The professional and complete fishing along with the guys from Team Idella is now official! Recently, Niko and Vlad, two young man who live in London, met with Robert, the president of Team Idella, in Serbia, at a memorable sports fishing trip. I learned from this guys details about how it is to have some very good accommodation conditions, excellent food, training in fishing techniques and, eventually, how a fishing game with risks of getting sore muscles because of so much captures looks like.
Everything for Fishing – from London to Bulgaria, from Bulgaria to Serbia…
The fishermen in Romania know how frustrating it is to search for a decent fishing location, somewhere you can fish alongside professional fishermen, by their own style, and even to have some results. Well, we are not alone. Fishermen from other European countries are facing the same problem. Vlad looked on the internet for a fishing club that can offer him everything he needs for a perfect fishing trip. And after numerous searches, he found the club Team Idella…
„We wanted for a long time to go for a fishing trip to catch a bigger fish. I looked in England and found nothing, then I looked in Romania and I found the guys from Team Idella. They had the most advantageous offer, so I got in touch with them. We tried to go last year in a fishing trip at the Ebro in Spain, but we couldn’t. Since it was not possible last year, we thought to try this year again, and Robert had the idea to go to Serbia,” says Vlad.
In turn, Niko says he was very excited about the idea of fishing together with experienced fishermen, in a location where you actually catch fish: „They suggested a fishing trip in Serbia, and we accepted the invitation, because the offer was unrefusable! Besides, Serbia’s pretty close to us, so we decided to go. This is how we met!
We both love fishing, but we are not professional fishermen. I checked the website idella.org and I liked what I saw there, it is obvious that they are very experienced fishermen.”
„Vlad is following us since last year, all our actions, how we make them, what kind of fish we catch… both are very passionate about fishing, but up to a certain point, that is they are aspiring carp fishermen. There was no one to teach them and no time to go fishing. They simply wanted to catch some big fish, but lacking experience, they did not catch it so far.
They did not know any locations – and here time is being a problem again, beucase it takes a while to look. So I asked them where they want to go, and we gave them two choices: wilderness or „civilization”, so to speak, meaning wharves, provinding some conditions. They opted for a wild puddle from Serbia, and there we went,” says Robert.
What it Means to Organize an All Inclusive Fishing Trip?
The guys from Team Idella worked very hard to prepare this fishing game, precisely because they wanted to have everything perfect, to provide the two fishermen all conditions possible, from sports equipment to food and comfort. As expected, it would not have been possible in Romania:
„It’s a shame that we could not bring them to fish in Romania, because here the poaching is abloom. Therefore we chose Serbia, there is no comparison, they have better conditions for fishing.
We split from Romania – which is seen very badly – by our actions and mentality, and provide standards exactly like in Western Europe. Sometimes we are condemned to excel over European standards, precisely in order to offset the negative part of the country. We want to offer more!
We traveled abroad a lot and we saw what conditions there are in the West, compared to our country. We have seen how you organize such actions abroad, in civilized Western Europe. We wanted to do it the same way right from the beginning, and we succeeded beyond expectations. Conditions were excellent, with lots of large seizures.
In terms of food, we were very well organized. Before they left home, I asked them to tell me five dishes they do not eat, and 5 they like, insofar we were able to prepare. Thanks to Eugene, who came to us with the caravan, we had a stove, a refrigerator, a bathroom, everything we needed, to our disposal. Not to mention he prepared an excellent food! He cooked every day extremely delicious food.
We thought of everything, from the beginning. Before leaving to the pond, I have drawn them on a map the exact route they should follow, expecting them to call and see if everything is fine, to arrive safe, and indeed they arrived safely. They flew from England to Bulgaria, and from there they came to us by car.
Right from the beginning, we worked hard to prepare also the equipment, namely the fishing sticks and the bait. We are in some test-phases with our own bait and, fortunately, we had some very good results. We tested for the first time in Serbia, our Idella Impulse bait, and the results were remarkable. It’s a step in the process of entering the market with our own bait.
They fished with our equipment. They asked me what to bring and I said nothing, because we would provide them everything. However, they come with their own tent and equipment, but when they reached the pond and saw that the tent is placed, the beds made, the table in the middle, sleeping bags, absolutely everything, they were pretty surprised.
The sticks were already prepared and launched, just waiting for the fish to bite and to pull it out. We were very glad to see that they were amazed by the welcome they enjoyed,” Robert adds.
The way Team Idella prepared for this fishing game was immediately reflected in the reaction of the boys, when they reached the pond:
„The match was perfect! We had all the conditions, the boys were very polite, they took care of us. They provided us everything: lure, fishing sticks, tents and even beds! It’ s amazing! I did not expect to be received that way.
Honestly, I could not ask for more! I am very, very happy and I would love to go fishing with them again,” Niko tells me.
