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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gäddsafari #3 2018

Veckorna går snabbt såhär i sommartider och redan nu på torsdag är det dags för sommarens fjärde fisketur. Men innan dess är det dags att summera förra veckans gäddsafari, så låt oss köra igång!

Det var bra intresse förra veckan och totalt blev vi åtta båtar med fyra personer i varje båt. Under dagen hade vindarna varit starka och såväl jag som min kollega Willy hade lindrig beslutsångest över vart vi skulle kunna tänkas åka denna kväll. Vi hade dock vädergudarna med oss och när det var dags för avfärd hade vinden lagt sig betydligt. Vi valde därför att åka till Bergaholmarna/Kobebus som ligger rakt söderut om Karlskrona centrum.

Snart nog var vi iväg och väl på plats var båtarna ivriga att komma igång med fisket. Vi spenderade lite drygt en timme på första fiskeområdet och i min båt lyckades vi fånga vår första gädda och även en riktigt stor abborre. Den imponerande randiga fisken mätte imponerande 45 centimeter och med en respektabel vikt av 1,4kg. Flera båtar fångade sina första gäddor för kvällen redan på första platsen.

I ett fint led transporterades vi sedan vidare mot nästa område som var förlagt väst om Dragsö. Vi valde faktiskt att återvända till samma sträcka som var framgångsrik veckan innan. Det visade sig vara ett lyckat val då flera av båtarna fångade ett flertal gäddor på detta område. I min båt hade vi omgående en lite bättre gädda på kroken och nu var vi med i matchen. Frågan var bara om 78cm skulle räcka?

Det dröjer inte länge innan vi har fångat nästa fisk och gäddorna var minst sagt hungriga där vi var. En timme senare har vi fångat sex gäddor i vår båt, medan min kollega Willy lyckats ännu bättre. Imponerande nio gäddor landades i hans båt och den största mätte 86cm. Med denna fångst blev de också gäddsafarits vinnare och kunde stolta hämta ut de fina vinnarkepsarna vid återsamlingen.

Totalt fångades 22st gäddor och ett par abborrar som bonusfångster, fördelat på 32 deltagare. Det siktar vi på att slå på torsdag!

På torsdag är det redan nu i det närmaste fullbokat. Riktigt kul!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-07-18








Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gäddsafari #2 2018

Ny vecka och givetvis är det då dags för en ny summering av våra populära gäddsafariturer. Denna gång var vi lite fler än vad vi var förra tillfället som ville följa med ut i skärgården. Närmare bestämt 20 personer!

Väderförutsättningarna denna gång gav oss lite begränsade möjligheter till val av fiskeplatser. Vindarna var nämligen hyfsat starka från sydväst, mellan 6-12 m/s. Solen värmde dock skönt denna kväll och temperaturen under dagen uppgick till 26 grader och bara några få grader svalare under kvällen.

Första området denna kväll förlades till Danmarksfjärden strax väst om Dragsö camping. Som tur var hade vinden mojnat av något och det bjöds på fina fiskemöjligheter. I min båt hade jag sällskap av familjen Stenander denna kväll. Vi fick sannerligen en pangstart på fisketuren! I det första kastet högg en abborre på 1,14kg, fördelat på 44cm. En riktigt fin abborre även om huvudmålet för dagen var att fånga gädda.

Snart nog hugger även första gäddan på samma plats för oss. Inom den första timmen fångar vi fem gäddor och tappar lika många till som inte riktigt ville fastna på våra krokar. En riktigt bra start och den största gäddan mätte hela 91cm för oss vilket vi insåg skulle stå sig bra i kampen om att bli gäddsafarits längsta fisk.

Som vanligt återsamlades vi efter ungefär en timme med de övriga fem båtarna för vidare transport mot ett nytt fiskeområde. Vinden hade nu lagt sig ännu mer och det var väldigt behagligt fiskeväder när vi begav oss till Andöarna som ligger en bit norr om Dragsö. Under nästan en timme till provade vi ett flertal platser, dock utan resultat denna gång. Tiden passerade snabbt förbi och snart var det dags för transport tillbaka mot Dragsö. I vår båt var vi lagom segervissa eftersom vi fått en gädda på 91cm tidigare under kvällen.

Väl på Dragsö var det dags för prisutdelning inför en mindre publik. Vi kunde på sex båtar summera 16 fångade gäddor där toppfisken mycket riktigt slutade på 91cm.

En riktigt härlig tur i skärgården med många huggvilliga fiskar. Förhoppningsvis är gäddorna lika intresserade vid nästa gäddsafari torsdagen den 12/7.

