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Karlskrona, Pike Kingdom

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mid March update

Mid March is here and this is a nice time of the year for pike anglers. Fortunately, in Karlskrona we are lucky to have a very short period of ice each year. Some years we don't even get any ice at all. This year we only had ice for about a month from mid January to mid February.

Last weekend we had a couple of fishing groups staying at Dragsö. One of them a returning Swedish group coming for a couple of guided fishing days with me. The other guys was another returning Swedish group with who went out with a rental boat. Conditions was tough with winds up to 23m/s on Friday and 21m/s on Saturday. This combined with low temperatures and lots of rain didn't give us the best conditions to fish. However, in my boat we got up to good numbers anyway and also some nice fish to!

Friday was spent west of Dragsö while Saturday was spent in the east part of the archipelago. During Friday we caught 33 pikes and Saturday 42 pikes. Many more was lost (as always!) and the top pikes in the boat during Saturday measured 96,92,91,90 and many more over +80cm. This even though we had company with a seal a couple of times in the area where we fished. However, it was clear that when the seal was close by, the pikes got completely inactive. 15 minutes later they were back to normal activity again. 

More or less every day now we receive new reservations of fishing packages and popular weekends in May are filling up fast now. The same when it comes to available guide dates. Most Fridays and Saturdays in April/May is now already booked so if you think of visiting us this spring, it's for sure about time to make up your mind as soon as possible!

All boats are now in the water and ready for fishing. Upcoming weekend we will lay low and only have cabin reservations but from next week we will be open 7 days a week. Really looking forward to this spring!

// Daniel Wickman
   2019-03-13






Friday, March 1, 2019

Season starts early

Hi fellow readers,

March is here and finally it's getting time to start spring fishing season. Our first guests is here already and from now on, anglers will be visiting us frequently. Ice got away several weeks ago and personally I've already been out on the water three times since then. First day on the water a couple of weeks ago went well! 50 pikes caught on two anglers and a nice fish of 103cm as the biggest one.

Weather is strange. Actually, earlier this week we had several days with about 12-15 degrees and sun. In the neighbour city of Karlshamn, an all time temperature record was set last Tuesday when the scale showed 16,7 degrees, 26th of February! Insane for sure.. We've had several Swedish midsummers last few years with lower temperatures than what we've experienced this week in February.

With the nice weather going on, me and Willy has been working fast and hard with getting our boats ready for season. Currently we have 17 of 19 boats in the water. Almost done!

The first few weeks of season will be quite calm. For those of you who have the opportunity, this is a great time to visit and forecast looks good for the upcoming week(s). Pikes are just waiting...

Another weekend is here and personally I will spend at least one of the days on the water again. Hope to be back with a catch report soon.

// Daniel Wickman
   2019-03-01



Thursday, January 24, 2019

A new beginning

It's been a long time since the last post in October. Shame on me! However, It's a new year and I will try to get the posts going better this year.

So, what's happened since our last post? As usual, our boats was one by one taken to service and maintenance during late autumn. In fact, all boats are ready to hit the water as soon as temperature and weather allows. Currently, we have ice covering the bays and some parts of the middle archipelago as well. Last night temperatures was down to -10 in some of the areas around the city of Karlskrona. Day temperatures is around 0 degrees most days but in the nights we have about -2 down to -10 some nights. Most probably we will have ice for some weeks now if the forecast stays somewhat accurate.

During this time of the year we're working with our fishing brochure, home pages, bookings, improvements in our cabins etc. During this winter we have launched a new home page with a brand new look. Check it out! www.dragsosportfishing.se Our regular home page for the camping is also brand new www.dragso.se

I have received several questions lately regarding fishing results from last year. In short, I would say that last year was a better year than 2017. Both when it comes to the average numbers caught per day but also the frequency of +80cm pikes caught was higher. It sure looks promising for 2019! A nice surprise was also the fact that perch fishing was great last year. Many perch around 43-46cm was caught with even bigger ones every now and then. My sneaky reports tell that even in December fishing for perch was great.

Bookings are coming in more or less every day now for spring 2019. Still, we have vacancy most weekends but the most busy and popular weekends in May is filling up fast now. If you're interested in visiting us during this spring it's about time to settle dates soon to avoid disappointment.

