Nicolas and Jacob wanted to catch the first fish of their lives, and who better to help them do so than our pike guide Anders Bylov.
If there is one good thing to come from this terrible pandemic, it is that young Danish people have started fishing more than ever. In the Spring there was sold 15 % more fishing licenses in Denmark than the years before. People are looking for great experiences close to their homes and a fishing trip is the perfect way to get out.
On the outside we look tough and muscular. But deep down all the guides in Fishing Copenhagen are just sweet boys who wants to be loved. So naturally we got moved when Scott asked us to arrange a surprise fishing trip for him and his wife Megan on their anniversary.
We were looking forward to showing you smiling guests with beautiful fish on our website this spring.
But then the ridiculous virus came and all our trips were canceled.
Not that we’re complaining. Not at all. There are people all around who have sick family members and lose their jobs, so we´ll probably live with a missed trip or ten.
However, fish are caught in large numbers in Copenhagen anyway, and I have never seen as many fishermen on the pier as this spring.
It also makes good sense. Fresh air and great experiences close to home are needed right now, so if nothing else, I think this crisis means that more new anglers will be born in Denmark. Thats not so bad after all.
On the picture it is Dante with a beautiful golden harbor cod.
I arrived at the reef Yesterday after a long walk. Powerful winds had stirred the sea to a dark brownish color. Usually not the best of conditions. But big seatrouts occasionally hunt close to shore here and 50 meters out more visible shades were visible through the surface.
The day before I had noticed a shoal of sandeels on another spot close by, so I chose a 19g dark red sandeel imitation and rigged it with a release connector and a small treble hook.
This Winter I have visited this spot six times catching only one small seatrout, so my reactions might have been a bit slow. But I woke up as the sandeel broke the waves 70 meters out and a seatrout brutally inhaled it. The rod bended, the brake started running and a massive silver side went out of its natural element.
Two times more the aggressive fish catapulted out of the water and put my gear to the test. Anxiety increased when it came near a giant stone formation, but I steered it away and a few waves later it was in the net.
Legs were shaking as I walked on land and it lasted some time before my heart rate was down to normal. Still high today.
Spring is arriving soon, and in the middle of March we once again start doing a bunch of guided streetfishing trips in the harbour. But we already had a couple of cool guests that were not afraid of a little cold weather and asked for a Winter trip.
One of them is Vittorio, who booked Dante to show him some good spots for the Spring, and learn him the basic techniques. It was a cold day, and the cod were not biting when the two guys went out. But Vittorio got the hang of it, and one week later he went at it again.
January was unusually warm and February has also started mildly. But when does good harbor fishing start?
A prerequisite for good fishing, of course, is that there are some fish to catch. To find out if that is the case a fishfinder is always good to have at hand. So, with my fishing buddy Ewout, last night I cycled to five well-known places in Nordhavn and the inner city and threw out our Deeper sonars to see what they showed.
On our bike ride we visited:
The polar bear statue at Langelinie
Midtermolen – the quay east of the alm. Brand building
Midtermolen – The wooden bridge at Amerikakaj
And what did we see then?
At three of the spots absolutely nothing. But on the wooden bridge by Amerikakaj in Nordhavn there was two good fish that revealed themselves at a depth of 8 meters. Probably some good-sized cod.