Like every year I started my new fishing season on March 1st.
As usual at this time of year, the weather conditions were far from ideal. Nevertheless, my opinion is that a good fisherman should not be bothered by bad weather and must always adapt himself to the conditions. Shortly after sunrise I moved to one of my favorite spots and prepared my equipment. The pond I was fishing at is not too big so I decided to do without targeted feeding. With a simple fixed lead assembly and a PVA bag to bring the fish to my spot I saw my biggest chance to catch a carp. But which bait should I use? I have often made the experience that baits that worked well the previous year will only catch few fish the following year. Therefore the first task is to find a good working bait for the new season. So I decided to fish one assembly with the best boilies of the last year (N.F.S. Starbaits 20Ø) and another one with a new bait (NASH Scopex Squid Cultured 15Ø). Shortly after laying out my rods the weather worsened and it started to alternate between rain and snow. Some hours passed and my belief to catch a carp disappeared from time to time. But then the long awaited sound of my bite indicator sounded and after a short fight I could land my first carp of the year. It was a scaled carp with a weight of 9,7 lbs that could not resist my Boilie (N.F.S.). Although it was only a small fish, my joy was huge to catch a carp again after such a long time. With new motivation I put my rods out again and a few minutes later I got my next run, this time on the rod with the other bait. It was a scaled carp again, but this time a bit heavier with 17,1 lbs. I tried it for another three hours with different baits, but couldn’t land another fish. Nevertheless I was very satisfied with the first successful trip 2020.
However the first session showed, the right choice of boilies will be again a longer process this year.