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Captain’s Log (Pyramid Lake) Star Date 10/30/2010
The Perfect Storm
I got up at 6:00 am to find the wind blowing pretty hard. I thought? Should I call to see if we are still going or just head to Father Murphy’s house?
I headed out at 7:00 am to meet Kevin Campbell and Father Murphy at his house. We hooked up the boat (wind still blowing) and headed for the lake.
We got to Crosby’s Lodge about 8:00 am got our licenses and struggled with talking ourselves out of a shot of the un-usual. But we dId!
We hit the boat ramp at 8:30 am when Murphy said O darn! (Ya right) I forgot the battery jumper box. We lowered the boat in the water it fired, choked and died. It did not re-fire. Back to the Lodge for a battery. We did a quick parking lot battery change and back to the ramp.
Un-believable the lake was almost flat. We headed for Windless Bay where we began our fishing trip.
We marked fish all over from 15’ down to 60’ the water temp was 56’ degrees and the air temp was a nice 46’ degrees.
We all rolled through lure after lure trying to see what they wanted. Kevin hit the first fish at 13’ deep with Murphy’s Willow Pyramid Spoon in Green and Pearl. http://www.fishingwithfathermurphy.com
I soon followed with a fish at 35’ on “The Captain”. http://www.guinfishntackleco.com
We continued to change as we hit a fish now and again at different elevations but never the same lure.
The wind came up a little we only had six fish in the boat and thought our day may soon end as we started getting rolling waves and then white caps.
We toughed it out for the next hour. We soon realized that the lake was calming down. A few minutes later it went flat and stayed that way the rest of the day.
We trolled over to the Spider area. We worked it over for one fish. I decided to give Murphy a hard time and asked him to take us to his secret location. He did!
Murphy and I talked about it the night before. I explained that the water temp at Davis the week before was perfect for the fish to be up top. I guess we should have realized it earlier on this lake.
We pulled into the hunting grounds. Murphy put on a Red and Black Willow spoon of his with a three ounce banana weight and sent it out 200’.
We made our first pass when his rod folded. Kevin and I caught on quick and put our set back to 60’ and set the downrigger to 9’. Let the games begin.
It is now 2:00 pm we are pulling fish on every pass. Now the ribbing starts. We found ourselves in a race to see who could catch the most.
Kevin and I both pulled a fish each that weighed in at one and a half pounds. Murphy must of thought we were Steelhead fishing (They are called ½ pounders) so he wanted to count them as half a fish.
Murphy got so busy catching fish that he handed the helm over to me. I took us into 20’ of water were we enjoyed four double hook ups and one triple hook up.
During one of those runs we also got to enjoy putting the boat up on the beach. Never done that before! Ya right
We had a lot of soft bites and found we had to work them now and again. I had one chase my lure for five minutes before I felt a solid tug. That is when I released and set. Another time Murphy’s top line got bumped for a solid 10 minutes. I finally grabbed the rod worked it in and out when I felt the solid bite I hit it hard and it hooked. Murphy pulled in a 4.8 pound Cutthroat.
We had so much fun on a beautiful day pulling in 2.8 to 3.8 average fish that we did not pull off of the lake until 5:30 pm.
Growing up as a kid we always had an on going bet $1.00 for the first the biggest and the most. We ended in a wash as Kevin had the first, Murphy had the biggest at 4.8 lbs and I got the most with 9 in the boat. 7 came from “The Captain”. We ended the day with 24 fish total in the boat maybe 23 if you are like Murphy and count the 2 as 1.
Kevin and I thought that maybe we kept Murphy out past curfew but it was our phones ringing. The girls were quite worried as the wind was blowing hard with some rain back at the house. They just knew we could not have weathered the storm that long.
Little did they know we had the perfect “Indian Summer day”. No pun intended!
We pulled most of our fish in the top 15’ of water. We trolled spoons at 2.3 mph. The colors of choice were Black, Pearl, Red, Orange and Copper on Silver spoons. We used one rod a piece because that is all you are aloud and did not use any scent as it is not aloud. Hope you get a chance to enjoy great fall fishing.