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Rowboat in the wind

The late summer was warm and only high winds were an obstacle to going out on the water. Towards the evening, however, the wind calmed down a bit, so it was time to go fishing.

I was going alone on a rowboat, so I thought I would only take two rods with me. To one rod I connected with a brighter colored small lure and for the other I chose a smoked-colored, slightly larger lure.

The air was clear and warm, so the tactic was to fish from the deeps and shorelines. The first deep was not reached by rowing boat due to the big waves. So, I went straight to the other deep, where the wind couldn’t pick up such big waves. The idea was to try to catch the king trout.

I started trolling from the windier side because it would be easier to lower the lures into the water in a tailwind side. After a while, the first fish caught. It took on a smaller, brighter colored lure. The fish was a medium-sized perch that got itself free next to the boat.

At the same time, the second rod bent a little heavier. However, my boat slid in a tailwind at a good pace, and the other lure still swam well also. I took the rod in my hand and felt a rather heavy fish at the end of the line. After moment of fighting, the fish was in the wounds. It was a handsome pike less than a meter long. But not the king trout I was trying to get.

By this point, I had already gone over the deep, so I had to row back to head wind. Good workout if nothing else. A few dropes of sweat were already dripping down my back and I was a little jay, but I didn’t have time to loosen the oars. Very quickly, the boat would have been transversely heading back to the starting point.

I began to reach one end of the deep and just looked to the shore as the reel brake began to keep promising noise. I took a few harder strokes and reeled the other rod rabidly back in.

At this point, I no longer cared, or even did not even notice where the wind was carrying the boat. The fish took a dive and jumped into the air. It was really bright and big trout!

When I got the fish tired and closer to the boat, it dived under the boat several times. I tried to turn the boat with one oar, trying to reel the fish under the boat and behind the stern, so I could make direct contact with the fish again.

With slightly shaking hands I got fish reeled to hand net. It was in good condition and with “an eye weighed” at least 2.5 kilograms of trout. Smoked color worked again!

For a moment, I wonder if I am going to keep fishing. However, I thought this was enough for this time and left with a smile on my face towards home and the warm sauna waiting there.

Smoked color is a delicacy for trout, and other predatory fish. Copper, brown, orange with black dots. Yes, it does work well! Excellent color when fishing in slightly brighter waters, were are enough bait fish for predatory fish.

Heavy catches

It was Saturdayof the last weekend of Okaku. The air was foggy and humid. Many people think that the fishing air is bad, but I think weather was perfect.

Our boat could be lowered from the ramp without any problems. The plan of the day was mainly to do trolling and, if a suitable place could be found, you could also do some lure fishing. It often brings a nice variation to longer trolling days.

Our luck catching fishes was bad all morning and what we got was very small.

The day started to turn to the evening, and I was looking at my lure box. Then I remembered the time when I got nice catch with this one lure.

That color was Red Eye Perch.

I switched it to the end of the line. After a while, the first nipple, however, the fish did not stay on.
Soon the same rod bent a bit. It was a big pike. Pike was thin and tall. I let it loose to grow a bit more.

Soon the same rod went completely bent. I think the reel brake was a little too tight after the last fish. I took the rod in my hand and thought this is going to be a big one! However, doubting thoughts began to creep into my mind when did not feel any kick. However, it moved slightly towards the boat. Very soon I realized that this isn’t a fish. Well, it was an old fish trap.

After eating our snacks, the same rod bent again. This time the brake was adjusted correctly, so it creaked nicely. The fish was dabbling on surface of the water and I thought I was seeing a big head above the surface. I think it’s a pike. After a hard pumping and fighting, we got the fish into our boat. Pike was 112cm long. I let this one go back into nature as well.

After releasing the fish, my hands were already a little tired from the fatigue of fighting the fish and fighting with the old fish trap. I felt tired at this point and a little wet. So, this was to point where it was good to end this adventure.

I recommend using a trot if you are fishing in waters with pike or other fish with sharp teeth! This is a perfect color for all predatory fish.

Fishing at rapids

I was fishing on a river in early summer. The water was cold, and it flowed handsomely in turmoil.

