A pontoon boat trip to the southern part of Sweden for searun brown trout like we have done for some years. We know that we are likely to catch fish and that the average size is way better than in Denmark but we also know that most fish will be kelts on their way to top condition, and sometimes they will be far away 😉
This year 2 x Henrik, 2 x Lars, Torben and Leif made the team. We started out in Denmark but I had to get towed as my car apparently needs oil to run. We thought the problem was solved but the next day we had to call for road help again and we were transferred to a rental service where we switched the car. A break down with a car is always inconvenient cut with a car loaded with two pontoon boats and outboard engines, tackle and food and drink on the way to a 5 day fishing trip it is VERY inconvenient.
We mad it to Sweden a bit late and we went fishing. The first day we got some nice fish that were below the minimum size (50 cm) like the one on the photo and that was an OK start as we only had half a day.
The following days we fished most of the day and we got more fish like this. They were above the size limit but they clearly had spawned this winter so they were released.
Some were big like this 80 cm fish and as we this year came quite late they had regained a lot of their strength and this one really struggled hard. Actually I thought that it fought so hard that I was convinced that it would be a keeper, but like everything else I got it was released.
A couple of ides or orfes were caught as well. Here Henrik presents a 2 kg and as it was his first he was very pleased though they are not very interesting to fight. Most of the days we had to work hard as the wind speed was app. 10 m/s and therefore we were limited in our choice of fishing spots and quite tired when we returned late in the afternoon.
One morning before the wind picked up I got a small trout. This day I tested an electric outboard from Torqeedo. It is less noisy and seems to have a battery capacity that is big enough for my needs and with a bad shoulder it is a pleasure just to twist the handle to start it. It is expensive but I have ordered one to save my shoulder a lot of work and myself some pain.
The red kite is always seen in this region and it is a very elegant bird that I always like to watch.
Leif shot some video of me landing a fish the last day. It is only the last part of the fight but still nice at least for me
Here presenting the result – a 75 cm trout that still needed to gain some weight but were quite strong.
Despite too much wind and all the problems I had with the car it was a good trip and next time we hope to hit some of the trouts that skipped a spawning season.
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