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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cold days on the water

Hi fellow readers,

Last weekend was spent on the water so why not share a catch report! Last Thursday I had friends coming for a few days of fishing in Karlskrona. Weather forecast wasn't looking that good since a new front of cold night temperatures was coming in.

Our first day of fishing was Friday and I knew that this day would be our best chance to catch good numbers or a big one, since day temperature was about three degrees. Winds were quite good. Approx 6m/s from north/east. I decided to go west and so we did.

Fishing started out a bit slow, but soon enough we had our first bites and landed pikes. There's not much time of daylight during this time of the year since sun is going down 15:30 in our area at the moment. Therefore, I decided to make short moves between the fishing locations to get maximum amount of time with our lures in the water. We found a bay where wind was pushing in and here we caught many pikes in short time. My friend Stefan caught the biggest fish which measured impressive 105cm. The most successful lure this time was pig shad jr. We ended up with a total of 33 pikes caught which is good since water temp was less than one degree on several places.

Day two showed up to be a bit harder. When we woke up in the morning the thermometer showed -4 degrees. This combined with rather low winds from north-east was for sure not going to help us this day. I decided to go to a new area this day far east of the city. We started drifting over 1,5m of depth and quite surprisingly it only took a few minutes before I had the first bite. Minutes later Jocke landed the first fish which completely inhaled his lure. Within 20 minutes we landed four pikes and all of them striked hard and swallowed the whole lure.

After this strike period pikes decided to get tricky to catch. We had a hard time to find any fish willing to bite and day temperature was about 0 - 0,5 degrees. It didn't help us more when wind decreased to be absent. Still, we continued and tried several different areas. Nothing worked that well and we only caught seven pikes in total this day.

Our last day of fishing was Sunday. Or maybe it's a bit misleading to say that we fished. About 5-6 degrees below zero during the night caused a big problem for us since ice was covering all bays in the morning. Literally, we had to break the ice to even get out from Dragsö. This forced us to try the outer archipelago and so we did with no fish in sight at all. No wind and still cold outside made us decide to end up around lunch time with no pikes caught in our "attempt" on the water.

For me it will be a couple of weeks until my next sessions on the water. Until then, take care and thank you for reading.

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-12-06


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Season summary 2016

December is here and this means that our fishing season is now officially over for this year. Once again it's been a great year and it feels a bit sad to find out that the season is ended. As always, I will hereby share a longer summary of the season in text and pictures, I hope you'll like it!

This year we were quite busy with attending several sportfishing fairs in early spring, which forced us to open officially a bit later than what we normally would do. The first sportfishing fair we attended was in Karlskrona in mid March. Actually, this fair was arranged by the local sportfishing companys together in a step to develope and secure a healthy pike situation now and in the future.

We also attended Sportfiskemässan in Stockholm just a week later in March. Me and Andreas had a good time talking to many anglers and as always when attending these fairs, our energy on the last day when we got back to Karlskrona was equal to zero. Well worth it though and funny days!

Fishing this year started out very well. It was a warm winter and we only had ice for about two weeks in January. In late February and beginning of March I had some very nice fishing sessions with several days of more than 40 pikes in the boat per day. Also, a few days with several +100cm pikes in the same day.

Since spring came early, spawning started in the middle of March this year. As always fishing gets a bit tricky during a few weeks after spawning process has started. Some guests had really tough fishing during these weeks, while other guests found those right spots with active fish and caught both good numbers and sizes. I remember a session with Philip in the end of March were we caught three pikes over the meter margin and also a few just under the margin. Excellent day!

April was a busy month for us as always but maybe even more this year since Jakob who were suppose to work for us was out of duty and I was more or less alone. With many guided trips on my schedule, and about 80 new anglers coming every week, it was tight to find time for everything. Fortunately, Willy graduated from school and started at our camp in May. A great addition to our staff and very nice to have a guy available that already knows the archipelago and fishing here well.