If you're planning a visit to Sportfiskemässan (Swedish sportfishing fair) in Jönköping 29-31st of March, make sure to stop by Visit Blekinge where we'll be standing the whole weekend. If you're not planning to stroll around on the fair, make sure to go out fishing instead! You know what? We're open during that weekend and will have boats and cabins available. It's a good time to come for fishing since a lot of anglers tend to visit the fair instead these dates.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram @dragsosportfishing where we'll be more active this year.

Also, a final wish from me... Please send any photos from your Dragsö Sportfishing visit to daniel@dragsosportfishing.se The more pictures and reports I receive, the more and better reports I can share with you. As a nice bonus, the best pictures are always rewarded with prices in the end of the year. Don't miss out!

// Daniel Wickman
   2019-01-24




 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

October update

Hi fellow readers,

It's been some time since the last report.. sorry for that. However, now it's time to look back at the last few weeks of fishing. Continuously, I must say that fishing this autumn has been great. Numbers is mostly good and topped with some nice fish as well. Another fun thing is that reports of perch is really good this year. As far as I remember, perch fishing has not been this good in many many years.

During last few weeks we've been visited by many anglers. Both for weekends and whole weeks. Most of time with good results but of course with exceptions. That's fishing! Some weekends we have up to 60-70 anglers on site and we're not always able to get reports from everyone. But, as far as I know the biggest fish caught by our guests this autumn is 119cm.

Blekinge Pike Festival was arranged last weekend and we were once again more or less fully booked. The competition itself had about 360 anglers this time, about 100 less than previous years, but still lots of anglers. Biggest fish caught was 114cm and this year there was a side competition where each angler put together his/hers five longest fish, exceeding 80cm. Our colleague Willy and his boat team did very well in this competition since they managed to catch 13 fish over 80cm. Good job! In my boat we didn't have the best results. However, Martin in my boat caught a 97cm fish that ended up as 10th place.

This year approx 100 pikes (so far) has been marked with a yellow tag in Rosenholm/Skönstavik/Lindesnäs area. If you fish in this area, make sure to check if your catch is marked with a yellow tag and report the catch according to the information on the tag!

Yesterday, I tried to fish perch for just about 30 minutes before pike fishing with my friend Calle. With a large portion of luck, I was soon hooked up with a good fish. Or good, it showed up to be a great fish! My new personal best was a fact and after weighing the fish twice, with the same result, the weight was set to 1,72 kilos. I think I will never catch a fish like that again, so for sure I was happy with this catch yesterday!

Once again we have a lot of guests arriving today and also on Saturday. This weekend we have all of the boats booked and conditions looks promising. It will be interesting to see their results!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-10-04














Thursday, September 13, 2018

A great start of autumn 2018

Autumn season is here for real now. Finally! Day temperatures is between 16-20 degrees and water temperature shows about 16-17 degrees. It seems like pikes has been waiting for this period as much as we have been looking forward to it. It's still early judge anything, but numbers so far this autumn season is better than what we've seen in a long time. Most of our guests tell the same story. Really good amount of fish with many reaching over +80 and +90cm. As always more difficult to reach the magic +100cm mark but the last couple of days has been crazy. Many fish of more than +100cm with the longest fish measuring impressive 119cm!

As always this is a very popular time to fish in Karlskrona. Currently, we have about 20 anglers on Dragsö, with five more groups coming tomorrow. Later this month we're more or less fully booked several weekends and October will for sure be busy and fun!

Personally, I've spent very few days on the water this summer. Mainly due to the warm temperatures. However, lately I've been out several times. Last week I brought my girlfriend Sarah out on the water and we experienced good fishing with 33 pikes caught. She even managed to break her own personal record and caught the two biggest pikes that day. I guess next time she will aim to reach over the 100cm mark :) Just days earlier I was out with my colleague Willy for a day trip and we also had great fishing when it comes to the numbers. We lost the count but probably around 40 pikes caught. Good times!

A few days ago I went out with my friend Calle. Once again good fishing with 30 pikes caught and several fish of nice size. Biggest ones that day measured 95,95 & 107cm.

