quart of an hour later, our secretary had his first bite and landed a 2 Lbs F1. The fishing distance was limited to 20 meters and some anglers decided to prepare nonetheless two areas which by the way looked to be the good decision.

 

Ready for the fight

As for the previous years head pegs (drawn by Daniel and I) were going to be hard to fish but Daniel’s one was to be much more efficient at the end of the last hour. Central spots occupied by Francis and Alex facing the “pipe” were not more profitable in the morning and carps were obviously still asleep. On the other hand roach were seriously hungry and were pecking at the method feeders groundbait and triggering flash bites. Proving carps were not that active. Johnny filled his second keepnet with plenty of fresh 2 years-old roach. Mercedes went for 3 carps in less than 15 minutes and gave us whispers of hope that big mamma’s were on their way, at last. The biggest one (10 Lbs) was caught by Alex on a closer spot after a 25 minute fight before being landed. He probably set up the right strategy as he unhooked another big one 8 minutes before. They settled and ate around piles of pellets Alex put down all the evening long.

AND SO...

No doubt about the winner but the challengers were in a close range. The prize giving was taking place while tasting a very nice and deserved plate of pasta prepared by the owner Muriel whose we thank so much for her kindness and smile.

Congratulations to Alex and his 10,280 kilos, followed by Francis and Daniel with 7,420 kilos and 6,100 kilos. Mercedes misses as usual the medals as she finishes with a very encouraging 4th place and a weight of 5,810 kilos. You would probably want to see the complete ranking here.

This early encounter was a hard one and was definitely not a normal day in this fishery. We usually see 2 figures keepnets.

Thank you to everyone and specially to Serge who was feeder matching for the first time.

Jean-Marie.

To get fishing back on the straight and narrow

Feeder Team LiègeBecause everyone can catch fish fishing must keep being an exciting and dynamic sport. A sport that can attract youngsters as well as more mature people, a sport that must bring back youngsters and grown people.

It is not a grandpas sport it is not an old-fashioned or a square sport, it is a sport requiring concentration, precision, logic, skills and deep thinking.

And the feeder fishing is not different.

 

 

Our waterways changed

Feeder Team LiègeNo need to be in denial, Walloon waterways lost their attractiveness and are not plenty of fish as before.

Keepnets full of fat sparkling fresh roach are only memories alongside the public watercourses.

Mean flow canals and rivers are harder and harder to fish with casual tackle. Competitors can boast about catching a lot but they can make of use top range poles, bloodworm and above all hours and days of practice the majority of us can’t afford.

So we need to find something else, something effective but giving quick results and cheap.

 

 

Simple, cheap and adaptative.

Feeder Team LiègeFeeder fishing means less tackle, less baits and less groundbait. So it is easier to settle, cheaper to catch fish.

Generally a pint of maggots and 2 Lbs of groundbait are enough for a 6 or 8 hours sessions and a bunch of fish.

Feeder fishing can cope with many fishing circumstances: distance, depth and many species of fish as they probably don’t expect you to put down baits where they are not used to.

 

 

But a full technique apart

Feeder is much older than pole fishing. It always existed in the UK and typical British rods give a proof of its impressive success. A solution had to be found to catch fish in rivers and that’s what they did.

It requires precision, finesse, discretion and simplicity This feeder fishing club has one goal: give advice to anglers and teach them the right rigs, the adequate gestures and the sense of adaptation.

The tackle is quite specific to this technique but there is a need of understanding in this wide and sometimes misleading range of products. In one word: we try to be the meeting point between motivated experimented anglers and upcoming convinced feeder fishermen.

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