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-07-10





Sunday, July 1, 2018

Gäddsafari #1 2018

Sommaren är här och nu har äntligen våra gäddsafarievenemang dragit igång för säsongen. Ett riktigt sommartecken helt enkelt!

I torsdagskväll genomfördes den första fisketuren av sammanlagt sju denna sommar. Karlskrona bjöd på kanonväder dagen till ära. 26 grader, strålande solsken och måttliga vindar från syd-syd/väst.

Den sedvanliga genomgången var snabbt avklarad då vi endast var sju deltagare denna kväll. Det gjorde att vi snabbt kom i båtarna och ivrigt begav oss mot kvällens första fiskeområde som var förlagt till Haglö/Varö/Skillingenäs. Sällskapet i min båt bestod av tysken Michael samt svensken Mikael med sin fru. För oss började det trögt, trots att mitt tränade "fiskeöga" gav mig en god känsla av att förutsättningarna var de rätta. När hoppet så sakteliga börjat tryta kom dock första gäddan. En liten sådan, men ack så viktig för att få igång känslan av att nu var vi på rätt plats.

Tiden gick som vanligt snabbt när man har roligt och snart nog var det dags att återsamlas för vidare transport mot nya områden. Då vi fördelat oss på två båtar gick det snabbt att förflytta oss till Danmarksfjärden och snart nog var vi igång med att kasta åt höger, vänster och alla håll där gäddorna bevisligen inte var hemma. En sista förflyttning visade sig vara givande. Inom loppet av några minuter har vi kontakt med flera fiskar som biter men inte riktigt fastnar på våra krokar. Välförtjänt nog krokar Mikael här sin livs första gädda på härliga 68cm. Ingen bjässe, men en ivrig fisk som visade sig räcka till för att bli kvällens längsta gädda bland samtliga deltagare.

Tillbaka på Dragsö summerades fyra fångade gäddor och en abborre som trevlig bifångst. Minst det dubbla antalet gäddor tappades innan de nådde båten men en kväll med så fint väder som denna gjorde det inte mycket.

Nu laddar vi om för nästa veckas gäddsafari och hoppas på huggvilliga fiskar. Platser finns kvar så tveka inte att höra av er till Dragsö campings reception för er bokning.

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-07-01

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Peak season coming to its end

As always May is one of our most busy months for sportfishing, and this year was no exception. Most of our boats has been fully booked for the last month or so during weekends, while some whole weeks has been very well booked to. However, the peak season is now coming to its end. We still have fishing groups coming for several more weekends in the next few weeks but no more super busy periods until autumn season.

Whole May has been very warm for being our area. Actually, sun has been shining more or less every day and very low winds overall. Since temperatures has been high, water temperatures also went up to about 18 degrees in the shallow areas already in the beginning of May which is very early to.

Results is always variating, and will always do. An estimated average catch per boat and day would be somewhere around 7-13 pikes/boat and day. A few boats reported up to 70 pikes in one day for one boat, while other boats in different weekends could report only a couple fish caught per day. In general it's no secret that the groups which spend most hours on the water, combined with having most experience of fishing in our area, is the groups who most of times reach the best results.

Many guided trips was booked in May this year. Results on these has been very variating. Normally, we catch between 5-15 pikes per half day trip and 10-25 pikes in a whole day but this month results was lower than normal. Some big fish was caught during the guided trips in May with the top pikes measuring 114, 105,104 and many +90cm.

Overall, whole May can be explained in one word. "FOLLOWERS!". This is in my opinion mainly positive. And what I mean is that more or less every group in May reported about many pikes just following their lures. It's for sure nice to know and learn that many groups experience that there is plenty of fish in the water, even though not even close to all of them has been interested to be caught. Last week during a guided trip I told my guests that we've had plenty of followers lately. So I decided to actually count the amunt of followers in the first area. During two drifts of maybe 150 meters each, we had 18 followers of what we could see, but only one of them was caught. Some days is simply tricky!

To all of you who have visited us during this spring. Please send us any pictures taken during your stay @ Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. This year we have three prices for the best pictures, and the winners is to be announced at December 1st. Take the chance to win a guided trip worth 3800SEK, or second price 1000SEK voucher as second price, and 500SEK voucher as third price. Vouchers can be used as part payment of any fishing packages next year. And the best thing, you can compete with as many pictures as you would like. There more pictures you send, the bigger is the chance to win!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-05-27






Sunday, May 13, 2018

Karlskrona is on fire!

