New Fishing Buddy

Took Lexxy fishing yesterday and all-in-all she was very good. Only one near-miss. I had just baited my hook with some salmon roe and she was close to eating it....later she ate some of it that had fallen on the rock ledge I was on.

Other than popping in the water for a few seconds at a time, she pretty much just laid in the sun next to me. We parked about 1/4 mile from the fishing spot so we had to hike in. She seems to love to catch falling leaves and chase noseeums.

I tried out my invention and it seemed to work for a while before I lost it. I need to make more of them and try it in different places on the river and at the lake.

Fishing was generally lousy for everyone. Before I got there, I heard there were around 30 boats and many had just left. I talked to some people that said they caught a 25 pounder and saw another one caught while I was there. While I didn't catch one. I did hook one up and got a 4 min thrill. Never saw it but at the moment the line broke it was pulling out line faster than I could wind it in. I was using 17lb test so it had to be at least that big.

Most of the afternoon I was entertained by all the fish jumping out of the water. Salmon are quite the clown. They jump because they can. Not because they really need to. I should have brought the video camera but you never know where to be pointing it to get "the shot".

The bumble bee that stung me for no reason got away. To kill the sting, I rubbed mud on the location and in about 10 min the stinging like fire sensation was gone. It's still sore this morning though several hours later.

We stayed until sundown. Both me and my fishing buddy ate dinner and crashed out. We had quite a day.

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Fishing in Sacramento River

Decided to take the boat to the river for the first time today to see how it would did great going downstream. Well what can I say. It's only a 6hp Johnson. Actually it did fairly well about half the way coming back and the current was just too strong.

Some guys on jet skis saw me going nowhere fast and offerred me a tow through the rapids. That went well except where we thought the current wasn't as still was. He was gone and I was going back down stream.

I managed to head up Cow Creek and tie off. I saw a road going up to one of the farms and I thought the farmer might let me drive my jeep and trailer down to get the boat. I must have walked about a mile and a half to the road and the very last gate was padlocked and nobody ta home.

So I walked back, hopped in the boat and headed down stream. I was about 3 miles from the next boat landing. Most of the way I just left the motor off and used the oars. Took about another hour or so. Right after I got there, I met some nice people that hauled me back to the other boat ramp back in Anderson River Park.

First thing this morning, I had to go buy a new fuel hose because the other one split on me. Then right after putting the boat in the water...I was baling it out...the cork popped out again. But besides being kinda scary, being my first time alone on the river in this boat, It turned out pretty cool.

On my 10 mile river trip, I saw a beautiful Bald Eagle and about a 10-15lb salmon jump out of the water...and I caught this fish...what ever it is.

It was 17" and weight 1.5 pounds after gutted and the head taken off. Really put up a great fight!




Anybody know what it is?

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Fishing...Southern Style

Ran across this video on MetaCafe's website and though it was rather an interesting technique. I can see though where it may be illegal to do in some states. The way this gal shows it you have little control over retrieval when you hook one. A secondary line tied to the boat would solve that. I can see that if the fish was huge it could swim away from you for quite awhile before it got tuckered out.

There are some commercial jugging setups available. I would use a white jug so it could easily be seen as opposed to clear 2 liter bottles. For night fishing add some reflective tape so you could find them with a flashlight. I probably wouldn't use no more than 2 hooks. The actual line length and weight strategy would vary depending on the pond or lake depth...heck you could even tie a brick on the end if you wanted. Don't think I would try this in a river unless it was a lazy river. Chasing your jugs down stream might be rather dangerous.

From what I've read so far, jugging is mostly used for catfish. Catfish give off a scent to alert other fish of danger so you have to treat them gentily until you get them landed or you will scare off the other takers.