This morning I got to spend some time with a good friend again. We headed to the docks downtown just a few miles from my house. 5am comes really early, though I guess I’m pretty use to it by now due to my job.
We met at Dunkins at 5 and proceeded to the docks. It was still dark and we could hardly see thing. That didn’t stop us from throwing our lines in the water with hopes of getting a bite. I started out with a simple spinner bait, though proper in color with some white and green, and began casting away. Ed had two poles and threw one out with some power bait on a hook and a split shot to keep it deep. He also had his fly rod which he began casting about. Within a half hour I landed this nice pickerel.
Pretty nice fish, so I decided I would keep it to take home and cook. The casting continued on as others showed up with their array of tackle and poles. Before we knew it, there were about 7-8 of us all looking to land the prized salmon or trout. Cast after cast we seemed to be getting closer. We could actually see the fish coming up to our bait and then, for whatever reason, turning away as if to say…..no I am not interested in that. Time went on and I decided to try something new. I started throwing some salmon eggs and could see the fish reacting to it, though not biting just yet.
Within the next hour or so, I had finally landed one! A nice rainbow trout!
What a beautiful fish! I was excited to say the least. The game continued of throwing the hook out baited with a salmon egg, and the fish coming up and leaving. A game of cat and mouse, or egg and fish I guess….ensued. Such great fun and what a pleasure to watch these fish in action. There were all kinds of fish around us, including, salmon, trout and huge sucker fish. See, the sucker fish are spawning now, and the trout are following them around just waiting to feed on the spawn. Every now and then….you can get lucky. And so I did. Another rainbow was landed some time later, to put me at my limit of trout for the day, 2.
I wish I had known that a fly rod was a good choice to bring, as I would have taken mine. I am not complaining however, as these 3 fish will surely be good eating. I will try and remember next time to bring my fly rod though, as it just makes the game that much more fun!
So there you have it. An early morning limit, though I certainly didn’t have my limit of fun.
Just a thought, a fly out of the water catches no fish!