Many guests has been visiting us during this week and lots of fish has been caught. Results has been variating as always, some boats caught just a couple of fish per boat while others managed to catch up to 65 pikes per boat and day. Unfortunately, time is not enough to give a long report this time so I let the pictures speak for themselves. Biggest fish was 114cm and approx ten meter pikes was reported during this week.

Happy May!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-05-13


















Friday, May 4, 2018

Biggest pike this season

May is finally here and as most of you guys already now, this is the peak season for pike fishing in Karlskrona. There is no doubt that the interest is continuously high with approx 60-70 anglers visiting Dragsö this weeek. Tomorrow and Sunday will offer a bit crowded archipelago since Sportfish Masters is arranged over two days, with about 60 teams competing on Saturday and 50 teams on Sunday.

Last weekend was a busy one to, and many big fish was reported by our guests. At least ten pikes of more than 100cm was reported to us by guests, and most lucky was for sure Sören from Denmark. He managed to catch five pikes of more than 100cm during his stay over a few days. His top five was 115,112,107,105,101cm. Impressive for sure! And even more impressive was that the biggest fish didn't spawn yet and weighed in at 14,2 kilos. The biggest fish caught by our guests in many years.

As always at this time of the year, we receive many questions regarding spawning. Are they done yet? Where is the fish now? We see many fish but they don't bite! Yes, we have daily questions and discussions like these. It's always hard to tell where in the process the fish is, but I can for sure tell that not all pikes has been spawning yet. Many of them are done by now, but not all of them. We received the first reports of really slim pikes caught already three weeks ago, but we also receive reports more or less daily of either pikes caught that has not yet been spawning, but even more reports of pikes in "spawning mode" in the bays. However, the results are improving more or less every day, with better numbers coming up and more active fish.

Furthermore, about 20 pikes has now been marked with yellow tags in Karlskrona archipelago. All of them in two selected bays north of Dragsö. If you catch one of these, make sure to report this catch to the phone number printed on the tag.

More reports to follow shortly!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-05-04




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Busy Busy Busy

Well there is no other word that suits better at the moment. After a long winter with ice covering our surrounding area until the beginning of April, a lot of things was to be done in short time. Most of our boats is now in the water, about three weeks after the water opened up the opportunity to do so.

Also, this year we have taken back the restaurant on Dragsö to our own management which also means we've worked a lot with renovating the whole building basically. Finally it's more or less finished and this week we started with serving lunch during Monday-Fridays. Such an improvement!

With spring finally arriving, a lot of our work days has been spent out on the camp to make everything ready for fishing season but also for camping season which has started now. Several guided trips has also been on both mine and Willyboi's schedule since ice let go, with variating results.

A short summary of the first weeks will be easy. Many nice pikes was caught during the first week of open water, and some days with very good numbers. Since then, temperatures has been going up and down very much and very fast. Almost as fast as the water level, which has been going very much up and down during the first weeks. Last ten days or so has been very tricky for fishing, since spawning is now in full progress. The first reports of after spawn pikes has already been received so most probably it might be slow a few more days before numbers go up again.

This weekend we have about 25 anglers on Dragsö. Most of them arrived today so we'll see what they can manage to catch upcoming days!

Don't forget our annual photo competition while staying at Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. Send us your best pictures from your stay with us and win nice prices!

1st Price - Guided half day trip value 3800SEK
2nd Price - Voucher @ Camp Dragsö Sportfishing 1000SEK
3rd Price - Voucher @ Camp Dragsö Sportfishing 500SEK

Send your pictures to info@dragso.se and check out our Facebook page 1st of December where we announce our winners!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-04-19




Monday, April 2, 2018

Season has started!

Finally, really. Finally we were able to start our fishing season last week. After two weeks of cancelled reservations we launched our first boats about a week ago, Saturday the 24th of March to be more precise.

During the first days of open water both me and Willy tried our luck out there several days. I managed to catch a meter pike together with Philip (Bläcksquid Inc) and Jocke (Team Svartzonker). A few days later Willy caught a nice fish just under the meter margin. Good start!

Last Thursday we welcomed about 20 anglers to Dragsö. However, they wasn't greeted with the best weather conditions. In the afternoon a snow storm visited the whole county of Blekinge. The next morning we literally had to shove loads of snow out of the boats.

Weather continued to be crazy during whole last week. One day offered sparkling sun with 7+ degrees and no wind, while the next day offered wind squalls up to 18m/s and lots of snow. Yesterday was once again a day with snow most of the day and strong winds from north.

