Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Well as I write this the sun is blazing and temperatures are well up to mid twenties so I'm hoping we are into a settled spell which will allow rivers to run a bit closer to normal for this time of year.
I took full advantage on Sunday when the rivers began to fall and myself and fishing buddy Nick headed off to the River Ithon (major upper tributary to the Wye). It was still running quite high and carrying a fair bit of colour but looked fishable when we got to the river.
Due to the adverse weather of late the water temperatures have remained low and as a result seeing any fish rising is a rare occurrence...such was today and the plan of action was an out and out nymph attack, something on par to what we would normally be doing in the depths of winter!
We soon located some nice Grayling and were both getting some pretty hefty bends in the rods, they were definitely favouring the faster/streamer water of around 2-3 foot deep and seemed to be well anchored to the bottom.
|Nick's 10' #2 almost bend double with a large Grayling!|
|47cm hard fighting Grayling for Nick.|
|One of a few brown trout caught on the day|
This current spell of warmer weather should now bring the water temperatures back up and induce more surface activity and the dry fly box may soon be re-opened!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Slow salmon fishing today south of Bodega Head. A few fish were trolled up there but the best numbers by far were from Carmet and north of there. If you're going fishing for salmon tomorrow, go north or be very patient. No flatfish reported. Even a slow rockfish bite. Flat water, though, and a beautiful evening if you like sunshine and water like a mirror. Still a good forecast for the rest of the week, so hopefully the water will warm up a bit and get the halibut started. Go white meat!
Monday, July 16, 2012
My thanks to ANGER MANAGEMENT and his crew and everyone else who got involved to help me when I had to say that ill fated phrase May DAY, MAY DAY when my boat started taking on water and went under in about two minutes.
The day started out great. Slept late and launched about 8:45 from Bodega. Went solo as I had only a couple of hours and wanted to go to a friend’s party with a fish for the BBQ. Although I passed what appeared to be good readings, I headed all the way to 24/7. About a mile short the fish finder showed all those beautiful fish so I dropped in and bam, one fish in the box in first 5 minutes. It was then a free for all as I kept getting one fish after another that was either too small or came unbuttoned when I tried to net it with my bad shoulder holding the rod in the other hand. There was a lot of blood on the deck so after I got my other rod in the water, I picked up my hose to clean up only to have it die on me. I was about to check the fuse when my faithful PINK LADY once again goes off only to find a good keeper on the rod. About that time I noticed water was about foot high in the back of the boat, which had me concerned as was coming over the transom fast. I was about to gun the engine when the water got high enough and it sputtered and died. Putting my rod in the holder with a fish on it I called out my first May Day and got on my life jacket which was right there at my console where I hung it after getting to the fishing grounds making sure my radio was still in my pocket. From there things were a blur as by now water was at my knees and I realized this was not good and knew in was only another minute or two at the most before I’d be swimming. Knowing this, I called for the Coast Guard on channel 16 2-3 times and got no answer. Went back to channel 9 and put out another May Day this time saying I needed help real fast as the situation was deteriorating real fast beyond my control. All I was thinking was that I have to walk my daughter down the isle to get married in a couple of weeks and it’s not my time to go. By now I realized it was foggy so I started using my air horn as the boat horn is a joke. Two boats close by ignored my distress calls along with me waving frantically. Must not have been Coastsiders. Although people on the radio were telling me to use my flare gun it was too late. It was handy, but I had it taped around to keep things dry and I was having trouble getting the tape off. I knew people were looking for me with my coordinates, but it was foggy so I was using my Air horn as a direction beacon, which proved successful. Out of the fog came Anger Management as my boat was at the water line and I’m about to go for a swim. Reaching out they pulled me aboard.
Again I want to thank everyone who participated in my rescue. Without you all, I’m sure this story would have a different ending with some else telling what they believed happened to me.
MORAL OF THE STORY
1. Have a DAMMED PFD for everyone on the boat and keep it handy, not stowed away below somewhere. WEAR IT ESPECIALLY WHEN ALONE.
2. Have a portable and floatable VHF radio close by or on your person especially WHEN ALONE.
3. Have an Air horn close by and handy. I also keep a small one in my pocket.
4. Keep you flare gun and flares handyas well, not buried somewhere below. If you tape them up to keep them dry, then have a flap at the end so you can easily pull it open unlike me.
5. Lastly, fish with a buddy, so if there’s a problem, you can step on his shoulder’s to reach higher or feed him to the sharks first. (Ha Ha)
Seriously, have safety gear handy and not stowed away like most people.
When **** happens, it happens real fast and like my case it was 3 minutes until it was all over!.
Since I sank a boat before, this story seemed important to share with you. You can't argue with his advice. I would hope that everyone reading this would do their best to help. And I for one am very glad to share the waters here with the crew of the Anger Management.