Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fishing camp and cooking !

In winter fishing trips are usually short - because of day length and temperature. Although sometimes I go for danube salmon or sea trout and spend there whole one or two days. 
In this case if i don't want to freeze or get seek I need to use the same equipment I use in summer while longer fishing camps.

Cooking equipment!!

Hot coffe and grilled sausage during the cold winter day is something awesome and helps me to return to the game!

 There are 3 main elements of my cooking equipment. Multitool, Portable BBQ and mobile gas stove. When it is summer and you have access to dry wood you can replace bbq with simple fire, although it could be difficult in winter. There are many types of light small mobile bbq's like Gelert Portable BBQ

bbq for fishing trips

My best memories from long cold fishing days are related with small picnics in the middle of fishing, cooking fresh coffee and talk with friends about the experience from the first part of the trip, working on some strategies for the "second round" 

Small gas stove is cheap and easy to use. For longer camps You can think about something bigger, but for one days trips Gosystem Trek Classic Cartridge Stove is exactly what you need!

Stove for fishing trips

The only thing you need now is a good multitool to prepare your meal, clean you fish for the bbq or repair your equipment. In you still don't have one - it has to change. I find Leatherman Skeletool CX Tool as ideal for me

Multitool for fishing gear

Good fishing trip is not only about fishing. It's an adventure... Try it and maybe... come to Poland - I'll show you how we do it! :)

Fishing for asp in Poland

Sunday, January 20, 2013

First 2013 trouts

There is a severe winter in Poland. There is a lot of snow and freezing temperatures. Although after a short conversation with my friend Marek we decided to try to catch some trouts in Kocinka river. It was very cold in th morning so we started fishing at about 10am so we had ~ 5 - 6 hours of fishing before dark. 

Kocinka river is small and difficult to access fishery. The weather was not good also. It was snowing sometimes and it was very windy. 

We had only few bites and only one small trout was landed by my friend. We didn't achieved any big success, but we had a lot of fun and we finally started new 2013 fishing season!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Season starts with snow and trout fishing

We have New Year 2013 and also new fishing season. In Poland in January you can fish only through ice or (and it is my choice) hunt for trout, salmon or danube salmon in rivers. Fishing in winter with ice and snow around is not easy, but every caught fish gives me 10 times more fun than in summer.

It's fine when the temperature is at about 0C. Try to fish when it is -10C or -15C :) Your hands, feet and rest of your body needs a good protection! I know - good fishing clothes are expensive, but I have a good solution for this. I buy trekking or ski clothes. Usually cheaper but also good working.

It is important to dress in layers. I always have a thermoactive underwear like Helly Hansen Mens Stripe Crew as a base layer:

Middle layer is also very important. It should keep the warm, but also breathable to keep you always dry when you sweat during a big fish landing :) I usually use polar fleece or sometimes - if it is really cold i take two of them at the same time. You can find very easy a good polar fleece, but if I have to point some good and not expensive one, I would go with Animal Gunner 1/4 Zip Mens Fleece

The last layer is a waterproof , windproof and most of all breathable jacket. If your jacket wasn't breathable it would be unnecessary to wear any other breathable clothes. Jacket should have a good hood and at least one 100% waterproof pocket for my wallet car keys etc. Jacket should protect from snow, rain, and save my documents if I fall into water. Remember to buy a jacket that is a bit to big for you if you would have to wear one more polar! Try to find something like Helly Hansen Clandestine Ski Jacket

Of course you have to wear also good boots, pant, gloves, cap, etc.. But maybe I will write about them in one of my next posts. 

Yesterday I bought fishing license for this season. I hope I will start it soon and post a photo of my first 2013 fish. Wish me luck!! :)