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Wednesday August 9th 2006 (8 years ago)
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Published: Wednesday August 9th 2006 (8 years ago)
Updated: Wednesday August 9th 2006, 11:37AM
by Martin Joergensen

We haven't reached the heights of the US, but still...

Here in Denmark we have now had the 40th day with what is referred to as "bathing temperatures". That is when the ocean water averages above 19 deg. C or about 66 deg. F over 24 hours.

For people who like to go swimming that is great news. It has been their best summer in ages. But the water is way too hot to be useful for anything else. The sea trout have gone a long time ago and even the mullet are finding this a bit on the hot side.

Fishing has been slow to put it mildly, and we have taken to alternative waters, namely lake fishing for pike. That on the other hand has been VERY productive!

The image below is from one such fishing day where we were more than lucky and caught no less than two pike over 10 kilos (20 lbs) and several smaller ones, the smallest being just above 5 kilos or 10 lbs.

Not a bad way to spend an evening. We haven't been that lucky since, but the fish we catch average a hefty 6-7 kilos or some 12-14 lbs, so no complaints from here.

The surprising facts are that the lakes we're fishing are hot and green with algea, but it seems that in spite of all knowledge and experience, the fish are still active and can both "see" the fly and bite.