The southern stretch of the Baltic Sea from Turku in the west to the Russian Border in the east provides some of the best Sea Fishing in Finland. With very little salt the water is brackish. This results in the fish species found being similar to those normally found in the lakes & rivers e.g. Roach, Bream, Pike, Perch, Zander, etc with the addition of those species of fish that we normally associate with European seas such as Flounder and occasionally others including the rare Cod, Bass and more abundant Atlantic Salmon & Sea Trout.
Due to the denser human population the area's around Helsinki are probably fished most but the whole Southern coastline offers great sport. There are impressive Pike caught every year throughout the region with many of them coming to anglers fishing without a boat from the shoreline. The Southern part of the Baltic is home to literally thousands of small islands which combined with the all the bays, inlets and estuary’s makes for a great habitat for the fish to thrive.
The Baltic waters are home to the masses of Baltic Herring and many other smaller prey fish such as the various strains of Whitefish, Smelt and Roach that provide the predator fish plenty of food enabling them to grow to large sizes.
For those wishing to get away from the Helsinki region for more peaceful fishing, the areas around Tammisaari and Hanko offer solitude combined with spectacular sport. It should be noted that the areas around Helsinki are not exactly heavily fished & it is of course all relative. Coming from the UK, I would consider the Helsinki region to be very quiet & have fished on numerous occasions without bumping into other anglers.
The Salmon in Southern Baltic actually feed in the Sea prior to heading off to the rivers for spawning. The presents the angler with unique opportunities rarely found in Europe whereby they can fish in the open sea for Salmon & actually stand a good chance of catching them. I should point out though that anyone expecting to turn up with a fly or spinning rod in the hope of catching a Salmon from the shore is probably going to end up disappointed. The majority of Salmon caught by anglers equipped with rod & line from the Southern Baltic are caught by anglers trolling lures from boats. I would strongly advise anyone wishing to fish for Salmon in the Baltic to take advantage of a guided trip. Whilst not cheap or guaranteed to catch it will provide the most realistic option. There are Salmon trolling competitions held throughout the summer which produce some fantastic fish in excess of 20 KG. Some of the top anglers are also providing the guided fishing trips with boat, tackle and most importantly the local knowledge included.
The Southern Baltic region is also home to huge amounts of Perch and good numbers of Zander that will fall to traditional lures and spinners plus can also be caught on small fish baits either float fished or on the ledger. I had a boat mooring on Lauttasaari island near Helsinki for a couple of years and found great sport for both without having to travel far. During the Summer months it is possible to catch the Baltic Herring on Sabiki rigs which can be great fun in itself but is also a very effective method for proving bait for the predators. A small Baltic Herring drifted from the back of boat under a float set a few feet deep has been the downfall of many a good sized Perch. Using the same bait on a ledger rig in the right place has also provided some good flounder fishing.
The Southern Baltic offers also good general coarse fishing with Roach & Bream being abundant. These can be caught using traditional coarse fishing methods in large numbers. A spot of pre-baiting will work wonders & ensure a bulging net at the end of the day.
Accommodation in the Southern Baltic is not difficult to find with many reasonably priced hotels in the bigger cities & towns. For those wishing to experience a more traditional Scandinavian way of life, I would recommend to rent a Summer cottage. There are many available for hire throughout the year either on a daily or weekly basis. The cottages of course vary in comfort levels & services they provide, which is often reflected in the price. It's possible to rent cottages that come with all mod-cons including electricity, running hot & cold water, TV, fridge, sauna, shower, etc. For the more adventurous they can be little more than four walls, bed, roof over the head and pile of wood with an axe provided.
It is also possible to find cottages that are supplied with a boat that will enable the angler more flexibility with his or her fishing.
For those that prefer even less home comforts that the summer cottage will provide there is of course the opportunity to take advantage of the Everyman's right and hitch a lift to one of the many uninhabited islands with a tent.
Those fortunate enough to be travelling to Finland via ferry from Stockholm in Sweden are in for a real treat. The Archipelago is one of the worlds best kept secrets and one of the most spectacular sights in Europe. The amount of islands in the Archipelago is often argued over and it depends on what size a clump of rocks needs to be before it's classified as an island but be in no doubt, on a warm summers day when the sun is shining and sea is blue it provides a sight that will never be forgotten and will leave the most widely travelled and experienced angler drooling at the prospect of casting a line.