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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Finally some big fish action!

Pre summer has finally reached Karlskrona and sun is shining like never before. Last few days has been the same with about 20-24 degrees, sun and low winds. Barely no clouds and everyone is walking around in shorts, t-shirt, sunglasses and happy faces. It's a nice feeling for sure! Fortunately, pikes seems to think the same since amounts and sizes has been much better this week than earlier.

Current weather situation
Air temperature: 20 degrees
Water temperature: 13-14 degrees (in average)
Water level: - 15cm
Sunny, 3m/s  S-E winds

Today we had ten groups leaving us after a week of fishing. Most of them left with happy memories. Many pikes over +90cm has been reported during this week and at least six pikes over +100cm as well by our guests. Amounts has been ranging between 5-35 pikes per day and boat. Actually, today we had one group that caught 17 pikes just in the morning before leaving us. Impressive! Another returning group in company of Krolik from France landed approx 350 pikes over six days and nine anglers.

Water temperature is now increasing fast and several bays now offers up to 15 degrees. Further out in the archipelago the water temp is still low, about 9-10 degrees but still increasing.

Today we will have four new groups arriving for a week of fishing. Forecast looks very promising next week with 17-22 degrees, partly cloudy, west/south west winds of 5-7m/s. Water level is maybe not the best possible since it variates from -15 to -35cm upcoming days. We'll see what happens!

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-05-20










Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peak season update

We are now in the middle of May and days are running by fast. We are having 13 fishing groups on Camp Dragsö at the moment which means approx 40 anglers. These are represented from Sweden, Denmark, France, Latvia, Netherlands & Czech Republic.

Current weather situation
Air temperature: 11 degrees
Water temperature: 10-11 degrees
Water level: - 25cm
Cloudy, light rain, 2-3m/s south winds

As you might understand, the weather and temperature is still overall cold for being the middle of May. Fortunately, it seems like upcoming days will be 17-21 degrees in air temperature. I think this is what's needed to activate the pikes... Most anglers on site still experience a bit slow fishing with many followers. Some boats has reached more than 30 pikes per boat and day last couple of days so for sure results is a bit better than last few weeks. Again, I would say that the water temperature needs to increase a few more degrees before the mayhem can start for real. No reports yet with "crazy" numbers like 60 pikes per boat and day which normally happens every year in May.

Last week the biggest fish measured 106cm by our guests and so far this week many fish of 95-99cm. I have not yet received reports from all boats but most boats report about 7-30 pikes per boat and day now.

Tomorrow five more groups will come for a weekend of fishing. With temperatures increasing, conditions looks quite promising!

During 26-27th of May we will arrange a yard sale of quality fishing lures, of course at excellent prices. So for those of you who are around and/or will be staying with us that weekend, make sure to stop by and fill your tackle boxes! About 20-50% discount on all lures.

See you!

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-05-17



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A freezing cold May

We are soon in the middle of May. To be honest it feels more like if we're in the end of March. Last few days has given us small amounts of snow, hail and just between 0-3 degrees in early morning and evening. In the news this morning we were told that this has been the coldest nights in May for the last 30 years in our area. As you might understand this is for sure not very friendly conditions for the four groups of anglers that are here at the moment.

Last weekend a lot of anglers left us once again after a weekend (or week) of fishing. Most of them had tough fishing with low numbers and few big pikes. About three meter+ pikes was reported by our guests during last week which is to be considered a low number if you bare in mind that we had many anglers on site.

This week we have four groups here from Poland, Sweden and Slovakia. Poulik family managed to catch a 103cm pike yesterday and had a total of 16 pikes in the boat. Well done since the weather was really tough with low winds, then stronger winds, then hail and later rain.

With the last nights of cold temperatures, the water temperature is still cold for being mid May. About 8-11 degrees in most areas. Still a lot of herring in the harbour of Karlskrona and we've got the first reports of horn pikes in our surrounding area.

Tomorrow we have five groups coming and ten more on Saturday. All boats will be out and fortunately, weather seems to get better. 13-15 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Even more with up to 20 degrees next week. Hopefully this can start the after spawn frenzy for real!

// Daniel Wickman
   2017-05-10   

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dutch week is here!

April has comed to its end and we are welcoming May, the big after spawn month. Weather seems to finally stabilize a bit with expected day temperatures up to 17 degrees later this week.

Last Sunday we had many groups leaving us after a weekend of fishing. Once again we were reached with many reports of slow fishing. Boats had an average of 4-10 pikes per boat and day. A few fish of 85-90cm was caught but only one +100cm pike during last weekend according to what I've heard.

A guided trip during Saturday resulted in eight pikes with returning Swedish guests. Slow fishing once again but we had a fun day out there anyway and tried our best to find pikes. Maybe next year we will hit the right spot at the right time..

During last weekend we welcomed a returning big group of Dutch guests. Always happy and professional boys. And one thing is for sure. The local supermarket ICA needs to load their stock of "Flintasteak" everytime they come here! :)

Earlier this week I got reports about a few meter pikes caught in our surrounding area. Also, some of our guests from Czech Republic managed to catch a meter pike from shore on Dragsö. Nicely done!

Water temperature at the moment is about 7,5-10,0 degrees in most areas. Slowly increasing after the cold period around easter a few weeks ago. Before easter the water temperature was around 12 degrees but several nights with temperatures below the freezing point forced the water temperature down to about five degrees. Since then the temperature has slowly but steady increased and soon we are up in more pike friendly after spawn temperatures. We are obviously not there yet but more fish is seen now than last week.

My colleague Willy was off work yesterday and tried his luck out there with a friend. They caught 20 pikes with two fish of more than +90cm. Most of these fish caught in 1,5m of depth and in a little bit more calm water since wind squalls was up to 18m/s yesterday.

A few more guided trips is booked for this weekend. Both with new and returning guests. Hopefully temperature goes up just a little bit more until then and I think we'll have some fun out there!

Upcoming weekend is once again a very busy one. On Thursday we will have 20 boats out fishing from our camp with a few private boats included in that number. Hopefully they can enjoy some quality fishing! And we also pray for having better winds upcoming days. Currently we have strong winds from E/NE and this isn't easy conditions for sure.

To be back with new reports!

// Daniel Wickman
    2017-05-03







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