Not so on the coarse fishing competition held on the Århus River in Århus, by the local Brabrand fishing club. The number of entrants were not very high, as Denmark was playing in the world cup the same day. But the winning catch was a record catch for the third year in a row. The record now stands at 20 kilos, going up from 18.18 kilos in 2000, to 19.2 in 2001. It was held in the worst of weather conditions you could possibly imagine. The day started sunny but soon turned to thunder and lightning, with torrential rain, causing the organizers to stop the competition early.
There were coarse anglers from England, Denmark and also the coarse angling champion from Bosnia also in attendance, with his wife.
The Århus River is an absolutely great river for coarse fishing. Daily fishing cards are available, but further details can be had from e-mailing the local chairman Chris Theilgaard @: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Sunday 7/7/02 the existing record held for coarse fishing on this river was broken. The new record now stands at 25.2 kilos of Bream and Roach. The competition where this record was broken had 4 of the current Danish Coarse Angling National team members taking part.
The weather was warm, but after the rain over the past couple of weeks, the river was quiet high. But this did not detract from the quality of fishing. Using Take-Apart rods varying in lengths from 12.5 to 14 meters long were used. The longest rod available is 21 meters but these cost about £7.500 and were not required last Sunday. These rods can, as the name suggests be taken apart and different heads can be bought for them and they are extremely light in weight. Live maggots and worms on a single hook with some weights and a float on a leader of about 1/2 meters long are the main ingredients for catching fish.. (Sounds like Pole fishing to me. Ed)
Put & Take fishing is a very popular form of fishing in Denmark, as all forms of fishing, coarse fishing, spinning and flyfishing can be fished at the one place. Put & Take centers also have the facilities to clean fish and also a grill, with a catering cabin for everyone’s enjoyment. There are Put & Take centers all around Denmark and they offer a great place for the whole family to have a great day. Many of them also have special children’s ponds, usually for children under 12 where they can catch their own fish.
One popular Put & Take center is Purhus, 9 kilometers north of Randers, where the owner Sven Pape has introduced a new breed of trout, called a Golden Trout. It has all the characteristics of the brown trout as we know them, but it is a golden colour.
Recently a Golden Trout of 7.8 kilos was taken from this Put & Take. I caught a 3.5kilo brown trout and my partner Laurits caught a 3.1 kilo trout there during the week.
Information is available on the web @: www.fiskeparken.dk.
In late May the Put & Take Master Championships were held in Gammel Harlev, 15 kilometers west of Århus. The winning fish, a brown trout, was caught just 20 minutes after the start of the competition, weighing in at 5.75 kilos. The turn out, according to the organizers for this competition was disappointing, only 44 in comparison to 75 last year. Also within the first half-hour of the competition, a group of Vietnamese had caught 10 trout. The biggest getting second prize, weighting in at 5.5kilos. Over 500 kilos’ of fish were guaranteed between the two lakes for this competition but only 100 kilos were caught on the day.
Information on this Put & Take can be had over the web at: www.harlev-pt.dk.
However on the same day another competition was held on a local lake in Astrup Mose and the entrants numbers, in this competition increased by over 166% from the previous year. The main catches of the day, here were pike and the winning fish weighed 2.76 kilos, with the second largest fish weighing 2.4 kilos. This is a great lake for coarse angling and a day’s fishing costs as little as £2.50 approx.
Horsens is a town situated 40 kilometers south of Århus and the local sports shop held it’s annual Kinetic Coastal Cup competition. This competition runs over 3 days, with a start time of 7pm on Friday and ending on Sunday at 3pm. This competition was held on the Horsens Fjord and the winning fish weighed in at 850 grams. A local 13year old boy, won second prize with his catch of 825 grams, and when asked if he was disappointed that he had not won the competition, he stated, ‘ no, because I would never fit into the waders, they are much to big for me’. He received a new fishing rod and reel instead for his efforts.
On the coast, the main garfish season is over. One could still catch the odd fish, but not as easily as when it is their mating season. In the mating season, many large shoals of fish come closer to shore. Garfish appear to be caught more easily when the sun is high and very high numbers are been taken in the middle of the day. They will stay around the coast of another couple of months before they emigrate back to the west coast of Ireland to spend the winter. They will return again next spring, around mid-may time, when another couple of weeks of great fishing is assured. They are a very tasty fish to eat, but their green bones, puts many people off eating them.
Seatrout are being caught in large numbers and the size and quality of them are excellent. In the local harbour of Århus, seatrout of up to 8 kilos are being taken. Flounders are also being caught in large numbers and sizes.
Flyfishing for Grayling on the Eg River, 140 kilometers south of Århus, on a river less than 15 feet wide in many places is very challenging. Because of all the summer growth it is sometimes impossible not to catch the fly on a reed, which are over 4 foot tall. Two fish I did manage to catch recently were just below the minimum size of 35 cm., which I caught with a red tag palmer fly. There were many, many fish is this small river but it had rained heavily a few days before and the river was after swelling and quite fast. Not very productive from a fishing perspective but still an amazing experience with bats flying around you at night and kingfishers flying low along the river early in the morning, as I watched the sun rise. We stayed in a timber cabin over night, with no electricity and a bucket for a loo. But it was great. We will be doing it again when the rain eases off and the river goes back to its normal summer ebb.
There are many schools here doing summer courses in fishing instruction. Anyone can take part in these from the total beginner to the experienced angler. There are other courses being held at these schools at the same time and many families take the opportunity to have a holiday for a week or fortnight combining courses. It is felt that the fishing courses are a great success as every member of the family can take part. However children under 5 years are at a disadvantage as they are not old enough yet. It also gives the added enjoyment of meeting new people of like minds and swap fishing stories, have a few beers and just enjoy the whole experience. Prices vary from school to school but it usually includes food, accommodation and traveling tours arranged by the organizers.
In mid July, 13th to be exact, a group of fishing men and women are heading to Norway for a week’s fishing on the Orkla, 40 kilometers south of Trondheim. This trip is taking place in association with Sierra, Grejbiksen, a local fishing tackle shop and the local paper Århus Stifstidtende. Accommodation, meals and ferry crossing fares are all included in the price, with the added bonus of fishing instruction, given by Laurits Flowbinner, extremely well known for his fishing expertise and knowledge in fishing, flyfishing in particular.
The stretch is split into 3 pools and the promise of salmon is very high, especially if the rain falls sufficiently over the next coming weeks. There is a second week also arranged for the 3rd of August. The trip is from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon the following Saturday. This promises to be a great 2 weeks of fishing. All forms of bait can be used on the first week, spinners, flies, etc. but the second week is strictly flyfishing only. More on this on my return from Norway.
For anyone looking for a fishing trip with the added attraction of having the non-fishing members of the family occupied and happy, Denmark and Scandinavia is certainly worth trying. There are many campsites here, who have their own lakes, with rivers running close to them, which may also be fished. The added bonus is that they have facilities for children, i.e., swimming pools, playing area, etc., and are based close to a large enough town for shopping. For anyone who wishes to get information about fishing and holidays in Denmark, you can contact me by e-mail, stating what sort of fishing you require information and in what location.