Rivers, lakes and the Adriatic. Great fishing possibilities! Hot spots, fish species and different fishing techniques. Enjoy nature and release these beautiful creatures.
On this blog you will find information about catching fish here and details on numerous fishing spots in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia and other countries in this region.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meeting new friends





The most valuable things that happened to me as a result of this blog and other social networks are some new friendships with other great persons and fishing fanatics. After great time we spent in pike fishing on Ontario lake with Simon and his girlfriend, I meet another Austrian fisherman. Christopher Durukal is all-round fisherman that travels all around the world searching for good fish. He thought Ivanec and Trakoscan will bring him some good bass, but the time he arrived was not good for any type of fishing, because of overflow situation we had in our country. Irrespective to bad fishing conditions we had some bass on Ivanec, and some bites we missed too. His friend even caught first bass in his life (see the first photo), but the point of the day was that we had great time fishing together and that we are all enjoining and thinking about fishing on the same way. I am really happy for new friendship and I'm sure we will fish together again, maybe on river Kupa for huchen,or on carp fishing at Rakitje lakes, or on some other destination in some other country. Why not? Regardless of your German language knowing, You can look at his great blog http://sur-fishing.blogspot.com
Here are some remarkable photos of fish he caught all around the world, from Taiwan to Mexico bay... Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lure confidence story



We went to this lake that is known for big pike. But things didn't go as planned. We didnt't have a strike the whole day. Water level rose due to heavy rains, and pike were totally inactive. Even jacks in shallows showed no interest in little lures we presented them. We took a break and thought about the day. On such hard days there is often a little window of pike activity and it often happens in dusk time. I said to my self - I know my tandem Caviar/LB grub rig will catch pike, it's just waiting one of those biggies start to feed. With an hour daylight left I started running around the lake and slowly rolled Caviar/LB Grub rig on each good looking spot just once, than running to the next spot. It wasn't long my efforts paid with this biggie completely engulfing No 4 Caviar spinner combined with 10 cm LB grub in tequila sunrise rigged on a 4/0 offset hook.
As usually with the big ones, there was no strike, it just stopped. I knew it was a good fish and set the hook hard. In just a few minutes my friend also hooked a big one, so day was saved literally in 5 minutes. Talking about small window of activity...

cheers Dalien

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bass spot in Italy



Croatia has a whole bunch of bass fishing lovers. It is not a problem to travel to the neighborhood if there are good bass spot there, like in Hungary for example. But why not to travel to Italy? Not so far from us there are waters around Padova with a decent size bass fish. How about 57,5 cm bass monster!!! You can contact local bass fishing guiding service Zetabass on the email info@zetabass.com on directly on the phone number you can find on their site (click on the picture above). Also take a look to this catchy video made by Leo and Jakob from http://www.barsch-ultras.de/ site. Enjoy and go there if you can...




Monday, September 20, 2010

Born to fish forced to work Ramones design



My great birthday present (tnx. Jaga)!
T shirt with unique The Ramones logo redesign :) Brutal truth, 5 days at week :)
Weekend, I'm on fishing...

Team spin cup Trakoščan 2010.

