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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Rügen Nov 2014!

Hi guys,

Last week I went to Rügen in Germany together with two friends for some serious pike fishing. There is no other reason than the chance to catch really big pikes we go there. The amounts and surroundings here in Karlskrona is in a total other league than what Rügen can offer. But the chance to catch those really big pikes of +120cm is way much bigger than here back home in Karlskrona. Of course I don't complain about the German wiener schnitzels, weissbiers nor cheap liquids in the border shop!

Our trip began very early on Thuesday morning, 03:30 to be precise. A short detour to Helsingborg to pick up my friend Jakob and then down to Trelleborg where the ferry to Sassnitz in Germany waited for us. For me this was the third trip to Rügen area, the second time for Jakob and actually very first time for Jesper. We booked this trip in March already so the last couple of months we've been very excited about going.

First day we didn't fish, we took this day to get our gear ready and have a calm evening without stress and talking about all those fish we were about to catch! Early Wednesday morning we paid our fishing licenses and went down to meet our guide Rico from Bodden Angeln. I've been fishing with him before and really like his way of thinking and there are few anglers that are so determined of where to find the fish. We didn't have the best forecast supporting us but still very eager to get started. The first day of fishing was for sure a day to remember for all time...

During the first 6 hours we didn't catch a single fish. I had a really nice +10kg pike following all the way to the boat early in the morning, but not a single bite for any of us. Then we started to fish a bit deeper where the stream was a bit stronger and the depth reached all the way to 7-8m. Plenty of baitfish around this spot so Rico, our guide, decided to put in the anchor and really gnaw this place with our rubber lures. Out of nowhere, Jakob strikes a good fish. Not a to good fight but in the net we could see that this was our first meter pike of the trip, and also the very first fish. 109cm and our hope was back for sure! I didn't take more than 5 minutes after releasing that fish before I felt a good bite in my other line end. Set the hooks pretty good and at first I couldn't decide if it was a good fish or not. The fish took a pelagic retrieved McRubber Blue/Pearl and when she got closer to the boat, she started to pull the line out quite good and I understood that this is a really good pike!

She reached the surface some minutes later followed by screams in the boat. This fish was huge! Rico landed her safely in the net and the happiness was to its limits. In the boat we measured her to be 122cm and pulled down the scale to 12,8 kg excluding the weight net. I was so happy and still shaking for a long time after releasing her.

This was not the end of the day. It didn't take more than 5 minutes once again before Jesper striked a good size fish as well. Soon we realized that this could be one more pike above the 10kg margin. When we saw her in the surface we all screamed again, could this fish possibly be even bigger?! In the boat we measured her to be 123cm and this lady wasn't as fat as mine but still pulled the scale to 12,0kg! Insane, 3 huge pikes in less than 30 minutes! We couldn't believe it.

As all the other mornings, Jakob went up a bit earlier to make good breakfast. Big load of scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee gave us an optimal start every morning. Breakfast and a good load of candy and other stuff is of great importance to keep focus when you want to perform at your best in the hunt for great pikes.

Day two and following days we faced some very tough conditions. No wind at all, very strong stream some days and pikes got really hard to find. All in all we fought good and ended up with 31 pikes caught on us 3 guys. Jesper had a really tough time after his 123cm and didn't catch a single pike for more than 2 days. But we knew this in advance. Rügen is a really special water and if you are unlucky, there might be those times when you don't catch a single fish. It's all about to stand out and have a large portion of patience. At home we are able to choose between hundreds of variating fishing spots and always we have something to target our casts at. Sometimes we make casts to rocks, sometimes to weedbeds, reeds or other interesting areas. In Rügen, you either make loooong drifts in what might look to be nowhere, or you anchor up and make your casts in underwater canals. Hard fishing for us since we are used to have something to target our casts on.

In total we caught 6 meter pikes of 123, 122, 109, 105, 102, 100cm plus one meter pike that I lost by the net. Even if it sometimes feels almost impossible, Rügen is like a drug to you. We all were convinced to go next year as well. But before that, maaaany hours will be spend in our lovely city Karlskrona. This trip really opened my eyes for a new thinking when fishing for pike. Something that I will try to adept in Karlskrona next season....

// Daniel Wickman


Boats to be stored

Hi out there!

It's been a while now since last post here on the blog. This since I've been of work for a week. Last week I went to Rügen in Germany for some serious pike fishing together with Bodden Angeln guide service in north Germany. A successful trip with a new personal best for yours truly. There will be a report available shortly on the blog from the trip with pictures!

At the moment we are closing down for this season and in less than 2 weeks I'm gone for a long vacation in a much warmer country than ours. Every day now is spent to make all boats ready for the winter. For sure it takes some time to pull up, service and parcel 19 rental boats!

