Wednesday, October 04, 2017

In search of Perch; Waxholm; 30th September 2017

Late autumn is a classic time to fish for large Perch, one of my favourite species. It was decided to fish at Vaxholm, as the area had produced in the past. We began from the shore at an old favourite spot, legering redworms on the bottom. After a few hours later and we had only small fish and it was apparent that the large Perch were not in the area. As a result, we were more than happy to board when Eddie Bowler arrived to pick us up in the boat to try fishing other areas with the jig rods. We made a few stops before moving to a favoured area for big Perch and all four of us casted towards the margins in the hope of a big specimen..
 The first strike proved not to be a Perch at all, but a small Pike for Ed. This began a rather remarkable five minutes for Ed, who had only just released his Pike when his yellow jig was hit again, this time the jagging motion was his rod tip suggested he was into a good Perch. We all peered over the side of the boat and sure enough, as the fish came to the top, the tell tale green tiger stripes of a really good Perch flashed in the water and we duly netted the fish. As Perch go, this was a stunner, easily a two pounder. We took a little video for posterity and quickly released it and fished on. Not for long. On his next cast, Eddie literally struck again, this time into a slightly longer, lean Pike. This fish fought harder on light gear before it was boated, unhooked and released.
After that, we fished on, having the odd contact, though the bites were tentative in the main. I missed a good bite however, as did Rafa, whilst Andy concentrated on bigger lures in the hope of a good Pike. Repeatedly casting to the edge of the reeds we were enjoying the fishing on a really nice evening, when I had a strike and my rod arched into a good fish. It felt like a good Perch straight away. I broke the surface before long and the sight of it left me in no doubt it was a personal best. It's always the same when you have a big fish on, it's nerve wracking stuff the fish is in the net and this was no exception. It was a brief tussle, thankfully, and soon Ed slid the net under the fish and I got a clear look at it. .It weighed in at 1.36kilo(3lb. on the nose) It was a new personal best and a stunning fish that everyone in the boat enjoyed seeing. It was duly released and we fished on...


 1.36 kilo, finally a 3lb. fish and a new personal best. I've been waiting a long time for this fish...





The light was fading rapidly at this point and we decided to head back towards the dock and fish a little on the way. We had a fun journey back as the sun dropped and we sped through the achipelago. We tried a few late cast without success, before packing daown and getting ourselves home after a wonderful day out. Special thanks to Eddie Bowler once again for a memorable day...

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Tench at Malmasjön; July 2017

Malmasjön is a stunning venue to fish for one of our favourite species, Tench. We have visited before on a couple of occasions, this year Andy Shaw and I planned a two day session. We met up on a fine Friday evening, with the sun splitting the rocks and open blue skies. We headed southwest and before long we were at the venue and duly collected the keys for a rowing boat at the visitor centre. The lake is choked with weeed an thick lilly pads at one end, there is thich plant cover around the banksides and a boat is essential for fishing. We then set up camp besdide the boat berth. With everthing ready it was still a little early to get out on the lake, the sune was rather high, but we just couldn't resist getting out on the lake. It was decided to tackle the float rods up and we rowed out onto the lake and picked a swim on the west side of the lake that would see shade from the dropping sun first and began to fish. Even during the afternoon there were signs of Tench and bubbles began to appear in our swim almost as soon as the groundbait went in. We were usin a simple bran mix, with hemp, sweetcorn, marine halibut pellet and some chooped prawn mixed through. It certainly had the desired effect and before long we were glued to out floats as the sun began to drop. We were floatfishing over a prawn hookbait in order to deter numerous small Rudd. We waited....
 It wasn't long before we got into a few fish and we were reminded just how strong these fish are. Our rods hooped over every time we struck into a fish and they fought all the way to the net. The evening session was magical and we both had a few fish, It became apparent that the fish were spawning and we were initially worried that this might effct the fishing. In the end, there were plenty of fish feeding. There was little we could do except relax and enjoy the fishing, so that is what we did.
We fished into the darkness and called it a day at around midnight, deciding to get a little rest before the dawn.

 First fish of the trip for Andy went 4lb. 6oz.


 Superb fishing on the first evening...


A stunning sunset...


