Episode 2 – Tough Anglers Tour 2016

Episode 2 – Tough Anglers Tour 2016


…on a rubber lure ok… that was close! Cute! Let’s see how big it is. Did you wet it? – How big?
– 47.
– 47… well, great well… again… probably a little bigger than the other one. On GyroStar 6inch again, but this one might be a little bigger, so maybe we managed to increase our lead in pikes. Was that a bite? Did one grab it? Yeah, definitely. – Guido did it again?
– next fish! This one’s a bad guy! So hot what you’re doing here! Next fish, a little smaller, but we’re trying for quantity anyways, because we’re pretty good at a length of 61, but probably won’t get any higher than that with casting, so we decided to go for quantity. 49. I just added a new Adusta prototype, as I’ve said, it’s not finished yet, it will get a different decor later and look even better. But since the guys caught pretty well on a squeaky yellow Kopyto last year, it might even be the right colour – we’ll give it a try. – Got one!
– Man! Good one? Hm… a small pike, I think Doesn’t matter. Centimetres! Who knows what will come out at the end of day 2! – I got the pike. I got the pike…
– You can register this one by yourself – I piked…
– And I did it again… Man… every mistake two times! I am a little embarassed, but I got a pike That’s exactly the kind that makes for really nasty injuries on the fingers, this size. For all I care, we can just drift from here in 20m-intervals until it gets dark. He already hit it! – This one is good!
– Here it comes! Awesome. – 70, eh?
– Man!! I think the camerman’s microphone just blasted Yes! I just knew that pike would come… that’s so mad! Here it comes. This one’s got 70 for sure. – Ok.
– I knew it was going to be your day today! There’ll be even more from your side, I’m telling you. See, 72! Alright, thank you, dear pike. And good bye. A mini-perch, right? Yes. Extra-tiny. Extra-tiny… But it wants to be measured and registered! These are the 3 centimetres that will be decisive! Look, it’s got a massive… 2.5 cm! No, 12! Now probably the winner will be the team that has the quantity in zanders. Yeah, for sure. Because that makes the centimetres. Yes, that will bring success. Which would mean we should go zander fishing. The Keitech you’ve got on is always good for a big perch. Yeah, yeah. – The 4inch, or which size is it?
– 3.5, I think. – Yes!
– Yes?
– Yes! Wait… is it there yet? In a second. Alright, I’m ready I don’t want to be too quick anyways, I don’t like that. For a moment I thought it’s a perch Cool! Keep on fishing! Big and white, as usual. They seem to be stationed here. 19… 6… zander… Every cast counts now It’s day 2, and I would like to briefly explain our strategy for today. Our German colleagues beat us yesterday, we have to admit, with that intermediate result. It was a 2:2-tie, but the total amount of centimetres was higher in the German team. They have the bigger perch and the most zanders, and we’ve got the biggest zander and the biggest pike. Now our strategy is to seize the first hours of the day to defeat their 33cm-perch. I hope we’ll succeed! We are close to a stone fill, there’s a few sailing boats there, it’s a ferry ramp, and we’re hoping for a fairly good perch. In case that doesn’t work, we will interrupt at some point and try to go for zander. We will only start fishing pike again if it turns out during the phone call at noon that our colleagues caught a bigger one than ours. And so we’ll jump right in. I’ll try to cast towards the shore with a rapala jointed shad rap, so… let’s start! It’s a good depth, 4.5m. Rich in structures. First fish! Whoa! It’s a pike! First cast, first fish. Not even a bad one, I think – the way it fights…! No steel leader of course… Slowly, slowly… hold it very still so it doesn’t startle the fish… Stay very calm… Man! That’s impossible!! That’s a fat one! 90! Or how big is it? It’s a good 80 for sure! Crazy! First cast! First cast of the day! That one will probably bring us… to the lead also when it comes to total centimetres, with that length. – Man, that’s crazy…
– Petri Heil!
– Petri Dank! Let’s measure it. 84. 84 centimetres, day 2, first cast!
While angling for perch! I think we could stand next to each other and present that fish. I’ll show you that lure… of course, Andi can do it without a steel leader. Extremely awesome fish. Good fish. So I think that closes the pike-chapter for good. That will be hard to beat in this lake. And good-bye. Jigged just once… brake not adjusted yet, nothing… can you get the perch net? Man! It was still open for transporting it in the car… so I could adjust it… Day 2 will hopefully continue just like day 1 ended: first cast, carolina rig again, blood orange: brake wasn’t even adjusted because it was still soft for the car so I could adjust everything and make it right. But luckily it was securely hooked, so first zander for me. Jogi just had a foul bite two minutes ago… could go on like this! Big? It’s ok. Pelagic! How cool! Next little zander, bit exactly underneath the boat this time. It’ll apparently be pretty hard today, no wind, lots of sun… and tired anglers. But we will do our best.
It’s the second fish we landed, there were a few foul bites. Hard work today. – Zander, how big?
