Swagtrout

Seatrout, cod and pike fishing in Denmark

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7 km walked, 3 fishing spots visited, 2 seatrouts caught, 1 sock drowned. Yesterday had it all.

I drove to Møn early in the morning when the city was still sleeping. My plan was to fish my way through two or three spots until I found fish. I started of at a spot on the southern coast that I discovered last year. Conditions looked great with 30 cm waves and somewhat cloudy water and I systematic made my way down the coast with one throw for every 5-7 meters with my 28 gram lure. 

After 150 meters I arrived on a big stone reef with low water level and some big plantations of eelgrass that I´ve seen packs of smaller and medium sized trouts visit before. The first cast was only 15 meter and wheeled in through 30 cm of gin clear water. A 45 cm trout followed the lure all the way to the rod, and my heart started hammering. I instantly made another cast. This time the trout followed again and it even nipped the lure a bit without grabbing it wholeheartedly. I hurried onto land to make a quick switch to a smaller Boss lure but when I came back to the reef the fish was gone or had lost interest.

Surely a flyfisher would have done better here. One of the advantages for flyfishers is the possibility to fish shallow waters more effectively. A 28 gram bornholmerpil just draws too much attention when fished in clear, shallow waters. There can be exceptions but in 9 out of 10 cases flyfishers will do better when the trouts hunt so close to shore in clear water.

Bad selection

Shortly hereafter the spot was invaded by 4 other anglers so I decided to make a move to a new spot. I drove to the east coast and walked 1.5 km from the parking place and down to the selected spot. What a terrible decision that was. The water had been completely colored by the Southern wind so I couldn´t even see the boots of my waders on 40 cm water. I cursed myself as I walked up through the many stairs at the spot and back to the car. 1.5 hours of fishing time lost…

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On my way to the spot I wrongly chose.

Seatrout redemption

At the third spot the conditions looked perfect with lots of movement in the water and decent water visibility. I hurried down, put on a heavy Bornholmerpil, and started fishing from a collection of stones that was breaking the surface. As this spot is far from optimal for wade fishing I decided to make five casts per stop before walking to shore and on to a new stop 30-40 meters down the coast. At the fifth stop I threw the lure 60 meters diagonally to the left. After only 10 meters the lure was stopped and then… BOOM! I felt some hard hits and a fish taking line. Usually when a fish drags of 2-3 meters of line from my Shimano in one run, it indicates that it has some size to it. But now the fish relaxed and I could slowly reel it in. It wasn´t as big as first hoped but a fat 49 cm silver torpedo that had completely inhaled the hook which was 7 cm inside the mouth.

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A short break later I continued fishing and got some bad news. My left boot had started leaking and slowly it was filled with +2 degrees cold water. Soon this was forgotten though when a new fish took the lure 40 meters out. This time an outspawned 50 cm trout that was released with a kiss.

After this the fishing cooled down and so did my foot. Time to head home after another day full of surprises on the Danish coast.

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Coastline on Southern Møn

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