Whoo-hoo! The Lund got wet today. In thinking back, the boat and I haven’t been out since we fished salmon on Lake Washington back in September. Anyway my daughter’s boyfriend is getting ready to ship out and won’t be back until April. Being from Texas he had never fished in Washington State so when Saturday morning rolled around with a few unaccounted hours I had a plan. The boat and I headed to Campbell Lake and I had them meet me there. On arrival I was questioning my decision as the wind was blowing foam across the launch area. In that I have a screw loose I launched anyway and waited for the kids to arrive. And waited and waited, it turned out that they were headed for the marina launch in Oak Harbor (maybe my fault, earlier in the week we had talked about fishing and crabbing out of Oak Harbor but…).
They found their way to Campbell Lake and shortly after they arrived we were underway. The first order of business was finding a place to fish in the lee of the swirling winds. A bit of a challenge but out of the worst of it we got to fishing. With the shifting wind I decided to run only two rigs, one long line with no weight and a lead line set-up. I was running a 60’ 8# fluorocarbon top shots on both rods with a 1 ½” silver or silver and gold Rapala stick bait type lure. The surface rod was running at 45-60 pulls and the lead line rig at about ½ of a color. It seemed that the silver/lead line combo had the edge but both saw action. Our trolling speed was 1.4 mph and the water temperature was around 46 degrees.
In the end we were out a few hours and put 6 fish 15 - 19+” in the net. All the fish were released unharmed and feisty. We also lost 4 or 5 fish and had a number of drive-bys. All in all we had a blast, sharing many stories and laughs. The boy from Texas is hooked and is already asking what we can catch in April when he returns from deployment.