Cape Cod, week 30 – 2017

I haven´t been fishing for a couple of months to spare my bad shoulder as I hoped that could be ready for our annually trip to Cape Cod and that is the reason that not much happens in the blog. This year I went with Thomas, Peter, Carsten and Henning and we naturally hoped to get to fish with some of our American fishing friends as well. And we did get out with Scott, Tom and Bruce. During our stay Tom became a grand father so it was hard for him to wipe of his smile and congratulation to him and his family.

 

The first morning we went to Brewsters and we got into a lot of action.  Carsten this morning got 70 stripers which is a new record in one session for our group. It was mostly schoolies but good fun and a good start. Thomas also got a keeper so not only small fish.

 

We as maybe a bit too often timed the fishing so we could have breakfast at Hangar B at Chatham airport. This is by a big margin the best breakfast place we have tried at the Cape. A bit more expensive but very good.

 

This is how American pancakes should be served and no matter what we order it looks good and tastes even better. And the coffee is also top-notch I am told as I am not addicted to that.

 

The next day we went wade fishing on the bars and got many schoolies but also some nice fish and Thomas got this 31 inch fish that later were served with sweet corn, asparagus, potatoes and homemade hollandaise. This we normally do once every trip but we can only do it if we get a keeper.

 

Thomas and I have bought a tandem kayak and the other guys rented kayaks so we could go on an expedition. The conditions were fantastic high sun on no wind.

 

The first day in the kayaks Scott really pulled it of as he got all the keepers but we all had a terrific day with sight fishing and a good number of fish in the 25 – 27 inch range.

 

We had four days where we went kayaking and that is the first time we could do that and especially three of the days we had terrific sight fishing and the last day the fish just kept coming, it was really world-class fishing.

 

Carsten did not get a keeper but many time she was close and that suited him quite well as he then has an excuse for coming back next year.

 

The action went on so the time to take photos should be limited.
All fish except one were released and the big number of schoolies promise some good years to come.
Thomas fighting another nice fish in the shallows

 

and presenting it the standard Thomas way

 

Peter with a nice fish

 

Thomas with a big smile and a big fish

 

A bit blurry but you have to see my life-preserver from the 80´ies. That gave me many remarks maybe I next year should bring shoulder pads and leg warmers.

 

We had a terrific trip with lots of fish and a good number of keepers but not any really big ones and several days with fantastic sight fishing that we can only hope for and be happy for when it happens. We met our American friends, had some good things to eat and drink so what more can you ask for? We will come back next year for sure.

 

 

 

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New test of stripping baskets

The largest Danish sport fishing magazine “Sportsfiskeren” published this month a test of 6 different stripping baskets. 5 of these baskets were designed in Denmark so apparently it is a Danish thing to design stripping baskets. The linekurv.dk was the first Danish design to be seen and is still alive and kicking as it was awarded as “most bang for the buck”.

Österlen 19/4-22/4 2017

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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B86oHkCCwUmTbnVuYk41SG5HYUE/view

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.

Djursland 9/4 – 2017

Our original plans were ruined by the wind so we ended at Kobberhage on Djursland. We were Henrik, Torben and myself and planned a pontoon trip for searun brown trout.

Before we had entered the water we saw the first seal and not the last and as we also saw porpoises several times it was clear that the fish could be stressed and that may explain that the fishermen we met all told that the season had been very bad compared to normal.

After a couple of hours I got a small fish below the minimum size,

soon after I got a better sized fish, it was in the mid 60´es cm but needed to gain a lot of weight to be well conditioned. After lunch we continued but without any luck and these two fish turned out to be the only contacts for us all day.

Mariager Fjord 1/4 – 2017

A trip alone in the pontoon boat to Mariager fjord. Last weekend not much happened and after a couple of hours I thought that this would be the same. But after lundbreak a fish showed at he surface and 15 minutes later a nice trout grabbed the fly and started a serie of jumps.

it was a well conditioned trout that measured 50 cm and 1.51 kg.

 

It took a worm pattern and when I gutted it I saw that it had feasted heavily on polychaete worms.

Nice fish but not for me :-)

This weekend I was out for the first time in almost 4 months but I did not have much luck. Fortunately others have done better.

In can very much recommend this article from Globalflyfisher (a very recommendable website) about a fantastic sea run brown trout.

And my friend Leif also did well this weekend and he made a smal video

Have fun reading and viewing and hopefully I will come back soon with news of my own

 

Christmas basket

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A non fishing friend of mine returned a Linekurv used for oyster collection to me like this around Christmas. You can not have too many friends like that 🙂