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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Big pike again!


Time for a new update. Last couple of days has been spent on the water (of course!) and it's been some difficult days. Two days ago I went out with my colleague Willy for a full day on the water. Low winds, sun and approx 8-10 degrees this day and a water level on +15cm in the morning but descending to -20cm in the afternoon. Maybe not the easiest conditions but we gave it a try!

During the first hour we drifted in a shallow bay where we know big fish is around at this time. Barely no action at all, except from one small pike that Willy caught. Well, not the start that we wanted so we tried other areas. A little bit of our plan was to try areas where we thought no other anglers would have tried so far this early spring. Or at least where few anglers would have tried.

Honestly, fishing continued to be very slow. After lunch we found a bay where a lot of fish showed up and had a little interest in our lures. Several fish over +90cm was seen and we caught a few around 80cm. Wind was now a bit stronger and maybe this started to activate the pikes a little. One fish of approx 105cm was actually following our lures multiple times but without biting. A bit frustrating but to use Trumman's expression, we kept on "hammering" for those pikes!

Many casts in many different areas this day resulted in not more than 8 pikes in total. Not what we were looking for but fishing is fishing. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This was one of those days when we didn't win. What we didn't know was that both of us was going to have a revenge the next day, in different ways.

I went out together with skilled lure builder Björn Nettelbladt from Nettelbaits. During the first hours we didn't catch a single pike. We had a hard time finding any pikes at all so I decided to go to an area where I knew that many pikes has been caught lately. This day was no exception. In very shallow waters of 0,5-1,0m of depth we caught good amounts. No big ones, but still great fun. We stayed in the same area for most of the day and ended up with a total of 33 pikes.

Willy chilled out at home but heard of good reports from other anglers so he went out with his dad for some afternoon fishing. It took three hours until the first pike was caught and only 4 pikes in total for them both but I think Willy is quite pleased anyway today. One of these pikes measured impressive 109cm and weighed 10,1 kilos! Finally over the magic ten kilo mark again and what a revenge from our "disaster day" on Monday. Congratz, Willy!

Tomorrow we have about 15 anglers coming to us for a weekend of pike fishing. A couple of guided trips is on my schedule as well so it's for sure going to be a fishy weekend! Maybe this is the last weekend before spawning since water temp is now ranging from 6,5-8,0 degrees. One thing is for sure, spawning is not far away now.

On the pictures below you see Willy with his +10kg pike and also a guest picture from Jan who caught this beauty last Friday. Great pikes in the pike kingdom!

// Daniel Wickman

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A double of success!

Hi fellow readers,

The official opening weekend of fishing has now comed to its end. Therefore, it's about time to share a report with you!

About 30 anglers arrived last Thursday for a weekend of fishing. Most of our guests arrived early and was able to fish for about 3-7 hours on the first day. Not to many reports was shared after the first day but the best result I heard off was approx 15 pikes in one boat.

During Friday morning I joined a group of Swedish guests that came to us for their first time. For sure we were dealing with some hard conditions. About 1 degree in the air when we drove out and at the first site there was actually ice covering about 1/4 of the bay. About -2,5 degrees during the night caused the water temperature to drop approx 2-4 degrees, in some areas enough to create ice (obviously!).

At the first site we didn't catch any pikes. The wind was absent as well so I decided to keep looking in areas where the water was a bit murky. Second and third place of the tour still resulted in nothing. And you know what? The fourth, the fifth and the sixth area didn't result in anything at all either. For the first time in my guide career we didn't catch a single fish in our four hour trip. Sure the conditions was really poor, but a zero result in Karlskrona? Not what I nor my guests expected...

During the afternoon the wind strength increased a lot and finally the pikes started to bite for our guests. Some boats reached over 20 pikes per boat with several +90cm pikes reported. Most of them of very good condition.

Saturday offered way much better conditions since air temperature was 7 degrees already in the early morning and much more wind with some clouds moving in. Around lunch time I received the first report since a group of returning guests managed to catch an impressive number of 62 pikes in just about 5 hours, 4 anglers! Several of these measured over +90cm. Minutes later I was reached with yet another great report since a Swedish group caught the first +10kg pike of the season. 103cm and 10,7 kilos. A pure fat pike mama for sure!

