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Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's about time..

..to sum up this season of pike fishing since we have closed down our campsite for season 2013. This has been my third season at Dragsö Sportfishing and for sure it's only getting even more fun for every year.

The beginning of season 2013 didn't turn out as we wanted. When I arrived to Dragsö in mid Mars, snow and ice was far from gone and every day started with tilling snow from the small roads on our island. It was ice time and open water was not even in the near future.

It felt almost like winter was going to stay for ever. Since we had several reservations with anglers supposed to arrive in first & second week of Mars, it became a fight against the clock for the ice to disappear. Unfortunately mother nature wanted us to freeze a bit more so several guests had to reschedule their fishing vacations. Every day we received phone calls and e-mails regarding the ice situation. It was frustrating to not be able to give any news other than the ice was still there.   

13th of April we dropped in our first boats and of course made our first fishing trips. I remember it like yesterday when I brought trainee Albin out on the first day of season. We had to drive most distances through thin ice but managed to catch a handful of pikes in the cold water. It didn't take more than a few days before all boats were out by our guests, and many of them reported about good spring fishing.

In the end of April most pikes were already done with their spawning. Weekends were flying by with variating results for our guests but meter pikes were reported more or less every weekend. As usual May didn't disappoint anyone and record high numbers was caught during the month. French group in Krolik company managed to catch amazing 845 pikes shared on 9 anglers during a week here at Dragsö. These guys are coming back next year and with these numbers in mind, I guess they're going to have a great week next year as well.

May was a really good month and all 11 Master500 boats were booked all weekends and many week visitors as well. While writing this summary I strongly recommend to book soon if you want to go pike hunting in May 2014 since some weeks already looks pretty booked. The same when it comes to guided fishing trips. This year we experienced a great interest for guided fishing trips during popular weeks in April-May and also in September. Most anglers wants to go on a guided trip on their first or second day here to hopefully get a good start and knowledge about where to find the fish at the moment.

This year we even had anglers in June staying with fishing packages at Dragsö Sportfishing. June actually surprised me since we had really good fishing whole June. Personally I caught many meter pikes during mid June and overall fishing was very exciting and comfortable being out fishing in 17-23 degrees!

As every year we arrange the very popular Pike safaris every Thursday in summer. In 7 pike safaris we had 185 guests following with 152 pikes caught in total. Not a bad number since the trip only lasts for 3 hours each time and many guests that follows have none or at least low experience in pike fishing. There is hard to beat the feeling when new guests find interest in fishing and acutally succeed by catching fish during these trips. Great family event!

Autumn season started out really good in September with meter pikes reported regularly. Several teams caught very good numbers during the month. I know it might sound crazy, but these days I aint surprised if our guests report numbers like +250 pikes in one boat per week. The best days this season overall has given over 80 pikes per boat and day, which is CRAZY. I have to say that this season is the best of my 3 seasons when it comes to both sizes and numbers. Many returning guests experience their numbers to be better and personally I think my numbers and definitely size has been better than past years. Of course, this is due to more knowledge and proper thinking. As I always say, It's all about finding the key. 

Blekinge Pike Festival was once again a participant and competetive success. Less than 2,5 weeks after registration opened, the limit of 500 participants was filled with more than 300 of them starting from Dragsö Sportfishing camp. Our own team didn't really have the luck this year to find big pikes but meter samples was reported from our guests during that weekend. A nice sample of 114cm was caught in our nearby area.
Tasty McTail?
After Pike festival there was only one week left of our fishing season. All Master boats was fully booked during our last three weeks of season 2013 but actually fishing wasn't to good in the last days. Maybe the pikes had a bit of a "hangover" from the pikefestival when they were molested by baits from all the 540 anglers. Just a few boats reported about good numbers and sizes. One group really found their way since they caught +100 pikes from Thursday-Sunday with two meter pikes on top.

After every season we have plenty of work to do behind the scenes. All boats is to be cleaned, serviced and "packed" for winter storage. Since we have 17 boats, and all with engines, it means that we always have some work to do efter close down.

I want to share a big thank you to all our guests, readers of this blog and cooperating partners for this season. It's a shame that season is flying by so fast, but I'm already looking forward to next year. We are working on some very interesting news to make Camp Dragsö Sportfishing even better. What it is? You will see and here about it.... :)

I'm now heading for Costa Rica to continue with fishing guide duties during the winter. Of course I'll be back next season when ice is about to disappear. Of natural reasons, this blog will be going down in activity like the pikes during the winter but there might be some interesting posts so keep look sometimes!

Once again, a big thank you and tight lines!

