Grankullavik, Öland, Sweden
It was meant to be a family vacation, but that the first efforts at fishing in the large bay at the north tip of Oland would be so disappointing was worse than I had expected. We enjoyed the nice hut and the very nice landlady of the Grankullavik Fritidsby. The luck we had with the weather, the rich choice of recreational activities and the beautiful beaches let us enjoy our stay. Because of the warm weather I tried to fish the deepest parts of the large bay. In the shipping channel to the shut down ferry harbour there was about 6-9m of water, but probably no fish. It has to be assumed, that the fish where out of the bay on the outer coast of the island (as the landlord said) or even on riffs in the open Baltic sea ( what I think quite probable after throwing a glance at a sea map of the surrounding and thinking about what is heard about summerly pike catches before the German isle of Rügen). But I wasn't going to do any of that in the small dingy I rented. At least the children had a really good time on our trip to the Astrid Lindgren's World and we were quite impressed how friendly to children the whole country was here and elsewhere.
My Daughter Shows Me How To Do It
getting a few small pike followers on an evening I wanted to take my daughter
fishing. In the mean time about 2 weeks had gone by and the bathing weather had
changed to slightly more fishing friendly weather conditions. We tried the deep
parts again and again it was useless. After unsuccessfully trying to dodge a
rainstorm we went back towards the home harbour. Right in front of which there
where some very shallow riffs where I had seen some suspicious wakes behind my
lures. I tied on a very shallow diving Excalibur Swimming Image for my daughter
and a bit later she started to jump up and down very excited: "I got one!". I
had to help her reel it in an thought it was only weeds at first, because there
was no movement but it was really a pike! Of course we had to take it home and
she was the hero of the neighbourhood while could only catch a really tiny pike.
the ban seemed to be broken, on a tour to the old harbour I managed to catch 3
Pike and a decent perch on an X-Rap.
But it did look like there where only small pike in the bay and the big schools
of perch also seemed to be elsewhere with just a few loners left behind. On the
next morning I wanted to push it to the edge and started a nice drift along the
shore with the old harbour catching a pike now and then. After I had passed the
harbour, now with a 14cm Zalt tied on,
the action really took off: nearly every cast brought at least a bite or a
follower and every now and then I could land another smallish pike, none larger
than 60cm. As I neared the lighthouse the action slowed again but 13 pike on a
morning where a respectable result.