Decided to have a glass of white wine and a sandwich. Tasted good, and when landing to sunny Oslo, felt really relaxed and optimistic.
My boss picked me up from the airport, and after a short visit on his nice house, we headed to city of Mellerud in Sweden. Son of Mr. OSS ( read B oss) who is an eager fisherman and pike fan, joined us.
Ride went nicely and after 3 hrs we did reach the hotel.
|Easter lamb tasted heavenly after massage chair, jacuzzi, sauna, and two beers! Starter was quail egs boiled, gravad salmon, caviar. Dessert creme brulee, coffee and calvados. Few glasses of good red wine completed the meal. Normal preparation for a trolling day...:)|
With this equipment a fisherman can adjust his body to right setups for trolling...
Swedes are very hygienic people, they do not use shoes in jacuzzi. Good idea?
After losing the world championship bitterly to Finns -95, Swedish national icehockey- team
created a devilish plan how to get back on top:
Each and every hotel has now this type of game simulator,
which can be used by swedish players on their holidays.
Wet beaver was seen near the hotel.
I just wonder if a wet beaver is common thing in Sweden?
Do they have warning signs for that??
Mr. Mathias Ström, www.sportfiske.org was already waiting us at the harbour. Mathias is a professional fishing guide, doing trips on lakes Vänern and Vättern and also on the sea. First impression was that Mathias knows what he is doing - and that was also the last imperssion when the day was done!
the trolling boat was really suitable for this type of fishing, and well equipped with all the nav systems, plotter, autopilot etc. The top speed of 70 km/h is rather impressive (we did test the max of course!) and very hard for any salmon to swim faster...
approximately 08:26:34 a.m. we started to move towards the planned area. It took about 20 min to reach the destination. ((Secret area is marked on the map below. (please do not look, or You have to eat Your laptop!))
the lake was dead calm whole day. Slight fog in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon. Water temp between +2 to +6 degrees. Ice had been leaving the lake approx 2 weeks ago. Air temp was +5 to +18C ! Really lucky with the weather!!! ( or not really lucky: I did promise the weather, OSS promised the fish, and guide Mathias promised the coffee!)
Baits were replaced rather often, and the first set of "löja" was bit soft so the frequency to change was about an hour. Later baits were holding ok. During the day some wobblers and lures we tested, also some changes for made to the release distances. Mr. S had the first go when fish strikes.
The day went on in peaceful manner, whole FINOSWE -Team was enjoying the weather and few cups of coffee and sandwiches. Suddenly around 15 p.m. there was a strike! 5 kg salmon jumped up in the air, and Mathias hooked it, and gave the rod to Mr. S, who started the fight the fish with big grin in his face! After few seconds the line was loose...shit!!!! The salmon was not properly in hook, and the feeling in the boat was gloomy. Very unlucky and disappointing.
Many hours of trying and 1 hour to go to the deadline, it is not a nice feeling to loose a fish, especially seeing the size of the fish airborne :(
After a silent moment, Mathias proposed that we could continue trolling on overtime until 18:00 p.m. Nobody was against that idea! Just new baits in, 1 new lure in the downrigger and bite the lip.
17:30 p.m. the faith started to faint by the sun slowly going down.
That moment we said almost from one mouth, that 10 minutes is plenty of time, lots of things can happen!
17:50 p.m. I started mentally to prepare to lift off the baits... fuuuuuuuuck!
Ok, really nice day in a great group of fisherman, sun was shining...main thing is not the fish...fresh air...the experience...
Suddenly the beautiful sound of running reel made me almost shit my pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IS IT TRUE??? 10 min left to go, and a nice hit to the downrigger!!!???!!!
Grabbed the rod on my turn, and felt the first trolling catch of the season kicking in the end of the line. GREAT!!! First impression was that its around 2 kg, but when I got it closer, salmon dived deeper and then pulled nicely some line out. OK, this fish has some gravity, and may well be that +4 kg is possible.
Slowly reeled the salmon near the boat, line tight, rod up, head cool... and.... YES!!!!
It is in the net beautifully, and YES it is definitely +4 kg!!!! and YES, feels GOOD. (3 yes rule)
The salmon was 5,6 kg and 76 cm in length.
this was left for the next time...
in the evening we had sauna and few beers at OSS-hachienda. Some whiskytasting was included and Busmills 10 -years old does never fail! Pleasant discussions, and debriefing the events of the day cannot be any nicer. Great trip, all the targets met, promises kept, and hopefully new tradition started?
Tasty English breakfast in the morning of 22nd and a pleasant flight + train to Jyväskylä completed the set. Everything worked like a swiss clock, and remember :10 minutes is plenty of time!!! (the train was 15 min late on the schedule, and that felt like really plenty of time...)
Hope is not a strategy, says salestrainer and author Rick Page. Absolutely correct!
But I say, that without hope, there is no point to plan any strategies. Evenly correct?
Tight lines to all friends!
Jari, the fisherman from lake Keitele, Finland
PS. beacause this is a fashion blog for fisherman, the tip for the colour of the season: glimmering silver in all variations