During Saturday several boats did good out there and I think most guests enjoyed their time on the water. Excellent spring weather and this combined with good fishing is a hard to beat combination. For a group of guests from Denmark it was also a day to remember. A very fat pike of 103cm was caught by a first time visitor. The fish remained unweighed but most probably this fish was somewhere around 10 kilos or more. Great fish again!

This morning only a few boats went out on the water and did so in quite difficult conditions. No wind, about 2 degrees and sunny. According to what I heard no big fish was caught in the morning before all the weekend guests left us for this time.

Most probably spawning will get started in a week or so, depending on the weather. Still, there will be a good chance to catch a pre spawn fatty for some time. I will try my luck tomorrow with my colleague Willy. To be back with a report next week!

// Daniel Wickman

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Season has started!

Hi guys!

Finally we have entered spring fishing season for real. Today we welcomed about 30 anglers and many of them are out on the water in the same moment as I write this post. This weekend our fishing guests is representing Sweden, Denmark and Poland.

Currently the weather situation offer our guests bright sun, low winds and about normal water level. We're going to have a bit more wind later on this weekend and I really think that it's well needed to experience good fishing. Anyhow, it will be very interesting to see what the first official opening weekend will give us.

Last weekend me and Andreas went to the Sportfishing fair in Jönköping for three days. Together with other sportfishing companies from Blekinge we promoted our camps in the booth of the organisation Visit Blekinge. Very fun days with a new visitor record of 14.752 over the three days. Great interest in fishing and it's always so nice to meet all like-minded anglers out there for a chat. In our booth this year we also had company of a semi-finalist in this years episode of Swedish Masterchef, Patrik Trydefeldt. He cooked extraordinary small dishes for us and all the other visitors. A great addition to the whole experience for sure!

My friend Philip from Stinger Productions made a nice video from the fair. Check it out!

Earlier this week I went out for a half day trip on my own. Low winds, sun and a bit low water level. For sure not the best conditions but why not try it out! I went out about 09:00 and tried an area where I know big fish is around. I spent most of my time this day drifting in the same area and I caught six pikes with a top fish of 93cm and two more of more than +85cm. Not to bad but not very good either. Simply a nice session on the water!

Tomorrow is my first guided trip of this season. Let's see what we can find during our half day trip!

// Daniel Wickman

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Promising future

Hi fellow readers,

Last few days I've had friends visiting me for some serious fishing. Therefore, it's about time to share a new catch report for you guys.

My friends Jocke and Stefan have been in Karlskrona a couple of times before but both times unlucky to have very poor conditions. Previous visits we've experienced ice in the bays and/or no winds. It showed up that this time they brought their weather karma once again.

Saturday 11th of March

Our first fishing day was for sure offering us typical "Jocke & Stefan conditions". Sparkling sun, more or less no wind and cold temperature. We tried many spots during the day but with poor activity in most areas. Actually, the night temperature was below zero for a few nights which caused a thin layer of ice in the bays again. This didn't help us out.

We continued to new areas in the afternoon and finally found some fish when the water temperature raised a couple degrees. Fortunately, I managed to catch a very nice lady of 103cm which striked hard over 1,5m of depth. Great fish which made our day a bit more pleasant when it comes to results. In total we only caught nine pikes this day.

Sunday 12th of March

When our alarm screamed at 7am we didn't beleive our eyes. The outside temperature showed -3,7 degrees and we could see from our windows that ice was covering the harbour in Karlskrona and by that also several bays. We decided to snooze for a bit and went out on the water about 9.30am instead. By this time the outside temperature was now up to +3 degrees and a little bit wind from east started to slightly move the water. For sure once again not the easiest conditions.

We decided to go far east this day to a big bay where the ice hopefully didn't cover the water. After a 35 minute boat ride we reached our first spot and discovered four other boats nearby who obviously had the same thinking this day. About 20% of the bay was covered by a thin layer of ice but we still gave it a try. During the first 30 minutes of fishing we didn't have a single contact. After some more time we went in to try the very shallow parts of the bay where the water depth wasn't more than 0,5m. This was a good decision since the first pikes was caught. Not big ones, but still the important first pikes of the day.

