Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vänern fishing part 1 over, ready for Simrishamn

We pulled the boat out of the water yesterday as the fishing on Tuesday was with any result, for the other boats as well. So we decided to stop any efforts as long as the water is that cold.
We are ready to go to Simrishamn on the weekend and hope for some better fishing in the Baltic Sea.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Back to normal

After Saturdays horror with the "Spöknät"and a Sunday without any fish contact, today was back to normal with 1 salmon of 6 kg and 1 undersized. The water is still much to cold and the fish are scattered a lot.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Salmon fishing the "traditional" way!

Today's story starts with some fiction and ends with stinking reality.
Imagine you are a guy living on Kallandsö near Vänern. The summer is over, fall is coming and you have nothing to do, but in your deepest memory you know that with fall and sinking water temperature the Salmon are coming close to your shore. You have a small boat and a net and some jerrycans and as it is Tradition in your area, you put this stuff in the water of Vänern some where not so far from your home, to get your share of the Salmon.
You do not have a license to do this, but as you do not prepare moonshine whiskey, drive to quickly or pay a women for sex, nobody cares.
As your net is in the water it starts fishing, while you sit at home. Than all over sudden and completely unexpected something happens, Winter is coming! Your small boats gets frozen in, in your shallow bay and you can not go anymore to check the hard work and devastation your net is doing.
And while your are sitting at home, the jerrycans which kept your net marked and floating are sucked with water, as they were not made for the purpose you use them. After a short while they are submerged and your net is now what the tradition calls a Spoeknaet.
This is something like a ghost net as it can not be seen anymore but it is still fishing for you although as you can not go and find it, the hard job is done for nothing. The fish start rotting and this goes on as your net is not rotting and moreover it becomes a hazard for the nautical safety.

With the spring coming the ice is melting and the salmon are coming back to your shore and your net is still fishing for you, but you can not find it anymore or you forgot it completely.

On a Saturday in April a Trolling boat comes to your area, because the Trollers come from all over Europe to spend their money in your country to catch some Salmon as well, this Trolling boat gets tangled in your hard working net, as the captain could not see it!
The captain is now in deep shit as he is alone, his 2 downrigger wires and 4 rod are hanging in your net and the motor is caught as well, it takes him 2 hours hard work to clean up the mess. He has to get your rotten fish out of the water and and the remains left from your net, which is still working as it has again caught a fish for you, which is still alive.

This is what happened to me today, the picture shows the stinking result of traditional fishing!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1 salmon again

Today's fishing brought the same result as yesterdays, 1 salmon 5 kg and 1 undersized.

Monday, April 19, 2010

First Salmon caught

I started early today in the search for the Salmon and found them around noon time in an area with warmer water and caught one from 5 kg and one undersized. Tomorrow I'll change from Wobbler to Löja and hope so to catch a few more.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

First day of fishing

The boat is in the water. We launched it in Sikhall this morning and I fished 4 hours in a cold and gusting wind without any result. The water is between 1.4 and 2.3 deg Celcius and the Sonar screen was most of the time empty. I have never seen so little fish in our area, but with the ice being gone only for 2 days nothing better was expected. Tomorrow I will check out some deeper water and see whats over there.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The fishing season is starting soon

After a too long and too harsh winter, the fishing season is finally starting. Although there is still ice floating around in Vänern the first fish have been caught , "Trolling on the rocks". The boat is ready for launching by tomorrow provided the strong western wind eases down tonight, at least it pushes the remaining ice out of our sight.