Welcome to my blog where you can read about my fishing and about my stripping basket.
Very early in the morning Henrik and I looked for white fish on the Taange sø. This used to be a very interesting fishing and that was actually how I met Henrik many years ago and also the main reason I bought my first pontoon boat. We both knew that the chances for a succesful morning were slim but for nostalgic reasons we did it anyway. To put it shortly the lake was beautiful in the early morning but no White fish showed regularly at the surface. The midges that got the fish to the surface seemed to have disappeared as the water now is much more transparent due to a new mussle that have invaded the stream and the lake. This on the other hand has improved the pike fishing so after 1½ hour we switched to the pike equipment and Lars joined us.
In the 70´es Nazareth sang: “Love Hurts” and this still applies for the male pikes. Almost all pikes had wounds from the recent spawning.
A typical pike of the day at least for me and Henrik. Henrik got many more than I did today. My excuse was that I had to use line and fly delivered by Henrik ( thanks for the loan).
I got 4 pikes but no big ones despite a lot of effort put into it.
The swans were very active nesting all around the lake.
Lars did not get a lot of pikes but he got the better ones. He he presents the best pike of the day. he had two pikes over the 10 lbs. mark.
An evening trip in the pontoon boat at Udbyhøj. The weather was very fine and I really enjoyed the trip despite there was not much action. I was told that there were many garfish last week but I did not see or feel any.
The only thing I got was this trout just above the minimum size but I released it as I would like someting a bit bigger. Next time I hope for something more.
Like last year a trip with Henrik and Lars to the Southern part of Sweden fishing in pontoon boats for sea run brown trout in saltwater. I came a bit earlier than the other two so I could fish the first day. I drove directly to a spot near Svarte and the conditions looked really good. But then a Fellow fisherman - a Dane living in Sweden - stopped his car and we chatted for ½ hour and what he could tell was not promising. He had been fishing for four days without seeing or feeling anything and that was what everyone experienced at the moment. And no one could tell why the fishing was that bad. Despite this I fished some hours in the afternoon and again in the evening and I caught two trouts both nice blank fish app. 45 cm. As the minimum size here is 50 cm they were both released but I felt Lucky.
The next day the wind had increased in strength. I too this photo but it looks much calmer than it was. You do not want to fish in a pontoon boat here. Due to the wind all fishermen were fishing the same part of the area and this made things quite crowded. We went to Vik this day. The wind came in blows up to 16 m/s and then it is tough to hold the boat up against the wind and we had to work very hard. This day I got 4 small blank trouts while Lars got 2 smaller fish and Henrik got a big blank kelt.
The third day we had too much wind again and we found a new part near Kivik where we could hide for the wind. Here Henrik was quite annoying for some spin Fishers as he got 3 fish just outside their spot while they were on a break.
Henrik is hooked up…
and ready to land the fish…
and can present the fish before release.
This day I got an ide on more than 4 lbs. Not a big fighter but a personal best and something I did not expect.
The last day the weather was like we had hoped for back home and the fishermen were spread over the different reefs. This day I lost 3 big kelts but as I also got two nice fish up to 50 cm I was content. Henrik also excelled in losing fish this day but also managed to get one fish in.
Here the largest of all Henriks fish – in top condition it would have been a fantastic fish.
Lars ended the last day with the best fish of the trip. A beautiful 4 lbs. fish in top condition.
To sum things up we were not lucky with the weather but we all got fish every day. Both Lars and I only got blank fish and that is unusual this time of the year while Henrik only got kelts. We landed almost 20 fish and we will come back next year hoping for even better fishing.
Two days ago the weather forecast said up to 13 degrees Celcius and almost no wind but today it was 8-9 degrees and very windy so we had to Work very hard just to hold the pontoon boats in place. It was a pontoon trip with the Bombay Guys: Lars, Henrik, Lasse, Torben and Claus.
At lunch time Henrik had caught a too small fish and I had one small but legal fish and that was more or less it. I was in killing mode today so it was kept for dinner tonight.
42 cm not a big fish but a tasty fish.
After lunch Lasse and Claus went to Grenå havn where 10.000 Rainbow trouts from a fish farm had escaped and they got app. 70 trouts in 3 hours most around 3 lbs. So no shortage of fish there.
This February I went 2 weeks to Los Roques in Venezuela to get away from the cold Danish weather. I have done so many times before and contrary to many others I do not mind going back to where I have been before. It gives you advantages to know where to find sleep, where to fish etc. and it also nice to see some of the people you have met before again. So for the umphth time I went to Los Roques. this time I went with Gunnar and Ib. Ib is not a fly-fisher so his agenda was to relax, read, swim, drink rum and have a nice time and as he nicely puts it: be with passionate people.
This time I fished a lot on my own which is Ok but when you release the fish and want to do that quite fast it does not give many photo opportunities and therefore the quality of the photos this time is even worse than normally.
This classic sight from the airplane before landing can always make long for the coming days
The first day we went to Madrisqui and Pirata and here Gunnar amongst other caught this bonefish.
Around Los Roques many of the bonefish primarily feed on small baitfish at many occasions the gummi minnow is the preferred pattern despite they in the wind are quite annoying to cast.
The black market exchange rate has skyrocketed the last months so everything was more or less half price compared to last year and we had a very inexpensive trip. Here I am with my lunch one day, a lobster prepared with side dish and dessert – app. 20 USD. Actually we sometimes had fish for lunch as we were tired of lobster, that is luxury.
I the morning I often fished from the main island Gran Roque before breakfast. I hoped to catch some of the few baby tarpon or some of the schools of jacks making attacks at the minnows close to land. One morning I got the smallest bonefish (app. 2 lbs.) on the whole trip on a black and red tarpon fly – the Black Death.
We fished a few days with guide and here Gunnar is on a pancake flat with our guide Antonio. Gunnar has hooked a bonefish which is hard to see at this distance but unfortunately he later lost it. It was not that easy to get a guide as there were many customers and due to the exchange rate their salary had more or less doubled as they are paid in USD so they did not feel the need to work that much.
I found many times tailing fish but as I am more a fly-fisher than a photographer I did not get nice shots of one of most thrilling sights I can think of. But here you can see a single tail near the mangrove to the right.
All fish were released here a bonefish from one of the flats start its return.
and way it goes.
After a day on the beach or on the flats we went to the beach bar drinking mojitos and piña coladas in the bean bag chairs. Here Poul a Danish flyfisher on is own has joined us.
The sunset from our bean bag chairs – not the worst option in February seen from a Danish point of view.
Bonefish was our main target but whenever we got the chance for something else we tried to grab it and sometime other species just grab our fly.
a small grouper
a blue runner – many of the schools of fish that attacked the minnows near the beaches this year were blue runners
but there were also some horse eyed jacks at times.
and sometimes yellow tail snappers
There are some big fish in the waters around Los Roques - here Ib pose with a ray the local fishermen had caught
The last day I did not want to fish much but as there was a school of blue runners chasing in front of us I had to grab the fly rod.
All in all this trip was business as usual but the fishing was a bit worse than normally as it was extremely windy and therefore the waters were a bit more murky than normally and there were more clouds than normally which also makes it harder to sight fish and finally the water was cooler than normally. The good thing was the exchange rate that made this trip the cheapest in many years.