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Friday, July 10, 2020

Gäddsafari 2 & 3 2020

Det märks att vi börjar komma in i högsäsongen då vi har allt fler gäster som besöker oss. Det märks också att det är sommar då tiden bokstavligen talat flyger förbi. Igår arrangerades sommarens tredje gäddsafari och tanken slog mig att det aldrig blev en summeringen av förra veckans fisketur...


Gäddsafari #2 2020-07-02

Då antalet bokade gäster förra veckan var få bestämde vi att låta min kollega Ivan styra upp gruppen på egen hand. Det i sig betydde att undertecknad missade sitt första gäddsafari på över 8 år! Lite ovant att se gruppen glida ut på sjön med mig kvar på torra land...

Med totalt 13 deltagare for gänget österut mot ögrupperna Basareholmen och Mjölnareholmen. Vinden var stark från väst så även med Trossö som dämpade vågornas storlek var det lite skumpigt vatten väl på plats. Gäddorna visade sig vara svårflirtade och endast någon enstaka kontakt med dagens huvudfisk gäddan rapporterades.

Område nummer två för dagen spenderades i Borgmästarfjärden som är fjärden mellan Dragsö och Karlskrona Centrum (Trossö). Vinden hade nu lugnat sig och det såg från håll ut att vara en väldigt rofylld avslutning på kvällen. Gäddorna var dock inte pigga på att tugga i sig fiskedragen denna kväll utan endast en fisk lurades upp och denna mätte in på 72cm.

Gäddsafari #3 2020-07-09
Sommaren som inleddes så härligt med varma temperaturer och soliga dagar har drastiskt förändrats till det omvända. Låg temperatur, många regniga dagar och svalare vatten. Denna gång var intresset stort för gäddsafari så i slutändan begav sig tio båtar ut med totalt 33 personer! Fantastiskt kul med ett sådant intresse för att komma ut i skärgården och fiska gädda.

Vädret denna kväll bjöd på måttliga vindar från sydväst och en halvklar himmel med ilsket mörka regnmoln på håll. Som tur var höll sig dessa moln just på håll och vi slapp få regn på oss denna kväll. Som första område för kvällen valdes området mellan Rollsö/Svinö/Ramsö. I min båt handlade första timmen om att lära sig konsten att kasta med familjen Karlsson. Övning ger färdighet och detta skulle vi få ett fantastiskt facit på i slutet av kvällen.

Första timmen tickade iväg fortare än illa kvickt och vi gav oss iväg längre in i skärgården. Vikområdet Rosenholm samt Andörarna var destinationen och en lugnt tiominutersfärd senare var vi framme. Eftersom vi låg bra till med tiden hela kvällen så blev det ytterligare en timmes fiske vid område nummer två.

I min båt kastade vi vidare efter vår första fisk men utan framgång. Även denna gång ville klockan löpa iväg och snart nog slängdes ankaret i för sista gången denna kväll. Undertecknad kastade iväg en jigg som landade perfekt vid en sten intill en typisk "gäddvass". Draget hann inte mer än landa innan en mindre gädda fullständigt slukat jiggen. Sekunden senare smäller det även till i grabben Måns fiskespö och från noll till hundra från ingenstans har vi plötsligt fångat två gäddor! Extra kul för Måns som höll i ett fiskespö för första gången denna kväll. Gäddan mätte in på 62 centimeter. Bilden i sig kan väl inte summera kvällen så mycket bättre?

När gäddorna fått simma vidare var det dags för gemensam färd tillbaka till Dragsö och väl i hamn kunde vi konstatera att nio gäddor fångats denna kväll där den längsta mätte 79 centimeter. Det fångades även en riktigt fin abborre på 1,25 kilo. Riktigt kul bonusfångst!!

Nu laddar vi om för ett nytt gäddsafari nästa vecka och missa inte att boka din plats på info@dragso.se, 0455-15354 eller direkt i campingens reception. Välkomna!

// Daniel Wickman
   2020-07-10



Friday, June 26, 2020

Gäddsafari #1 2020

Sommaren är här och även om mycket av det som brukar vara vanligt så här års inte är så vanligt längre, så finns åtminstone våra gäddsafarin på agendan fortfarande!

Igår var det så dags för den första turen för sommaren och väderguden hade bestämt strålande solsken, svaga vindar från öst och under dagen säkert uppåt 28 grader varmt. Superhärligt väder och D-vitamin banken fylldes på likt ett batteri på snabbladdning. Det var gott intresse för att vara första turen för säsongen och hela 24 personer inklusive guider begav sig ut fördelat på 7 båtar.

Första stopp blev ett stort område väst om Dragsö, närmare bestämt mellan Haglö, Skillingenäs och Smörpundsholmarna. En cirka femton minuter lång båtfärd dit gick galant och snart nog var vi igång med att kasta ett motsvarande bufféutbud av beten riktade till gäddorna. Det verkade dock som att solen tagit ut sin rätt på de gäddor som normalt sett står hungriga kring öarna, då få eller inga gäddor sågs till under den första timmen. En av båtarna lyckades dock spräcka nollan i fångstkolumnen så hoppet fanns allt där om att gammelgäddan kanske skulle kunna lockas trots allt.

