Richard and ChristerI have a couple of hidden away fishing spots that I visit when I want to try for big fish, or just to get away from the crowd. I usually don't show these spots to anyone, but once in a while I will share one of these spots. It may be to a very good friend, a special customer, or to a journalist. The terms for learning one of my special spots are simple. C&R of any jumbo sized fish (Big Breeders), and don't share the spot with anyone. 






This special Perch pond has been shared with five people. The one is my best fishing buddy, Henrik, then there are the father and som duo, Christer and Richard, and finally my two sons. The pond in question has a nice population of large perch with an average size of about 700g.  There are also Pike in the pond, though the average size of these are unknown as we haven't fished for them much. I have however heard a story by the girl who showed me the spot that there must be at least one huge pike there. She isn't a pike angler, but she once got a huge pike on that scared her so much that she cut her line.

The occasion for this ice fishing trip was curiosity from my part as I have never gone fishing for big perch on the ice before, as well as a request from Christer. He wanted to make a short film about fishing jumbo perch on the ice in small forest ponds. A plan started to form, and we agreed to meet where the side road up to the pond starts. I was at the meeting spot a few minutes before Christer and Richard, and was a little worried about getting up to the pond as there was about 15 cm of halfway frozen snow on the road. My worries turned out to be without cause, because Christe's 4x drive brought us safely up to the pond. 

We quickly picked out a fishing spot to start at, and started to drill some holes there. Shortly after Richard pulls up a small perch. I haven't seen many small perch here, and never caught any my self. My smallest fish here was 400g (Almost 1 lb). After the first fish things got quiet. we had brought some ice fishing rods for pike as well as something that the Swedish call "Angeldon". It's a sort of short stick with a strike indicator, and a weird shaped bait hook attached to thick string. The hook is baited with dead roach, and when the fish strike you let it turn the bait in it's mouth before pulling the pike up as fast as possible. If you are too quick you pull the whole thing out of the fishes mouth. If you are too slow, the pike will notice the line, and drop the bait. The strike indicator is often attached to some sort of fire cracker that blows when the fish strike. Usually 10 or 20 of these are placed within a short running distance. We have about six of these, and a few bait roads.

Blue skies as we leave the ice.Still, nothing strikes, and no perch. either, so I start searching for the perch by drilling and fishing on selected spots around the pond. At around 1 o'clock we give up on the fishing, and start up a fire and make some coffee, and food. Christer has brought some burgers made of wild boar, and I have brought fresh bread and sugar salted Arctic Char. After a good meal and exchanging some fishing stories and experiences I pull out some materials to make Mormyshka. This being our reserve plan if the fish didn't want to bite, I showed Christer how I make these miniature Russian jigs for ice fishing, while Christer films the entire session.  After making a couple of Mormyshka we go out on the ice, and I take out some MormyshKa fishing gear, and show how these small jigs are used in fishing. I believe that this also went well. It would have been fun if the fish where biting, as it would be easier to show the gear in action, but one can't ask for everything.

The trip back home went well, and as we where heading off the ice the foggy weather that had dominated the day, drifted aside, and blue skies showed where the sun had set behind the hills.