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Sea trout fishing season is officially open. I managed to hook nice little over 40 cm sea trout. I also had one monster on for few minutes but unfortunately it released itself when the fish jumped in the air. I managed to measure and weigh it “really well” in the air so I would say it was 2.5-3 kg sea trout. The spot has been producing very well throughout the season. One of my friends landed nice 62 cm / ~3 kg fish from the same spot.

Sea trout

Sea trout

Finally I managed to launch my boat last weekend. It has been quite early spring this year which means early open water and no ice! This time of the year white fish fishing is very productive as white fish are coming close to shoreline to feed. White fish fishing is quite popular in southern Finland shoreline. White fish is very very good fish to eat. Me and my friend managed to land one good size white fish on our first trip of the season. Yesterday I was fishing again the same spot and I managed to land another good size fish.

Angling from a boat

Angling from a boat

Again we spent whole Saturday fishing some sea trouts. This time I managed to land my personal best. We were fishing the same spot as earlier and this time I landed one nice 49 cm trout and also 2.2 kg / 59 cm. Oh boy that fish was nice.  I hooked smaller 49 cm fish with red and black Forelli lure. Second one I hooked with a black leech casted with Bombette/Bombarda weight which is commonly used in Denmark when fishing some sea trouts. With bombette you can reel in the rig and fly more slower than with a lure.

My friend hooked total 6 fishes with a fly. Fly was more effective than lure which made me use bombette rig. All fish were C & R.

Bombette rig

 

2.2 kg

2.2 kg

 

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2.2 kg

 

2.2 kg

Close up

 

C & R

C & R

 

Catch & Release

Catch & Release

Sea trout fishing

We had some nice sea trout (sea run trout) fishing last saturday. Our plan was to fish white fish and perhaps do some sea trout fishing as well. We were fishing white fish from my boat when my friend spotted a feeding sea trout just close by. He landed a nice cast just near the sport and fish was on! After he landed a nice 45 cm sea trout we decided to concentrate on sea trout fishing. My friend managed to land six nice sea trouts and I managed to land only one which was nice 49 cm. All the fishes were C & R.

Nice fish

Nice fish

 

49 cm

49 cm

 

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Tale of a Lake

I found this nice teaser about an upcoming documentary. I hope they relase it soon as it looks awesome!

Lures for summer

I have started to buy few of these “jigs” for summer fishing. I will call them jigs as in english language there is no word for these. These lures are generally used when ice fishing and they are loosely translated “level pilk’s”

Here is a video demonstrating the lure, sorry for the annoying music and all. Please note video is NOT made by me 🙂

These jigs or lures are very good when fishing from a boat between bottom and surface. Almost like vertical jigging but without soft baits. The method is effective when fish are not in the bottom.

Lures

Lures

Second and third from the top are made by local commercial lure makers. Other three are made by “Hämy Lures” and they are made by hobbyist who makes lures as a hobby. Quality is very good.

We will see how these work during summer 2014.

 

Changes

First big apologies for not updating the blog earlier. I have been quite busy since summer due to new family member 🙂

Since last post I have bought a new boat. Previous bout was OK but not good enough for rough seas. Also this new boat has more space and it has bigger engine.

Silver Hawk 540 CC

Silver Hawk 540 CC

Boat has 115 HP Mercury 4-stroke engine and I have also installed Minn Kota Riptide 55 lbs bow mounted electric motor on it. Minn Kota has iPilot functionality which is awesome.

Foggy

Foggy

 

During the first trips we had a chance to try catching some sea trouts. I haven’t been chasing sea trouts very much earlier but now I will spend some time catching them in the future. My friend managed to catch one nice trout.

Sea trout

Sea trout

As soon weather warms up and the ice is gone new season is open. Hopefully this will happen in April.

It has been at least five years since last time I was fishing at Huopanankoski. This time fishing were a bit challenging as water temperature was close to 24 celcius which is too high for trouts. Water level was relatively OK, maybe too low for successful fishing. Maximum capacity for the whole area is 12 fishermen and the rapids were at full capacity on both days we fished there. In my opinion 12 fishermen licence quota is too high for that place.

Althoug against all odds I managed to land two 40 cm trouts. One of them was in a very bad shape due to the heavy fishing pressure on the area as he was hooked many times. Other one was in very good shape and he fought fiercely. I managed to hook four more but they were released prematurely. One of them was a big one, of course.

Few pics….

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This fellow was a nice suprise. Usually there are lots of smaller pikes biting the fly when fishing pike on mid-summer here in Finland. Sometimes you get lucky. This was nice approx. 5 kg pike with lots of energy due to warm water (+22 c).

 

Pikey

Pikey

 

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Pictures by Pasi Pekonen

Me and my friend decided to try a bit traditional fishing since it has been a while after the last time we were fishing with long line. Not so many fishermen are using long line nowadays. Most of the fishing is done by sport fishing gear or with nets.

Idea is to use a long line and attach a leader with a hook to it. We are using approx 300 meter long line and 100 hooks/leaders with 3 meter gaps. Long line is stored on a box which as slots for the hooks and leaders.

Naturally the line will be baited. Bait can be a baitfish or a worm if you like. We like to use Alburnus alburnus which is a small Cyprinidae species fish.

Baitfish

Usually we put out the line at the evening and haul it on early morning. Minn Kota Riptide bow mount remote controlled motor is very handy when you are baiting the line and letting it go.

Baiting the line

Baiting the line

 

Weather was very nice and there was no wind at all.

Evening weather

 

Next morning we woke up early and went out to the bay to haul the line.

 

Line is hauled slowly setting it into the line box at the same time.

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Some times there is some catch too if you have set your line to a good place! This one was just over the allowed minimum lenght. Few zanders were discarded (let go) as they were too small.

 

Zander

Zander

 

After hauling the line it is essential to pack it properly so it won’t get tangled next time you want to set it.

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As a summary it was very nice evening and early morning out on the sea and we managed to get total of 6 fish, five of them zander and one perch. Today’s dinner menu is set!