Vlad was also very thrilled about that reception: „I have not fished in Serbia before, it has been great! Even very cool! An unforgettable experience, so to speak. The guys were really nice, the weather was favorable, the fish were on our side. Everything was in our favour! Plus that we lacked nothing, the fishing conditions were awesome! We had everything, more than we expected. They provided us all the equipment we needed.”
School on the Waterfront
The first day of fishing started with a training on the waterfront. Right in the morning, Robert gave them the sticks and asked them to throw them, to see how they launch. „I wanted to make sure that they will have no problems launching during the night. If you learn to throw on daytime, then you won’t have problems at night, such as to hook on neighbours or the one who fishes next to you. For half an hour they launched and pulled out, until I saw that they learned the movement.
I threw a few times, so they could see how to launch, how to hold your feet, how to hold the stick. Besides throwing, I taught them how to make mounts, we tied hooks together, I showed them how to load, how to pull the boilies on the hair. Then they did everything alone, I did nothing more. They learned very quickly because they were interested in learning.”
For Niko, Roberts’ lessons were more than welcome. Plus, the fisherman says, the purpose of this game was to learn new things: „Robert explained to us how to make mounts (a better and faster technique), knots, everything. We spent a lot of time talking about it. The information have been and will be very helpful! This was the reason why we went there. We needed to learn new things. We are not professional fishermen, we needed to learn from someone who is more experienced than us.”
Besides these things, Robert says that he taught them how to chose the fishing spot and how to look for fish. They went by boat to seek a ceiling, he showed them how the buoy must sound when you put it down, where the ground is hard, where it is thawy, how to measure water, the plateau where the bait must be thrown on and how to lure the fish at the beginning of the game.
Over 600 Kilograms of Fish in 5 Days
„We fished as much as we could and we caught more than we expected. When we could no mare, we did not even throw in the sticks. Believe me, the sticks stood more on the shore than in the water, because during the day it was extremely hot, you were not able to fish.
We caught much above our expectations, given that we haven’t seen anyone catch around us. There were many. Likewise, beginners, but I haven’t seen a notable fish at our neighbours, in all these 5 days. We were there since Wednesday, Niko and Vlad arrived Thursday morning. Since Wednesday, I saw no neighbour pull out a notable fish. Probably because of the equipment… We fish for many years and were really repared for this match. Basically, we were prepared for anything, in terms of fishing. We caught about 15 fish per day, we couldn’ t catch more!
Two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. The average weight of the fish was above 10 kilograms, about 11 to 12 kg. The smallest weighed 9 kilograms and the rest over 10. Between 10 and 16 kg. We launched 10 sticks in the morning at 8, and at 10-11, still in the morning, they were already all on the shore (with fish). Maybe not 10, but at least 8 were pulled out. And we set them again after sunset, around 9:30.
At 11 pm, the sticks were back on shore with fish, again with about 8 fish. We had an average of 15 to 16 fish per day, and if you were to calculate according to it, we woud have a result of cca 600 kilograms of fish in all five days,” recalls Robert happilly.
In turn, the boys are very happy with the results: „Our goal was to go to catch big fish, because the area where we are accommodated has no such fish. I don’t remember exactly the number of seizures, but I caught at least four large fish every day, from Thursday to Sunday. About 16 large ones, and the others were smaller. The best I caught in the morning and in the evening, because it was cooler. During the day it was very hot, between 35 and 40 degrees – Celsius.
I wish to go fishing with them again, we even thought to go on another trip, probably at the beginning of next year. At least once more,” says Vlad.
Niko also felt very well alongside the fishermen from Team Idella: „We caught big fish, about 15 to 16 pieces daily, which means for me a great fishing trip. I caught big fish before, in Bulgaria, but the catches here were more beautiful, to say so. Quality fish, so to speak. I felt great!
I cannot wait to go fishing with them again, it depends only on the free time we have available, we are very busy. We’ll go on a trip when we all have time. I would be very happy we could fish together again!”
What Can an All Inclusive Fishing Game Offer You?
This kind of activities target in particular amateur fishermen, those who come with their hands in the pocket and leave with their „pockets” filled with experience. It’s a real training on spot, in matters of fishing. It’s a perfect choice for those who want an active holiday,” says Robert.
„The same as others seek crossing in the woods, zip line, rappelling and other such activities, some seek fishing. And that is what we offer! Fishing training, school on the waterfront.
For us, as a club, the map of Europe is open for such actions. We can go fishing anywhere in Europe. The customer is able to choose where he wants to fish. We are not tied to a place, we are bound to fishing, to the joy of sharing sports fishing. We go wherever there is fish!
In the club, we have had earlier such training activities for amateur fishermen, but they were not official until now. Basically, we went to a new phase of formalizing them. We currently have requests, including from women fishermen who want to learn, to deepen their passion for fishing, and we are happy to share our experience with others who had no opportunity to fish together with professional fishermen.”
Article by Roxana Muntean