 Just a few hours later, we were back out on the lake and we went to a new swim were we had seen plenty of activity the evening before. As soon as the groundbait went in the water began to fizz with Tench bubbles and a wonderful morning session got underway. We were still getting used to the water and making a few adjustments to out float rigs. Rudd seemed less of a problem with the Tench in the swim, so Andy switch to redworm and corn hookbait, whilst I stayed on prawn. Again it wasn't lng before the fish were all around our floats and we experienced the excitemnet of summer Tnch fishing at it's best, watching on as the bubbles fizzed around our baits, willing our floats to slide away. Eventually, they did. We were treated to a wonderful morning session with some stunning Tench and memorable fish.
In the middle of the day, we decided to take a short rest in the tent before sorting out a bit of dinner over the campstove. We discussed where to fish and decided on a fairly large clearing in the lily beds. We rowed out and baited up and waited, The heat had been stifling earlier that afternoon and it was still very hot. Soon though, the sun began to drop and move around to the west and the fish came on the feed. Yet again it was a wonderful session and the fishing was superb. We had sevearl fish in succession before Andy stuck into another bite. Typically, the fish fought like a demon and as it came to the surface it was apparent it was a female and a better fish. Happily, it went into the landing net and was dult weighed. Andy was delighted to register a new personal best Tench of 5lb. 11oz. It was a particularily nice fissh, fin perfect and wonderfully coloured. We slid her back after a few photos and fished on into the evening. Periodically, the floats would dither and bobble, before sliding away. We had some incredible tussles with these fish, which hooped our 1.25lb test curve float rods over to the water surface and below and they made run after run. After each fish, there was generally a period of calm before the fish inevatably returned to the groundbait.

 This one went over 5lb, a good fish in Sweden...


 Strong sunlight and hot conditions didn't put this fish off the feed...


 An old warrior here, a big old male...


 A stunning personal for Andy best weighed in at 5lb. 11oz., this was one of the few female fish caught. The fish were spawning in earnest, next year we plan to visit earlier in the year for that elusive 6lb. plus specimen....


 Another big male Tench on a wonderful evening session...


A typical Tench from this venue, another male fish...


The final morning we were up at dawn, a little tired, but still keen to try our luck We decided we would fish until 9am and then have a rest and some food before driving back to Stockholm. The sun rose and the fish were feeding and we threw out the last of our groundbait and began to fish. Again, we had fish before long and the morning slipped past quickly. We enjoyed the few fish we had on tis final morning before rowing back and getting a little sleep. We woke, cooked homemade beefburgers and ate heartily before breaking camp and packing the car.  On last look at the lake and we were off, though we will be back....


A full video here, edited from the footage taken with the GoPro camera's over the two days....



Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Summer Pike; A Short evening session!





Another evening session with the light set up for prelaters. On this occasion I hiked to a remote location to fish a trult beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere, a stunning place...

Early Summer Rudd; June 2017





 Another short movie of a day out legering for Rudd at a typical archipelago spot for the species. Andy Shaw and I had a good afternoon and evening in the end, though a massive Rudd was lost early on, a fish well over the magical 2lb. mark. There's alway next time, though we still managed some very nice fish on the day...

Ultralight fishing at Lake Malaren





An evening outing here to a place on Lake Malaren in searce of predators with ultra light tackel. Have a watch and see what happened...

Pike Fishing in Dalarna; May 2017






This years annual trip to our usual location in Dalarna in May resulted in some great fishing, as well as a good laugh. The location was stunning as always and the fishing was good this year. We all had plenty of small Pike and a few bigger fish as well. The GoPro cameras were employed this year and the result is some decent video footage...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pre Spawn Pike; 29th April 2017



 A very welcome first fish in the boat..

After a long, late and very cold spring, I finally met up with Eddie Bowler and got afloat after talking to him late the previous evening. It had been desperately slow fishing before today, but we were hopeful of a few fish nonetheless. We got afloat at around 08.15am and began to work the shallow near areas we knew fish were almost certainly lying in wait for spawning. I started with Headbanger lutes, whilst Ed prefered Jerkbait. The water was rather murky however and this prompted me to put on a large Wingman Curlytail, which was creamy yellow and a lot more visible. We had been fishing for around 45minutes over several spots when finally we saw a sign of fish, a boil being Ed's jerk bait as a fish almost took it near the surface. A couple of casts late and I had a wrenching take and the first Pike of the day was in the boat, there was relief all round....


 Second fish of the day....