Ove izuzetno kišne subote na Trakoščanu se održalo tradicionalno natjecanje u varaličarskom ribolovu "Team spin cup", koje ću pamtiti cijeli život. Prvo jer sam toga dana zakoračio u novo desetljeće svoga života, a kao rođendanski poklon moj dragi prijatelj Željko Vedernjak me pozvao da zajedno u timu odlovimo ovo natjecanje. Iako se rijetko takmičim, a više uživam u slobodnom ribolovu, ovoga puta me nije trebao puno nagovarati. Vrijeme je bilo očajno i kiša se već satima slijevala s neba, pa smo s umjerenim optimizmom doslovno doplovili do Zagorja i jezera koje je prema očekivanju ponudilo izuzetno teške uvjete za ribolov. Naglo zahlađenje, blato, poplavljeni tereni, kišurina, mutna voda i sklizave staze za hodanje oko jezera možda ne opisuju dovoljno dobro ugođaj u kojem se održalo ovo najecanje, pa je bilo za očekivati da se toga dana nećemo naloviti riba. S obzirom da je Žac odradio priličan broj tekmi u bass ligi ove godine odluka je bila da on lovi bassove silikoncima na Texas sistem, a ja ću probati kombinirati štukolov i bassolov, pa što bude. S obzirom na situaciju odabrao sam tehniku twich-anja sa kričavim voblerima uz obalu, pa sam nakon prvih sat vremena ekperimentiranja i roštanja gumama po dnu prešao na Savage-Gear Prey-a od 89 mm u fire tiger dekoru. I u prvih par zabaca u jednoj od uvala dobio sam štuku od 56 cm. Kako je natjecanje odmicalo shvatio sam da je to u stvari dobar rezultat, s obzirom da su ulovi bili rijetki, prema informacijama koje sam dobivao od drugih natjecatelja. Središnji dio natjecanja lovim na sjevernoj strani pretražujući terene bez griza u iščekivanju poziva od Žaca da mi javi da je i on upisao neki ulov u svoj karton. Sat vremena prije kraja natjecanja odlučio sam ponovo posjetiti uvalu u kojoj sam ulovio štuku, ali ovaj puta malo mijenjam pristup. Odlučujem se za Savage-Gear 4 play lip lure od 13 cm i za lagani twiching, uz potez-pauza povlačenje tek toliko da vobler bljesne bokovima i malo zapliva. I to mi je nekih 40 minuta prije kraja donijelo i drugu ribu, bassa od 36 cm, što je na kraju bilo dovoljno za pojedinačno najbolji rezultat, a uz Žacovog fantastičnog bassa od 42 cm i za ekipnu pobjedu. E da je Žac ulovio sve ribe koje je imao na udici, bilo bi još i bolje pošto mu je zbrisala još jedna štuka, som te još jedan lijepi bass koji je pljunuo mamac iz usta.



Uostalom evo i ukupne statistike natjecanja. Od 22 ekipe (44 natjecatelja) samo 8 ekipa je ostvarilo ulove, tako da je ukupno ulovljeno 11 riba (5 basseva, 4 štuke, 2 smuđa). Čestitam svim sudionicima na fer i poštenoj borbi do posljednje kapi kiše, te organizatorima na sjajno organiziranom natjecanju. Zahvaljujem se i sponzorima (Predator, Idra i Boris Jurkić) na lijepim nagradama, a posebno me razveselio Greysov štap za pojedinačno najbolji plasman (sponzor Fish&Fun iz Slovenije). Ovo mi je definitivno jedan od najljepših rođendanskih poklona kojeg sam ikada dobio :) Pozdrav i dragim prijateljima iz Slovenije koji su toga dana potegnuli priličan broj kilometara da bi došli do Trakoščana.

Link na tablicu rezultata.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Avnh3PPZ5UOpdDY4MGpya1J0TnljaUtvVDJCRWYzSEE&single=true&gid=0&output=html

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Natural catastrophe - Lakes Ontario and Duga flooded by river Sava!

19.09.2010.
Dalien just sent me these photos from the terrain. Due to the high water level of river Sava, Zagreb is under a threat of overflow. In this case an "empty" channel Sava-Odra is flooded with the water from river Sava, and this is good for our town to prevent it from the water threat. But not for the fishermen! In this channel our lakes Ontario, Kocka and Duga are placed, and now our big pike and carp can swim out of them with the flow :( The result of this catastrophe will be seen in near future. I hope the main part of the fish will stay on the bottom of the lakes but who knows.




Also Danijela Vajdić Carperica filmed this video in the period when river Sava started to flood Mrijestiliste lake, after Ontario and Kocka disappeared ... :(



Evening at the bank of the river Sava(photo - Dalien).

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Trepetovi lakes near Karlovac town




More than 15 years ago I caught my first bass at Trepetovi lakes near Karlovac. It was a love at first sight. Bass is today one of mine favorite fish, and Trepetovi lake, even unsightly will stay in my heart forever. It is a shame that local fishing club ŠRD Korana Karlovac is ignoring this lakes and bass as a fish, and I have even heard a rumors that it will be buried in the future... It is a miracle that bass is still there, and every bass longer than 35 cm is a good one. These are my friends from this year, and I hope will stay there for many years.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's hard to guide someone when pike doesn't bite

It's hard to guide someone when fish doesn't bite. Last weekend our new friends from Austria, Simon and his girlfriend Eviii were our guests on Ontario lake. Unfortunately the day was horrible for pike fishing. We tried our best to catch some good pike, but we had only few bites during whole day. Dalien had two 80 cm pike on his rod, Igor and I have one around 60 cm, and that's it. I'm really sorry that our guests didn't have luck to catch big pike they are searching for, but that's fishing. Next time will be better! I wish good luck and all the best to Simon and his girlfriend in the rest of their holidays in Croatia.

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Pike limited Fangbait 140 SR

video edit: Robert Pljuscec