Thursday, June 12, 2014
week of June 8, 2014
Rhandy stopped by my room about 1 pm after it had finally cleared off. He had just bought a new (used) boat and said we could head out about 2 pm. Off we went and everything seemed to work fine with his new ride. I think I only caught 1 fish, but we had a good time testing out his new equipment and checking out some good spots. Unfortunately the rain returned and after a couple of starts and stops we decided to give it up for Monday. It was just too wet and the fish were not cooperating.
After a truly epic siesta, I met up with Rhandy at 4:30 pm and he had boat troubles right from the start. Things went from bad to worse but we still ended up getting some fishing in and I even caught one! Rhandy was very frustrated, but I'm sure he will get all the kinks out of that boat soon enough. As frustrated as he was, he hooked a great big fish just before dark and it ran under the boat and got off. He said it was the biggest fish he had hooked all year and maybe of his lifetime. He never had control of the fish and it just went where it wanted. Always good to get a reminder of what Fork is all about. Especially when your boat is giving you fits.
Wednesday I met up with Dale at 5:45 and we headed out with a cloudless sky and much warmer temperatures. We hit a number of deep and shallow holes and found a total of 4 fish who agreed to play our game. My biggest was about 5.5 lbs out of a deep water hole, early. Note I still have my jacket on in June! The last fish had swallowed a hook from an earlier breakoff and Dr. Dale performed the surgery to remove most of the leader line protruding through the poor fish's gills. I ended up catching 2 on a shakey head in shallow water and 2 on a carolina rig in deeper water.