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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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Trophy of your dreams

Remember Tadej? We'll if you search the history of this blog you will find a few reports from him and his father, who are true experts for danube salmon (hucho hucho). Great memories reminds me to a common danube salmon fishing at river Sava Radovljica (near the house they live) during which one trophy fish of 98 cm size has been caught by my good friend Crni.

Yes, it was damn cold but it was worth freezing. Later I was regularly informed about any worthwhile catch Tadej and his father had, and now several years after Tadey is writing an email again. Magic border of 120 cm, and weight of 20 kg has been broken! What a huge fish and what is the best in this story about persistence and success are his words from email: " ... this trophy fish was returned back to it's kingdom". Well what to say, than well done and congratulations to the fish of size that is dream of many anglers!

This catch has been made with "Nidzina glavinjara" lure in trout decor. This is very popular hucho hucho lure here in the region.

More about Tadej from the history of this blog:

Monday, December 22, 2014

A new Fly Fishing blog

Connoisseurs of the fishing scene in Croatia and closer region certainly know who is Aleksandar Puskadija. Many know him as the best editor of fishing newspapers in Croatia and closer region, especially from the time when he launched Sportski Ribolov and Udica magazines, and he is a great fly fisherman and fly caster. For the generations of fishing journalists and anglers here in Croatia he was a mentor and elusive role model 

For the last few years we have been deprived of his professional fishing articles, but it has come to an end. For full month Sasa writes on his blog http://alpflyfishing1.blogspot.com/ and I can freely say this is probably the best thing that is happening now in the area of fishing media in former Yugoslavia. From now on fans of fly fishing will be able to enjoy his instructive texts and beautiful photographs and I'm sure many will improve their fly fishing skills following this blog. Blog is written on Croatian language, and it is a shame for all international visitors, but I still think that you can enjoy the content visually, and with the help of Google Translator understand what it written there.

Sasa na rainbow trout from river Gacka, from one of common fisheries
Except in the blog you can enjoy in his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/alpflyfishing/videos .

Monday, December 15, 2014

List of my favorite DUO lures

When I was asked to write a short text about Duo Lures for friendly Croatian web site spineri.com, I was searching my memory for some of the moments from now already several years hanging out with these toys, that are created for us who can’t grow up and still love to play in the sand and the water. I remember the date 26.07.2011 when I received e-mail from Martin, the manager of Duo Lures sales in which was the phrase "... and would like to ask you if you can consider reporting about our lures on your blog". At that time I was receiving a lot of e-mails from around the world as a reaction to my blog fishingincroatia.blogspot.com , and that mail made me very happy.  Soon I had the opportunity to fish with first Duo Lures samples and now after few years of experiences I made a list of my favorites. 

First Duo lure with whom I had the opportunity to fish was Duo Ryuki sinking 5 cm small toy. This little guy hunts various types of fish: perch, asp, chub, and is ideal for trout fishing in highland parts of the rivers, with rapids. Ryuki swim very nice in fast water and it is productive when sink trough the water levels. I believe this was one of the most popular Duo lures at all, and today is produced in various sizes, recently also in floating version. I think it's difficult to find light spinner angler here in Croatia who didn’t fish trout with this lure. 

If I have to choose one Duo lure which is like my "all-round" favorite, then it is Duo Moab 120F. "Mother of All Baits", partly deserves such noble name, because literally it hunt all important predatory fish: pike, zander, asp, bluefish, chub and bass. Its advantage is hunting in the shallow zone above the watery grass and near the surface. It respond nice to the rod work, and fish like to hit it  in the pause. When it is retrieved slowly and continuously below the surface it is one of the best hard lures for pike perch, believe me. The strongest color is Neo Pearl, great for all lighting conditions.

The lack In Duo lures offer are lures made for pike spinning. Definitely I miss the big swimbait lures and some silicone lures as well. Yet despite all the other “pike” designed lures from other brands  that I threw over the years, my personal record - pike of 107 cm was achieved with Duo Realis Jerkbait 120 model. The entire series is designed for bass, but this lure and some other like Moab 120F, are great pike lure too. Recently there's the deep runner DR  Jerkbait version with a length of 10 cm. 

Topwater lures and that madness of cooking water at the surface, whether it's about asp, bluefish or sea bass, are the cause of cardiac arrhythmia's in anglers. Due to the attractiveness and visual experience that is one of the most exciting forms of lure fishing, but sometimes the right action takes place a few feet’s too far away and out of reach. Therefore Duo Bay Ruf Manic 115 is flying extraordinarily far. You can work on the surface with a lot of noise and splashing, or softly with small tiny action, depends to the target fish like asp, bluefish or sea bass. This is required lure for Adriatic in my case.

