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Carping in Slovakia

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Hundreds and thousands of UK tourists fly low cost airlines to Slovakia in this time but only very little UK anglers know that this country could be an interesting destination for carp angling.

We have fascinating rivers e.g. Danube, Little Danube and others, large dams and many smaller venues. The official record is about 66+ lbs.

As far I know there are no specialized agents who would organize fishing trips as to e.g. to France so you would need to know where to go, how to get there, where could you get the fishing license etc.

 

If somebody would be interested I can post some information here.

 

Note: I am moderator of a carp section of an angling forum in Slovakia so I have some idea on what is going on.

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I'd definately be interested in fishing an alternative country. Catching unknown fish with the potential for catching monsters is something most carp anglers would be interested in i'm sure

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I've spent some time in UK and I drove the distance though I have to admit it is a loooong trip. The flight connections are quite good - Sky Europe and Ryan Air fly to Bratislava (check also other destinations). I've seen that beside London there are connections from Birmingham, Manchester, Cork, Bristol, Edinburgh...

 

There are 3 most distinct type of carp fishing areas:

 

- large dams

- rivers

- smaler lakes

 

Mecca of slovakian carp fishing is dam Liptovska Mara (type it in Google Earth) 2160 hectar lake in fantastic landscape under high mountains. The record is over 63 lbs.

Another renowned lake is Kralova (type Soporna to GE) 1082 hectar

Zemplinska Sirava (type Zaluzice) 3500 hectar

Domasa (type it in directly) 1422 hectar

Ruzin is a narrow deep valley lake a big challenge and something for romantics (type Margecany) 390 hectar

Oravska priehrada (type Namestovo) 3400 hectar

 

Above mentioned are dams, I will put some information on rivers and small lakes later.

 

In general you need annual fishing ticket 6,50 Euro (available at any municipality office) and a license for local water 65 Euro/week which can be bought at certain places.

 

Probably the main difference to UK fishing scene we have very little private or club venues with limited number of carps, the stock is very much mixed and usually the part of the challenge is to locate the big ones and to avoid small fish.

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Just looked at those lakes on google maps. A Obviously they are all large waters, and would be a challenge to fish. Potentially countries like Slovakia/ Czech republic could become favourable to France for a wilder form of Carp fishing.

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Mentioned lakes above are really challenging.

 

Compared to Czech republic Slovakia has advantage of non stop fishing during summer and also we have restrictions for using boats only on waters under 10 hectar. (In Czech you are generally not allowed to bait with boats or mark your hot spot in the water - except private waters. That is really a pitty because some of their lakes are fantastic.)

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well up 4 it pali gonna get some tackle sent to the in laws she can see the family for a week and can go fishing so where you gonna take me :lol: ha ha

 

If you come to Slovakia, I can really take you somewhere :)

Would be interesting to talk to some UK angler personally and to have opportunity to catch fish with someone from bit different culture.

Take your darling with you if you wish (my wife is an angler as well by the way).

 

 

666carpcatcher: I could not find expression "course" in any dictionary which would make sense to me, explain please. But if you ask if Czech rules are similar to Germany where it is not allowed CaR then I can tell that there are only 2 or 3 small local venues where it is mandatory to take fish if you catch it. But I am really not sure about your question.

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hi there pali i live in slovakia in s[censored]ka nova ves just moved here my wife is slovakian i dont have the fresh water licence yet as i have not taken the exam but i no i can buy day tickets were can i buy good but cheap carp gear and would u like to meet up and fish some time

also were can we get catfish

tight lines

skippy

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If anybody lives longer in Slovakia and has permanent address he can become auxiliary member of Slovak angler association. The point is that license will become cheap, literally a fraction of a price which is asked from non members.

 

Living in Spiska Nova Ves has some advantages: Ruzin is fantastic water quite near (500 hectar lake with stunning nature), also Zemplinska Sirava is huge reservoir with catch and release rule imposed. Currently mecca of carping in Slovakia is Liptovska Mara also not far.

 

We can organize some fishing trip in Slovakia, I am 100+ days in a year out on the swim so contact me if you wish.

 

Edit: Regarding gear - I am not sure, Spiska Nova Ves is rather trout area but good shops are in Kosice which is 2nd largest city. Unfortunately in Slovakia gear in shops is usually more expensive due to smaller market. Many people buy online or in Czech republic.