Tiden går fort när man har kul och efter en timmes fiske var det dags att byta plats. Denna gång handlade det om området mellan Ramsö, Svinö och Rollsö. Återigen ett relativt stort område så alla deltagare kunde få sig gott om utrymme i jakten på det gröna guldet.

Återigen verkade det dock vara svårtflirtade gäddor därute då såväl undertecknads båt som de närmast synliga båtarna inte lockade upp någon fisk med vare sig skeddrag, jiggar eller wobblers. Som tur var fortsatte dock vädret vara helt fantastiskt och skärgården kunde upplevas från sin arla härligaste sida.

Även den andra fisketimmen for snabbt förbi och strax före nio gick färden tillbaka till Dragsö. I sedvanlig ordning skulle en vinnare koras då vi alltid kör en prisutdelning och utser vinnande lag som avslutning på kvällen. En viss oro fanns om det faktiskt fångats någon gädda denna kväll. Till slut kunde det dock konstateras att åtminstone två gäddor fångats under kvällen och den längsta mätte in på 63 centimeter.

Nu hoppas vi på att gäddorna hinner vila sig i form till nästa vecka då vi tar nya tag och hoppas på bättre fiskelycka!

// Daniel Wickman
   2020-06-26

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Special times

It's been some time now. Again. Sorry! However, finally time for an update on the blog.

Everyone already know about the situation caused by Corona. Therefore, I won't focus that much about it here. The only thing that needs to be mentioned is that we are still open, more or less as usual. Of course we have lost many bookings, mainly from guests from abroad for obvious reasons. Gladly, we have helped many of you already with new dates in the autumn or even next year already.

This year we didn't get any ice (or at least not much!) in the archipelago so fishing was possible early. Lots of our boats went in the water already in February and the last ones of our 18 rental boats was in the water in the beginning of April. However, so far we haven't needed our full boat fleet any weekend. Gladly, we still have some weekends where 10-13 boats are booked the same dates. For upcoming weekend we have 10 rental boats going out.

Personally, I have never before experienced a spring with this good numbers caught as this year. Before the end of March, I registered more than 800 pikes caught either with friends, on my guided tours or alone. One single day I caught 106 pikes together with my friend Jörgen. However, that was 1st of March. A lot has happened since then. Pikes are now more or less done with spawning and are now starting to eat to fill their empty stomachs. Last weekend was overall tough with few bites but lots of followers. Many boats struggled to catch even a handful of pikes per day while the best boat reported about approximately 40 pikes caught.

As many of you might have heard already, from 1st of April we finally got some new fishing restricted areas to protect the pikes during spawning and pre-spawn. In the surroundings of Karlskrona it covers five new areas/bays plus a few areas which was originally protected in autumn but which now are extended to cover also the spring season. The new regulated areas are valid from 1/1-31/5 annually.

We still have availability for both guided trips and fishing packages or even day rentals for most dates in May. Some weekends in the autumn season is soon to be fully booked since we had several guests with postponed trips to autumn season.

We hope to see you soon @ Camp Dragsö Sportfishing and stay healthy!

// Daniel Wickman
   2020-04-28









Thursday, February 27, 2020

A new season is here!

Today we welcomed our first fishing guests to Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. Almost a month earlier than our official opening dates. All because of the warm temperature so there is no risk for ice at the moment. So two rental boats are actually out on the water right now for a weekend of fishing!

Yesterday I had the first guided trip of the season together with Jonathan, a returning guest from US. Conditions was maybe not the best, since we had about 2 degrees, NW winds, +95cm above normal water level and snow was falling occasionally. However, this didn't bother the pikes at all. Over the day we managed to catch 65 pikes and a couple of them was of decent size to. What a way to start of guiding season 2020!

More or less the whole month of February has been warm. So for us who live in Karlskrona, we have been able to fish during the whole month. Most times that we've spent on the water has been successful. Plenty of fish. Hopefully it can continue like this!

Over the upcoming weeks we will make sure to get more boats into the water. We have them available both for weekend/week packages and some of them for day rentals. In March we have some dates left for guided trips to but especially weekends are almost fully booked now. Experience pike fishing in Karlskrona archipelago, it's so much fun!

// Daniel Wickman
   2020-02-27 





Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A good season finale

With less than two weeks to Christmas, our last boat has now been pulled out of the water. We started to bring a few boats up already in the end of October, but since we have 19 boats in our fleet, it for sure takes some time to get all of them up and ready for winter storage.

Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago we were visited by some less friendly people on the camp. Our last eight boats that wasn't already taken away for winter storage got the throttle controls stolen. For us, all these reparation costs and replacement was worth at least 4000 euros. Not a funny way to approch Christmas and the end of the year...