During more or less whole April, weather was variating a lot. Same as with fishing results. I remember that some groups left us with less than ten pikes in a whole weekend. Just a week later or earlier, a few groups could reach 80 pikes in a day per boat. Several really big pikes was caught by our guests with the biggest ones measuring 117 & 119cm.

May is normally one of our best periods for fishing. This year weather went crazy in May and we more or less lost the after spawn pike fishing inside the bays since temperature went up very fast. About 25 degrees in middle of May with very warm night temperatures as well. Instead of staying in the bays for some weeks, it felt like most fish was moving out from the bays to deeper waters and by that got harder to find and catch. Of course we had some days with superb results in May this year to, but overall I must say that fishing didn't reach my expectations this year.

In the end of May we had some very good days. Both guided trips, guest reports and my own private trips went well. Some days more than well. I remember that the two lasts guided trips in May went very good. A four hour trip resulted in 23 pikes and the next day I had returning guests from Sweden out on a full day trip. We had a nice 105cm pike in the boat that gave one hell of a fight on light equipment. We also had a very big follower in the end of the day that didn't bite but I was going to have the last word with that lady a few days later...

Together with Philip from Stinger Productions I went back to the same area as where I have seen the big fish on the guided trip. I dropped the anchor on the same site and I told Philip "Well, let's catch that fish!", and so we did. Philip striked a big pike after just a few casts and it showed up to be the same fish. How could I know? Well, first of all I did see that the pike had a small wound on its head when it was following our lures a few days earlier. But also the fact that pikes of this size doesn't really show up everywhere and everytime. The fish weighed in at 12,51kg and 118cm! The fish was caught on a BeastlyTail 23 from Renz-Stein lures.

With increased inquiries of fishing packages during peak seasons, we decided to invest in another brand new Master500 boat in the end of May, equipped with 40hp Selva. With this boat in our fleet, we can now proudly offer 20 rental boats. Two of our Master500s is locked as extra boats, in case if any of our ordinary ones would struggle or be unavailable for any reasons. It feels nice to always have a boat ready in case if we need one on short notice.

As always, June - August is a bit of a calm period when it comes to fishing in our area. Our camp is busy during this period with regular camping guests and other holiday celebrators. During these months we arrange pike safari every week for our guests and this year was no exception. Willy helped me out with all these events and of course we have a little "battle" between ourselves since we're going in separate boats. This year, Willy and his boat guests outclassed everyone and won six out of seven safaris when it comes to longest fish. Impressive!

In the middle of June we experienced great fishing! Several times when I went out on my own I had 15-20 pikes in half day trips. My top fish was 104cm when I was out with Philip on a sunny day. The funny thing with fishing in June is that the pikes are very strong, weather is pleasant and you can fish more or less everywhere in the archipelago.

We fast forward to the end of August since July wasn't a very fishy month for us. No time to go out and not to many guests here for fishing purposes only. We had a returning group of guests visiting us in the end of August that had good results. About 85 pikes in a weekend and approx 16-17 degrees in the water at this time. Me and Philip tried our luck a few days in the end of the month as well with OK numbers and sizes. A good start on autumn season for sure!

September is always a busy month for us and for many anglers the favorite month for fishing pike in our area. This year the whole month of September was very warm. I remember several trips in the middle of September when we had about 20-25 degrees and many of our guets actually went fishing in shorts.. in September! Some days offered a bit to "nice" weather. 25 degrees, no wind, locals sun bathing on most islands, some jet-skies driving around. Didn't really invite to good pike fishing possibilities but hey, I guess it's bad to complain about it!

Results variated a lot as always, but I would say that overall, September was a good month. Many guests had good numbers, while others maybe didn't have extraordinary amounts of fish but still left us with a new personal best in size. Several guided trips in September was very good with some +100cm pikes in the boat and some days with more than 30 pikes caught in a day. The biggest fish caught by our guests in September (as far as we know) measured 115cm. In amounts, the best boat in September had a little bit over 90 pikes caught in one day, one boat.

