Listerlandet 16/10 – 19/10 2014

 

 

 

 

 

3 days of pike fishing from pontoon boats in the brackish water of the Baltic sea in Sweden with 10 fellow fly fishermen. The weather forecast was acceptable but as usual it was worse than predicted.

 

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The first day some of us fished in Pukaviken and we did catch a decent number of fish but they were quite small. I got 11 pikes but the largest was app. 4 Pounds so not much to brag about. The flash flies in darker colours seemed to be the way to go on this trip

 

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Erland fished from a Scadden boat were the seat was exchanged to a moulded seat with much better comfort as this is a weak point in this construction.

 

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Erland this day got this very nice pike – 108 cm. It was by a good margin the best fish of the trip. The lip piercing we could have done without on the photo.

The second day it rained all day. I fished with Søren and only got 2 fish each and lost a couple as well but we ended early to make a nice dinner and have some beer and rum.

 

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The last day it was not raining but still quite windy so at times we had to work hard. Here Thomas is fighting a pike in the waves.

 

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and presenting it before release.

The last day started really slow for me but later I found some spots with pikes that seemed to pile up in spots. I got 17 pikes and the last one was a good-sized fish in the 9 – 10 Pound range so I was content. Everyone got fish in good numbers but we missed more bigger fish and could do without the rain.

 

 

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Glenstrup sø, 22/9-2013

After the visit to the empty coast of Djursland yesterday I went for something different as I with Allan and Michael went to Glenstrup sø flyfishing for pike from our pontoon boats and bellyboats.

Today it was cloudy and quite windy. As a matter of fact the wind became stronger and stronger during the day  and in the end it was very hard work just to keep the boat in place. I started with a flash fly and soon I saw a perch following the fly. Later I had one pike that refused in the last second. I then followed Allan and Michael into the shallow water and there we had plenty of action. We had many fish that followed the fly or tried to grab the fly. My breakthrough was when Allan gave me a big white and red fiber fly. It was tied in something called hollow tie style (or at least I think so) that made the fly swing randomly  from side to side when retrieving. It looked very good and it worked very well. I still had many fish that was not hooked but in the shallow water it was a very visual and exciting experience.

 

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After a few smaller fish Allan got this nice fish around 32 inches.

 

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Soon after he was into another nice fish

 

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it was about the same size, also a nice fish

As you may see all the pikes were caught near the bank in shallow water and due to the wind it would have been easier to wade with a stripping basket and I am sure today it would have been more efficient.

 

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The I hooked a big fish and I really enjoyed that both Allan and I saw the take

 

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To land it I had to go to the bank

 

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A pike at 40 inches with very nice colours and wide and deep

 

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At the same time Michael landed this fish, which was his best of the day.

 

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Later I got another fish at around 34 inches

 

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Allan ended with his best fish of the day which was 36 inches.

Finally we had caught allmost 20 pikes and had many more takes and many of the fish were of very nice size so I think that we all agreed that this a fine day with lots of action but also some frustration. Despite the Danish animal ethical commitee has just announced that it wants to ban C&R, we released all the fish and we are quite confident that the fish prefer to be back in the lake than to be in the botton of our freezer.

Tange sø 9/5 2013

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The swans were very active nesting all around the lake.

 

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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.

Rügen, 6-8/12 2012

For the first time I fished in Germany and it was a winter pontoonboat trip with the Bombay guys to the island Rügen in the Baltic Sea for pikes. I drove with Thomas from Århus and with the weather forecast in mind we both agreed that it is better to go to the tropics in the winter time than to Germany. Around Rügen there are many coves and bays with quite shallow water so it looks like the perfect place til flyfish for pikes.

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The weather forecast was on the spot as they predicted low temperatures and snow, and that we got.

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the first day it took quite a while untill we hit some action. Jeppe found a small bay where he had several hits on the fly and I joined him. Within an hour we caught more than 10 fish and had contact to approximately the same number of fish. The pikes were all in the 3 -5 pound range so no big ones but good fun. At the same time another group had good fishing in a nearby bay so it seemed as  it was the time of day that produced the fish. As you can see that pikes were very nicely coloured and everything was released.

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Here Lasse is casting and this photo pretty much sum up the fishing of this trip. It was very cold and snowed a lot. Jeppe measured the water temperature to 0,5 degrees Celsius so no wonder that we only fished for 4-5 hours a day.

Would I di it again? Yes for sure but preferably under better weather conditions. I have to say we had lots of laughs both during the fishing and in our B&B where Wolf was very helpful with everything. I got 10 pikes during the 3 days so we could probably have done just as good in one of our local waters but it is always good fun to go on a trip with other fly fish loonies and to try out new waters. But now I am really thinking of going fishing somewhere much warmer.

Bredningen 3/11 2012

With a nice weather forecast it was time to try the pikes in Bredningen with the Bombay guys Henrik and Jeppe and two of Jeppes friends.

we started out 9 Am and fished until 2 PM. The sun was shining and without rain it was quite nice despite the low temperature both in the water and in the air. I caught 6  pikes and that was more or less the average catch today. everyone got fish but no one got into the big ones. I think the largest today was around 6 pound but that is also a nice fish. everything was released and I was lucky that all my fish  could be released just by holding the hook and twist it – so fish were harmed and I could keep my hands dry.

Jepper with a pike, they did not come much bigger today.

Tange sø, 21/5-2011

A drift trip for pikes from Kongensbro to Tange sø with Thomas. The weather was very nice and this was Thomas´s first pike trip this year.

Thomas started with this very nicely coloured pike after just 10 minutes.

The pike had a nasty wound in the belly. How this happened I have no idea.

Later but still in the river I got this one. It seemed like the pikes in the river had a more green colour. During the fight with this pike the tip of my rod broke, so most of the time I fished without a top guide – this is not recommendable.

I mentioned to Thomas that I really like this trip as you feel you are in the middle of nowhere. two minutes later seven motor boats came cruising upstream – something I have never seen before

In the lake I got this 11 pounder the biggest fish of the day

Soon after this perch took the fly. I can still be surprised when a fish this size attacks an 8 inch pike fly.

Here Thomas has hooked one more pike,

and it is almost ready for landing,

and for presentation (his biggest fish of the day),

and finally for the release.

I ended up landing 7 pikes and one perch and Thomas got almost the same number so we were very satisfied with this day on the lake.

Bredningen, 17/5-2011

An pontoon boat trip for pikes starting late afternoon with Henrik. It was VERY windy so you needed to work hard just to hold your position with the boat. Furthermore the water was very muddy so no visibility – not the optimum conditions for pike fishing.

I had what I expected to be a very good-sized pike on the fly but it turned out to be a bream that was hooked in the dorsal fin. But a 6 pound bream hooked like that can put up a good fight. You may be able to see the spawning warts in the photo.

Later I got this pike and this one is missing the upper part of the tail and had some wounds on the side as well – it can be a hassle to reproduce.

We ended in the channels where the wind did not get to us as much where we both landed a pike, so we both got two pikes and got a lot of fresh air in a short while.