Well, enough with the sad news. Instead, a nice catch report from last weekend. I had one last day to spend on the water last weekend before I go on my vacation. Since winds was quite strong and we only had a Master410 left in the water, I decided to stay close to the city and look for a big fish rather than numbers. Together with me I brought Sarah, who follows me out one or two times every year, and this time it was her lucky day to be out.

As you might know, Sarah also works at the camp since many years back, and she's been eager to catch a big fish to. Several times she have caught fish over +90cm, which isn't bad, but a meter pike has been her target (of course!). This time she managed to break the three digit mark with a beautiful fish! With shaky arms she was ready to give the fish a hug and a quick photo session. Not a bad way to start and to end the fishing season!



With day temperatures around 5 degrees, there is still no ice in the archipelago. Only a few nights last week and one night this week has offered negative degrees so most probably there won't be any ice in December if nothing dramatic happens. Our cabins are open all year around so for those of you who have your own boat, you can still book your accommodation and go fishing in Karlskrona during the cold months to! As you might know, from now and until the end of March, the chance to catch a really big fish (heavy) is probably the best of the year.

Have a great Christmas & Happy New Year!

I hope to see you @ Camp Dragsö Sportfishing next year! Until then, let's enjoy some pictures from season 2019.

// Daniel Wickman
   2019-12-11




 


















 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mid October update

Fall is here and nature is showing its pride with colourful leaves on all trees, birds migrating for warmer latitudes but most importantly, pikes are feeding!

It's the time of the year when most people are in "working mode" but still, for those with some days left to go fishing, this is a lovely time to do so. On regular week days you can be more or less alone on the water. Pikes are moving in to the shallow areas now to feed and find their home for the next half year or so. Temperatures is still very comfortable with 10-13 in day time and about 6-9 degrees in the night.

Last few weeks we've had high water level and many days with north winds. For our area, this equals with very clear water in most of the archipelago and sometimes more tricky fishing. As always some boats have difficulties finding the keys for success, while others catch good numbers. Results last couple of weeks has variated between 3-50 pikes per day and boat.

Last week I had a couple of guide trips on my schedule with returning guests. First day we caught 24 pikes, while second day resulted in 18 pikes. Unfortunately, a nice fish over the three digits in size was lost in very shallow water close to the boat. Next time, we get her all the way to the net!

Yesterday I spent my day off work on the water together with our former colleague Willy. Or well, he still do some days on the camp but since he started his studies earlier this year, unfortunately these days are easy to count. Anyway, we had fantastic fishing yesterday! 38 pikes was caught and almost half of them measured well above +80cm in size, with bigger ones caught to. In some areas, like the one we stayed in yesterday, pikes are getting fat and are very strong to fight. 

This week we will welcome a total of 11 fishing groups and in the beginning of next week my colleague Ivan will be busy. Together with students from the Swedish Sportfishing academy they will fish and guide during the annual ABU pike camp for youngsters for several days. 

It's going to be some nice upcoming weeks and we have rental boats available until the end of November. Come and enjoy the archipelago of Karlskrona :-)

// Daniel Wickman
   2019-10-22














Thursday, October 3, 2019

Blekinge Pike Festival and season continues!

October is here and we've got a couple of more weeks where our boats are more or less fully booked. Later in October we still have availability for fishing packages, day rentals of boats, guided trips etc. And to be honest, I believe fishing is just getting better when temperatures drops more.

Last weekend the annual pike fishing competition Blekinge Pike Festival was arranged. This year there was also a team competition where 67 teams competed together with hundreds of individual competitors. I teamed up with my friends Martin & Jörgen in Team Ram Mounts Nordic. Conditions were tough but fortunately our plan worked out pretty good and we ended up in 2nd place. We were in the lead 3/4th of the competition but came out six centimeters short in the end. Our former colleague Willy also did well and his team Karlskronafiske ended up in third place. Good results!

The biggest pike caught in the competition was 110cm but only two pikes over the 100+ margin was reported over two days so obviously fishing was difficult for everyone.

In the last few weeks I've had many guided trips on my schedule. Half day, whole days.. Sunny, windy, cloudy, cold, hot, low water, high water... We've experienced it all over the last few weeks. Mostly, we've had quite good results. This week I've been out Monday with one guest and had 26 pikes in the boat in a full day (8hrs) trip. Tuesday gave 19 pikes in a full day with two guests.

This weekend we'll have all our boats out on the water with guests coming from Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Ukraine and Germany.

Current weather in Karlskrona
Air temperature daytime: 8-10 degrees
Air temperature night time: 2-5 degrees
Water temperature: 10-12 degrees
Water level: +50cm

And hey! Don't forget about our photo competition! December 1st we will announce three lucky winners so please send your best photos from your stay this year at Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. There's a very good chance to win! Send pictures to info@dragso.se

Best regards,

//Daniel Wickman
  2019-10-03