Last weekend we had our last weekend stay fishing groups here. They had really hard conditions with everything from dead calm sea, to frosty mornings and low water level. Still the Swedes managed to catch a couple of meter+ pikes with a fat fish a bit over 9kg on top.

On Monday 1st of December I will post a season summary with plenty of nice pictures and a long text summary of our whole fishing season in Karlskrona 2014.

// Daniel Wickman

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November fun!

Another weekend is approaching and with 7 boats going out this means we will host about 20 anglers. To be honest fishing hasn't been great last 3 days but still big fish is coming up. 3 weekends in a row at least one 10kg+ pike has been caught in Karlskrona archipelago. Weather forecast looks good for fishing the rest of this week so hopefully the trend with big size fish will hold on even this week.

Water temperature still holds up to 10 degrees and most fish is in my opinion caught in 0,5-1,0m of water in the bays. McRubbers and BigRubbers is the most effective soft plastics and many nice pikes has been caught this autumn season on these Svartzonker lures. We sell McRubber and McRubber Jr in 6 colours at our reception.

I had a day off work yesterday so of course I spent time on water. Fishing was tough but one nice pike had to see my face in the boat. A quick hold up in front the GoPro while running a video gave me the opportunity to print screen this fat beauty. Condition of a autumn pike at its best!

// Daniel Wickman

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Finally, and I really mean finally. After 4 seasons in Karlskrona it was my turn yesterday. For many of you guys out there from other countries a pike above the 3-digit mark of 100cm is the pike to hunt for. Most Swedish anglers still sticks to weight when size starts to reach the magic two digit mark in kilos, 10 kilos. A pike above 100cm is way much easier to catch than a pike above 10 kilos, even though a meter plus pike is still a very good fish. Yesterday I caught my 27th pike above 100cm in Karlskrona area and finally I was rewarded with a fish that measured above that magic mark of 10.

Even though it wasn't my own record over all, this fish felt so good to catch. I can't even imagine how many times I've been fishing in Karlskrona to reach this two digit fish. I don't lie if I estimate it to be around 300 fishing days. And all of a sudden, when I least expected it, she was right there.

This pike was caught during a guided trip with some Swedish lads when we tried our luck in a shallow bay. All of us was fishing with McRubbers in variating colours when a triple strike gave some +80cm. Nothing more happened so we made a new drift and no strikes at all. When we almost drifted into the reeds I was about to give orders about bringing our gear up to move. In the final cast I felt that my lure touched the bottom early so I started to retrieve it very fast in the murky water. For some reason I stopped my retrieving when my lure broke the surface just 4-5 meters from the boat. When I stopped, a big head showed up from behind and took my Red Tiger McRubber. A short but tough fight later I managed to grip her with my hand and then I quickly realized that she could be above 10kgs.

Some quick photos and measurments later she swam back directly. Length of this beuty was 108cm and she pulled down the scale to 10,8 kilos. A bit unfortunate that the pike decided to go for my lure during the guided trip. I can honestly say that it would have been even more fun if my guests caught this beuty instead since none of them had a pike of that size earlier in their records. Fortunately we managed to catch some more descent pikes during our half day trip and overall had plenty of fun out there! Hopefully they do good today during their last day of this fishing holiday.

As I mentioned earlier this week, Karlskrona Pike Tournament was runned yesterday as well. Individual longest pike measured 105cm and in the team competition winner team reached impressive 478cm on their top 5 pikes.

There is still 3 weeks left of fishing season. 7 boats will be out from Thursday! Good sized pikes are being caught here in November for sure.

// Daniel Wickman


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1 month to go!

Hi guys,

Winter is coming closer but so far autumn is hanging in since we still have day temperatures around 9-13 degrees and water temps almost the same with an average of 11 degrees.

Upcoming weekend we will have 5 fishing groups here where some of them will bring their own boats. On Saturday many boats will be seen in Karlskrona archipelago since the annually arranged fishing competition KPT (Karlskrona Pike Tournament) will be on with 80 anglers competing.

In a month from now all boats will be up for winter storage. Until then we'll have our camp busy by guests staying for fishing holidays and other purposes. This weekend we have no cabins available but there is still a chance for those of you who still are thinking about going fishing this autumn in Blekinge.

Here is an updated list of available weekend packages in November

06-09 Nov - 0 Packages available
13-16 Nov - 0 Packages available
20-23 Nov - 1 Exclusive, 1 Luxury
27-30 Nov - 4 Exclusive, 1 Luxury

There is also available boats for daily rentals. As usual these Master410 boats needs to be reserved at least one day before arrival.

Until next time,

Tight lines!

// Daniel Wickman