sunnuntai 31. heinäkuuta 2011

Fishing & Camping weekend in small island.

I found myself heading to see my buddy who i meet only 2-3 times a year but now we both had no plans for 2 days. When i arrived we just loaded our packs, water and fishing stuff etc in to his boat and drove some...maybe an hour till we were at rocky shore if this 30 x 150 m sized island,with plenty of moss and trees,at top of its cliffs.

Sorry for lack of actual fishing pics,but i dont have a waterproof camera nor phone, and i kept my cellphone with camera,turned off for most of the time, to save the battery for emergeanzy situations.

 Optimus Terra Kettle, Crux lite gas stove,Kupilka 21 "kuksa",and a hobo utensil, that has spoon,folding knife,and fork that come apart, stamped as SIGG. But im its not made by SIGG,just stamped to have the trademark on it. Anyways, its a cool and uselful addition to my cookware that seems to get smaller and lighter.

We didnt do anything cool or interesting. For most of the time we were fishing from shore or from boat, night and day, and then eating in somewhere between. Lots of swimmimg, too.

We collected pieces of old fallen trees,branches from shore and then had good warm fires at nights. Way nice, just to lay in the ground,  drink few beers, fry fish and talk some BS.

                                                    Coffee in the morning.

 At saturday morning i was checking the pole i left on the shore,it had a piece of bass as a bait in its hook and it was just on the lakes floor,all nigh long. Well Well, look what we got here:

                                            This creature was delicious after a good smoking !
I´ve really liking my "super" rare Finnish army special unit pack,from earlier 80´s. I had way too much stuff with me, in it, since i didnt know would we sleep in cabin,house, existing lean-to or where and would i be using open campfire, or gascooker, etc, so at home i just stuffed everything but the kitchen sink to it. This thing is bulletproof i suspect. My bed was combined from Savotta army sleeping mattress,thats rolled under packs flap there,and on top of flap theres Vi-He Ransu shelter. Aside those, i had an old army surplus felt blabket and Savotta space blanket that we used as shelters floor.

The good old, trusty almost ultralight Ransu shelter. Awesome and spacious,without its removable insect mesh / floor part. Without floor piece you 3 peoples can sleep in it and still theres space for essentials in the lower end.
                                              No stress.

                                             Good times. Screw the television,we had much better time at night around fire. Hunting stories,fishing lies,all kinds of thoughts and bit of booze. Two of our buddies arrived there too, but they had forgotten to bring any shelter with em but luckily i had a surplus tarp, with me and paracord, so in short time i made a quick lean-to for them to sleep in. It wasnt raining at all, nor cold. Actually it was hot as hell all the weekend so there wasnt even need for any sleeping bag,but as the island was in biiig lake,and it had rocky shore and we were on top ridge of it, the occasional wind was pretty hard. So the lean-to was made to protect guys mostly from the rain and it also worked as a windscreen for fire.

                                                        Some stuff that i seem to use the most nowadays. Vic German Army OH folding knife with home made plain edge,and some filework on the spine, and Kupilka 21 "kuksa" that i had to costomize a bit afer its handle cracked a bit, last winter. So i smoothed the broken handle, drilled a hole for lanyard with Vic´s awl, heated the handle and bent it a bit. So its ok to use again.

 This 3.5 meter long (?) cheap BlueFox 15 piece telescope fishing rod has lasted for some 3 years now and prooven itself with loads of fish that ive got with it. Cost like 18 euros or similar. Its only some 12 inches short when its on its shortest, and with its tiny sheath, it fits nicely on sidepocket of  my packs. This weekend i got 1,8kg pike with it. Its not the finest fish there is but after filleting it, with some lemonpepper and salt scrubbed in it,and frying it above campfire,it sure was nice meal. Coupled with a Karhu beer offcourse :).

                                                    No need for rare restored axes :). Axe never left anywhere in my life. So axe is not "back" :).
Well thats about all the pics i had and i cant come up with anything that i think you might be interested to read.

At morning, in few hours, ill be heading somewhere again. See ya !

5 kommenttia:

The Suburban Bushwacker kirjoitti...

Good times! I'm still in scotland having a ball. I noticed you've excellent taste in whisky.

Gorges Smythe kirjoitti...

I used to do things like that many moons ago. Then I got remarried.

hrXXLight kirjoitti...

Fantastic weekend trip on a small island. You drink your morning coffee with an Laphroaig 10??? Unbelievable. After a whisky in the morning I couldn't walk any meter.
But the whisky is a good decision.

Finnman kirjoitti...

OH, Laphroaig my favorite! Looks like you had great time outdoors there. Thanks for sharing photos & story. Things like that is also pleasure to read.
I have never tasted eel, how was that?
I´m on same boat with you what comes to axes, they have been always be my tools and never forgotten.
Last one week I was just using very old billnäs axe to do everythin I needed to on my summerplace. I don´t need expensive custom works neither thou they are nice and cool.


Fimbulmyrk kirjoitti...

What a fine stay... and a fine way to start a morning, too;-). Have to try that whisky!

Eel is one of my favourites in winter, but I am still not allowed to fish over here. You need a [insert dirty f-word] license for it, and in Germany that means some 1000€ in the least. You get some fine smoked eel just across the border in the Netherlands, though.

Axes are at their best when you make them work. I am with you there, too! I am all for fancy designs and such to look at in a book.;-)