La serie continua con un altro grande agonista a livello mondiale: INTERVISTA A JOSE’ AFONSO vola in Portogallo.
Josè (o Zè per gli amici stretti) è un altro tra quei personaggi che mi ha più impressionato per la sua disponibilità alla condivisione della conoscenza. Lo scambio senza filtri tra profondi conoscitori dei moti marini oceanici e non è un’esperienza indescrivibile.
Personalmente ho adottato diversi aspetti tecnici da Josè, e vi invito alla lettura della sua intervista perché ogni singola sua parola vale oro. Così come ho potuto appurare nell’intervista con Joe Arch, vedrete quanto emerga l’essenzialità delle cose a scapito di quelle che io definisco “pippe mentali”.
Una mentalità secondo me vincente che spero potrete assimilare nel tempo.
Tra l’altro vi anticipo che Josè sta scrivendo di suo pugno un articolo per il mio blog su… su cosa? sulla speciale montatura portoghese “Rabeira“! Sono sicuro che in tanti vi starete chiedendo: “e cos’è???” 🙂 🙂
Infatti con questo nome è una montatura che non conosce quasi nessuno! Ma se vi dicessi che corrisponde a quella che chiamiamo “Linea Longa“? Diciamo che non vedo l’ora di leggerla pure io!!! 🙂
Godetevi questo concentrato di esperienza internazionale 🙂
Hi José, when we meet first time? in world championship 2001 in France? Please control data about you powered by my special database, and tell me if they are correct.
Jose: “Yes, it’s correct”
You win 4 individual medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), 4 time in top 10, 7 team medals around the world. You are another angler who I can say: “you are one of the best angler in shore anglilng story”. For sure I can say: “you are a very good friend!”.
Jose: “But I have more participations in FIPS-M Championships to add to my “resume”
I won 1 more individual medal and 5 team medals”
Wow, your score is very impressive 🙂
Jose: “Nowadays and until 2020 I will be the Portugal Women’s team coach”
Fantastic! We will have same problems. I’m new Italian women’s team coach, too! 🙂
That are questions for you:
Daylight fishing: traces and hooklines are always fluorocarbon made? Why?
Jose: ”I don’t always use fluorocarbon for the snoods . Sometimes in surface fishing I use mono. I like fluorocarbon because its characteristics are less visible than the mono ones and also for its durability. Fluorocarbon are better holding all the problems (tangling, knots, abrasion by sand) and they last longer than monos. I use mono for the surface fishing because they are more “lighter” and soft than fluorocarbon”
Night fishing: where bright floating solutions work better, in sea or ocean or both?
Jose: “The place isn’t the most important, but for certain species such as bogas, mackerel, scads, luminous floating pearls work very well”
How much is important bait presentation in the water and why?
Jose: “The bait presentation is really important. A good presentation of the bait makes the fish feel more confident when they want to “attack” the bait. There are numerous ways to present the bait to the fish. The same bait can be presented in several ways and depending on the situation they can all be correct. Fish don’t always have the same desire to eat.. They are a little bit like us, sometimes we have the desire to eat everything and other times we only want treats”
Activity of fish is usually connected to the tide. How much in the sea, and how much in the ocean? With is your favorite?
Jose: “Depending on the local and the species, the fish activity is connected to the tidal cycle. In the old days, when there was more fish in the sea, the fish activity and it’s relationship with the tides was more assertive and had a more stable pattern. Nowadays, the fish activity is not so standardized and some other factors like the wind, atmospheric pressure, rain, sea conditions, etc, also have influence on the activity. Knowing how to identifying the fish activity in a certain place and time it’s fundamental to achieve results in competions. I have no prefrence for any specific situation. In Portugal and in most of the places, incoming tides are most in most cases better for fishing”
Describe your favorite trace, and when do you use it.
Jose: “I like to use big traces. Paternoster trace and the famous portuguese trace “Rabeira” or “Linea Longa” for the italien people 🙂 An paternoster trace with 4 mts, with 3 snoods with 1.80 mts. Used in many ocasions, sometimes with floatters,for surface species, and without flotters for bottom fishing. Nice trace for search the fish. The fishing area cover by a trace like that is very large”
How many traces are present in your tackle box in competition?
Jose: “:) 🙂 Many and various always according with what we hope to find. Getting ready for a competition, I always have time to study the place where the competition is going to happen. I gather all the possible information about the place and prepare the traces according to the information. I always have various tips of traces with two, three or one hook
Traces with different sizes. At the end of these years I use traces of 1,2,3 and 4mts, to use according the situation.
