Well, what a good day and what a result!
It was great to have 4 anglers from the Varna Region match scene attend yesterday, 10 July. My eyes were certainly opened as to the quality of match anglers in Bulgaria, well, Varna anyway.
I’m sure the guys won’t mind me saying this, but, the stereotypical ‘Bulgarians are always late!’ was well and truly put to bed for me yesterday. All 4 visitors were here by 9am for a draw at 11am! Take note tardy Brits.
Now, on to the match itself.
10 anglers took part, as I’ve said, 4 Bulgarians and 6 Brits.
The weather could have been better, equally it could have been much worse. The wind blew strongly all day and we had the odd shower of rain. But most of us were sat in T Shirts all day so it wasn’t that bad really.
The draw saw a pretty equal split of people on the dam wall and people on the house bank. Out of the 4 Bulgarians present, 2 drew the wall (where they would have all preferred to be) and 2 drew the house bank.
I can only comment on my part in the match and Hristo’s part in the next peg. Mind you, I may include Ken in this as well.
I’d decided to fish at about 10 or 11 metres, on the outer edge of the reeds where I had about 0.75m (2ft 6 ins) of water.
I cupped in a bucket load of stewed wheat and sweetcorn and then sat there for the next 2 hours watching Hristo bag up on groundbait and maggot at 12 metres. In that time I had 5 small fish, he had about 50!
Meanwhile, Ken, on the other side of me started on meat and lost a couple of good fish in the reeds almost immediately. He managed to sort stuff out and get a few in. I was getting stuffed both sides.
I’d been trying all sorts of things but nothing seemed to work so I thought stuff it! Start feeding like hell via the catapult. So I did! I piled in stewed wheat and sweetcorn.
The next 3 hours were very productive. Small carp, grass carp and crucians began coming in quite frequently. I had the odd decent fish, the biggest being a carp of about 1.5 lb. Unfortunately I lost quite a number of decent fish too. The most annoying being a grass carp of about 2lb shedding the hook at the landing net. Oh well.
Anyway, here’s the results. You’ll see a huge improvement in weights and us Brits were well and truly stuffed!
1st Radoslav 17lb 6oz (7.95 Kilo)
2nd Assen 15lb 4.5oz (6.93 Kilo)
3rd Hristo 14lb 11.5oz (6.7 Kilo(
4th Slaps 13lb 7oz (6.13 Kilo)
5th Vladimir 13lb 6.5oz (6.12 Kilo)
I’d like to think everyone had a good day, that’s the impression I got, and I’d like to do it again.
So, the next match will be Saturday 31 July 2010.
Next weekend, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th is the Bulgarian National competition. The Varna region match will be held on Tsonevo dam at the dam wall.
I’ll be going along to have a nose and hopefully, so will you.