With these facts in mind, it's easy to say that the conditions wasn't great. However, a lot of big fish was caught both by local anglers and guests staying at our camp. As far as I know, the best boat reported about more than 50 pikes in a day with a 109cm on top. But as always, results variated and some boats struggled to catch a handful of pikes in a day.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of pictures of pikes to share this time since most ones I've seen has been seen on various private Facebook/Instagram accounts, but many meter pikes was caught in the surrounding area last week.

Thursday will be a busy day for us with almost 30 anglers coming for a weekend of fishing. Until then, we have some work to do, getting more boats ready to hit the water. And of course some time will be spent on the water as the forecast looks better later this week with expected 7-11 degrees in daytime several days.

To be back!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-04-02











Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ice ice ice

Hi guys,

By this time, I was hoping to share a catch report from Karlskrona but so far there is still ice in most areas, which have forced us to cancel last week and this weeks booked groups. Day temperatures is around 4-6 degrees while night temperatures unfortunately offers negative degrees most nights. This means the situation with ice is going very much up and down. Yesterday, people were still ice skating inside Borgmästarfjärden, which is the area between Dragsö and Karskrona city.

Earlier this week we were visited by approx 450 guests from Poland. However, they did not visit us for fishing purposes. They came here to swim in the ocean (!). So they literally had to cut up the ice with a chainsaw, and then went swimming together. Totally crazy, but for sure a funny happening!

Now we hope for warmer temperatures so we can make our boats ready and welcome our first guests of this season. We hope to launch the boats next week, but it's very hard to tell when the ice will allow us to do so.

Please ice, GO AWAY!

(Picture with swimmers from Monday, pictures below from today)

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-03-22




Thursday, February 22, 2018

Winter came back

With not more than a week left of February, we can for sure say that winter is still here. Or maybe we should say, winter came back. Since a few days back, cold temperatures is once again cooling us down. Temperatures around zero, or colder, during daytime and much colder in nighttime. Last night about -6. Next week we will have temperatures in nighttime down to -10 or even colder. Snow is continuously falling down and Karlskrona looks like a winter wonderland again.

This means, no fishing for anyone at the moment. All bays and most harbours is covered and if the forecast is right, they will be covered for at least a couple more weeks, eventually more, depending on how correct the forecast will be. Pikes can continue to enjoy their break from disturbance.

Most of our boats are ready to get wet as soon as possible. However, most probably we will have to wait until mid March. We have almost 30 anglers booked from the 15th of March. If you are one of them, please be aware that ice situation might force you to cancel or postpone the fishing trip. There is still a good selection of available dates most weekends in April and some openings during popular weekends in May as well. We will contact all guests booked in mid March at least one week prior to planed arrival if the ice still covers our surrounding waters.

As previously mentioned, we still have openings in popular weeks in May, and even more openings in April. With the current ice situation, I think and hope that pikes will be ready to dance big time this spring. Bookings can be made directly at www.dragsosportfishing.se, or info@dragso.se and by phone +46(0)455-15354

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-02-22 


Monday, February 12, 2018

A new season is around the corner

It's been a long break from blog posts but slowly we're now approaching warmer months and open waters. We're not quite there yet, but hey, the one who waits for something good...

Yesterday I came back home from a long holiday break in the Philippines. Turquoise waters, sandy beaches, green palms and warm temperatures. It's for sure a big difference from Karlskrona. Currently, we have day temperatures between +2 and +4 degrees, cloudy skies and thin ice is covering most bays in the archipelago. Actually, some people were even ice skating in the bay of Dragsö a few days ago. Many nights offers temperatures below zero so it might be a week or more until the ice goes completely away.

Since the ice is covering most of the surrounding area, we have not been able to put in any boats yet. When weather allows we're more than ready to put in the boats one by one. I have a good feeling about this short(?) ice situation, I think our beloved pikes gets a well needed break from any disturbance and hopefully, pre spawn fishing will be excellent this year!

So, what's going on at Camp Dragsö at the moment? Well, some of us is working as usual in our reception. Answering emails, updating our websites and sorting out other "paper work". Some of us is working with improvements in the kiosk and restaurant building which requires a lot of our attention at the moment. It will be a great improvement when completed and even though nothing is 100% decided yet, we aim to be opened even during fishing season so our guests can enjoy good food, purchase lunch boxes to bring on the water and much more.

We'll keep our fingers crossed. Ice is soon to be gone and fishing season 2018 can start for real!

// Daniel Wickman
   2018-02-12