We had planned a fishingtrip to Hästholmen, lake Vättern over the weekend so i dug out the boat friday afternoon. Took an hour. Lots of snow! Went back home to try to start up the engine, that didn't work. Had to take it in over the night and we had everything working except the GPS antenna. It kept eating fuses when we were fishing yesterday. Considering all the problems that appear wintertime with electronics and engines, we had really good fishing. We fished down south from Hästholmen. The weather was ok, except for forecast for the wind that was completely wrong. We had winds far over 10m/sek where we fished. One wave even came over the boat from the front and we had everything wet and after a while none reel worked at all. Ice all over! Little bit further out we found out we got less char that was coloured from spawning, so we stayed most of the time there. In the the wind, waves and snow we got our baites fishing well. Atleast Bert who had found an prehistoric Grizzly Stive and an Abe & Al flasher that worked really well. He also had some Bassminnows that he use for seabass fishing and they worked! A third little Apex 1,5" took some nice char.
I had a VK-flasher, with Salsa UV with baitfish doing a good job. And an customized Anchocyspecial on a baitfish rigged with an actiondisc had some bites and also some fish. Also a little fly, with actiondisc in surface was fine. That little fly took the one and only salmon we had during this trip. It was returned since it was a to short. We fished between 15-30 feet.
We had 11 fish caught. We kept two Char and relesed the rest nicely without lifting them in the boat. There is plenty of Char in the lake now. These cold winters are really good for them, so what is really the point hooking and messing around with fish that has spawned and not in full condition? There is no good reason to do that, so atleast i leave till it's more human to go out fishing on open water.
Today, sunday, we didn't bother fishing. Lot of snow coming and wind was north something. We thought we had enough from yesterday. With no good reason to go out fishing again, we stayed on land and went home instead, wich was an adventure itself. It took some hours to get back home! Plenty of snow coming in the beginning but later it cleared up. My warrior will not be fishing again before the snow is gone so it's going to spend rest of the winter in good company with Berts two boats, Salmo 542 and the Quintrex 390.