Nine days of fishing, twenty fishermen. Belo Blato (the White Sludge) was the wild location where the boys of Team Idella and friends ignored the big heat and mosquitoes and enjoyed a memorable trip. One with great food, cold beer even since the rooster began to sing, and a lot of joy.
Marius Voina: “We came with the bus, 26 hours to get here, 26 hours back; I had a bad back, bad knees, but these things did not matter to me, because I wanted to go fishing, to meet with the boys.”
“It all started five years ago, because in Sweden there’s nowhere to fish, you do not get confirmation. I left the other styles of fishing, I focused only on carp fishing and I became friends with some people who helped me understand the thing with boilies, with all things related to this style of fishing and, theoretically, I learned a lot, and practically, Gusti, Tibi Micu and other guys helped me and supported me.
Here, at Belo Blato, Gusti made a sacrifice to stay with me for a week, for fishing. It was a huge sacrifice for him, because there are not many facilities there. Belo Blato is a fishing paradise, but, unfortunately the conditions are very bad.
That’s what I mean, for me carp fishing is something that I was one hundred percent focused on, I do olny carp fishing. We came with the bus, for 26 hours to get here, 26 hours back, I had bad back, bad knees, but these things did not matter to me, because I wanted to go fishing, to meet with the boys. I am speechless, it was a dream for me and I am coming for five years. Last year I have not managed to come, but I made friends and keep in touch with Gusti and Tibi Micu.
I felt great with the guys from Team Idella. I can tell you that from the social point of view it was excellent. Here in Sweden, I forgot to laugh, until I arrived in Belo Blato together with Gusti, Mircea Radulescu, with all those who were there. I am speechless. Basically, fishing went somewhere second, perhaps because of the heat, it was very hot and over 35 degrees Celsius, but socially it was very, very good. I am very positively impressed.
I caught about 18 pieces of fish, the largest of 13 kg. I fished more at night because during the day the fish would not bite because the water was very warm, weather conditions were not good, but one thing was positive, that it was full moon. I really believe in this stuff concerning full moons. The fishing was OK, it was not a superlative one and, reported to the weather conditions, the fishing was totally ok. For me it is important that we constantly had some drawings on all three sticks. It matters very much it, because I fished with corn at some, with tiger-spotted peanuts at other, even with balls. Fishing was successful, to say so.
I will go fishing again with the guys from Team Idella, there’s no question about it. We just have to be hale and hearty. I also talked to Gusti, we want to do a Mika Alas next year. I want to meet the others, to make a small group work. I was impressed by all, they helped me with tips, and they were great. One thing impressed me very much, that we were together, and we shared everything.”
Mircea Knapek: “They told me I cooked great meals and that I really know how to cook.”
“It was my first trip with the boys from Timisoara, at least a part of them. I knew only Gusti and Tibi Micu, but I want to say that they all are some remarkable guys, I really felt very well in their company. I cooked for them, I did some fishing. Well, they are more professional than me at fishing.
What I cooked for them? Wild boar stew (I’m also a hunter, among others), chicken gizzard stew with mushrooms, I made them some chicken noodle soup with vegetables, barbecues with fries, salads … I think they were very pleased. The boys even told me ‘Man, if we should stay here with you, we would get fat!’ I did stress Robert, actually: ‘Robert, do you come to eat something? ‘And he was like: ‘Mircea! Leave me alone!’. They told me I cooked great meals and that I really know how to cook. Now, if they said it out of common sense or if it is really true, that I cannot know. But, considering how they are and that they asked for extra, I think that they loved it.
I also fished; I caught six or seven pieces. In the first days the fish did not eat as it would have to, then it cut loose. The mosquitoes harassed us, but, given that it is like a delta, it is normal that mosquitoes be difficult to eradicate.
Hunting is on the first place for me, but I go fishing in Hungary in the weekends. The facilities are better than ours, even better than at our private pools, at least than to those of Arad. Being right next to the border, the closest for me is Hungary. Even the fishing fees are more affordable and you can catch more.
I hope we go again to Belo Blato in September. Honestly, I liked this trip. It’s a pond with very good potential, with many fish, I really liked it. We had the misfortune to have days with high heat, little shade and mosquitoes, but even if we did not catch so many fish, both I and the guys I was with, we had a great time. I wish to meet with again in the near future and to have another fishing party.”
Gabi Ciovârnache: “To me the greatest satisfaction is to catch fish in a wild place.”
“I felt good; there was period when the fish did not really bite. The fishing party was not really successful for me and my friend, who is also a beginner. Plus it was very, very warm and where we sat we did not have a tree to shelter in the shade. Initially, when we arrived, we settled right end of the pond and there it was OK, there were trees, and shade, we had enough room, until a few Serbs came and fished on the right shore. Our threads were mixing up, so we moved.
Luckily I had an umbrella, if not, we had been sunburned. And the mosquitoes … I took anti-mosquito coils, I light three or four around me and still it would not cope with them, plus that I had Autan and some kind of stickers to put on the shirt.
There is a channel behind the pond, where there was more activity. We have fished more there. I caught on the pond also, my biggest carp, one of 860 grams. Otherwise, we caught on the channel, including carp and bream. Our mistake was that we lost a little our mood to lure when we arrived, it was late, and we took the wrong way and arrived there very difficultly, and when we should have settled, we had to move. Until we prepared the sticks, we did not manage to lure. There was not much activity on the pond, so we postponed the luring.