Like most busy periods, time is flying away and suddenly October was reality. This year, most weekends in October invited to big fishing competitions. In the first weekend of October we participated in Blekinge Pike Festival which is one of the biggest pike fishing competitions in Europe. About 600 anglers are starting, almost half of them from Dragsö and the rest devided on three other starting points. This competition is arranged over two days and this year we didn't have the luck with us. No good pikes to report, and no good numbers to cheer for. Next year, maybe! Anyhow, the biggest pike caught during BGF was 114cm.

Continuously, we had a few weekends without big competitions in October and during these dates we had many guests coming for pike fishing. Some days offered very slow fishing, those kind of days when you really need to fight to even reach a handful of pikes. There was also many days in October when you easily could reach 30-40 pikes in a day, or even more. We actually had two or three boats that reported about more than 80 pikes in one day, per boat. I guess the local tackle store Båt&Fiske sold plenty of rubber baits during October...!

In the third week of October the final of Sportfish Masters was arranged in Karlskrona for the second time in a row. This year, the final was arranged over two days with many of the most skilled anglers from Sweden. About 510 anglers were competing for the title and they were doing so in very difficult conditions. Water level was running up and down the days before the final, and rain was pouring down most of the days. Our co-worker Willy did very good with his team Karlskronafiske and actually won the whole final! They were rewarded with a brand new Linder boat, loaded with good stuff, but also a ticket to participate in Youtube series Fly vs Jerk 9 which will be sent in 2018.

November is still a rather calm month for us, if you compare with earlier in the autumn. In my opinion November is a very nice month for fishing since there are less boats on the water, temperature is dropping and the big ladys are located in shallow bays. Last year November was quite warm while this year offered very mixed conditions for us. In the second week of November we got plenty of snow and cold nights. So cold, that many bays were covered by ice for days.

Before those cold nights fishing was good. Very good for some guests and local anglers. Me and Björn Nettelbladt (Nettelbaits) had a good day in the beginning of the month with 55 pikes caught and many more pikes lost. Just a few days earlier I had almost 50 pikes in the boat on a guided trip as well with a meter pike on top. If you find the right spots in late autumn, you can for sure be rewarded big time. During the same days, I know several other boats barely caught a single fish. So sometimes it's very clear that the pikes gather up togehter were the best conditions for living is at the moment.

From the middle of November and onwards we didn't have any guests at our camp for fishing purposes. This is also the time of the year when we pull all of our boats up for service and maintaining. In the middle of November we also shared some great news regarding the boats for next season. We will replace eight of our engines on the boats which will make our boats have 40% new engines, 40% with engines used one or two seasons and the last 20% with engines older than two years but still of good functionality.  

Just a few days ago I also mounted a Minn Kota Terrova with iPilot on our guide boat. For sure about time and a great complement which for sure will increase our results next year.

During 2016 we were visited by anglers from 15 different countries if I remember right. Most of them coming from Sweden (obviously), Poland, Denmark and Netherlands. Some groups also came from Germany, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Lithuania, Romania, Latvia, Switzerland and Hungary.

Our fishing season is now officially ended but of course we ourselves will be out on the water as long as there is no ice on the water. It's also possible to come with your own boat all year around as long as it is possible to fish.

Well, this is the end of this years summary and for those of you who still are reading, thank you for doing so and I hope you enjoyed it. I want to thank all of our guests, readers, sponsors and cooperating agents/partners for a great season. Camp Dragsö Sportfishing is continuing to grow and you are the biggest reason to it. So thank you very much!

Me myself will continue with making everything ready for spring season and before the next season starts, I will go to Asia for a well needed break. Four weeks without even touching a fishing rod (I think!).

Down below you will see some mixed pictures from this year. Enjoy!

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-12-01





 










































Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Advent fishing

Hi guys,

New week and time for a new update in the blog. Since fishing season has comed to its end, I now have weekends off work. Therefore, I went out fishing last Sunday with Philip from Stinger Productions. Strong north/west winds, mostly sunny and a couple degrees in the air. We started fishing about 9.30 in the morning and this day we focused on some bays in the west part of the archipelago.

