Its challenging to not get jaded out at the lake, you have one big fish the trip before and you think the next time out it will be the same. I saw a lot of really big fish landed today, I cant say that I was one of them but I did have a lot of action today. The average fish is bigger this time of year and the next bite could be the fish of a life time. One from me and a 13 pounder from the dude next to me that forgot his camera.
The family and I did Easter yesterday so I got a free pass to fish on Sunday instead. The wind was howling out of the west pretty consistently today with some gusts reaching as high as 50 mph. The fishing was great as a result, that combined with the spawn in full swing. I was able to get 17 fish to the net today with no monsters to speak of.
My good buddy nick with a 12 pounder from last weekend and a nice brown from the river. It sounded like a great birthday weekend, wish I could have been there to see it go down.
Well, I start my new job tomorrow at Truckee Meadows Water Authority. So in an attempt to squeeze out one more day of slackerhood I decided to go fishing. It was between fishing the river, which was really close to being clear enough to fish, or head out to Pyramid and try yet again to catch a fish in the teeners. Yet again it was slow, my buddy Jordan and I had maybe 7 fish between us all day. Even with a stiff east breeze and some early cloud cover we couldn't track down a monster. It was a good learning event, which is what Pyramid seems to be these days, coupled with frustration. We also had the pleasure of having our ear drums blown out by two fighter jets that decided to do a fly by over the north and south nets. Those bastards were about 100' or less over our heads flying ass to tail, pretty cool stuff. The fish below is a testament to the unseasonably fall weather we have had this winter. The summit strain has kicked into spawn mode and is showing their bright red colors already.
I made the first 2015 trek out to the big desert lake yesterday. Much to my surprise when I arrived I saw cars on every beach, odd for this time of year considering the fishing has been spotty at best. It turned out to be one of two large fishing tournaments they hold out there each year. I have never had much interest in competing in one out there although about 4 years ago I caught a fish during a tournament that would have put me in 19th place. I would have won some shotgun shells or something small like that. The fishing turned out to be really good, mainly in part to the clouds, rain, and consistently howling face wind. At the beach I was at I probably saw 100 fish landed with a 12 pounder being the biggest. I landed 8 fish all day and lost or missed another 5 or so. The guy that caught the 12pounder only caught 1 fish in the 4 hours that he was perched next to me, go figure.
I made my first trek out to the river on Saturday with Don Zimmerman of catchsnaprelease.com to find out if the trout made it through 2014. Turns out they did and they were particularly fat, much to our surprise. The water temps came up a little due to the nice days we have been having, moving the fish out of the frog water and into some current. About an hour into the day I was fighting a 16" rainbow and whilst attempting to get him in the net the top 3 feet of my 11' rod snapped off. The same thing happened two years ago fighting a similar size fish. I wish I could say they snapped fighting some hogs but I can't. That's what I get for buying cheap crap at Cabela's, oh well. Don thought for sure I was ready to call it a day, but with as little as I have been fishing lately I thought what the hell. We kicked down river and fished for another hour, during which time I was able to land 2 more bo's. I landed the one below with 6' of what used to be an 11' rod. Nothing big today, but sure had a blast getting out and fishing with a buddy.