char fishing - Vättern

Vertical fishing for char does really work!
Below you can see a fish that followed the jig from 25 to 20 meters and turned away.

summer`s end

The summer is coming to its end pretty soon and first plans for the autumn season are made. Besides a few trips to a nearby stream and a couple of zander fishing tours I did not fish that much. The water is still quite warm and within the next days we are expecting very warm weather.
Below some pictures from the local stream that holds both trout and pike.

competition result

Time for the result from our recent competition: I lost 3:1 ! On the first day I took the number point with a pike of 109 cm which also was the biggest of the whole competition. The fishing was very slow throughout the whole weekend which probably was the result of the very warm weather. And honestly my opponents did very well with lots of fish over 90cm and a top of 106cm.

warm-up result

Time to present the warm-up result for next weekend´s fishing competition. 3 days of fishing resulted in 25 pike on spin while the longest fish measured 99cm. So there is still potential regarding both numbers an length. I am going to compete against a team of 4 anglers in Germany. They will fish a water where only rowing boats are allowed. Every pike from 60 cm upwards counts and there will be a number point and a big fish point. In a draw situation the longest fish will decide about victory. As we won´t be able to fish the same days each team may choose it´s top 2 fishing days from the coming bank holiday weekend. Tight lines guys!


    a hard fighting 90+ fish from the warm-up

Värmland crocodile

With only one hour of fishing left it looked like a normal fishing day on this huge lake. A day without the slightest sign of fish activity. At 9 pm then a pike grabbed my swimbait. The lure, a 25 cm long SG roach, was fished 2 meters under the surface over deep water. A strike like any other. It was also no problem to navigate the fish to the boat but the netting was tricky and took three attempts. After a few less successful fishing days in a row a solid esox at last. The fish had of course spawned but it had not started feeding yet as the scales should reveal later.



cold again

During the last days night temperatures dropped to subzero again and this morning the landscape was covered with snow. Due to the very high temperatures in late April the water temperature is rather stable, between 8 to 11 degrees. Small and shallow lakes in northern Värmland were even up to 14 degrees near the surface last week. The spawning is over now but in some shallow areas pike are still present. Seems like they are waiting for roach, bream and other species.
The weekend had been ok with the majority of pike caught on jig close to the bottom at 10 meters of depth. Strangely shallow trolling over deeper water did not result in a single fish. On Sunday I went for size instead of numbers and ended the day with a 90+ and yet another 100+. A really big one is still missing. But I´ll give it another 4 weeks!


Together with Nisse I enjoyed a very sunny but also cold fishing week. On Sunday we spottet a few local anglers but no fishing tourists so far. Except a very few fish the majority of pike had not spawned yet. Float trolling with herring worked pretty well as the water was still cold. The first day we ended with 17 fish in the net. The following days we also tried jerkbait in big shallow bays. And there was one bay that fished a bit better than the rest. 4 out of 14 fish were 100+!
On Friday we decided to go all in. Size instead of numbers at one of Sweden´s deepest lakes. The problem was that we totally ignored the very low overnight temperatures (-8). The surface water was just too cold and no fish wanted to come up. On our last day we drove home with empty hands.

winter´s end

The explanantion for the lack of reports throughout the last couple of month is simple: This winter I skipped the ice fishing and went skiing instead!
Four and a half month have gone since the last fishing trip on open water. On Tuesday I went float trolling and spin fishing. The afternoon session ended with 7 fish and a top of 102cm. Yesterday morning I drove to a water I was so excited to fish but found it still frozen. No matter, as the alternative I chose delivered quite well. The second meter fish for this year and a 90+ in addition.
The water is still cold (4 degrees). In the early hours of the morning you might find even bigger waters covered with a thin layer of ice. In a big spawning bay I had one follower on a tailbait. Otherwise no signs of pike in the shallows so far. But the most annoying thing we are struggling with at the moment are very strong winds. 



Wow! November 13th was THE day!
I visited a big fish water for float-trolling that day. The first four hours passed without the slightest sign of a fish. At quarter past one a screaming break indicated fish action. It did not take long to realize that this was the fish I was waiting for. The pike measured 117 cm and the scales showed 12.3 kilos – mission accomplished!


Two hours later I saw my left paravan moving and the rod tip indicated another take. I striked instantly, followed by an unpleasant cracking sound. First time ever breaking a rod and I was into a good fish again. Pike no. 2 was smaller and netted after a quick fight. Admittedly 107 cm and 8.1 kilos were not bad either.

October full moon

No big autumn session this year but I managed to fish around the october full moon. The past two years the fishing around full moon i late autumn had been of great success. This year I caugt quite many fish but the biggest measured just 99cm. Wind from the north and sunshine slowed fishing down and destroyed my plans.
The last ten days were warm with plus temperatures even at night. Water temperature in the small lakes is currently at around 6 degrees and the big lakes still have 8-9 degrees.
Float trolling has so far delivered a few fish but the big one for this autumn is still missing.

river fishing for zander

Two weeks ago we went on a day trip to the Netherlands to fish for zander in a big river. We did not catch any giants but the numbers were pretty ok. Very strong winds around lunchtime made fishing almost impossible. While three of us caught around 35 fish together, there was one more guy catching around 35 himself!

