The Pikefishing season in the Finnish archipelago around Turko had a slow start this autumn. In end November Thomas Petersen and Peter Kirkby from Kinetic were visiting Test team member Mikael Sarelin and his friend Jani Hannula. Water temperatures were still high and the pikes were hard to catch and had not really moved into shallow water. Still the four anglers managed to make a reasonable result including a 7.5 kg beauty caught on a pikefly by Mikey and a strong fighting 8.5 kg fish caught on Westin Jätte Shallow Runner by Peter. Once again the Shallow Runner proved to be a perfect lure for brackish water pike.
Since this trip the water temperatures has been dropping, and a small report from Mikey tells that the pike fishing in December is now at its best:
“The watertemperatures are between 2-3 degrees Celsius, and the days are really short now, says Mikey. Sunrise is at around 9 am and sunset at about 4 pm. I really haven’t had the time to go fishing as much as I’d liked to, but the quality of the fishing has been great! During the last two trips we’ve caught three big pikes and had some more chasing our flies.
The three largest ones have measured between 9.3-10.5 kilos, and all of them have been taken while floattubing on some of the really shallow bay-areas in the archipelago.
I’ve been fishing a Hardy Proaxis 9′ #9 and I must say that I love it: It casts big flies with ease and performs unbelievably well with big fish. When float tubing, I’ve been using it together with Rio Outbound Short lines, with a sink1 or intermediate tip depending on how shallow waters I fish. When fishing from a boat were longer casts are preferred, I go for the Rio Outbound with a normal length head, either with an intermediate or sink 2 tip. Works great!”
The excellent photos of Mikey with a 9.3 kilo pike were shot by photographer Hasse Härkönen who accompanied him for a day of float tubing.
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