// Daniel Wickman

Monday, October 14, 2013

Season to its end

Yeap, as the headline tells, fishing season 2013 is now more or less ended here at Dragsö Sportfishing in Karlskrona. All boats were out during the weekend and most anglers left us yesterday. Unfortunately many groups reported about slow fishing and not so many big ones either.

However a few groups did find the right spots and managed to catch +100 pikes in the boat during their stay of a little less than 4 days. Same boat had two pikes measuring over the meter margin as well.

For me this new week is beginning with a few days off work so I decided to go for a long trip today. During the day I managed to catch 17 pikes and also lost plenty! Biggest sizes reached 94,91,90cm plus a handful above 80cm. I guess there will be a trip tomorrow also since I'm leaving Dragsö in less than two weeks.. Will try to spend my spare time left on the water. Some hard working days with winter preparations is around the corner. It's hard to imagine now, but all boats will be up before Friday next week.

One group of guests is still at the campsite and they drove all the way from Czech Republic with their car to get here. They had 25 pikes in the boat today so not to bad numbers!

// Daniel Wickman

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Team Skraldur reports.....

...About a great fishing week here at Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. These lads have been here many times now and they know our area very well. This years visit for sure peaked their expectations. I translated their e-mail into english to let you guys know about their great catch report.

" Hi Daniel,
Here comes a summary from Team Skraldur's 8th visit to Dragsö, in week 40. This trip exceeded our wildest expectations.

Day 1 & 2 we had north winds and these days we found the pikes in the outer archipelago. During these two days we caught 145 pikes in the boat up to 91cm.
The rest of our week we had south winds and found pikes on almost any kind of place - Bays, islets and outer archiepelago.

We managed to catch 356 pikes up to 97cm. Pikes striked jerkbaits, spinning flies, spinner baits and soft baits where every pike fighted well and showed some air acrobatics! There were several times when we had double and even triple strikes in the boat.

In Blekinge Pike Festival I had a 83cm in the first day and unfortunately missed a pike of 105/110cm in day 2. The big pike striked a 23cm Relax jig and followed all the way to the boat side - It hurt like hell when she disappeared into the deep. The same feeling when we got transported to the camp with a broken propeller while the whole Swedish pike elite were watching us :)

See you in 2014

Tight lines,

David, Team Skraldur"

Well thats some great numbers for the Danish group! Well done and thank you for the report guys. We at Dragsö Sportfishing hopes that the big lady will follow up into the boat next time!

// Daniel Wickman


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Insane fishing by our Latvian guests!

Just looked through my mailbox and found a very nice e-mail from our returning Latvian guests. They had an incredible week here with lots of pikes with the top measuring 101cm. If their amounts are correct, it's for sure a new amount record for one boat!!

"Hi, Daniel!
Here is a little report about our week at Dragsö from Latvian guests Valdis, Agris and Dainis.
We were at Dragsö in the end of September. Weather was good and sunny and we are very pleased about our trip.
In all week we caught 650 pikes. The best day was when we had 150 pikes in the boat. The biggest pike was 101 cm. And we also had 12 really good pikes above 90 cm. Small pikes was at the coast line but the biggest pikes we caught inside large bays. Our fishing method was spinning.
Attached some photos too. 
See you next year,

 // Daniel Wickman

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blekinge Pike Festival 2013

Hi fellow readers.

In the past weekend we've been visited by about 300 anglers that participated in Blekinge Pike Festival. All our cottages and boats were booked and the boat jetty was filled to its limits with "pike racers".

During the week before the festival conditions looked very good but of course mother of weather nature wanted something else to the weekend. In just a few days water level decreased to 40 centimeters below normal sea level. This caused some trouble and actually we and a few other boats even had problem getting out from the boat jetty on Saturday morning when the competition started.

Many of the places that had been good lately wasn't even possible to fish at during the weekend. The lack of water made most bays to shallow. I was fishing with my boss Andreas and our friend Patrik (not former guide Patrick). In the first day we caught 14 pikes and the next day 17 but only one measured just above 80cm which was the minimum length of registration. Most pikes measured around 70cm in our boat.

Since the registration rules was changed this year, every angler could report one pike from Saturday and one from Sunday. The total length of those two pikes won the competition. Winner this time reached impressive 221 centimers! Winner also had the longest pike during the festival which measured 118 centimeters and by this he was elected Pike King. Respect!

Overall we had a very nice weekend even though the big ones stayed away from our lures. Now we're restoring every cabin and boat so everything will be ready for our last weekend of fishing season 2013. All Masterboats will be out and hopefully we can finnish strong with descent results for our guests.

We took some pictures during the festival days and also one picture of the 118cm winner pike is posted below.

// Daniel Wickman