Post by Brandon on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:09 GMT -5
The annual GKF trout tournament rolled around and as usual I entered. The morning started out EARLY for me, I took my wife to the airport for a 6am flight, which from our house meant a wake up at 3am to get to the airport in time.
After arriving at settles bridge to drop trucks, I decided to take a nap and wait for the rest of the crew since I had some time.
7am rolls around and people begin to filter in. We get the trucks dropped and head to the Dam. Get unloaded and it was a pretty easy and quick process to get in the water and start fishing.
Having venture this section before I was quick to get past the fly fisherman army and try my best to avoid their casting locations. Made my way down into the first hole, caught a decent rainbow and put it on the stringer. Get a little further down and get into a school of them and caught probably another 5-6 browns. The tournament was a weigh-in and fish fry so they wanted the rainbows and leave the browns alone.
Get to a spot I really like just above 20 rock and I set the hook on a good sized rainbow, and my line just goes flying behind me. I turn and look and see the mighty rainbow going nuts with my lure in its mouth. And that's when the heavy heart sat on me, that was the only lure I had of that color and size, even after several trips to stores looking for extras, I could not locate it.
So I switch lures and keep trying, however I was now getting the typical followers and chasers and they just don't hit the lure. I was seeing schools of 30-40 fish, and not a one would hit it. Eventually I would get into a school of them and catch one small rainbow, they was so small I didn't even keep them for the weigh in.
Before this trip started, I decided to rig up a bass rod with some 6lb Flourocarbon so I could throw some slightly bigger lures in some of the deeper holes I know to hold fish. So I get to one of them and the UL just isn't getting it done, So I switch to the bass rod, toss in the big boy and start pulling it in. WHAM! felt like a tree came up and hit it. I reeled in the nicest rainbow of the day with that cast...I made several more casts into the same hole and had 3-4 really nice fish follow my bait out but they wasn't having any of it now that I caught their buddy.
SO I ended the day with 2 rainbows in the 12-13" range and one around 16" range. Then I also had a handful of browns I had released and I also turned loose 3 of the smallest Rainbows I ever seen. This was good enough to net me a first place finish in the tournament with the heaviest stringer and the biggest trout. Then I got really lucky and got my raffle ticket number pulled on a Lews Rod/Reel Combo. All in all a great day for me, got a little pay day, gt to fish, got a new rod and reel.
Time to start focusing on that GA bass slam.