Captain’s Log (Lake Almanor) Star Date 1/29/2011
Kevin pulled into my house about 10 after 6:00 am. We drove to junction 70 where we were meeting the boys. (Clayton Sterling and Justin Williams.) The plan was to be fishing by 8:00 am. Did not happen! We met up a little late along with Claytons boat trailer had no running lights. Popped in a fuse and on our way.
We set up the boat and started fishing at the dam right around 9:00 am. The air temp was around 35’ degrees and warmed into the sixty’s by afternoon. The water temp was 39’ degrees and never changed.
Our friend Kyle of http://www.crystalbasintackle.com. Was up on Thursday to have http://www.dynamicdieselinc.com repair his truck. He gave Kevin and I a couple of his Wee Tads to try out so I did. In a matter of 20 minutes I pulled 2 Rainbows with his Chartreuse/Orange Wee Tad. Those 2 ended up being the last for quite awhile.
We trolled towards Hamilton Branch rolling through the tackle box twice over and we have a lot of stuff. After getting to enjoy 3 Bald Eagles flying over the boat at the same time we continued north.
I rigged up one of my 3/8 ounce lures (The Grinch) laced with http://www.procure.com. (Trophy Trout) Gel six feet behind a one ounce banana weight sent it out 150’ and clipped to a planer board and sent it off the shore side of the boat 100’ out. Just as the fish before we found the speed of 1.9 to 2.0 mph to be the trick today. You guessed it the line popped and in came our first Brown of the day. He was not big but a good looker at 2.3 pounds.
I re-rigged made a wide path and right back through the same area in 25’ of water. Yes the line popped again with his brother a little smaller. I did not weigh it but was 17 ½” which was ½” smaller than the first.
We worked it over a while longer with no more luck. About the time we got to Hamilton the winds came up. Lucky for the boys they decided not to follow us to Hamilton and went back to the dam. The winds were not strong but turned the lake to 3’ rollers. It was tough!
The day was getting away from us so we trolled back south. We got right out in front of the Lime Green house were I lost a downrigger weight on the way up. Kevin thought he would give it a try and hung his weight on bottom. This ended up being very comical as Kevin jerked on the boom up it came and tangled in the net. Aside for turning the boat the waves grabbed us and turned us hard. We now have the boom stuck in the net and five fishing lines wrapped around the boom. The fifth line was the planer board line. All I could do is look at the picture in front of me and laugh hysterically. It only took 5 minutes to un-tangle and we did retrieve all gear.
We gave Howard of Mountain Lakes Guide Service a call as he was leaving. He lost a large Brown at the back of the boat on a 2 ½” Rapala. He did finish the day with 3 Rainbows boated on Uncle Larry’s Spinners with a grub installed. The boys pulled off with 2 Browns and 1 Rainbow. These fish were taken on my Silver Spoons (The Captain, Cutthroat, and Copper Pearl Black Back) http://www.guinfishntackleco.com. Kevin and I ended up with 9 fish in the boat the above lures along with http://www.fishingwithfathermurphy.com. Spoons (The Great Pumpkin and Pearl Pink Dot).
All fish were taken around 15’ to 18’ deep. As you can see there was no favorite lure and it was a tough fish but beautiful day. Hope you do well on your next adventure and enjoy the boat ride! Note my site has been messed up for a while as we have been adding a lot of new product. It is up and running now Shannon did a great job with it. If you have time check it out. Thanks West