I met Moe a few years ago via an online discussion group about fishing in New Zealand on a facebook-similar social media platform. The first time we physically met was in Port Jackson, Coromandel Peninsular, and it was clear from day one that Moe was not only an avid salt- and freshwater angler but also highly skilled in the art and finesse of luring and – as he likes to call it – arresting fish. He spent an entire year in New Zealand and if he wasn’t in the vicinity of Turangi (the trout fishing capitol of the world, but also well-known for Turangi-Terror), fishing the rivers for rainbow and brown trout, he was either at the wharf in Cornwallis in the Waitakeres fishing for kingfish or touring the country in his station wagon – possibly scouting for new fishing spots…
He has since moved back to Berlin and judging by the frequency of his fishing sessions, I believe that he is still fishing more often than me. Especially now, since he has a very suitable fishing boat for the rivers and lakes, utilizing an electric motor, a sounder and making his own jigs and soft-plastics.
His latest fishing mission was on the Havel in Brandenburg and I have translated his email about it.
I was Saturday on the Havel from 1330 to 1600 and wanted to catch loads of perches… lots and lots of them! Due to light snowfall and refreshing 2 deg C, I packed myself according to the onionskin principle, just like the Michelin-Man. For the first 90 minutes, I checked all the good spots that I know of. All the ridges and channels were like an absolute underwater-desert. There were neither any (forage) fish to be seen on the sounder, nor any bites… NOTHING! There were neither gulls nor cormorants hunting, no indication of life. There weren’t either any other boats on the Havel to be seen, zombie-apocalypse?? 😉
Breathe deeply and search the chart for inspirations! There wasn’t anything that I hadn’t already, even though crudely, scanned. Thus, go back to the first hot-spot, where I had begun the day, and hope… Before arriving at the deep part of the channel, there were echoes of big schools of smelts, which I must have simply overlooked initially. Not much later, in the midst of the channel, and the sounder showed the first, small bumps on the ground. Yeeees, I had finally found bigger fish! Anchor out and a jig right behind it!
Second retrieve (of the jig) and the hoped for; the dry ‘tock’ of a zander bite. I struck almost simultaneously, but after three, four strong head-butts the zander had freed itself. Bad luck. However, the lure seemed to be appealing. Unfortunately, the next three fish were foul-hooked breams. Just when I was about to leave the ‘bream-contaminated’ area, one bite after the other occurred! At the end, I had landed six zander about 75cm and had bagged one. When there were no more bites for then minutes, I retrieved the anchor and ended the tour smilingly. I’ll be back on the Havel this year for another two times, before the closed-season for zander begins in Berlin from 1.1 – 1.7.2013……. (Then the) pike and perch season begins in Brandenburg!!
In the following, a couple of pictures. Moe when you read this, send me a couple of pictures of your boat, Kanalperle, and I’ll update this post. Sure that your setup is quite interesting for NZ based boaties.
I really like the whole idea of owning and using an electric outboard. These units are lightweight, reliable, have an integrated GPS unit which constantly provides a precise overview of speed, location and the remaining range. I believe they are also fully submersible. A great choice for yacht owners, for the tender or even a small yacht, since you can recharge the batteries whilst on the go. Have a look at Torqeedo.
I’ve received a couple more pics from Moe’s boat. Have a look.