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Liptovska Mara is known more for trophy size carp but not catfish. Though scuba divers reported monster size fish I have never heard about such catches there.

 

Most renowned places are river Vah near Dolna Streda and water reservoir Kralova.

 

There is one strange tendency - catfish specialists say that year after year they have harder time to catch trophey size fish with classical means (e.g. live bait). Big catfish is caught more and more by carp anglers because catfish started to prefer halibut pellets and boilies with fish base. Specialists claim that carp angling is so much spread now that catfish changed the basic behavior. Hard to say but I have seen many big catfish catches as side effect of carp angling (up to 60 kilos) last year.

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cracking fish there pali what weere the weights of them well up here everything is still full of ice so we missed opening season have to wait till may now then i will hit liptov mara tight lines

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The top catch of my mate was 55lbs, but somehow I stopped to publish weights. Though I am sometimes curious (e.g. the fat carp was only 67cm long and in August it had 12 kilo and in September more than 13) but I do not see much sense in measuring and weighing. If you read "Little Prince" from Exupery you will understand what do I mean.

 

I have nothing against people who want to know weight of their catch and publish it as long they are happy with it on their own. However I would say that the amount of joy, the fighter spirit in a carp, the circumstances, the sun sparkling in water - here are values you cannot measure with any figures.

 

E.g. the fish (5th from the top) tried to escape to 4 different snags, fought like crazy and it took 45 minutes to land him. If I just say it was 24lbs carp, I did say nothing.

 

It´s aint the size of the carp in the fight

It is the size of the fight in the carp... :D

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Hi Pali thanks for the interesting post, great information and fantastic photos.

 

I have recently bought a house with my Slovak wife in Oravska Poruba near Dolny Kubin and have started to check out the fishing possibilities for when i get to spend more time in Slovakia as time goes by.

 

Your posts have made me want to get out and catch some great looking Slovakian Carp. :lol:

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Well, you have a fantastic (but very challenging) water Oravska Priehrada close to you. It is a big water dam. Another great water within a reach is Liptovska Mara (2400 hectar dam) which is currently considered the best water for carping. Smaller waters around? Not sure. Your wife could help you to check this out (county Dolny Kubin): http://reviry.choma.sk/index.php?stranka=found&cislo=&nazov=&popis=&povol=&charak=1&ucel=&okres=10&vynimky=

 

County Liptovsky Mikulas: http://reviry.choma.sk/index.php?stranka=found&cislo=&nazov=&popis=&povol=&charak=1&ucel=&okres=25&vynimky=

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Thanks Pali i have made a note of the above and will be checking those waters out on my next trip over to Slovakia in August/September this year.

I already have most of the Carp gear i need as i use Shimano 1.5lb test carp rods with baitrunner reels for all of my shore & boat fishing here in the Isle of Man for a local fish called Callig (English "Pollack")

 

I was wondering what breaking strain line you use and the different sorts of bait?

 

Any tips would be greatly appreciated, do you think it would be worth flavouring the bait with Slivovica ?? :lol:

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Well, there will not be much difference in the gear in UK and here. 1,5 lb rod is great for boat, I am not sure about distance when casting.

I use 0,35mm line when using a boat, 0,30 when casting.

 

Slivovica is a plum brandy so believe or not, some people apply it as a dip in winter because of alcohol base.

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How was the fishing on friday Pali ?

 

I am looking to be over in Oravska Poruba in September so will be bringing all my fishing tackle as its the first opportunity i have had to drive to Slovakia from my home in the UK.

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I've blanked, just had one run and lost it in snag. For 3 days no action, it seems that it is very hard to catch a carp when catfish is active. I believe it must be a good spot by other circumstances. It was quite wild nature, maybe I will post some pictures of it here.

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Where are you living Kevin?

I am angling right now at distributary of Maly Dunaj.

 

LOL. I was stuck in that weekend due to a cold.

I live in Stupava, so I fish many different places in and around BA with the occasional trip down to Bodiky, the Vah or the Hron. I planned to hit Liptovska Mara sometime this summer, but I'll be teaching summer school so I may not get much time. :cry:

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