We came with two large buckets of fermented corn, but we used half a bucket. The boys began to catch, including those around us, they had a double run once, and in two minutes they caught one piece of 8 kilograms and one of 11 kg. So you can catch something. The place is nice and wild. What I did not like was the smolts, they would come also to the maize and at one point even to the boilies, I do not know what attracted it towards there.
The company of the boys is very pleasant and I am definitely going again. I started investing myself in equipment, in reels and in the famous BBLCs. I saw the boys like carp fishing, but I like cork fishing too. The same as Robert. He also likes cork fishing, carp fishing, pike fishing. I’m the same, I am more “mixed”, I like to catch any kind of fish.
To me the greatest satisfaction is to catch fish in a wild place. The company of the boys mattered a lot, they are all nice. Gusti is a great guy; the same are Ionel Cucu, Robert and Tibi Micu. Only nice boys!”
Robert Szabo: “The goodwill began at seven in the morning and ended… in fact, it did not end.”
“It was a long event, eight to nine days; unfortunately, we could not stay nine days, only eight. It was originally planned to stay 10 days, from Thursday to Saturday or Sunday, but I returned on Thursday. The boys could not stand the heat anymore, and they all returned on Friday.
We ate very well, the food was exceptional, Mircea from Arad cooked excellent meals, I hunger just thinking about it. We felt very well, they were very open people, and we had fun with Gabriel and Tic Tac. There was a funnier happening: Gabriel came together with a colleague of his and the guy is leaner. He said that while he picks up a beer he consumes half a calorie and he only has two calories. I laughed a lot!
I barely managed to overcome my fear of snakes. This trip helped me to overcome it, given that I went prepared with garlic, pepper, to sprinkle around the tent, not that a snake comes into my tent. Plus that I was alone in the tent and a little freaked out about it. If any snake would have come in, I tore the tent, not knowing which way to get out. But, helped by beer, I overcame the fear of snakes so I even touched one.
When it comes to fishing, I caught an avat of about two kilograms, a predator, I do not even at which bait it came, but it was very nice. I went only for balls of 24. I said either I catch something big, or I catch nothing. I took quills with me to fish for carp. I am very passionate about cork fishing. While I did not plant, I did not catch fish, but when I started to plant, I began to catch every night, on every stick. Unfortunately, all small fish, eight to nine kilograms, and on the balls of 24 just common carp. Amur I did not catch at all because I did not fish with corn. I think the biggest fish was about 11 kilograms, a common carp.
I did not really fish. The sticks were in the water, if the fish comes, it comes, and I changed the sticks every two days. I did not focus too much on carp fishing, especially since we arrived Thursday on the waterfront and we saw the water only on Monday. We were fishing more on the channel, behind the pond, and there the smolt did not come that much. Instead, I caught so many bream that I got tired of it.
We had a very sudden increase of temperature, the water got much warmer, there was no wind for three or four days, and it was all too hot, for us, and for the fish. It got better only on the last day, especially at night. But crucian carps, no way! First I said that at least I should catch some nice crucian carp, but it did not work. But I very rarely caught a carp. One in two days, something like that. Friday morning I caught about eight kilograms of carp, and then I caught none until Monday.
Anyway, it was cheerful and there was no way to get bored. The goodwill began at seven in the morning and ended … in fact, it did not end. The general assembly was at my tent, every day, because it was the largest place in the shade.
The conditions are a little more difficult in that you have to go about eight kilometers on rough road. Belo Blato means “white sludge” – if it rains a bit, there is no way out. Only by tractor.
Facilities? You can take a shower once in a while if you want to; there is no electric power anywhere on the pond, only a generator for refrigerators. You also cook on the pond, you can eat every day. It depends. From goulash to wild boar stew. Well, we went equipped, we cooked ourselves.
It was beautiful. We felt well with Marius from Sweden too. We all caught some fish, while we really fished. When we planted, the fish came to everyone. But it was so hot during the day that you could not approach the sun. And, because there was no wind for three days, the water got much warmer, that much that all the fish were at the surface. Plus that it happened to be a spawning period, right when the amur spawned.
As for adventures, some slept outside at night, with the mosquitoes. There were so many that in the evening, for about two or three hours you could put on any imaginable spray, but you still got honeycombed. I could not believe what it was there! Autan was not working, spirals were not working, and there was absolutely nothing that could have helped. Especially if you had a stroke and the hell puts you to pull a fish right when it was mosquito time, they were all over you.
Overall, it was the best trip so far. So well we felt … we laughed a lot. The fun began at seven in the morning and lasted all day. We were laughing our heads off, about anything; no one could sit seriously. There was a lot of joy. Especially with Tic Tac and Gabi, I roared with laughter with them. Guys with strong character! They were first. They heard that the generator starts, whoops! We have cold beer! Come for the beer! They were opening the “pub”.
In the same group, we will take a trip in the first week of September, but not as long. Four days maximum! I talked to the guys from Arad, with Gusti, and we want to repeat this trip, to Belo Blato, because it is very enjoyable. We are not limited by opportunities. You can fish with seeds; you can fish with maize, with boilies.
Actually, it is a wilderness. What we’re looking for! I’m not a fan of ponds with decks, restaurants and so on. I like it as wild as possible. At Belo Blato the water is also big; you never know what fish there comes. It always keeps you guessing.”
Article by Roxana Munteanu