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Winter at the lake (updated!)

Posted on 22 December 2012 by Ricardo

Of course you can put your rods far away in winter and wait till spring, but that’s not how we feel about it, we like to go out for some winter fishing. Just put on some warm clothing and go for it.

Last week all the pike water was frozen but the lake in Oostvoorne was fishable. November was the month they’ve closed the lake to put some new fresh trout in for the future. So since the re-opening at December 1st ,we stopped by 2 times to give it a chance.

It’s nice to start a day fishing in some nice calm weather, it motivates you.

It’s nice to start a day fishing in some nice calm weather, it motivates you.

Ready?

Ready?

Well, it was nothing like our last time at the lake (before it closed in November), nearly no surface action and it was hard to find the fish. Philip saw one rising in my casting range, I casted my pimp near the rising fish and there it was again. He took the fly , it’s nice to see this dryfly works in different seasons. And there it was, a shiny brown trout:

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Go and grow.

Go and grow.

The rest of the day was all about catching the fresh ones, we all caught several fresh trout. It wasn’t that hard , they took your fly without hesitating. Those little fellas will be good size fish in a couple of years:

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Multitasking, huh?

Some heavy skies, it can change quickly. It’s time to end the day.

Some heavy skies, it can change quickly. It’s time to end the day.

Our second try we were better prepared because we probably knew what to expect now. The plan was to fish more with sinking lines and try to find the bigger fish deeper.

Game on.

Game on.

We’ve made the right decision to use sinking lines in combination with a foam fly. The evening before I created a EP Foam streamer to use on the sinking line and it paid off. I felt a good take and from the moment I pulled up my rod I knew this would be a more decent fish:

A nice Oostvoorne rainbow in perfect conditions

A nice Oostvoorne rainbow in perfect conditions

The little fellas were still around

The little fellas were still around

The EPF(oam) streamer afterwards

The EPF(oam) streamer afterwards

We felt like we needed a break. After driving 2 hours and fish a couple hours in this cold it’s not a bad idea to get a moment to rest a bit before continuing. So we walked back to the parking lot, we took something to drink and sat down on a pier. Vincent was dipping his fly in front of the pier while we were talking about the last hours. How many times does it happen a fish takes your fly when you totally don’t expect it? While your actually not “fishing”?  Well, it was definitely not the first time it happened. We thought it was a fresh one again but it was just a slow starter. He started to take some line and a good fight followed, once in the surface we noticed the white stripes on the fins. Yes it was a Char, a great one! So we took a long walk on the shore of the lake, and we saw some feeding catfish! Luckily we had our catfish setup handy, and Vincent managed to catch a nice catfish. This catfish thing is going to be big next year on 0031flyfishing.com!

 

Perfect Char Catfish!

Perfect Char Catfish!

Brutal head

Brutal Catfish head

Because of this catch our break was a little longer than it should be but we continued the fishing. The afternoon was tough, the cold wind was blowing into our faces and no signs of fish. In summer you can fish till midnight and have wonderful evenings but now it’s getting dark very early. The sun was setting already. This can be a very productive part of the day, you can see many fish rising but today they were not. One of the last casts from Vincent a fish took his fly, a brown trout again:

Great spots

Great spots

Sorry about the photo, Vincent’s camera was acting a little weird because he drowned it while crossing water a little too deep.

The color of the fish was totally different than other brownies before, it was  dark colored instead of the more silver brown ones we’ve caught before. We decided to go home after releasing it.

You can say it’s definitely tougher in winter, not only because you’re not fishing in a t-shirt but the fish is less active and it’s harder to stay motivated in the cold if you don’t see the fish that much but it paid off. We had a good session, caught some different species so it was okay.

2 Responses to Winter at the lake (updated!)

  1. on 24 December 2012 at 01:02 Philip said:

    Nice Catfish dude

  2. on 25 December 2012 at 17:25 bob said:

    Nice catfish ! Hahaha

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