The first fish was around the 4-5lb mark, we didn't bother to weigh it, deciding on a quick release. I got my lure back out and two casts later it was my rod slammed around to another agreesive take, this time the fish felt better and I could feel head shakes and more strength. It wasn't a monster, but it was very welcome indeed. A really manic period of bites, so typical of Pike. The fish was duly unhooked , photographed and slid back safely. A short while later I had a third, smaller Pike to complete a hat trick, before things went quiet.
 We tried a wide are, searching the water methodically and moving frequently. A favourite area of ours was to prove exciting as the water was very clear. Ed was retrieving his jerkbait along the bank next to deeper water when a good pike ghosted out of the depths and struck his lure. Somehow, it escaped being hooked and proceeded to shadow the jerkbait as we watched on. It then had a second half hearted lunge at the lure, but didn't take before disappearing. A great experience...
 Having had no joy further afield we returned to the area we had success at and began thrashing the water with our lures. After an hour we were talking of calling it a day when I had a take and a small fish which completely engulfed my large Wingman! Proof, if ever we needed it, that large lures are the way to go. It was a lillte tricky to unhook and I had just removed the hooks when Ed's jerkbait was attacked beside the boat on the surface. We were both gobsmacked to realize it was a nice Zander, a huge bonus fish! We duly netted it and took some photos. It was around 5lb. or so and was in amazing shape, a very deep bodied fish. This was a nice reward for Ed, who had a tough morning until that point. The Zander went back as well and we were well happy with ourselves. A further strike came to Ed on the jerkbait, but the fish got off. After that it was time to leave, we got the boat tied up and departed at 14,30. A super morning on the water...


 Above and below; A cracking Zander which snatched Ed's jerkbait off the surface in spectacular fashion. Not often caught on large jerkbaits, so this was unexpected. A wonderful fish in great condition...



Below; In addition, I had brought out a new toy today, a GoPro Hero 5 camera, which we used to film the mornings events. I took a liitle time to edit the footage and have started a channel on youtube for any future filming.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Perch!


A superb Perch of 1.30kilo that took a Jerkbait whilst Ed was Perch fishing...

A species which will be receiving a lot more attention from now on is Perch. Ed and I have acquired some specialist rods and reels for Perch, designed for fishing small plastic jigs and dropshot lures. Lidingo and the surrounding area has huge potential for Perch, with Ed already having taken some huge fish whilst lure fishing for Pike. 
 Perch are a real challenge in themselves and we have decided to spend more time in the future on the species, in order to try and catch some really big specimens...watch this space...

A fish of just over 2lbs on a small wobbler from a few weeks ago...

Pike at Lidingo; 2016

A reasonably tough fishing year to date, through Ed had a few cracking fish nonetheless. The year started well with Ed hitting some big post spawn fish, which resulted in a new PB for him when a 10.12kilo beauty hit his lures close to his boat berth. It was the first fish of the day as well!
 A decent spring followed, though it soon gave way to summer and high water temperatures. This season the summer was poor for Pike and we soon realized that conditions were simply to warm. Nevertheless we had a few great days out on the water, where, even if the fishing wasn't great, we had a great laugh. The season isn't over of course, and as we move towards October the water temperatures are falling and the big Pike are starting to feed in preparation for the winter. Let's hope some big girls will soon grace the boat...


Ed with a new PB from the spring, a cracking fish of 10.12kg, or just over 22lb.


A belter for Ed, a high double figure fish...


More recent fare for Ed, this one just last week...

Ed with another fish, one of many on a headbanger lure this season...

Rob with his best fish of the year, a beautifully marked fish too...

A long lean summer Pike...

A late evening fish for myself...

Rob with a small Pike....

Yours truly with a reasonable fish that was just into double figures...

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Malmasjön; 31st July 2016


Malmasjön is an epic Tench venue, a bit of a trek, though worth the effort. Andy Shaw and his father spent the day here float fishing with prawn, hoping for some action. They had five fish in total to around 5lb on a very enjoyable trip. The lake is choked with weed in late summer, so we will have to try and get there earlier in the season next year. The lake record is over 9lb, which is huge by Swedish standards, so this lake certainly deserves more attention...





Muskan; 30th July 2016



Andy Shaw made the most of a weekend visit by his father and got some coarse fishing in, with Muskan the first stop. The lake fished well and Andy had two Tench on ledgered worm, whilst his father had two cracking Rudd over 1lb. 8oz. Nice to know this venue holds big Rudd, just how big do they get in here? 


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Muskan; 10th April 2016; First Esox of the year for Andy Shaw

Andy popped out to Muskan for his first session of the year after a mild winter here. He legered a bunch of worms and had the usual Silver Bream here and there before a wrenching bite saw him into a powerful fish on a light feeder rod. Landing a 12lb Pike some time later, he was naturally delighted. There is some strange goings on at this venue, as Andy regularly lands Pike on worm here, this not even being his best weight on worm here. Still, all said and done, a nice way to start the spring...