September 7, 2019 in the Leningrad region was a colorful holiday "Day of the hunter – 2019". The holiday was held under the leadership of the Government of the Leningrad region and the district administration and with the active participation of the “Hunter and Fisher” TV channel.
The venue of the holiday was Romanovka Park on the picturesque bank of the Luga River
in the ancient city of Kingisepp, known for several centuries as the Yam Fortress and Yamburg.
In order to promote civilized hunting and fishing, a lot of educational and entertainment zones were organized at the festival. Somewhere, animals and birds were lured by the semolina, they demonstrated falconry.
Taxidermists showed how to beautifully arrange a trophy.
There was something to do for curious children.
Those who came just to relax in the park on a nice sunny day were delivered with a festive mood by numerous dance and vocal groups.
The famous hunter boasted successful shots.
And the boys mastered working skills in the forge.
Meanwhile, what a holiday it is without a fishing tournament. On the shore of the Luga, a fishing tournament was organized with a fishing rod from the shore.
More than 20 people gathered fishing participants. The shore was divided into sections every 10 meters.
After the draw, I got the plot number 5. Since it was shallow near the shore, and it was impossible to enter the water, I set aside the 6-meter fly-fishing rod Maximus Rebel Pole 600, which I planned to start fishing.
The Luga River in this place spilled before the river, the stream was on the opposite bank. And from our side there was a weak reverse flow. There was little vegetation in the water. I decided to focus on small fish: roach and glue. To do this, I equipped the Maximus Rebel Tele Match 420 light match fishing rod with a Black Side Prodigy 2500FD reel, put a small 2g match match float and a 0.083mm lead from Dunaev with hook No. 16. Depth set 0.8m, maggot nozzle. I didn’t think much with bait, mixed a pack of “Danube-roach” and a bit of BinFish bream aroma. The first cast was made without bait. Immediately flew a little bleak. He made a feeding with several balls of bait. One could see a pillar of turbidity and the revitalization of small fish. Bite pecking is not very active, but stable. I probably didn’t catch such little ones even in childhood. A few gatherings, entanglement of the leash a little distracted from tracking the environment. Meanwhile, the people on the shore sat sad, several people curled up without seeing a bite. I think that they caught everything on maggots – the worm and fed the same way. But the gear was rough, the fishing rods were oak. The floats flew laden at 5-7 grams, and for sure the hooks were large, perch. Small hooks and hooks like this will not bite, and the bobber will not show a bite.
I decided to catch all the way. 30 minutes before the finish line he threw off all the remaining bait at once, including the remains of uneaten bread. This probably provoked the fish a little and before the finish signal caught a roach, which when weighed turned out to be the largest fish caught. On weighing it turned out that few fish were caught. The catch weighing 345g became the largest and brought me first place in this tournament. In addition, for my persistence I was rewarded with several packs of catching bait Dunaev from the tournament organizers.
At the end of the tournament until the time of the award, for those who were interested in the nuances of float fishing, a master class was organized by the famous St. Petersburg athlete, master of sports George Utgof.
The guests of the holiday were treated to fish soup, army porridge and tea, and if desired, it was possible to eat numerous goodies from local entrepreneurs.
The solemn minute of the award flew quickly. From the organizers of the holiday and the government of the Leningrad region presented cups, certificates and various useful things from sponsors.
I got prizes for first place in the tournament and for the biggest fish of the tournament. What I am very glad and grateful for this to my proven gear.
I wish all fishermen neither tail nor scales! And proven reliable gear!