I must say that fishing started out very slow. During the first hour, only a couple of small pikes was caught by Philip and none by me. Soon enough, I also caught my first pike. Still a small one but always nice to break the zero point and skip the not so flattering word that you are given if you catch no pikes in a day, if you know what I mean...!

Soon enough I was hooked up again. This time it was a better fish that inhaled my Pig shad jr. A big head was shown in the surface very quickly, and with a firm gill grip the fish was secured. The fish measured just under the meter mark and she went crazy in the boat, leaving me with cuts in my fingers. For a second it looked like if I had put my fingers inside a meat cutter!

We continued on and experienced quite slow fishing. Some followers and small bites but nothing serious. At lunch time, we only had four pikes in the boat. Since sun is going down at 16:00, we only had a few more hours on the water. We picked a bay where the wind was pushing in and it didn't take long until a small pike was caught. This was just the start of a feeding frenzy (at least on my rod!). A couple of hours later we were up to 19 pikes in the boat and one more fat beauty of 95cm was caught. All pikes this time was caught in 1.0m of depth.

By the way, on Thursday we will announce the winner of our annual photo competition. All guests that have been visiting us during 2016 are welcome to send pictures from their stay to daniel@dragsosportfishing.se
The pictures can involve anything from pikes, boats, nature, food or maybe something crazy from your dinner barbeque on Dragsö? So please send me what you have, and take the chance to win a unique handmade lure by Jenzza Lures! Winner will be announced on Facebook on December 1st. And yes, you can compete with more than one picture!

At the moment I'm spending most time of my days with storing and giving the boats some well needed love. Since we have 20 boats now, plus the guide boat, it takes more than a month just to bring the boats up and making them ready for next season. As you might have seen in a previous post, many of the boats are getting new engines as well for next season. Really looking forward to it!

Later this week, or in the beginning of next week, I will post a season summary with many pictures and a long text. Hope you will like it.

If the weather wont get to bad, I will spend three days later this week on the water with good friends. Night temperatures will go down to -6 degrees so it will be ice in several bays upcoming weekend. Tough conditions but also the time to catch big mamas in the bays. We'll see if they are willing to bite!

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-11-29



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cold days and good news!

Hi guys,

A bit more than a week now since the last post in the blog and a lot has happened since then. Earlier this week winter came to Karlskrona with snow and some very cold nights. I was supposed to go out fishing last Tuesday with Philip but the evening before we decided not to, since weather forecast promised snow and minus degrees.

Luckily, we stayed home. The forecast was for once correct and almost ten centimeters of snow was falling. The rest of this week has continued to be cold. Not to much more snow or rain, but still cold night temperatures. Early this morning temperature was down to negative six degrees and some bays already have a thin layer of ice. Yesterday most bays held temperatures between 2,5-5 degrees.

Since season is coming to its end, we have been pulling up many of our boats for maintenance and winter storage already. Only a handful of boats is left in the water and several of these are rented at the moment. Today there is actually many boats out on the water since Karlskrona Pike Tournament (KPT) is arranged with approx 40 teams starting. Hard conditions since most of day will be no wind, a few negative degrees and sunny. It will be interesting to see what the teams can catch. Our colleague Willy is competing again with his team Karlskronafiske. Can they manage to win this competition as well? We will see soon!

I also have some great news to share with you regarding next season. A few days ago we signed a deal to replace eight of our boat engines until next season. A big investment for sure but we want to continue our work with offering a great product that we can be proud of. This is a big step in the right direction to maintain the quality of our products. This means that 40% of our boat fleet will have brand new engines, 40% will have engines used one or two seasons, and the last 20% is still of good functionality but older than two years. It's hard to complain about the boat fleet, it's massive and of great quality. Already very excited for spring season even though we have a few months left of this year.