Dingle Peninsula

Some of Europe´s most scenic places are found along the `Wild Atlantic Way´ in Ireland and the Dingle Peninsula is just one of them. This time I only took light spin fishing gear and waders with me as it was not an exclusive fishing holiday. The two books about fishing on the Dingle Peninsula, which I bought personally from Bob Moss a few years ago, were of big help. The Doonshean estuary and the small beach at Trabeg were luckily in short driving distance from our cottage. One of the most important things when it comes to sea fishing is a tidechart. Many spots do only deliver during certain times of the tide and if you´re not careful you might get trapped in small bays on a spring tide. A tidal range of around 4.5m around full moon is quite impressive and especially if all water goes through a narrow bottleneck like the channel at Doonshean. I did at least a few things right and ended up with almost a dozen sea bass, mullet and a couple of seatrout. Besides this I hooked up with coalfish, mackerel and whiting. A few fish were taken to the dinner table.

I meanwhile regret that I did not take my fly rod with me. The Anascaul river had plenty of water and both seatrout and salmon had probably climbed up to lough Anascaul.


  sea bass



   our local beach at sunset
  Dingle - even in late September a busy place
  a bar of silver
 sandeel - the bass like them
 Leo - a regular visitor to our cottage
 a must in Anascaul - the pub of the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean



Big success for our summer fishing-school! Even the youngest kids with zero fishing experience managed to catch perch and pike on spinning rod. During July perchfishing was on its top and has now signifcantly slowed down.  Today it´s raining, finally...



fly fishing in late June

Here a few pictures from a short trip to the Idre area at the end of June. 4 weeks ago there was still some snow left on the eastern flanks of Fulufjället. Meanwhile, after two months without significant rain, water levels in rivers and lakes are shocking low. The fishing was slow but still better than what it is now. Black streamers worked for perch while trout and grayling preferred nymphs, fished close to the bottom, on fast sinking leaders.
       Highlight of the day in central Malung! A 2-year old boy parked his BMW X6 in front of
       a supermarket...


Klarälven & the White Moose

What a trip to Klarälven! I finished the day with 3 brown trout and a couple of fairly decent sized grayling, i.e 30+. I had best fishing throughout the day with heavy weighted nymphs in deep fast flowing water. Around sunset big hatches of sedges could be observed and not to forget the pretty annoying biting midges and moskitoes. To my surprise there were hardly any surface-feeding fish.
And after sunset it got quite cold, compared to the weeks before. Maybe this slowed the hatching and feeding down? Another visiting angler to the river expressed some concern that the main insect hatches might  be over pretty soon. The last weeks were far too warm.
The highligt of the day was definitely not the fish I caught but a white moose that crossed the river just 25 m upstream from my position. There is also a video available.

hottest May ever

Pike fishing came to an abrupt end in May. Just 4 weeks after the ice had gone water temperature was up to 20 degrees. On top of this a blue sky and sunshine from 4 in the morning untill 10 in the evening. According to weather statistics the hottest and driest May month in the history.
I skipped the pike and fished for perch instead, with some occasional catches of pike and zander. Some spots held good numbers of fish and the keeping net could be filled within short time.
       kräftabborre - crustacean feeding perch
In the meantime the weather has changed to what is called `Swedish summer´. In three days it will also be possible to fully target on zander as the closed season will be over.

pike season kick-off

A small selection of meter pike from this week and the week before. This year I was too late and the main spawning season was already over. When I drove down to Karlstad on the 29th of April some of the waters in northern Värmland where still covered with ice. Only 10 days later the ice hade gone and the water temperature was between 8C in the main lake around 10C is shallow bays. During the first week water temperature varied around 4-6C but occasionally up to 8C. Yesterday´s pike from a local water was post spawned as well. The overall catch with 28 pike was a bit lower than expected but the 100+ fish did compensate.

springtime is carptime

Last weekend I visited Robban in Skåne for two days of carp fishing. The ice had just recently disappeared and it was still very early season. The chosen spot could not have been better for the time of the year. Strong winds were pushing warm surface water into a big bay. And it did not take long until my guide caught his first bream. So we knew that at least some fish were feeding. Besides two carp rods I opted for one pike rod with dead bait. In the end more than a 3 kilo pike did not show up. Carp wise the result can be summed up to: Germany 0 – Sweden 2 ! You might also call it modern age beats old school. Like the year before both fish were caught long after sunset. 

Thanks for a superb all-inclusive weekend! I´m afraid that next time it will be your turn again to take the pictures ;)



late March ice fishing

Thanks to local guide Marcel for choosing the right spot and not less to Fredrik for baitfish and a gorgeous lunch! Today I placed my rods totally wrong and did not get a single bite - damn! So I took the pictures instead. Two meter pike made their way through the ice this day. One of them liked the sunny weather so much that it striked again just an hour after its first release. Besides some smaller pike even a nice little zander was caught.

full moon

Out fishing last Saturday/Sunday and succesfully recovered from the recent defeat in Germany! Conditions were superb. A spell of warmer southwesterly winds of 8.5 degrees, water at 6.5 and on top of that a full moon! More and more I believe in the full moon theory. Not only that there is some scientific evidence. Last autumn I made similar experience, under similar conditions.
The total length of the top 5 was 478cm, so in average 95cm. The two top fish also exceeded the meter mark. In total 18 pike and one zander caught. All kinds of methods delivered: Float trolling with dead roach, Bull-Dawg trolling, and spin fishing.
        the two biggest of day 1 and 2

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