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Tubing in ice cold water
Float tubing for cod in the cold Danish sea
By Martin Joergensen
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|Date: Thu, 29 Dec 1994 15:25:05 +0100
From: Martin Joergensen MARTINJ@LOGIN.DKNET.DK
Subject: Tubing in ice cold water (long trip report)
Hi fellow Fly fishing and float tube fans,
Xmas and cold weather or not - at least one of the days between Xmas and New Year was destined to be used for something else than eating and unwrapping gifts.
So I decide to go for a trip the the open ocean just north of Copenhagen. I've been fishing there several times before, and only once without seeing a fish. I have caught a lot of cod and a few nice trout. The cod will normally be taken on the spinning gear because they are in deeper water (4-6 meters or 12-18'), but this time I have rigged my super sinker and plan to fish my crab fly on the bottom.
30 minutes later
I start fishing my spinning rod. It's not as fun as the fly, but it's a good fish finder and covers a lot of water. Some 300 meters (900') and less than 10 casts from the shore I have my first strike. I land a nice cod within a few minutes. A nice start that makes some promises.
I cast out the crab and plunge a few loose roll casts on top of that. The line and the fly will sink. Then I straighten the line by kicking backwards a few times, and start working the fly on the bottom. It's an upside down pattern, but still it snags from time to time. That's a good sign of bottom contact.
I hand land the fish, unhook it and let it go. The next few ones take with a few minutes apart. This is great! I'm about 500 meters (1500') from the shore and having a ball. The fish are quite large 2-3 kilos (4-6 lbs) and there's a lot of action. I rig my keepnet (an unframed net bag) and whack the best ones over the head before slipping them down there. It's nice and warm, and even though the water on the back of my woolen fingerless gloves is frozen, I'm not cold. I have a cup of coffee and a few Xmas cookies on the apron while the fly drifts in front of me. This is GREAT!
I start moving in. I change the fly to a trout type and start fishing high in the water. Nothing happens, even though I fish all the way in. I take it easy and it lasts almost an hour before I'm close to the shore. The depth is now between 1 and 2 meters (3-6') and and still fish the trout fly. It's getting darker and I change the fly to a long haired, red/yellow, Mickey-Finnish pattern. I start kicking towardsthe landing spot.
I'm fishing in a trance, thinking about all kinds of things when suddenly. Bang! Not a cod, that's for sure... or is it? It feels heavy, but doesn't run. It just shakes its head and seeks down. Well, one more cod to go on, that's OK. I start getting the fish closer when it suddenly wakes up. Wiiizzzzzzz. Line goes out. Not far, but still. It's a trout. We repeat the incident. I get it close, and whizzzz - out she goes. I've seen the fish now. It's a nice one.
Get out the net
It is big - at least 70 cm (28'), but it's gray as a lead pipe and skinny. It's spawning female that probably missed it's chance and dropped the eggs. I get out the fly and let the fish slip into the water again. It swims off. Man, would I like to meet that one in two or three months? A lot heavier and shiny as silver... whau!
It's dark now and I fish my way to the car. Nothing. Next time I'll start out in the shallower water and look for some trout before I tie on my crab.
Next time... well, what am I doing tomorrow...?
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