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    Default Spring time in Sweden!

    The winter has been long and cold, the 2-week vacation to NC I did a while back was great for getting the spirits up in waiting for spring.
    The ice fishing has been slow and the only note worth catch was my brothers Gf catching her PB arctic charr at 4.6 pounds.





    Bumped into some reindeer on the way to the ice fishing spot:



    Where I live spring comes quite fast and most fishing turns on at the same time.The ice on the river in my hometown was the first to leave and the first spring fishing season was here.



    This is a picture from the first trip, the ice had just broken up where we wanted to fish so we had to fish the open slots in the ice as well as a small stretch of open water. Managed to catch some smaller trout.
    Just after the ice breaks away, the seatrout season begins, the trout start to migrate up the river for the spawn.
    Managed to do 5 trips with my brother, we had some good luck every trip managing to at least catch one each every trip. Got my biggest on the first trip and second cast about 5 pounds.

    Here are some of the seatrout we caught:











    Once spring sets in it can be quite fast we lost all 3 feet of snow in just 11 days, the northern pike spawn right after the ice gives away, the post-spawn fishing is the best you will have all year, our goal for this spring was to break the magic 22.05-pound mark (10kg).
    We also wanted to catch a pike over 110cm (43.3 inches) on one of the new Pike lures from Rapala as there is a reward for anyone that catches a northern pike over 3 feet 7 inches of fishing equipment worth 400 $.

    This spring brought us some of the best pike fishing in the last few years, my brother and I made 16 trips in 3 weeks and caught a whopping 417 pikes on those trips. The average length was 30 inches and the average weight 8.4 pounds.

    Here are the 4 biggest pike from this springs fishing so far:

    My fish at 101 cm and 6.2 kg (40-inch and13.7 pounds)



    A friend of me and my brothers caught his PB at 42 inches and 19.1 pounds



    Also mine 105 cm and 8.8 kg ( 41,5 inch and 19.4 pounds)



    https://youtu.be/s_3CYPwyw7o

    Last but not least the largest northern pike we have ever caught 116 cm 9.7 Kg( 45.7 inches and 21.4 pounds)
    Unfortunately, the fish had recently come of spawn and had a completely empty belly otherwise she would be crossing the 30-pound mark. The fish was caught on one of the new Rapala pike lures and has been approved by Rapala, so my brother received a box of fishing gear from Rapala worth 400$ which was great!
    He couldn't stop smiling, so you can see purejoy seeping out in every image :P







    The northern pike spawn before the whitefish does probably an evolutionary trait, making it easier for them to gain weight back after spawning. So now that the pike fishing is dying down the European perch fishing is picking up. Went out for some pike fishing yesterday, ended up live lining shiners for some fat Perch.

    Caught about 40 perch biggest one tipping the scale at 2.86 pounds, not a bad one but they do get bigger.
    Moving the boat tomorrow from the river delta and into one of the larger lakes in the area were the Perch grows to epic proportions!
    Yesterday's perch:





    https://www.facebook.com/volofsson/v...855990289/?t=0

    First one is 2.6 pounds and the second one is 2.86 pounds.

    PB perch from last year (4.6 pounds):



    Hopefully, the lakes deliver this year as well!

    Thank you guys for this wonderful forum, keep posting and keep fishing! Tight lines
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    Thank you for sharing. Wow. Just. Wow.
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    That's a lot of nice fish, hope your trip to NC wasn't too disappointing.

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    Thanks for sharing. Awesome pictures!

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    Wow that is awesome!!!!
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    That's a monster yellow perch.

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    Thanks have been working hard for those fish!
    I was definitely let down by my visit to NC, caught a lot of new species for me as well as some old acquaintances.
    Definitely caught my fair share of trout up around Asheville.
    Some of what I caught during my trip (below), unfortunately, I dropped my phone on the last day in kitty hawk. So lost the pictures of the few reds I managed to catch.

    First crappy.

    Some of the trout:


    Also caught what I think is a spotted sucker on a rattle trap, but you may correct me if I'm wrong.


    Caught my first bass as well, lost a really fat one, but was fishing off the bridge at lake Johnsson and lost it trying to get it out of the water:

    Will be coming back next year in August, might be staying upwards of 6 months, hope to get in some good fishing then.
    Absolutely loved NC, the landscape was fantastic and the wide variety of them just amazes me.
    Hoping to do some more saltwater fishing next time, had a very limited amount of time to hit the water this trip.
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    TimFisher, Would have been an absolute monster of a yellow perch. This is an "unfortunately" a European perch or do you call it red perch over in the states?
    It does get a bit bigger than the yellow perch, but anything over 2 pounds is a great catch.

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    Nice read! Congrats on all the catches. Looks like a lot of fun “over there”.


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    Wow Man thanks fro the story and the pictures, just beautiful!!

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    Thank you guys for all the replies, happy to see some interest in little Sweden!
    These are pretty much all the species that I target and most other people do in Sweden.
    Wish we had a larger diversity of species like you guys have, only species I haven't caught yet this year that I usually go after is Zander and Baltic Salmon.

    I'l keep you guys posted as i continue to fish and to read more about the fishing in your beautiful state!
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    Awesome post! I was going to ask about the pike fishing up your way. Those are monsters! The best chance I have for something like that for me is when we go to Canada in the summer. Although, I have never even sniffed those sizes! I would definitely need to mount one. I'm sure the fight was epic. Nice pics, and beautiful country.
    I appreciate it.

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    We have some great Pike fishing in Sweden, recently gotten a huge popularity up-swing so the populations are getting back to how they were before the logging ruined a lot of our waterways.
    Heard the fishing up in Canada can produce some monsters as well.

    We actually found this spot last year, the insane thing is that the pike stack up in the river entrance out in the sea and they are right in the current. Never seen that before, but it's obvious why they are there, all the white fish are moving up to spawn and the pike just inhales them in the current. They fight like crazy after moving around that current for 2-3 weeks in the spring.

    If you ever head my way, don't hesitate to hit me up!
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    HOW DID I MISS THIS? This is one of the coolest things I've seen on the forum. I'm jealous of those char man. And those Esox...

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    Dylar looks like you made it! Thanks man, put in a lot of hours, luckily it paid off in the end.
    But there is a lot of cool post in the forums, all the Redfish get my blood pumping. Next time I come back I hope to come when the season is really on and maybe getting on some other ferocious saltwater species.

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