Well, I finally found a guide to take me out fishing in Germany as if anyone has done his research, fishing in itself is a difficult activity to do in that country. There are so many rules and regulations that it’s a real difficult pain-staking thing to do. For example, unlike in other countries, Germany requires people to take a course in hunting and fishing in order to partake in those activities. For fishing, there is an additional requirement of taking a test for each body of water or area before you are allowed to fish it! And for some weird reason in Germany, in some waters, catch and release is not allowed. You must harvest that fish even the small ones as fishing in some waters is considered animal cruelty.
The other big issue is that a lot of good rivers and creeks and other bodies of water are privatized meaning only the club members or if the person is with a guide can only fish those waters. Well, I guess that’s why a lot of people just don’t fish in Germany. I have seen a lot of big fish in Germany just by looking at the creek or river very carefully and seeing some fairly large fish which some of them resembled what might have looked like a Danube Salmon that I tried to go after in Slovenia. Or maybe a big brown trout like the ones in England. But with all these rules, it’s a bit tricky. Luckily, German ocean fishing with a guide doesn’t require a specialized license. Just need the guide to buy a license for ya.
For fishing in this case out in Germany, it was off in the Baltic Sea that I was going to fish in. This was going to be very challenging as the winter weather can screw things up on a small dinghy out there on the open seas so it’s best to check the weather forecasts. The same applies with any type of ocean fishing – the weather can make a great effect on one’s fun out on the waters and generally, affects the amount of fish to be caught. Bad weather generally means zero fish to be caught and thus, zero amusement to be had. However, I have caught a half-limit of rock fish in California one time before the boat captain called it quits due to incoming storms. What was funny was that I had 5 Rockfish while many others either had 1 fish or none (most were in the blank category).
On this German fishing trip, I felt as if the tide of luck was changing for the better in my case because after blanking out in Slovenia and not having any opportunities in deer hunting in New York, I caught the biggest Lingcod of my life and then limiting on both Rockfish and Dungeness Crab… maybe this momentum train can continue! Maybe I can catch some fish species on my bucket list that need to be caught: cod, ling, Atlantic Halibut, Conger Eel, and perhaps even an Atlantic Salmon??? Yes, I know. Wishful thinking. But maybe the Fishing Gods will listen once more to this poor fishing amoeba’s pleas for a big fish. I was hoping that the start of 2019’s fishing season where I had a great day of landing 2 rainbows in England (the limit at that body water) was not a false sign for things to come!
Well, the Fishing Gods did listen! The only problem was that I got a few bites and one sea trout landed. Beggars cannot be choosers so at least I caught something and not a BLANK like in Slovenia.
Sea trout are great for the table fare as well. Unlike freshwater brown trout, these sea-run brownies are much better flavored and tastier.
Tips for visiting Rostock, Germany:
Even though there is a small airport nearby, the best way to go to Rostock is to travel to Hamburg or Berlin, Germany first and then rent a car to commute. Hamburg is the closest major city so it’s recommended to try to go there since the drive to Rostock will be shorter. However, if coming from abroad, it might be easier to fly into Berlin and then rent a car in order to drive to Rostock since Berlin has more flight opportunities available since the city has 2 major airports.
Don’t forget the restaurants since being by the Baltic Sea, Rostock has some good seafood offerings.
One thing to consider when fishing out in the ocean, in the sea, or at a large lake is the wind. Heavy gusts can really make it a bad day because in general, you cannot successfully cast against the wind to make a good presentation. And the worse part is the rocking back and forth in the boat with all those wind gusts and waves going up and down. Not a fun time. Even if you don’t get seasick, you might “liberate” your breakfast or lunch with full force because of the violence of the seas and winds. I would still recommend taking dramatine or some kind of anti-motion sickness medication.
But why do people go out there in such gales of force and waves? Easy. The fishing! It’s one of my life missions so the fishing adventure continues! May the Gods shine upon me and my continued adventure in life! … and my cooking skills to drum down the hunger pings.
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