Next week will be warmer again with day temperatures up to ten degrees so all ice and snow will disappear again. More anglers to come next weekend but I will be off work upcoming week. It's time for my annual autumn trip to Rügen in Germany. Big pike mamas is the target as always and let's see if we can find any this time! Since I'm off whole week there won't be any posts next week but as soon as I'm back it's time for more updates. Until then, take care and thank you for reading.

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-11-12



Thursday, November 3, 2016

November starts good!

Hi guys!

Finally, November is here and cold temperatures outside is in my opinion very equal to good pike fishing possibilities. I must say that November is one of my favorite months for fishing in our area. Less boats on the water, a lot of fish in shallow waters with the chance to catch really big ones.

Last Friday I had a guided trip with a group of Swedish guys. Very strong winds from west and partly cloudy. We went far east to some big bays with some depths because water level was extremely low. Negative 65cm below normal more or less creates a new archipelago of the area and a lot of bays is not even possible to fish in during those difficult conditions.

At the first drift, it didn't take more than a few casts before the first fish was hooked. We drifted over 1,3-1,5m of depth with success. Pikes very coming up frequently and a few nice sized ones as well. The biggest pikes measured 101cm and approx 93cm. Only small/medium size lures was working well (less than 20cm).

Since I got reports from several other boats about slow fishing, I decided to stay in the same area whole day. It turned out to be a good choise since 38 pikes was landed. My friend Jakob also experienced slow fishing during the first half of Friday before they came to the same area. Within just a couple of hours they also landed many pikes before it was time to head back for the day. Their top fish was 102cm!

Overall, several boats had really low numbers last weekend. The water level continued to be very very low until Sunday and most of times this is equal to bad fishing. Fortunately, water level is back now and today we actually have +20cm over normal level. High water level is many times the opposite of low level when it comes to pikes willing to bite. Hopefully, all the anglers that will arrive today can have some fun out there during upcoming days. About 30 anglers will arrive today and a few more later this weekend. It's our last busy weekend of this season since the upcoming weeks have plenty of openings in the schedule. So it's not to late to experience great autumn fishing guys, book now! :-)

The day before yesterday I went out together with Björn who is the creator of Nettelbaits. We've been fishing together a couple of times before but only in really poor conditions. This time, we went out in good conditions. Strong winds from west, water level just about -10cm below normal and cloudy. I decided to go east again and explore some big bays. We began in the same area as where I was fishing last Friday and it took no longer than five minutes until the first pike was hooked. This was just the start of a long feeding frenzy.

The pikes was biting all day and we shared the strikes evenly between us. In a little more than six hours we managed to catch 55 pikes with several decent ones. The really big ladys were somewhere else this day but of course we were very satisfied anyway. Most pikes was caught on Nettel-laken 2 V2, Renz-Stein Beastly tail and Pig shad jr. All of them in motoroil/copper/brown colours.

Lastly, I also received a nice report from local angler Johan Månsson today. He was out yesterday in quite strong winds and obviously found a very good spot. A stunning fish of 111cm and 11,19 kilos was caught on a Big Bandit close to the reeds. A great fish and thank you once again for sharing this catch with us.

Now, let's hope for some more fishy activities during upcoming days!

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-11-03   








Thursday, October 27, 2016

Final weeks of autumn season

Hi guys!

It's been some busy days (as always!) at Camp Dragsö. Last weekend we were fully booked since the final of Sportfish Masters (Gädd-SM) was arranged. About 100 anglers arrived last Thursday and all with one target in mind, to win the competition!

In this competition, approx 187 teams (513 anglers) started and they spent two days in very hard conditions. Water level was low, rain was constantly pouring down and winds quite strong during some parts of the two day competition. After the first day, our colleague Willy with his team Karlskronafiske was in the lead.

During day two, it was clear that several local teams was about to end up in good positions since approx five of the top ten teams had Karlskrona as their home waters. During the day we followed the teams progress on a live feed and it was a tight race! Luckily, Willy and his team managed to preserve their lead from day one and won the whole competition! Their top five fish result was 484cm which is a very good result, especially when you have in mind that the conditions were hard. So except from winning a brand new Linder boat and other cool stuff, they also won a ticket to be in the Youtube series 'Fly vs Jerk' which will be broadcasted in 2019. Awesome right?!

