It took 17 long years but it sure was worth the wait. On 1 April the experienced angler Fredrik Johansson smashed the existing Swedish record by landing a 46 lb 7 oz (21,07 kg) pike.
Pike fishing has always been an important part of Swedish angling culture. In recent decades the pike has grown to be the most popular target of all the species available in Swedish waters. Even though an increasing number of skilled anglers have been out to beat the 1999 record of 42 lb 10 oz (19,34 kg), the results have been a long time coming. Fredrik Johansson has now put an end to that.
On the last day of a three day trolling campaign on the great lake Vättern, Johannson got the bite of a lifetime. A giant pike wrapped its jaws around a side planer trolled Zalt, a classic Swedish pike lure. The unspawned pike didn't put up much of a fight in the cold water. Soon after reaching the net the mighty fish tipped the scales, as the display showed the striking record weight. The fish measured 128 centimeters in length with a 71 centimeter girth around the abdomen. The fish was released back into the clear water.
The Swedish anglers association has now approved this catch as the official new Swedish record – one of international comparison with the potential to stand the test of time
Sportfiskarna slår vakt om allas tillgång till ett bra fiske och arbetar för friska fiskbestånd i friska vatten. Sportfiske är en av Sveriges viktigaste fritidsaktiviteter med två miljoner utövare som varje år lägger mer än fem miljarder kronor på sitt fiske.