Fishing Report – February 1, 2006
Since mid January, the rainbow fishing has been either hot or cold! Fortunately for my old fishing buddy Tom, it was hot the day he was out.
I had decided to use mostly Apex’s that day, and I was worried about the flat calm water. However, the downrigger to my back set at 16ft. popped free, and the 7lb yellowfin started to peel line. Tom got it in – we took pictures and let her swim free. Next, Tom caught and released a nice bull trout.
After a couple of hours of no hits, I changed the color of the Apex on the surface to black/pearl. Soon after, the planer board line zips back and releases, and a big trout is dancing 200 ft behind the boat. I yell to Tom that his big trout is on, and he grabs the rod!
A great battle, and some time later we boat the big female. You couldn’t wipe the smile off of Tom’s face.
I could tell by the color of this trout, that it was a female who was full of roe. When I said this, Tom decided to take some pictures and release her. And that’s what we did. What a great day!
Last week I decided to go check out my favorite bull trout spot. I usually don’t go till February, but decided to head up a little earlier this year. I head up with Marty and Clint, a father and son team. When we get there, I drop the first downrigger to 45ft. It immediately starts to bounce – Fish on! Well, that was easy, looks like they’re here. We get the fish in, and I set the downrigger back up. I start to rig the next line, and the downrigger starts to bounce again. Looks like were in for a great day!
In totall we boated and released 26 bull trout in about 6.5hrs. What a blast!
I went back a couple of days later with new clients, and we had another great day, boating 17 bulls.
Lots of great fishing left this winter.
Tight Lines … Brad
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