The ferry took 1.15 hours to get there. But the weather was calm, with just a light breeze blowing. The weather for the weekend was forecast as being good, with average temperatures. It was, however, very overcast but warm.

I had the happy experience of catching the first seatrout of the weekend, about 20 minutes after arriving on the shore. A beautiful silver seatrout, but unfortunately it was undersized, 38 centimetres, so it was released again - the legal limit is 40cm for a seatrout. Our friend and guide Per Balle caught 3, one of which was over the permitted size.

On Saturday, Per went to a local area he knew from his 30 years experience of fishing on the island and landed another 4 seatrout in less than 2 hours. Two were undersized but the others were 42 and 43 centimetres, then it was home for breakfast. After that we started off going south on the island. I, again, caught a beautiful fish, but once more, it was just undersized at 39 centimetres. Between the 3 of us that day we had caught 13 fish by the time the sun went down, bringing the total catch for the day to 15.

We stayed on the west and south coasts of the island as the winds were coming from a north easterly and easterly direction. But fish are as plentiful on the north and east coasts as well. We fished with wobblers, flies and spoons but the best colour, we were advised, was the white toby, with an ideal weight of between 8-12g. It was not necessary to cast out very far as there are natural sand banks on the sea floor, just about 20 metres out from the shore, with plenty of food and seaweed for the fish to feed on. Casting at an angle and drawing the bait across this embankment was the best way of catching a seatrout.

The seas around Samsø are full of fish right now, the best times of the season are mid-March and all of April and also in the month of September. After returning home we cleaned out the fish. When we opened the stomach of the fish we found shrimp and small fish inside. This is the basic food of the seatrout, as you can see in one of the photos.

On Sunday morning, around 7.30am I set out to the local coast and within 15 minutes had another silver seatrout landed. My two friends came down to me, with breakfast, and within an hour another 4 fish were caught. After that we travelled south along the west coast of the island and spent the next 4 hours fishing. Only 1 fish was caught during this time, it seemed as if the fish just disappeared. However, the island is a great place to see seals and small whales and we suspected that these had scared the fish away from the area. We decided to return to the house and pack our gear and clean up after us ready to leave. I was told to go down to the ferry area and along the coast to see if there were any fish around there. I did so, but I didn’t catch anything else that day, but Laurits landed another 3 before we headed for the ferry and home. We had caught 25 seatrout over the weekend, the best fish caught being 60 centimetres.

Over the weekend we met with another group of 10 fishermen from Brabrand, a local fishing club from Århus. They had caught 23 seatrout over the weekend. Brabrand fishing club is a very active club, it’s members travel extensively throughout Scandinavia and Denmark on a regular basis. We had met some of them on our trip to the Moerrum, Sweden, down in the Kristianstad area, southern Sweden over the Easter weekend. We next met with 8 other fishing friends from Copenhagen and were told that they caught 5 fish all weekend.

It is an extremely old and interesting island. There is a channel from east to west, which was built by the Vikings so that they could drag their flat-bottomed boats over the island instead of sailing around. This channel can still be seen today. There are also 2 types of windmill. The Dutch style windmill, where only the sails turn, and there’s also a mill, still on the island where the whole building rotates. There are thousands of visitors sailing over ever summer, and it’s also a great place for a cycling holiday. .

There are plenty of summerhouses available for rent as well as camping sites, hostels, b/b and a hotel located on the island - so there is a wide range of accommodation available. The local tourist office will be able to give you further information on your arrival or before on the Internet about the island at the following address: www.samso.com or by doing an engine search for Samso or Samsoe.

Samsø is an island where you can find every form of the Danish environment and nature located in one place. There are ferries sailing constantly throughout the summer from Hov on Jylland and from Kalundborg on Sjaelland. Ferries run all year round so the island can be visited at any time. And if you sail on a very calm day, look out the window on your approach to the island and you might see small whales and seals swimming close by. You can see from another photo the tail missing from one of the seatrout, due to it being bitten off by a seal or a small whale.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are easily acquired on the island, as Samsø is one of the biggest suppliers of fruit and vegetables in Denmark. Samsø is a very small island, with approximately 4,500 permanent full-time residents.

After the seatrout fishing slows down, at the end of April, the garfish season comes into full force. Thousands of fish are normally seen around the coasts of Samsø. So in mid-may, we will sail over to the island again and fish for some big garfish. You can read the report on this toward the end of May.


You can get further information on the Internet: www.samsoelinien.dk or by calling the local booking office on: 45-70 10 17 44.