Updated : Aug 05, 2019 in Worth seeing

Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

Just a few days ago, there was a tournament on spinning fishing from boats “The Crab Lakes Cup 2019”, about which will be my little story. The tournament took place on August 3 at the Bolshoe Rakovoe lake in the Leningrad region. To tell the truth, I found myself in such a situation for the first time, but everything happens sooner or later … more on this below) Since the results have already been published and there is not much point in creating intrigue – our proven crew over the years Potapenko Leonty and Vostrikov Alexander won this tournament. As in the past year, the format of the competition was borrowed from tournaments catching bass, with minor modifications and "improvements". For those who do not know: the basic idea is that the fish are not weighed, but measured by a ruler – after which they are released into their native element. To avoid problems with the measurement, all participants were given exclusive lines that we made specially for the tournament (special thanks to Vyacheslav and Elena Taran for their help)

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

For trophy fish bonus points are added, which are added to the length of the fish, after which the winner is determined by the total sum of the lengths of all the fish caught. Thanks to the development of modern technologies and the improvement of cellular communication quality in the region, the results were transmitted to judges in real time. The participants independently photographed their catch and sent photos to a specially created "community". The judge could only record the results in the table. Since the participants, in turn, could also observe in real time the success of their rivals – this greatly added excitement.

Unfortunately, the weather made its adjustments, so the originally planned 2 days of competition had to be reduced to one. There were fears that a cold front with a north wind would negatively affect fish biting, however, judging by the results of a two-week-old workout (there was a heat of +25 and complete calm), the coolness only activated and encouraged the fish, which cannot be said about us:

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

Photos from training:

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

So, on August 3, early morning and 12 crews gathered on the shore of the lake to test their skills in rowing and fishing. Most of the participants performed on their own inflatable boats, as they are more convenient when fishing in dense bushes, however, some still took on the base of plastic boats, which win in speed of movement. The water level this year is very low, so in some places plastic boats were banal stranded. Because of this annoying misunderstanding, one of the crews was even a bit late for the finish.

By offset, as in the past year, 10 fish were taken, among which there could be 5 pikes with a length of 45 cm and a perch with a length of 20 cm, as well as ide and a chub. I must say that in past years, some lucky crew necessarily caught a decent ide weighing about a kilogram, but this time, unfortunately, he did not get caught.

At 10 in the morning we start and sail to the places tested by years on the opposite side of the lake. Lyonya waved cheerfully on the oars and we were among the first to arrive at the fishing zone. Almost immediately, we begin to fish dense clusters of water lilies and get the first bites. There are contacts and oscillating spinners and rubber on the offset. It takes an hour and a half from the start, we monitor the community and we see that the crew of Barinov – Tsvintarny (winners and prize-winners of tournaments on this lake) have already presented the first pike. We keep abutting and in half an hour we answer them with a pike a couple of centimeters shorter.

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

The crew of Kudinov – Ignashkin is also included in the fight – also a test pike. Leon catches another test pike, and we break out into the lead. The participants begin to move actively and the community is filled with photos – pike, perch, and perch. The crew Churilkin – Safronov catches an excellent pike at 71 cm.

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

For her, the guys get 10 bonus points and join the fight for the top places. I am a little nervous, I glance at the community, but Leon is calm and he catches a good perch under 30 cm and two test pikes with rubber.

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

Sasha Churilkin lays out a couple more test pikes. Most likely the guys picked up the bait and move to the right points. My fishing is not at all glued to contacts and there seems to be a reaction from fish, but there is still no result. It comes to the ridiculous – we swim to the perspective point, I make the first cast – empty, Leon throws a maximum of 30 cm in the same place with a bait offset – and right there bite – a test pike in a boat.

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

Leni's performance is simply amazing – there is practically no gathering of test fish. There are already 4 pikes and 2 perch in the asset, but I have not brought a single fish into the common fund. Periodically, it starts to rain and here, wearing a hood, I don’t notice spinning at the next casting …. And with a characteristic sound spinning in one second from a two-part turned into a three-part … I must say that this year I have already noted in a similar way at the Trout Trophy tournament, breaking a spinning athlete from Moscow. But since the athletes usually had 3-4 spinnings at the trout competitions during the tournament, this was unpleasant, but not critical. Although we took one spare spinning “just in case,” Leon decided to play to the end and continued to catch with a broken stick. In general, I could not stop him, and soon he added another pike to our test.

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

The time was approaching in the evening and it was time for us to move to the finish line. We monitor the community, and among our pursuers we note the crew of Churilkin – Safronov with 5 pikes and perch and the crew of Lyakhov – Pukhov, who have 10 perches. The guys also won more than once on this reservoir, but this year they did not manage to cling to the pike.

While we were moving to the finish line, Lyonya prokidyval with his happy broken spinning islands of reeds and managed to catch another test bass from under him. Here everything has become clear …

Only when I swim to the base, I’m really aware that I’ve become a champion without catching a single fish)) All my results can be displayed with this photo =)

Activities: Crab Lakes Cup 2019 or how to become a champion, without catching a single fish.

(Of course, I caught a few more non-invisible laces more, but it is not so colorful)

As a result, we can say that the tournament went well, both from the point of view of the participant and from the point of view of the organizer. Thank you again for helping our friends: Dmitry Barinov, ComfortBoat and Strike Pro, as well as S-Fishing.ru for informational support. We hope that next year we will continue to popularize the catch-and-release format, which was enjoyed by many participants. We will be glad to see you in our tournaments, excellent fishing, take care of nature and see you soon!

. (tagsToTranslate) Fishing (t) fishing (t) A cup of a scrapper lake (t) competitions in spinning fishing from boats (t) Fishing in the grass

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.