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Sorry for the politically very incorrect heading, but bloody weather is just what we have right now and have had for a month or two
OK, I know this is January!
OK, I know winter is a slow time of the year for anglers.
OK, I know of the cabin fever that lures around any break of day in the first couple of months of any year.
But, man, do I want to get out fishing soon!?
The last couple of months have been dull, dark, windy, rainy and downright depressing here in Denmark. I think I can count the days with sunshine since the start of December on one hand, and even these days have just beem extremely windy. This weekend we had one nice day - sunshine and a blue sky - but wind speeds of about 15-18 meters per second - also known as storm. Wind and sun in January! No way says all the meteorologists. Sun means calm weather and high presures in the winter. But not so this year.
Even the Swedish coast, which is usually a safehaven for sea trout anglers in the winter, seems to be devestated by onshore winds and lots of waves and dirt in the water.
We seem to need to brace ourselves with patience. We haven't had real frost and snow yet, and even though the winter is mild and the water still warm, it unfortunately doesn't mean all-winter fishing, but rather a frightening bloom of small jellyfish (Ctenophora, Mnemiopsis leidyi) also referred to as killer-jellyfish because they devour eggs and larvae of all kinds of important species in the ocean, depleating it of whole generations of certain animals.
Just a few weeks of real frost could bring the water temperatures down and kill off a lot of these beasts. Personally I also think that a good, cold winter does good for many other things in nature.
So we just sit here and wait for frost and real winter while we long for spring and real fishing.
Patience is not an easy thing to muster when you know that late March is usually the first time of the year where fishing will pick up again.