I met up with Charlie below slide hole Thursday morning, got into the boat shortly after i slipped and fell into some mud. I got in the boat and he said he had 2 on in the morning but they both got off and both felt like real good fish, what a bummer. He said alot of boats had gone through and most with motors and they pounded the holes hard. We fished the the first hole i met him at for a bit then we made our way down river. We got to pump hole and were anchored up when a fellow guide came down and started hitting the hole below us hard with bait. Then he came to the top one last time and asked Charlie if it was cool to run plugs through one pass. This isnt very cool, but charlie is a nice guy and let him go right on top of us. Charlie then said it would be sweet if we could hook up right after he passed through the same hole as us, using the same technique, he said it would be a “burn”. And wouldnt you know we hook up as plugging down the hole, not long after we had just got done saying how cool it would be to show them up. I fought the fish for awhile, it had to been at least 7lbs and it was really bright. Most of the plugs we use have two treble hooks on them. And during the fight the hook that was in the mouth some how popped out and the other hook got caught near its cheek. This really pissed it off and it made it fight five times harder, and alot harder to bring it to the boat. I tightened the drag a couple times and did it one last final time before the fish broke me off, we could see it swim off with the plug still on it. I felt soooo bad. And i think Charlie felt worse, since it was the 3rd nice one lost in the boat that day.
A boat was behind us the whole time watching so it felt even worse, kinda embarrassing. We were just glad the boat that had jumped right in front of us didnt see me lose it haha. We were really really bummed the rest of the day. Until. Right about noon id say, we were anchored up out by Rogue Elk Park, we were eating lunch and talking when we noticed one of the rods get slammed. Charlie reeled in the other rod as i grabbed the rod out of the holder and proceeded to fight a monster! Charlie pulled anchor and took the boat to shore so we could try to land the fish easier. I fought it there for over 5 mintues id say and i couldnt really get it to come up river. So finally i told Charlie to pull anchor and lets go after him! I fought him for a few more minutes before we were able to net him, the hardest and longest fighting fish i ever caught!
It ended up being a hatchery fish! We thought it was gonna be a wild one since it was so big, but nope it was a keeper. It measured 32 inches and weighed 10lbs, it would of weighed more had it been a female fish full of eggs. It had some really awesome meat too, great color and tasty. This was our only fish for the day, but we were happy, since the morning had gone so wrong. And my personal best fish made it really special, not many fish grow to that size, and i caught one! I want to thank Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com Every time I fish with him I do really well, he knows how to put you onto the fish. He’s a great net man too 😀
thanks for reading and tight lines!
Opps I meant Sunday. Me and Phil met up at 630am sunday to float the river and hopefully catch some steelhead. He had seen how well me and charlie did on Friday and wanted to go out again but he wanted to do the stretch we did, from the hatchery to Rogue Elk Park. He had never done it before and wanted just me in the boat so it would be lighter and easier to take the rapids. We made the float twice and both times werent too bad, the first time down we did wear life jackets though. We had a good time fishing, no catching though. We had two take downs and both didnt stick, the second one was only a half pounder we seen it come out of the water right before it came off. It was a good day of learning though for both of us.
Thanks again Phil! We’ll knock them dead next time.
Until next time… Tight Lines and be safe!
I’m in a giving mood and i have a bag full of Pop-A-Top Yarn. So that means im doing my 3rd contest on this here blog! Rules are simple. Leave a comment with a link to a photo of the most beautiful fish you’ve caught to date. Dead Or Alive, I don’t care. Ill use the random number generator once again to choose the winner. And the winner will receive three packages of the finest quality yarn made in the great state of Oregon. Ill be the first one to enter just so i can show off a beautiful trout i caught last year on the Upper Fork of the Rogue River above Lost Creek Lake. I’m thinking about taking all the entry photos and putting them all into a future post. So if you dont want your picture in a future post on this blog just let me know.
Winner will be announced Saturday morning.
Thanks to to Pop-A-Top Yarn and thanks to the readers! Tight Lines
So I had been keeping my eye on craigslist for awhile. Looking for cheap fishing gear, and also a small anchor i could use on my pontoon boat. Well i found a five dollar anchor that was located in Grants Pass, not to far from Medford where I’m from. I told the guy id give him 8 $ for it if he held onto it until sunday for me. He was happy to do so i think. After buying my new 10lb anchor i headed to Galesville Reservoir. I had been there once before a few years prior, but i only fished for a couple hours from the bank then and i wasnt as serious as i am now. When i got to the lake it was perfect conditions no wind and glassy water. That changed by the time I got my pontoon boat assembled and out on the water. The wind wasnt that bad, and i think it helped with trolling. I decided to use my UL spinning rod to troll a couple flys, one was a black wolly bugger and the other fly im not familiar with. So about 10-15 minutes into trolling, im out pretty far probably the middle of the lake and i notice my rod tip doing the little dance. So i grab my rod and bring in a beatiful 14inch land locked Coho Salmon. Some people might get these fish confused with kokanee which are land locked Sockeye Salmon. This fish had absolutely wonderful meat and tasted so much better then your ordinary rainbow trout. It ended up being my only fish that i brought to the boat, i had a few other strikes that didnt stick, but i think that’s how land locked salmon fishing goes, i hear they have soft mouth’s and thats what makes the hook hard to stick i guess. Was an awesome day of fishing, conditions were great, nice and sunny and not overly windy. The only downside was being a little boat in a big lake. At one point in the afternoon a large boat that looked sea worthy, decided to drive around at full throttle. He had to be going atleast 40mph’s and the waves he created seemed like a mini tsunami to me. Thanks for reading and until next time… Tight Lines!