Angler Report: Young angler finds success at Lake Pleasant
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Took Ian for a third time fishing. He was able to go because high school
swim team practice was cancelled in the morning due to the pool heater
breaking. His first two trips I guessed wrong on the cycle of the fish
as they had been flaky on showing up and it was a hot humid summer
morning with me telling him hours of war stories about stripers and
boils and we never caught a fish both trips.
Fall break he wanted to give it one more try (third time a charm, I hoped). Fished in cool, breezy and some quick rain showers Thursday morning — that is why he looks like he is dressed like an Eskimo. It is actually a rain suit.
There was no lightning, just a couple quick showers on a nice overcast day. Safety goggles in place and of course we are ready to fish and he tells me he brought two bananas with him (Of course that is a old wise tail fishermen’s story bananas in the boat it is a curse!)
Started a little early in the river when it is barely safe light out, and turn around and he is sitting on the back seat eating a banana while putting peanut butter on it! (I threaten to take him to shore and drop him and his bananas on an island with a fishing rod and he can fish from shore and I will pick him up later.)
We get gear ready and the fish gods decided he had suffered enough skunks. Literally sitting there talking and waiting, the first small boil blows up 10 yards from the boat and he of course in his excitement he casts the walk-the-dog surface lure off to the left of the boil a good 10 yards so he retrieves and and I tell him, “Calm down .. cast past the boil and bring the lure in slow, walking the dog.” Bam — his first striper on, now the fire drill begins.
He gets the fish in the boat and I hand him a work glove and pliers and instruct him to grab the fish with the glove as they have lots of spines to stick you, and if the fish flops around, the treble hooks will hit the glove and not bury in your hand.
Wish I would have shot video; every time he reached for the fish it would jump and of course he would jump. You would have thought he was trying to grab a rattlesnake. I got to laughing so hard I could not even cast to the fish. Big kid having a small striper chasing him around the boat.
He finally grabbed this striper: all 14 inches of him, and got the hooks out and released him. Well, we had a fun morning — a little too breezy for me but he got to see striper boils in full action. Not big boils, not big fish, but a blast. He saw his lure get hit multiple times and no hook up, and lost numerous fish as he would hook up and then let slack in the line and lose a fish. He would get excited and instead of walking the dog would bring the lure in like a torpedo.
I did not fish much. Was having too much fun watching him get excited as a boil blew up. At times multiple boils would blow up around the boat and he looked like a pinwheel trying to decide which way to cast.
Ian caught 10 stripers on surface: one nice white bass, two largemouths on a spoon (released), and lost several fish with both surface lures and spoons when relaxing the line (heck I still do that some times). If he would have caught every fish that slashed at his surface lure, and he would have kept tension on several, he would of had 20 fish on surface. I had crushed the barbs down on his surface lure just as a safety precaution.
He wanted to keep and cook fish, so we did. I gave him a quick verbal class on filleting when we got home and told him to look at a couple quick YouTube videos on how to filet, and sure enough he sent me a picture that night as his family sat down to a fish dinner:
He has told me now he wants to catch big striper and that he has a $50 gift certificate for BassPro, so he wants to go out there one of these days and grab some fishing stuff.
I think we have another convert to this crazy sport of fishing 😉
Told him his next challenge is to perfect casting a bait for both surface and spoon fishing.
Another adventure ahead?
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