– 54. I just caught this little perch here. We’ll measure it quickly, and then we’ll put it back into the water. 20cm. Still a beautiful little animal! Back to the water. We’ve got a Starweld 1674 TL Pro. The “TL” stands for fin control, the boat is available also with a control stand. In Austria, these boats are available through Maxx Fishing, and it comes with a standard equipment of two rotating chairs, and I decided to install some more technical details: a 10PS-motor by Honda, which marks the PS-limit on lake Lipno, but the boat could be motorised up to 50PS. Then I mounted a Humminbird 899 sonar, it might not be the the latest craze, but very sufficient for my cause. In addition to that, we have Hans-Peter’s Garmin on board, which we also use as a map plotter parallel to the sonar. I have a 89lbs thrust bow engine by MinnKota in the front of the boat, and you might hear some noise in the background – that was the accident of training day 1, when the engine tilted down while I was hauling the boat by car, and took quite a punch, but we keep using it because we just need it for anchoring. And I have a little novelty on board, the Rebelcell Akkus, 24V/50ah-Akkus. Before that, I had AGM batteries, perfectly suited for fishing, but one of them, at 105ah, weighed 32kg. And the Rebelcell Akkus – I have two – weigh 10kg each, which means I really have a high saving in weight. They actually only have 50ah, but the special feature of Lithium Akkus is that they can be almost completely discharged. So a 50ah-Akku of that kind is really equal to a 105ah-battery of the AGM-type. So far I can only say that we have enormous enginge power up until the very end, there is no energy loss, and I am really pleased. It will be interesting to see how this works in the long run. Now the ferry is approaching, so we’ll move a few metres. – Will you stick with the cranks?
– Yes.
– Then I’ll go for rubber maybe. I always feel like this 7cm-Lieblingsköder in that natural white transparent colour could work… And I think I caught a perch with this lure on one of our training days. If this is a perch… it might be a good one. But it’s a zander. No, it’s a big perch! A big perch! Take it slow. Take it slow! Well, “big” was exaggerated, but it could be 33! Man… that’s so cool! – You’re such a monster!
– Yeah, I don’t know what’s going on… 33 it maybe… well… I’m curious… I don’t think it’s that long, but… do you want to know something? – 33?
– exactly. No, my mistake. 30 exactly. 30 exactly. But there is a 33cm-fish… Right, there should be a 33, if this one was here as well. Should I switch to rubber as well? You’ve got the same one, don’t you? I have the one with 10g. Well, when they are doing well again with perch, ah, zander… then we’ll have to make up for it! A little one. A perch, I hope. A big perch. Zander. Yes! Very good! With your twister. Crazy, isn’t it? 45. Wait… Yes. 45 exactly. Well, a little smaller zander now. But a fish is a fish. Yes, we still need that one. Yes, Hans-Peter! As I’ve said before, I take care of the little ones. You are taking care of exactly what we need: quantity! That’s the point we lack! 44… 43. Interesting: it’s a completely different kind of fishing now with the 12g. That one was pretty aggressive for my tastes, took it while lifting the lure, not during the sinking phase, but while lifting it. which is not typical for zanders. Next one. Same size as the last one. Again, at the very bottom. They seem to be really passive at the moment and really have to be penetrated, but… it took 15 minutes and the next one was on. It may go on like this, hm? 50 exactly, ok. Guido! The net! Cool, isn’t it? And the next one. Very, very small this time – but this one, too, counts in terms of quantity. That’s the important task we’re working on currently. Yeah. Cool. – Short.
– Doesn’t matter. A fish is a fish. Finally able to make use of a bite, after I had I-don’t-kow-how-many foul bites… maybe not the biggest zander. 37. – Small one?
– Small. The next small one. The next small one, on the very bottom again. Guys, our measuring tape is gone! It just slipped out of my hands! …and Jogi just drowned out measuring tape… …and I dropped the fish. 41. I’ve got the Stradic 2500 FK on, compared to the CI 4 it is a reel with a metal body all around, it is a little heavier, maybe also a tad sturdier, and a top-notch reel as well. The reduction-gearing is 6.0:1 for both of them, so they are very fast and perfect for summer fishing. Well, and the rod… Wait!! Man, I tripped… A good one? No, but the net. – Yes that’s a good one.
– It’s really good! Up, up! Yes, perfect. It’s a different kind, the open water-version of the previous one. Now that one is… 61. Really good fish. Great. – Petri Heil.
– Thank you. – This is Guido
– Hey G.G.! It’s Andreas! – Hello, Andreas!
– How are you guys? – Good!
– Everything alright? And you? Jogi just threw the measuring tape overboard. Oh really? Did you lose it completely? Yes, Jogi didn’t like it, it was not good for measuring, so he said “I’ll throw it out” and drowned it. Oh well, any fish that hasn’t touched that measuring tape, will not be counted, of course! Yes… or no… he had a fish, wanted to wet it a littlebit and it slid out of his hands. Really! And did it sink? – Yes, immediately.
– Crazy! So you’ll just have to keep going with a regular measuring tape. Exactly, we measure with the pocket scale. So how is it going for you? Well, we already have to use page two. And you? Us? Just barely page two. So how many zanders do you have altogether? – Both days together.
– How many zanders do we have in total? Jogi is doing a quick count. – 16.
– 16! We have 11 zanders total! 11, alright. And we had two perches. Ok. But those were not bigger than the other perches, were they? – No, exactly.
– Not bigger than the 33cm one. How big is your biggest zander? Still 61. Still 61. We also had a 30cm-perch, – Yes?
– And I also had a pike. – Ok, and how big was the pike?
– 84. – 84?
– 84, yes. Now, since it seems we have a tie, do you maybe want to call me back with your added total lengths with the phone? I already have a total for us. Ok, we can do that. Can you call me back as soon as you’ve got it? I should have the number, yes, will do. – Ok, perfect. Later. Alright, later. Bye. Pike with 84? Cool! That’s good, man. Tell me your length. – Of all fish together?
– Yes. 926. We have 823. Hm, that’s pretty close, actually!

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