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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lazy days

I was hoping to write this post with some positive news to share regarding the catch reports at the moment. Unfortunately, I can't say that fishing is great right now. It's actually very difficult.

Last Thursday about 40 anglers arrived to Camp Dragsö Sportfishing. All loaded to their limits with lures, plenty of beer (I guess!) but also with expectations of good fishing. Mostly Swedish guests for the first days of this weekend but also one group from Romania.

During Thursday about 10 of our boats was out trying their luck while a handful more groups arrived to the camp later and waited to do their first casts until Friday. According to the few reports that I received, fishing was slow for our guests. Some boats didn't catch anything the first hours of their trip, while others caught a handful of pikes. No big ones though.

On Friday morning I had a four hour guided trip with a group of Swedish guests. Quite strong winds in the morning, approx 6-7m/s from west. We went far west and tried one of my favorite bays. The wind was a bit to strong to allow us to fish from a drifting boat, so we had to use the anchor. Not much activity even though we tried to make casts in most parts of the bay. Only a few small bite attempts but nothing serious. We continued and and tried several different areas but still without success. Wind was picking up even more and it became difficult to find areas possible to fish at.

Only one pike was caught in a super slow morning. At lunch time wind squalls reached 20m/s and several boats decided to stay in the harbour during the afternoon. Maybe a good choise, because the other boats that tried didn't succeed very well anyway.

Saturday offered a bit better conditions since wind dropped a bit but still about 8m/s in average and 14m/s in squalls. For sure rough to be out there. Some boats did better this day though since I got reports from guest boats with 17, 15, 13 and 12 pikes in their boats during Saturday.

Today was departure day for many of our guests. Not many decided to try their luck for the last half day so actually most boats was returned early. Anyhow, I went out on a guided trip in the afternoon with some returning guests from Romania. Unfortunately, we didn't find active pikes so only five pikes was caught in our boat during the four hours we were out. For sure the lads learned some tricks and good spots to return to later since they stay until Saturday.

Now I will have a couple of days off work and we'll see if any pikes will be bothered by me during upcoming days. I would say, most likely!

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-04-23

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A crazy easter

Well, crazy is maybe the best explanation of the conditions this weekend. About 40 anglers left us today after a weekend of fishing and easter celebration. Most of them experienced tough fishing in very variating weather conditions. Thursday was quite warm with cloudy skies and decent winds. Friday offered good winds from west, about 7-8m/s and up to 14m/s in squalls. Water level was about +15cm and maybe 8 degrees in the air. Simply a nice spring day. But yesterday hell break loose!

Negative degrees, snow, wind, cloudy. All madness at once. In the middle of April! For sure not what we wanted and especially not what the pikes wanted. Only a few boats went out to try yesterday and did so with poor results.

The best boat managed to catch about 30 pikes in one day but most guests reported about low numbers and no sizes to talk about. A bit disappointing for sure but hopefully this was the last slow days of this spring before the post spawn fishing starts for real.

According to the forecast, the temperature in night time will be below zero for two more nights but day temperature will be 5-10 degrees during the whole week. We'll see what the pikes think about it :)

Next weekend we'll have 14 boats going out from Dragsö. This means about 40 anglers once again. Hopefully they will be provided with better conditions and pikes willing to bite!

I will have a couple days off work now and most probably some hours will be spent on the water both days. To be back with more reports next week.

Pictures below from last weekend and also from earlier this week.

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-04-16





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Keep 'em coming!

Easter is approaching and it's going to be a busy weekend. At the moment we are having about 13 anglers on site. All of them arrived last Sunday and will be fishing until tomorrow. When they leave, about 40 more anglers will come. We are excited!

As promised in the last blogpost, I have now received pictures of the stunning 102cm pike caught by Jonas, one of our guests last weekend. The fish weighed 10,8kg. Great fish for sure!

Earlier this week I had a day off work and spent the day together with Philip (Stinger Productions). We knew that fishing was most probably going to be tough. Very strong winds from west and we also had in mind very poor catch reports from previous days, with a few exceptions. We decided to go east this day and tried some for us new spots. It started out a bit slow but soon enough the first fish was caught. Not a big one, but still the important "ice breaker".

We continued to fish in bays but also on edges to islands and edges of channels that leads to spawning bays. Not to many pikes was caught so we decided to move to a new area. An area where we stayed for several hours drifting over 1,2 - 1,4m of depth. Soon enough Philip was hooked up and we thought for ourselves "Yeah a good fish. Maybe +80cm" when we saw it for the first time. We was wrong. Very wrong!

