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Butt Lake Hex Hatch

Yesterday was the full moon on the summer solstice.  That doesn’t happen too often.  What should one do to commemorate it?  Go check out the hexagenia hatch on Butt Lake of course!  I took the boy for a father/son boat ride.  We started fishing around 5pm, fighting the up-lake wind that seems to happen in summer afternoons on that lake.  Caught one dink smallmouth not worthy of a photo while the sun was out.  However, as hoped, the lake laid down as the sun got low and those big ol’ mayflies started showing themselves.  We’d prepared for it earlier in the day by tying some marabou jigs to fish under floats (I think bass-fishers call it “float and fly”).  I missed more than I hooked (I think there were some smallish fish in the area doing “drive-bys”) but the spectacle is always fun to watch and I did stick a couple fish…

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When the float went down again I figured I’d let the boy do battle with one…

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But the boy’s first hex hatch smallmouth was sort of funny lookin’…

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Shortly after this fish it got tough to see our bobbers so we watched that big ol’ moon rise over the lake and headed back to the ramp.

Great outing with my boy!

Koke Fishin’

I took James down to Redding this past weekend to, among other things, mooch a guided fishing trip from gramma and grandpa.  The mooching paid off and we found some good kokanee trolling on Whiskeytown.

The trip also provided an opportunity for me to test the towing capacity on my new grocery-getter.  Grandpa’s boat weighs in at 3500 pounds or so on the trailer and my baby SUV pulled it nicely…

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The fish were biting well as most boats in the area were catching fish.  That, combined with the fact that Ernie is absolutely the Kokanee Killer, and it didn’t take long before James was wearing his arms out…

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After the first dozen or so, the skipper DID finally let us deckhands reel in a few….

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Grandpa’s boat is faster than dad’s, as you can see by the kid’s hair…

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Now, time for the work to begin.  There’s only room at THAT table for 2.  I had to stand back taking pictures and drinking beer (I figured it was the least I could do)!…

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I can do this but I’m at about a 3 fish per hour pace.  They would have rotted by the time I was done!

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Looks like dinner…

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Here is a video for anyone interested.  The GoPro was running for 3 hours.  I trimmed it down to 13 minutes.  If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the “meat and potatoes” (or, at least the meat) starts right at the 10 minute mark…

 

Baum Lake – September 27, 2015

Well, I’ve been in quite the fishing slump of late. Sometimes you just have to “go with what you know” and catch some damn fish! That’s what I did when we took a little trip to Baum this past Sunday. We didn’t get there until high noon but we managed to stick a few. We got mostly planted rainbows but 2 or 3 browns as well. All in all it was a fun afternoon.

The first video is rather long and includes all of our hookups starting with mine, followed by James’ (the time stamp was screwy on one of my cameras so putting them in actual order would have been difficult)….

This is clipped to just James’ fish…

I believe the kid actually caught larger fish on average than I did!