Last few days I've been of work and yesterday I tried my luck together with Philip from Stinger Productions. We were not very successful. The first thing in the morning he texted me "Shit! Negative degrees outside". And he was right. The first night with -2 degrees outside and when we came to Dragsö most things, including the boat, was covered in frost. This combined with sparkling sun, no wind and about -25cm of low water level didn't really peak our expectations.

At the first stop, we actually had several nice followers directly and it didn't take long until I hooked the first fish of maybe 85cm. Only minutes later, I also had a nice fish over the meter margin following my lure in the clear and shallow water. We continued on to catch some pikes in the same area and soon we were up to six or seven fish in the boat. Suddenly, pikes stopped biting and we had a really hard time finding any fish at all. We tried several new spots without success and ended the day with only nine pikes caught. A dissapointment but still always nice to be out there!

At the moment we're having approx 25 anglers on Dragsö, this time only from Sweden. Tomorrow will most probably be a difficult day since water level will be almost -65cm below normal! But finally, there is going to be south-west winds upcoming days which we have waited for several weeks now. Hopefully this can help us out a little bit in the hunt for our beloved green predators.

To be back with new reports and thank you for reading.

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-10-27



Monday, October 17, 2016

Busy days with big pikes in mind

Hi guys!

Time for a new update. Many anglers has been out on the water last couple of days. Both from us, but also anglers who have been in Karlskrona to rehearsal for Sportfish Masters final which is held Friday and Saturday this week. About 500 anglers will start from Scandic Hotel in the center of Karlskrona to compete in this years final.

What about the results then? Well, to begin with I must say that the conditions has been tough, really tough. Very strong winds from east or north-east, with squalls up to 20m/s. Upon that, the water level is and has been low. At the moment about -40cm below normal and last few days has been pretty much the same. For sure not easy conditions, but for the experienced anglers, this is also a time when the big mamas might dance. A few boats managed to find those spots where the big ladys was willing to take a dance.

Viktor and his girlfriend brought their own boat here to try the archipelago. Nothing else than a success. During Saturday, Viktor managed to catch a big and nice lady of 110cm. The fish was caught on a Nettellaken which we also sell in our reception. Great fun! In their last day yesterday, his girlfriend also managed to catch a 99cm fish. Both of these pikes were personal records so for sure a successful trip.

Last few days we've been visited by Dutch fishing agent 'Visreis'. Joris, his brother Lars, Henry and Tim tried our waters for the first time. They were mainly here to gather information and evaluate our product so it can be offered in Visreis portfolio. I must say, their results were great!

I went out with them Friday morning but fishing was quite slow. I think we ended up with ten pikes or maybe a couple more. No big ones. Still, the half day trip gave the lads an idea about where to fish and how. During Saturday and Sunday, all the lads had great results. Joris boat was up to 50 pikes yesterday, and 44 pikes the day before. In total, the four lads managed to catch 151 pikes in three days of fishing. Most of their fish was caught in shallow bays of 0,5-1,5m. I believe they're driving home with a smile on their faces today!

Local anglers are also doing well at the moment. Andreas Nilsson who makes Nilles handcrafted lures was out on a rehearsal during the weekend. They caught several big fish of 113, 106 & 102cm in the same day. Our good friend Fredrik from Renz-Stein lures also did good as his boat scored 466cm in their top 5 longest pikes of the day last Saturday. Impressive! Great results guys!

As mentioned earlier, we still have approx -40cm below normal water level. This is making the archipelago quite difficult to drive in with the boats. During last two days we have now switched seven propulse propellers for our guests. So one thing is for sure, you really need to be careful when driving out there upcoming days!

To be back with more reports later on :)

// Daniel Wickman
   2016-10-17