The fish inhaled a new Renz-Stein Steinfish in motoroil colour. It was a lot bigger than 80cm. We measured her to be 105cm and with a weight of 8,7kg. Great fish for sure! We continued in the same area and caught a few more pikes over +80cm. Our day ended with eigth pikes caught, with four each. And I can tell you, our way back was extremely rough with very high waves. I won't even estimate how much water that entered inside the boat because of the waves, but it must have been at least 100 liters!

To be back with more reports later this week. I've heard rumours about more meter pikes caught by our guests last couple of days. Let's see later if this is correct! :)

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-04-12














Sunday, April 9, 2017

More big fish!

Hi!

Finally time to give a new update from this week of fishing. We're in the second weekend of April and as usual at this time of the year, pikes are now spawning. As always not all pikes are spawning at the same time. It's a process which normally takes at least a month, most of times even longer, from the first fish to the last fish are done with their sexy time.

With this knowledge in mind it's sometimes a bit tricky to find the right spots in the archipelago. If you find the right spots you will be rewared. Either where the pikes are done spawning, or the spots where the pikes hasn't started yet. This weekend it seems like most of our guests found the wrong spots but some were lucky to be at the right place at the right time!

Earlier this week I was reached with a fantastic report from Patrik, one of our guests that left us Sunday last week. He managed to catch a great pike of 110cm and approx 12 kilos. Once again a new season record when it comes to the biggest pike caught by our guests.

Anyway, this weekend we had about 15 anglers here plus a few more on a guided trip with me yesterday. Most of them left us today with poor results. Some anglers struggled to find any pikes at all while the best boats reached between 15-25 pikes per day. The biggest pike this weekend measured 102cm and weighed impressive 10,8 kilos! A super fat and well conditioned pike caught in the eastern part of the archipelago. I will post a picture of this fish in the next blog post as soon as I have received pictures.

Yesterday I went out on a guided trip with a Swedish group. No wind at all in the morning hours and this combined with sparkling sun and pikes in spawning mode didn't really result in a pike bonanza. Actually it took us several hours to find the first pike at all. Fortunatelly, the group of four managed to catch one pike each in the same bay before lunch. After lunch we found another bay with more activity and soon enough we were up to nine fish in the boat. Many more was just following our lures but without biting. I guess our numbers would have been a lot better with some more wind and clouds. Still a nice day out in the archipelago of Karlskrona!

Tomorrow I'm off work so hopefully I will spend a few hours on the water. One thing is clear. Upcoming week will most probably be the last one to have a chance to catch a pre spawn fatty.

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-04-09 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spawning laziness? Yes and No!

Hi guys!

Another weekend is coming to its end and it's time to share a new report with you fellow readers. This weekend we have been visited by approx 15 anglers, all from Sweden. To be honest most guests have experienced very slow fishing. Weather conditions have not been easy but maybe most affecting is the spawning process. The water temperature is at the moment ranging from 6,5 to 10,0 degrees in some areas.

During Friday I had a four hour trip with some Swedish lads. There was almost no wind and rumours about spawning got me a little worried. At the first site we caught our first fish quite quickly. As previous days most fish was found in very shallow waters of approx 0,5-1,0m of depth. A fat five kg fish was caught in the same area before we moved a bit within the same bay. In maybe 90 minutes we caught eigth pikes of mostly small size.

With two hours left of the trip I decided to try some bays closer to the city of Karlskrona. All of the following sites that we tried resulted in nothing at all. The pikes wasn't to be found and no more action before we headed back to Dragsö. Several other boats reported about very slow fishing with results from 0-10 landed pikes in a full day. None of good size.

Saturday was for sure not any better. No wind until lunch time and pikes were not willing to bite this day either. A few boats reported about clear signs of pikes spawning inside the reeds. For sure a very tricky time to find and catch the pikes. Especially with the poor weather conditions in mind. Several of our guests for certain reported about big fish following their lures to the boat but without biting.

Luckily, today I was reached with a very nice report from some of our guests. Yesterday one of the lads managed to catch an absolute beauty of 110cm and 11,1 kilos! Very fat fish in the best possible condition. A pre spawn beauty which actually is the biggest fish caught by our guests so far this season. Be out there and get rewarded, big time!  

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-04-01

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Big pike again!

Hi!

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
   2017-03-29



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
   2017-03-26