Obviously, we didn't find any big fish in the shallow bay so I decided to go to a new area after lunch. After some driving we was at our second spot of the day and this place looked much better. Slightly more wind at this site and we started in about 1,3m of depth. Very soon we caught the first fish in this area and many more was about to be caught upcoming hours. Several times we had double strikes and at one occasion all of us was fighting a fish at the same time. Successful lures was small soft baits such as Pig Shad Jr, Renz-Stein Beastly shad, Shadteez 16cm.

Later in the afternoon the wind stopped again but the pikes continued to bite in the shallow waters. At some places the water depth wasn't more than 0,4m and this gave us some fantastic visible strikes. Several times we were able to see a plow on the surface before the pikes striked our lures. Amazing!

We ended up with an impressive number of 74 pikes caught and this day I caught the biggest fish again. This lady didn't reach all the way to the meter margin but still a nice catch!

Monday 13th of March 

Our last day of fishing for this time and finally it seemed to be better conditions this day. About 3-4m/s from east, +4 degrees in the air and cloudy sky. At the first spot we had some ice but not to much. In the second cast of the day Jocke caught a +80cm pike and immediately we thought that this day was going to rock! We made more drifts in the same area and Jocke had a massive follower expected to be +110cm. Our focus was at top when we continued fishing and soon enough I had huge mouth displaying close to the boat. This is why we fish! A massive mouth visible through the water just inhaling my lure.

At first I thought that the fish was going to be very big but soon enough we could see that the pike wasn't as big as we expected. She measured under the meter margin but was of good condition so for sure a nice catch anyway! After this we caught the pikes at sporadic occasions. One fish, then nothing. Then one more fish. Then nothing.

In the afternoon we decided to go back to the same bay as where we caught many pikes the day before. It didn't take long until we increased our numbers but this time only small pikes was caught here. Still exciting and fun times! We ended up with a total of 28 pikes this day.

This week we have a few anglers coming to us for pre spawn fishing and weather conditions looks very nice. Me and my colleague Andreas will attend the Sportfishing fair in Jönköping where we will be in Visit Blekinges booth during the whole fair. So if you go there, come to see us and have a chat! :)

Thank you for reading.

// Daniel Wickman

Monday, March 6, 2017

A cold spring


A new week has begun and it's time to share a new catch report from last couple of days. March is here and normally this is the month of the year when a lot of big fish is caught before their spawning begins. Therefore I take every chance that I get to hit the water in the hunt for those big mamas.

During Saturday I went out together with my girlfriend Sarah. After some struggle with the boat battery we went out about 9:30. The wind direction had completely turned around to be very low E/NE. For sure not easy conditions and pikes wasn't active at all during the first hours. At lunch time we only had two pikes in the boat of small size. We tried several areas previously proven to be good but without success. In the early afternoon we decided to try one or two last stops before heading back and this was a good decision!

In just an hour we went up to 17 pikes in the boat with a top fish of 91cm. Rain started to pour down and not very pleasant weather to be out on the water with just about 4-5 degrees in the air. This made us go back with a good ending.

Yesterday I had a scheduled trip with Philip from Stinger Productions and also local angler Albin. We decided to try a bit further west this day and we did so in very strong winds. About 13m/s N/NE in average and up to 21m/s in squalls, about 3 degrees in the air and dropping to 0 later in the afternoon. These conditions for sure requires passion for fishing, because it was really tough!

We started drifting over 1,5-2,0m of depth and it took just a few minutes until Philip was hooked up with the first fish of the day. Albin wasn't late with his reply and a nice and fat 91cm pike was successfully landed. A good start for sure! Fishing continued to be very good during the first couple of hours and many pikes was caught. Albin was on fire during the first hours and landed another 91cm fish before lunch. When we decided to try new areas fishing got slow and we only caught one or two pikes in several hours around lunch time. Fortunately, fishing got a bit better when we tried a new area and it didn't take long until I was hooked up with a good fish.

At first we thought that the fish was about 85cm so we didn't prepare the net. When the pike showed up by the boat we realized that the fish was bigger than we expected. In the boat we measured the fish to be just under the meter margin but still a good fish for sure!

Rain was falling down during the afternoon but soon enough temperature dropped and snow was hitting our faces like small needles. We continued and got soaking wet before we ended up about 16:00. We reached a total of 41 pikes which must be considered to be pretty good for a day with the conditions we had.

Upcoming weekend I will spend three days with friends on the water. The hunt for a pike above the magic mark continues!

Thank you for reading.

// Daniel Wickman