I wonder, standing on the banks of the river, where could all the fishes be. I thought the fish were probably in a milder stream and might be right near the shore.

I had a fly-fishing gear, a spinning rod and a box of lures in a lunch backpack. I decided to start fishing with a fly, fishing near the shoreline.

First throw and European grayling was caught. This went well! I released this individual quickly,

I didn’t pull it out of the water so it wouldn’t get hurt.

I kept fishing down the river. I got fish every now and then, but they were very small. So, I started to think where the big ones could be?

I decided to put the fly-fishing gear aside and put a small but durable quick lock in place and Pink Panther-coloured lure on the end of the line.
I was looking at the river. There was a milder current between the two streams in the middle, there could be fish. The toss hit exactly where I was aiming.

A few hand spins and bam!

The fish crashed down in a strong current, I followed. Sometimes the fish dived deep and sometimes it was going to jump, but I got it to stay in the water by pressing it with my rod and it give up its jumping intentions.

After a hard fight, the fish began to tire up and I was able to catch it in the hand net. It was a about 2,5 kilo rainbow trout in good condition.

During the battle, the fish (and I too) caused so much noise that there would hardly be another fish to be catched in the same place. So, I decided to change places.

I walked to another feel-good place. First throw, no fish. Another throw and a furious quiver!

The fish felt really heavy. It dived deep in a strong current. I thought to my self , this is going to be a big trout! The fish circled behind a rock a few times. Fortunately, I was able to swim it away from behind the rocks without braking the line.
Moments later, the truth was revealed.… A large pike’s head surfaced, with the fish trying to shake itself off. I finally got the fish on the shore. The fish was fat, 90cm tall, with a chumpy pike.

On the next spot, there was a big rock pretty close to the beach. I threw a short throw from the rock a little further, to the middle of the river. I reeled in the lure in front of the stone, felt a little twitch and saw the vortexes of fish on the surface.
I tossed few minutes to other places and I reeled the lure again close in front of the rock. A sharp twitch and the fish was caught.

I thought now I would get it!

The fish soon came near me. I saw it was a long, but skinny rainbow trout. I was able to hook it into my little, rubber-sighted hand net.
At that point,I let go of the fish and by the same second it pushed itself away from the hand net with its tail…

For a moment, I wondered what was going on. My expression would probably have been worth seeing…

Well, this is part of the fishing. Maybe one day I will get it with my Pink Panther.

Pink-black coloring has good contrasts and irritates fish effectively. Whether you're fishing on a lake or a rapids, this color is good to have in backpack. If the other colors don't work, put pink panther on the end of the line and it'll start to happen!

Midsummer pike

All over Finland, Midsummer was celebrated at its best. The summer holiday had just started, the air was just right warm and sunny. Fortunately, the wind cooled down appropriately.

I thought I’d go rowing on the lake. I grabbed a few fishing rods and pushed the boat into the water.

On the shore, I dug my wooden a self-made lure , painted with Parrot coloring and I left rowing.
Perhaps ten minutes passed when the rod bent handsomely. At first, I thought I was stuck to the bottom or to log, because there was no movement at the other end of the line.

I was thinking to myself that it should not be shallow here, and there should not be really nothing else where it could have gotten caught up in.

After a few seconds, this “log” took off. The equipment was very light, so I was a little excited about how to get this beast up.
The fish did not appear on the surface at all but moved slowly and surely along the bottom. It was not until the fish spotted the boat that it took off in a good start.

The brake was buzzing, and I kept the fish under as much pressure as I dared. I was in danger of breaking the line.

At this point, I also realized that I don’t even have a hand net!
I rowed to a nearby beach. After a long battle, I was able to float the fish into the shore railing.

Pike was the biggest I’ve ever seen and it was really thick. A record-breaking pike!

Of course, I had not brought a scale with me. I estimate the weight of the fish at about 10kg.
Now, a little more experienced, I can say that it may not have been quite that heavy…

This coloring works not only for pike, but also for other fish, such as perches, bumps and trout. Parrot works best with sunshine and when the water is warm.