Thursday, June 20, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Today I found where the big fish had been hiding. Found them in about 28 FOW in Sapinero Basin. Diane killed it, I did pretty decent. She caught a 33.5" fish that weighed 24lbs!! I caught a 32". We also caught several more. 3-4 between 25-30"
Me playing grab ass with a trout.
The trout trying to bite me for playing grab ass
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Our RV site had shit wifi and literally no cell coverage. So today we moved to the Gunnison KOA. Great cell coverage but the wifi is down..wtf. Anywho, going to go out for a few hours tomorrow in Ceboila Basin.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
We started in the spots we did well at last year. Caught a few browns and small lakers. Searched around a lot without much luck. In the afternoon we started doing better. Caught a whole bunch more browns and a few more lakers. I did not see any big marks on the graph.
Finally at the end of the day I started looking around near the Lake Fork boat ramp. Saw our first biggish mark of the day. Diane caught it, 28" laker. Then I caught a fat 24". Few more lakers, then I caught a 21.5" Brown! Only 1/2 shy of a master angler.
Overall we caught 40ish fish. Not too bad, but we did not find any big ones really.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
About 8am I headed over to swim beach. While driving in I noticed a couple of big marks about 78' deep. I spent the next 30 or so minutes trying to get them to bite a 4" white tube. They really really wanted to bite but were holding back. They were all over the tube eyeing it. Then finally I got the hit.
When you catch a mid 30s inch lake trout they will do all kinds of head shakes and take off on a run ripping drag. This was different. It was like I hooked a diesel truck in first gear. Just a slow steady power walking away from me. I knew I had hooked into something special; a Flaming Gorge Hoss.
I spent the next 10 minutes or so trying to get this guy up off the bottom. I could watch on my fish finder. I would get him up 10 or 15 feet, then he was just slowly head back down. Eventually I saw some huge bubbles break the surface. This was the fish letting air out of his swim bladder. This is an ability few fish have and the only reason we can catch and release a Lake Trout from 80' down.
Once the fish finally hit the surface he was very calm and I was able to net him. It took a great deal of effort to get him over the gunwales and into the boat. The fish measured 42". I showed the main guide on this lake my photos and he estimated it weighed 35 pounds.
After measuring the fish and showing him off to the camera I put him back in the water and swam off right away. Ready to be the next persons fish of a lifetime.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Saturday was a little better. The bite seems to be picking up. Caught a few 27-28" and 5 or so 18-24". I hooked into a big fish and almost had it to the boat after fighting it for several minutes. Right as I saw the leader knot the fish got off :\
Ran into a friend and fellow lake trout fanatic. Small world for Lake Trout fisherman!
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
In the evening I went fly fishing by the boat ramp and caught a few nice Rainbows.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I did pretty good fishing. Caught 4 or 5 25" fish and one fat 37"er. The big fish took ages to land and went on 4 or 5 big runs. I hooked another big fish and it went on a couple of runs and got off. I did best in about 38-40 FOW. Water temp was 40-41.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
All of Colorado was basically seeing the same weather as the Gorge, but we had about a day and a half before it would hit. So we decided to just camp at Cherry Creek and fish for walleye. It was pretty exciting to get the truck and boat fully loaded up and ready to go. Even if it was just for a short trip to Cherry Creek. We arrived at Cherry Creek about 4pm and started setting up. First I have to ditch the boat somewhere so I can get the camper off the truck. Getting the camper off and level is not too big a deal. The whole process probably took about 1/2 hour. We spent the rest of the day drinking beer and listening to music. It was just a bit too late to take the boat out and it was a little windy. We slept great. The bed is very comfortable and we didn't even need the heater.
We hit the lake about 7am the next morning. It was pretty windy, a little chilly, and mostly cloudy. Water temp was about 49 to 51. We put out 4 lines with 1oz snap weights pulling #5 flicker shads. At some point Diane got one of the lures really caught up in her jacket and asked me for help. The hooks on the new lures are *so* sharp. They will pretty much stick into anything they touch. The lure was stuck pretty good and would not come out. I grabbed some needle nose pliers and just had to jerk the lure out ripping a little hole in the jacket. The lure went flying in the process and stuck in my thumb.. way past the barb. Basically everything but the shank of the hook was in my hand. I tried to back the hook out with the pliers but due to the barb the hook would not move at all. At this point I thought about trying to push the hook through so the barb would pop out the other side and I could cut it off. The hook was in at such an angle that trying to push it through was not really practical. At this point I didn't really know what to do so I just made sure all the other lines were setup so we could keep fishing.
I tried pulling the hook out a few more times with no luck. As I contemplated going to the ER and wasting the whole day I remembered a few youtube videos I had seen about removing hooks from people. They used a trick with fishing line to apply pressure to the hook in the opposite direction of the barb. This would often create just enough space between the barb and skin to allow the hook to slide out. I kind of always thought it didn't seem like a useful tactic but I figured I might as well give it a shot. I had Diane cut off about 6' of 12lb floro line and double it over. I wrapped it around the shank of the hook and had her pull the opposite direction of the barb. I then used the needle nose to try to back the hook out. Immediately the hook popped out about 1/2 way!! We repositioned the line and needle nose to try again. After a few seconds of us both pulling hard the hook was freed from my hand! Thanks Youtube!
We fished for another few hours and managed one small walleye. I think the water is just a little too cold for them to be very active right now. That night we cooked up some brats and made a fire. The next day Denver was expecting "Bomb Cyclone #2" so we packed up and headed home. Not bad for a first trip out.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
To help stabilize and support the camper when it is off the truck I bought some jacks and stable sticks. Diane and I tried them out at Chatfield Saturday. The camper was very stable, even when we were in the cab over sleeping. Getting the camper back on the truck was not too hard either. My new bumper camera setup made getting the camper centered pretty easy. The only thing that kind of sucked was not having electric jacks. I had to use my drill to control the jacks and that make the whole process a bit slow.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Once the truck was loaded everything else was easy and fun. It got pretty cold at night, probably in the teens, but we stayed plenty warm. I slept very well.
The truck seems to perform a lot better with the airbags and sway bar. The real test will be when a diesel blows buy me at 75mph.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Hit the boat ramp this morning before 5am. It was pitch black out and took me a while to launch my boat. I headed to Antelope Flats using a ...
Decided to upgrade the sleeping accommodations this year. To do so meant I also had to upgrade the towing accommodations :D So here are a fe...