Yesterday we were out on the water with the famous Swedish fishing-tv producer, Johan Broman. A new season of 'Fiskedestination" is in the making and one of the new episodes will be sent in March 2019 with fishing in Karlskrona. We're excited to be a part of it and really look forward to see the result of a long day of filming. I'm sure it's going to be great!

Still we have some openings this autumn both for fishing packages and some guided days are available to. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to experience our fantastic waters, it's a very good time to come now!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-09-09











Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fishing season is approaching!

Summer is soon coming to its end and we are more than ready for the upcoming fishing season. Actually, we already have a few groups on Dragsö for some late summer fishing holidays.

This summer has been a very strange one, like many other places in Europe. The warmest July in modern history and also for sure the most dry period for a long long time. The water temperature has been extremely high for a long time to. About 27-28 degrees in many areas of Karlskrona and even higher in some of the most shallow bays. As you might understand, these temperatures has not been great for fishing so our fishing activity has been low this summer.

However, the water temperature has now dropped and is now at 19 degrees which is more normal for this period. Also, the night temperatures is now down at 14-15 degrees which is one of the reasons why the water temperature has been sinking fast.

Some days in the summer has been very good, even though the temperatures has been high. Some meter+ pikes has been caught by our guests and overall I must say that the numbers has been better than last summer.

The first guided trip of this season was arranged just a few days ago with excellent result. In only four hours my guests from Switzerland managed to catch more than 20 pikes and two of them was +100cm. The lads have reported about continuously good fishing last few days, so it looks promising for the start of autumn season.

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-08-14








Friday, August 10, 2018

Gäddsafari #7 2018

Semestertiden går mot sitt slut och under gårdagen arrangerades sommarens allra sista gäddsafari. Det var återigen bra intresse och slutligen blev vi 28 personer fördelat på sju båtar.

Eftersom solen går ned allt tidigare har vi de senaste turerna startat vid 17:00, så även denna gång. Alla var i tid denna gång och vi kunde lämna bryggan efter en kortare genomgång. Med svaga vindar från syd/sydväst och strålande solsken valde vi att åka en bra bit västerut. Närmare bestämt till Ivö/Utö/Tromtö. Väl på plats blev alla gäster visade vilket fiskeområde som vi hade att röra oss på samt vilken tid vi skulle återträffas.

I min båt hade vi ganska omgående kontakt med fisk och den första gäddan kunde undertecknad fånga efter ungefär fem minuter. Det ca 15 centimeter långa draget var totalt inhalerat men lyckligtvis gick det relativt lätt att operera ut kroken. Efter avkrokning var tanken att en snabb mätning skulle ske för att kunna ha med gäddan i tävlingen om kvällens längsta fisk. Gäddan hade dock andra planer och gjorde ett rejält skutt för att undvika mätningen. Fisken gjorde en piruett i luften innan den landade i vattnet och snabbt stack tillbaka till sitt rätta element. Cirka 70 centimeter lång var fisken men då vi inte fick till någon bild mot mätstickan kunde vi inte räkna med denna i tävlingen.

Snart nog hugger det igen, denna gång för en av de yngre grabbarna i min båt. Fisken mäter 63cm och vi har nu en gädda att rapportera vid återsamlingen. Skönt! Vi fortsätter fiska i närområdet men denna gång utan fortsatt lycka.

Tiden går som vanligt snabbt och det var dags för återsamling och vidare transport mot Smörpundsholmarna, Haglö och Varö. I min båt kunde man snarare tro att vi åkt ut på safari i abborrfiske istället, då ena grabben i båten lyckades fånga fyra fina abborrar under den avslutande tiden. Någon mer gädda blev det inte i vår båt, och dessvärre verkade det som att många haft en trög fiskekväll. Något som vi skulle få facit på vid återsamlingen på Dragsö.

Det visade sig att endast fyra gäddor fångats där den längsta fisken mätte 70cm.

Överlag har det visat sig att de första gäddsafariturer som arrangerades denna sommar gav bra resultat, medan det på senare tid varit svårfiskat, troligen mycket beroende på den onormalt höga vattentemperaturen. Även igår hade vi 25,5 grader och lokalt ännu varmare än så.

Nu blickar vi fram emot vår fiskesäsong som drar igång igen om några veckor. Förhoppningsvis har temperaturen då gått ned något...

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-08-10