For the end of this presentation, during which I have undeservedly bypass many models (like Tide Minnow Sprint 75 or Duo Realis Popper 64), here are my personal favorite lures for river rapids and barbell fishing. Duo Realis Shad 59 series hides three models different in length and beak and can reach different depths. This is why I love them, because depending on the flow of the river and the depth of the place where I fish, with one of these three models I can hit the real action. Favorite color again is neo pearl, especially effective in slightly blurred water.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Picking out the right spinning reel

Choosing the right spinning reel, that will perfectly meet your expectations and given money can be difficult in the world of modern fishing equipment and plenty of offers. So many models, brands and finally fishing stores are around, but what are the main attributes you would expect from your new reel? Of course size of the reel must be suited to the type and size of fish, but what is more important in addition. Is it a "name" of brand, weight, drag performance or gear ratio? Let's hear what the professionals are saying. On this excellent web site about best spinning reels http://best-spinningreels.com you can find answers. 42 Pro Tournament Anglers are exposing 3 main aspects they are looking in spinning reels in this article http://best-spinningreels.com/top-3-factors-in-spinning-reel/#Anthony%20Gagliardi Enjoy reading!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lost in the fog - Second Oresje Pike Masters

This weekend 26 boats and 2 kayaks roamed in the fog in search of pike that would ensure good placement on second Oresje lake Pike Masters. The day was tough, and only 11 teams archived a catch. Here is a competition ranking:

1. Bojs Team (Marijan i Josip Bojcuk) 5,43kg 88 cm, 1 fish 
2. Overmura team (Rajsar, Kreslin)  SLO 5,27 kg,  2 fish  
3. Upitnik (Špigelski, Grbac) 3,58 kg 1 fish – 600,00 kn
4. Slucajni prolaznici ( Ivan Olivari, Matej Ištuk) 3,14 kg, 3 fish
5. Pike holic ( Domijan Tomic, Nikica Brankovic) SLO 2,98kg , 1 fish
6. Zabok i Maleni team ( Alijanovic Samir, Siniša Pavlinic) 2,95kg, 1 fishg
7. Jet Set ( Toni Foro, Jovic Marijan) 2,15 kg, 1 fish
8. Kumeki (Milicic, Petrinjac) 2,05, 1 fish
9. Šavor Zdravko, 0,93kg, 1 fish
10. Kupa river Team ( Lackovic Nikola, Tkalcic Tomislav) 0,82kg,  1 fish
11. Soul sisters (Mrva, Andrej Šarkanovic) 0,80 kg – 1 fish
Congratulations to the winners, organizers (Dalien and SRD “Sloga” Oresje) and sponsors (T.P. Olivari and Prakticni Ribolov). 
More details and photos you can see on http://dalien-fishing.com/ii-oresje-pike-masters-report/

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn on the lake Oresje

Lake Oresje is Catch & Release fishing paradise near Zagreb. In last two years Catch & Release regime was introduced for pike and results are more than visible. Plenty of big, fat pike are waiting to bite your lures, and autumn is the best productive period. Also, if you are modern carp angler, here you will find all you need. Nice nature and plenty of big fish, only 2 km far from Zagreb town. http://www.srd-oresje.com/

In addition check this cool video from this lake made by Dalien

Monday, September 22, 2014

When the water level goes wild

The climate is obviously changing! This year in Croatia will be remembered for the heavy rains, the high water levels of our rivers, and serious floodings.
High water levels perhaps doesn't matter to the fish much, but fly fishing in these condition isn't easy at all. Gacka is part of this story, and has often poured into the fields this year. Access to a lot of fishing spots is extremely tricky in these conditions, and you have to walk trough the water to reach the riverbed. From there, it is possible to fish standing in deep and cold water - but it isn't pleasant. The second aggravating factor is the fact that from this position you will hardly see any trout. Unseen trout fishing without any strike indicators is not easy, but even in these conditions, the Gacka river is fish-able, and you can catch some of brown and rainbow trout that are living there.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September issue of Fin Chasers Magazine

Fin Chasers

This time around, Fin Chasers will take readers on stunning trips to the New Caledonian flats, Norway’s majestic Reisa River, Alberta and New Zealand’s brown trout rivers, Denmark coastal regions, Belize’s Turneffe Island, Sudan rugged coastal shores and Poland’s beautiful but challenging San River. The impressive contributor list counts names such as Matt Harris, Rob Scott, Damien Brouste, Nick Whitby, Rasmus Ovesen, Martin Ejler Olsen, Kurt Konrad, Dave Jensen and many more.
Enjoy the reading www.fin-chasers.com
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sakura Ultra Light kup - Lokvarsko jezero

Ljubitelji  takozvanog "Ultra Light" špinanja dobili su prvo veliko natjecanje koje će se održati 14.09. na Lokvarskom jezeru, pod nazivom 1. Sakura UL kup. Lovit će se grgeči, a ako bude sreće i pastrve.  Organizacije se primila ekipa iz trgovine ribolovnog pribora Topfishing, te dragi prijatelji sa najboljeg špinerskog sajta kod nas spineri.com, te su uz pomoć domaćina i sponzora podignuli atraktivnost natjecanja na najviši nivo. Generalni sponzor Sakura natjecateljima dijeli pregršt ribolovnog pribora, dok drugi generalni sponzor Ribnjaci Kupa dijeli i izdašnu novčanu nagradu pobjedniku. Trojica prvoplasiranih će dobiti i postotak od novčanih kotizacija. Tome dodajte i nagrade iznenađenja, te hand made varalice i proizvode Tihe Martinovića, pa imate pregršt razloga da ne zakasnite sa prijavom na natjecanje. Rok za prijavu je do 10.09., a više informacija možete naći na plakatu i na sljedećem linku:

Ribolov Duo International Lures voblerima na Jadranu (2015.)

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