Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Spring season summary

It's with a bit of melancholy I'm hereby posting this years summary of spring fishing season 2014. This is my story of fishing in Karlskrona during last 2,5 months. Gosh where did the time go?!

As you might now we had a much warmer winter this year and ice was gone far before our opening. Last year ice was present until 12th of April and forced us to move plenty of reservations forward. When I started work in mid Mars this year we already had several plus degrees both in water and air. All boats went in during my first week of work and the first guests came to us on 21st of Mars.

As usual early fishing for pre spawn pikes can be a bit tricky. Most times the pikes gather up together in large groups in small areas. During this time, It's a lot about finding these spots and also about finding the pikes who actually are willing to bite. Due to this fact the results variates a lot and did so even this spring. Some boats caught more than 40 pikes per boat and day while others had a hard time to even reach a handul in a whole day of fishing. A few really big pikes was caught before spawning and local anglers also did well during this period. Several pikes above +10kg margin. Fat and nice ladys, just as we want them!

April came and as always this month together with May is our most busy ones for fishing holidays. Many returning guests and a great mix of new ones have been visiting us within these 10 weeks that we've been open so far this year. I use to say this to most guests that I talk to, but once again meeting you guys here at Dragsö is a highlight with my work as resposible for fishing business and guide. For every year that's passing by I get to know you guys better and this makes it even more fun. Especially this season since I've been having many returning guests on the guided trips as well!

Spawning this year was a long process and we still caught pikes who dropped eggs in boats in mid May, even though the temperatures was good enough in early April. One explanation can be that we received strong north winds for at least a week in the middle of spawning period and this doesn't really help them to get done. I believe many pikes was interrupted do to this which also delayed their spawning process.

Furthermore, this season we've had fishing guests from 11 countries including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Latvia, Russia, Lithuania and Czech Republic. Great variety and as I mentioned earlier, great mix of returning and new guests.

Biggest pike so far by our guests this season measured 114cm and was caught in the middle of May by returning Latvian guests. Except from that many nice meter pikes has been to joy for our guests as you might have seen on the posts during the season.

Still we will have about 10 more teams coming to fish before the end of spring season so hopefully a few more biggies will be coming up shortly!

Barely a week ago I also received a nice report from my friend Jesper who managed to catch a pike above the +10kg margin and approx 107cm. Nicely done!!

Of course I will continue on with posts but this was just a summary of the main spring season. Now we look forward to a summer with kayak fishing, nice weather and hopefully some meter+ pikes to be caught!

// Daniel Wickman