HUNGARY’S stunning World Championship win on Slovakia’s River Vah was thanks to some 30 consecutive weekends of practice, total-fishing can reveal.
The squad even bought a fisheries scientist along, and had him take fish and examine their stomachs to find out what they were eating the most.
The team quickly concluded that on this big, fast flowing river the fish wanted big baits and after a while the fish moved away from feeding on maggots.
If the water was pressurised, all they wanted was casters, worms and in particular bloodworms. As a result, while most teams fed their full quota of joker, Hungary did not feed one joker between them in the match. Instead they fed lots of bloodworm, topping up on the hour with chopped worm and casters, plus more bloodworm. On the hook they fished bunches of bloodworms plus sometimes pieces of worm. They also fished lighter than England, who were in on the bloodworm trick. While the England lads fished 0.19mm and 0.21mm hooklengths, Hungary fished 0.15mm.
“I hindsight I think we concentrated too much on the barbel when we should have looked to catch the bream,” commented England’s Sean Ashby.
World Championships, River Vah, Piestany, Slovakia
Result, top 15 teams:
5 Drennan Team
10 Shimano Wales, 153
Top 10 individuals
1 Alan Scotthorne, Drennan
2 Karoly Schater, Sensas
3 Robert Bednarksi,
4 Tibor Ambrus, Sensas
5 Marian Hason,
6 Christophe Gazannois, Sensas
7 Gyula Katus, Sensas
8 Stuart Conroy, Drennan Team
9 Jounni Lillman,
10 Luc Vercammen,
A full in depth report on the World Championships will appear in the November issue of Midland Angler, out October 12th.
Website: www.piestany.sk .
Travel arrangements: Channel Tunnel via www.directferry.com .
Accommodation: It’s very cheap. We stayed in a four-bedroom apartment close to the town centre with kitchen and shower etc for only 11 Euros per person per night. The owner is finishing a second property based on the same prices. Contact Radoslav Repa by email on email@example.com .
Eating out: A great restaurant to visit is the Pension Benakty, which overlooks the
The fishing: Piestiny has a good tackle shop that caters for match, predator and carp anglers. There are many thousands of anglers in the area. There are hundreds of great fishing spots in the region, much of it based around the River Vah, which holds barbel, eels, bream, catfish, large zander, zarthe and many smaller species. There are also many mountain lakes to visit, plus a stocked lake in the town.