The same trace with different snoods and hooks.
Stronger traces to fish farther and thinner traces to fish more closer. For the body traces I use, 0.25,0.30,0.40,0.50 e 0.60mm.
For a competition it’s normal to take approximately 100 traces ready to use”
Which is hardest place did you fish? Hardest to understand how to fish in. Why?
Jose: “Spain. In the atlantic ocean, we learn to know the morphology of the beaches by the sea behavior. Usually there’s waves, the way they behave allow us to easily identify the deepest places, the channels, the lowest, etc. Because the tides have more amplitude, observing a beach when the tidal is low makes us knowing the place better. It’s easier for us to make a study of the local and decide where we are going to launch and delineate the fishing strategy. In the mediterranean there aren’t waves, the tides don’t have an amplitude that can allow us easily the channels identification, sand crowns. The characterization of the places is more complicated and difficult to do. In Spain, the various species that exist have different behaviors and according to the weather conditions. It’s not easy for those who aren’t from there and with only 2 or 3 days of practice knowing how to identify the different forms of fishing in these beaches”
Which are your skills that made you winning angler?
Jose: “Liking to fish and the sea; Listening and learning from the most experienced. After that I just had to train, developing and improving my assets to became a better contender. Training and working to be able to lauch further, training to know how to fish in all the conditions, all the places and all the species. Following the modality at the material level, knowing how to use them and what for, trying out these materials to see if they can bee applied with positive results”
Which are skills complete angler must have?
Jose: “In fishing as a competition sport, good results can be achieved based on all the accumulated experience through the years. Only with accuracy and working method we can organize and gather all the information and experience to became a good athlete. Training a lot, having absolute confiance in the material that we are going to us, knowing really well the places where the competition is happening , to be pragmatic, having an open mind so that we can accept different points of view about fishing, being humble, recognizing the mistakes made and accepting bad results with no excuses”
Which are the most common errors that fisherman usually commits?
Jose: “Normally the fisherman has difficulties to assume his mistakes, most of the times because he doesn’t know that he made them and doens’t know how to identify them. It’s easy to put the blame on others or to bad luck. Many of the anglers have difficulty to know where they should launch. If you don’t have control in your release, you can’t lauch where you want. Many don’t know how use properly the material that they have. Many don’t delineate a strategy for the competition, limiting itself to just baiting and throwing into the water. Many can’t control the anxiety. They spend the competition throwing and retracting, without realizing that the fish lives inside the water and it’s there that the bite needs to stay”
Which is your favorite fishing strategy and why?
Jose: “My favourite strategy is to catch fish 🙂 🙂 I like when my bet for a certain competition works and the competition goes well but I don’t have a favourite strategy. I make the possible to be prepared for any situation that can appear. Nowadays in fishing and in most of the places the situations change with some frequency and we need to be prepared to change quickly safely and aware”
Which are your favorite hook? And lines?
Jose: “Nowadays I only use four types of hooks in competition.
Yuki AX63 e Yuki AX78, with round eye for allround fishing
Yuki ZN04 e Yuki ZX100 Straight nickel color hook, for surface fish, especially suitable for delicate sea baits, like sardine”
I consider you one the best angler in the shore angling story: can you give me three names of other anglers that impressed you in 22 years of world championship? I need it to find next interview LOL
Jose: “Three????? Not enough 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have more to indicate 🙂 🙂 :). I have a list of anglers that I admire and will always admire in the world competition. Some have won titles, others no, but they are anglers that I learn to like and respect: Chris Clark, Steve Allmark, Ian Golds, Bernard Westhgarth, Alan Yates, Darren Newland, Richard Yates, Eduardo Martinez, Xavi Perez Rojo, Miguel Robles Andreu, Juan Puigvi, David Alcântara, Carlos Barranquero, Arjan Rinjberg, Stephane Acket, Yve Verryckt, Alen Bilic, Lino Materazzo, Paolo Paolicchi, Roberto Accardi, Alan Price, Ricardo Silva, João Cordeiro”
Which are favorite teams in world championship in Wales this year?
Jose: “England, Wales, Ireland, Holand”
Give advice to people who are reading, and who are starting to compete.
Jose: “Competition fishing is a good sport. The best way to initiate is by joining a club because there you will have people that can accompany you and teach what it’s needed to improve in the modality”
Thank you Jose, I’m sure your answers will be interesting for all readers, me included 🙂