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...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mälmasjön; The search for Tench; 12th July 2015

A long awaited trip the this famous Tench lake here in Sweden. The lake has a long history amongst anglers here for big, specimen Tench and the lake record stands over 9lb. Here in Sweden, given the harsh winters and relatively short summers, the species does not grow as large as it does in countries further south and a 6lb fish can be considered a specimen.
 Having never fished the venue before we were not sure how to approach the fishing and brought a lot of gear and bait to cover all eventualities. Andy Shaw and I set off at midnight with a fully loaded car, in good spirits and looking forward to the fishing. After a difficult commute due to thick fog and deer on the roads we eventually arrived at 2am and had a look around in the darkness. The lake was a typical eurtrophic lake, with dense marginal vegetation and extensive lily pads. Fishing from the bank would be difficult and we only found one area suitable, though we were heartened by bubbling Tench in the swim and returned to the car and awaited a little more light. We were soon on the lakeside and opted for legering method feeder, a method we have had good success with in the past. This was a mistake as the lake proved to be thickly weeded under the surface and we decided we had to float fish. The next few hours proved frustrating as we struggled in which weed, whilst fish bubbled away in the swim. We were casting over backside vegetation and waterlilies and it took us a while to realise we had to think more carefully about our shot arrangement on the line. By 8am I had caught one decent Perch and loads of small nuisance fish, Rudd and Roach. We decided to head back and collect the keys for the boat we had hired and returned.
Once in the boat the whole lake was open to us, though with a few fish still bubbling in our swim we decided to row around and left the boat in the lilies the lake side of the swim. We needed no anchor, the boat was still and we could now fish under the rod tip if we wanted. I putt a single AA shot 6 inches from my hook, I now knew whether the bait was an the bottom and if the bait was taken and the shot moved, it was registered by the float. Bait was a large prawn to deter small fish. After a short time I struck into a sinking bite and felt solid resistance. The fish dived straight into weed and after a short and subdued fight Andy netted my first Tench from the lake, a superb, deep fish. It was fin perfect and pristine and I knew it would be a Swedish PB before I weighed it. When I did. the scales went around to 5lb. 6oz. I was well happy.


 A Swedish PB for me, a superbly conditioned 5lb. 6oz. fish.

After this things got easier and we gained confidence in out fishing. I quickly had three more Tench, around 4.5lb, 4lb and a 3lb Male. These all fought like stink. Andy missed a couple of bites as the sun rose, before the bubbling stopped and small fish began to destroy our baits, even a large prawn eventually succumbed. We decided the give the searing heat a miss around 11am and went to rest for a few hours.

 Andy with a nice Perch of around a pound and a half...

We returned around 4pm and had four hours left to fish, as Andy had to leave at 8pm. We were both exhausted, though some food and refreshments had perked us up. We fished as we had earlier and it wasn't long before Andy struck into a bite and after a spirited fight netted another good Perch. A bonus fish, though still no Tench for him. The heavens now opened up and we watched out floats from under a large Korum brolly and hopped it would stop. Andy had a number of small fish before striking into another, only to find his rod arch over as a Tench dived for cover. The fish was very strong and after a short and brutal fight it made cover among some pilings and was lost. We both felt it was a big fish and it was tough on Andy. An hour later it did and we got into the boat and began to fish. Some time passed before andy float went under again and the strike connected with what he thought was another perch, though as the fight went on and I became convinced it was a Tench. It bored heavily under the boat, though eventually I netted the fish and its size was noticed, another 5lb fish. It was relief for Andy and I duly took a few photos before were both tried a few other areas with no joy. Typically, as we were packing up the fish began to appear, bubbling everywhere, the evening was coming and the fish were feeding. It was hard to leave seeing this, though we had no choice and decided we would have to come back for a full evening session. The venue had left a serious impression on us, a stunning location to fish in. We will certainly be back...


 Andy's reward for persisting was a stunning Tench, another immaculate dark fish of 5lb.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lure fishing for Pike; Lidingö; 28th May 2015

A few spare hours in the evening saw Eddie Bowler and I afloat after our old friend Mr. Esox. It was a bright sunny evening, though we felt our chances were good nonetheless as the sun began to drop. The shallow spawning grounds proved uneventful and it was apparent the fish have moved away from these areas. With limited time we decided to try a few more areas with a couple of meters depth and right at the death I had a proper strike on a 22cm Westin Shad Teez, in the colour Official Roach. The fish fought well in water that was 15 degrees, and soon was safely unhooked, photographed and released unharmed, as all Pike should be. Time constraints had meant we struggled to find the fish, though in the end it was great to get one after a few half hearted hits from small fish. Didn't weigh this one, obviously a post spawn fish, though quite long...


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Muskan; 14th May 2015

Anothe session for Andy Shaw at Muskan, this time Jones by Emily Shaw, who quickly got going and had several nice Perch and yet another Pike on redworm! Daddy had to get his act together quick sharp, though eventually managed a second jack Pike, again on redworm, a 1lb Rudd on the method feeder, some Perch and last gasp, a very nice Tench weighing exactly 4lb. The venue continues to throw up fish, efforts here will continue. Early days as yet, though there is huge potential here, especially regarding Pike, Perch and Zander. Watch this space...




Pike; 13lb on Redworm; Muskan; 12th May 2015

Sometimes things happen when fishing that you just don't expect, that's what happened to Andy Shaw this Tuesday, whilst feeder fishing at Muskan. We are new to the venue, this being just the third visit, a short feeder session. We know Pike sometimes take worms, even maggots. When it happens to be a thirteen pounder though, on a light feeder Rod, things get confusing. Andy had been catching Silver Bream and lost a nice Tench before striking into another bite only to hook up on something, not the bottom as initially thought, as line started to tear off his reel at a rate of knots. Thoughts of a huge Tench, wondering if it could be a Carp, we're all going through his mind as he played this fish for twenty minutes, before he finally got a look at the beast and realized what he had hooked. The small hook was in the scissors of the Pike, luckily the fish didn't bite through the line and it was duly netted and weighed at 13lb. A new PB for Andy, he was delighted, shocked and confused. Andy is a specialist at taking shite photos and he duly obliged with this clanger of a selfie, on of his best efforts to date, at least he got most of the silhouette in the frame. All joking aside, a good effort by the lad...