4:00 in the AM, Eyes wide open and restless. I roll over and close my eyes anyway, dozing off and on till 5:30, and she says, "are ya ready for coffee"? As the old saying goes, When Mama don't sleep, Nobody sleeps". But it was a good cup of joe, and after coffee, we put the gear together for a run to Rufus Woods. Temp in the lower 30s, fog, but no ice on the roads. We launched the boat at Cheif Joe around 8-8:30, and made a run up to the pens. Nice current, not too strong, but moving the water along nicely. I would say we jigged vertically, but with the current and 1/16oz jigs, it was somewhere between vertical jigging, and stationary trolling (is there a such thing). I started out with the B-2 on a 1/8 oz jig head with no hits. I changed to a 1/16oz and put on one of "Uncle Walt's" Mini tube skirts in red metal flake. I rig with two tubes. I spilt the body up to almost the head end of the jig. This I thread on as you normally would. Then I take an unaltered one and put it on after the split one, and slide it up to the head part of the first. This make side "wings ou to the skirt of the split one. (will try to post some pics on the blog later. This is the second time I have used this particular color of mini tube, and it has worked both times. Only place I have found them is at Hooked on Toys in Wenatchee. The short and skinny is 3 of our 4 fish were caught with these mini tubes. Cindy was using her usual minnow imitations, with no luck. After I landed my first one (8# 1oz) she reeled in and changed her presentation. We fished for about 10 mins and cindy was getting hits, but no hook-ups. Finally I hear, Fish ON. Her yellow Rod was bent down nicely, and since my bait is back in the general area, I decide to crank in and give her a hand with the net. Just as I started to crank it in I snagged up. Grrrrrr I hate to loose tacke, but sometimes it happens, Cindy's reel clutch is sounding off, Wait...... I feel a head shake. I got one too. It was our first double of the year. No worries, Mine feels reluctant to come up, but it is following the boat nicely. (Because of all the cable, chains, and ropes anchoring the pen system, when we hook one I try to move the boat out away from the underwater line hazards). All of a sudden my reel clutch is competing with cindy's and we have two nicely bent rods. When the fish come into view, I feel a little excited. I've got a nice one on, but cindy's is OK too. So I just get mine in the net, and Cindy worked her's over to my side of the boat and I netted it also. Two fish in the net. WOW. Ends up over 21# of fish in the net. Mine weighed in at 11# 11oz, and her's was 9# 10oz. That's fish # 2 for me, but it's early. I set my rod out of the way, Sip on a cup of coffee, and maintained boat positioning for about 5 min, and Fish on. Cindy has her second one hooked up. She plays it down, and it's in the net, It weighed in at 10# 6oz. Our four fish limit and it not even11:00 yet.
The fish were biting extremly softly, and was difficult to feel the hit, and constantly being able to feel the jig was helpful. I only got two bite today, but it was enough. I caught the first fish, the first limit, the largest (weight wise), and also the smallest. It sure felt good. Cindy wasn't complaining either, she had a limit of nice trout. As we were breaking down to head out, Charly H. (from the WL gang) pulls up. He and his fishing partner, Mike, were out for a day on the water. It was nice to meet Charly and Mike. Thanks guys for stopping by and saying hello.
Got the fish from today in the bine getting ready to smoke. Mmmmmmm good..stay safe and get out when you can. Stay safe.