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Summer: June – August

Fishing in summer

When the coastal waters of Fyn start to get really warm at the beginning of June, sea trout fishing becomes somewhat different. High sun and crystal clear warm water are hopeless conditions for catching sea trout, but when the sun is setting, the trout wake up and start to forage in the rich shallow water.

So fishing in the summer means fishing at night. In June the trout can enter all the known coastal spots. Even the calm fjords and bays can offer good chances, but in July and August, fishing should be concentrated around reefs and points where there is deep, cold water, preferably with a strong current.

At night it is important to fish with the bait right on the surface, so that the sea trout can see it against the light night sky. Fly fishing generally gives the best chances, but spinners can also be used. The spots are few and concentrated in the summer when many people have their holidays. All good spots are well visited, and you cannot count on having the coast to yourself.

On the other hand, the biggest sea trout are caught on Fyn in the summer. It is quite normal to land a fish between 50 and 60 cm, and there are plenty of fish between 5 and 7 kilos.

Keep in mind that fishing in the summer is very variable. A spot can be totally lifeless one night and teeming with fish the next.

You can only hope that you have chosen the right place and fish through the night. In general, you should not change areas, as the nights are short and you will waste a lot of good fishing time in the car.

Summer bait for spinning

In June, traditional spinning with spoons or wobblers can be successful, but it is hard to tempt fish with these lures later in the summer. So you should use very small spoons and spinners. Small black lures are very good for night fishing.

Or you could try with a bubble float. The Bombarda or Spirollino floats, with a long leader (3-4 metres) and a fly are very effective. The flies are just the same as those fly fishermen use. Here we offer a couple of suggestions for lures.

Fly fishermen’s summer favourites

Fly fishers have the advantage in the summer. They can offer a good imitation of trout food. It is also easy for them to keep the fly high in the water at night. Use small light flies while it is light. At sundown and sunrise use drier, bushier flies, and really big dark flies when it is totally dark. Here you can see some superb summer flies.

6 reliable tips for summer

Do not start too early, and try resting at the end of the day. This is essential if you are going to fish in a concentrated way through the night

Bring warm clothes. No matter how hot the day and the evening have been, it is cold at night. Also, as you get tired, you will feel the cold more.

Be prepared. Bring chocolate, and perhaps a hot drink. This can really help when you suddenly “go cold”.

Remember to bring a light. A small torch for when you change bait or untangle lines, and a large torch to find your way about. Also bring some spare batteries along.

Be patient with the sea trout. They never forage all through the night, but arrive in shoals for short periods, and so are entirely unpredictable.

Be sociable. In the summer there are lots of fishermen with limited room. Do not expect to have a long stretch of coast to yourself.

Good summer fishing spots

The numbers refer to the place numbering in the “Seatrout Guide”.

1 Enebærodde
A virtual certainty in summer. Do not bother with the long stretch just after the car park, but go straight out to the lighthouse 7 km away, and fish the point, where the deep water and strong current attract the fish. This is one of the few spots in summer where there is a relatively long stretch for fishing.

18, 20 Bøgebjerg and Stavreshoved
Classic spots which attract lots of fish and fishermen. In the late summer especially, there is a good chance of finding very big fish here.

26 – 27 Knudshoved lighthouse and Slips-havn
Deep water and a powerful current. Perfect for summer fishing. Both are here. A particularly good place when the wind turns northerly.

36 Skansen
An overlooked but easily accessible spot which is great when the wind is from the south. There can be a lot of small cod here, but the trout come along with them.

107 – 111 North Little Belt
Lots of chances here in the narrow, fast moving Little Belt.
Strib Fyr (spot 109) and Gals Klint (spot 107) are the best known, but Røjle Klint and Stavrs Hoved (spots 110 and 111) are also very good.