Tag Archive: big fish
By Chris Henderson
Northern Tribe Outdoors
I am building my Suburban into an Overlander. My first step was to build the roof rack so I can take either two S4s, an S4 and a W700 or of course 2 W700s. The rack is not complete until it gets a floor (perforated steel) and ladders (one on each side). We will have a roof top tent.
My church does an annual church campout. This year we went to Alta Lake which is on the East side of the state. I was able to sneak out in the mornings and in-between activities to do a bit of fishing. The wind was a constant and irregular companion. One moment it would be dead calm and the next moment whipping 15 mph through the canyon. But that is no problem for the ole W700. Kokanee were quality fish 15-16 inches. Now I need to go back for just a fishing trip!
It’s June 1st, and I got a call from buddy Mike that he and his Father were taking the canoe striper fishing.
So I loaded up my gear and met them at the launch.
They were having some motor starting troubles, so I set out ahead of them.
Ran up river and started my drift back down, casting some top water, with no interest, then a single paddle tail on a 3/8oz gotcha jig head……nothing, not even a follow.
I picked up the rod with my hot lure for Stripers this season, first cast, nothing, second cast third or forth crank of the reel and BAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Fish on, and the tow ride down river begins.
She was digging down hard, shaking her head and up and rolling on the surface trying to get away.
As I got here closer to the W700, she dove right under it.
Good thing I fight these standing up, or she would have broke my rod if I was sitting, I wouldn’t have got the rod down in the water in time.
Rod tip in the water, fighting the fish back out from under the W700.
I get her boat side again, I reach from my lip grippers and got her mouth on the first try.
Then I realize I forgot my pliers!!!!!
Lucky for me she didn’t fight me as I removed the two hooks in her mouth.
Now Mike and his Dad got the motor running and we head up river, I stayed behind them for fear of causing a wake
and tipping them over……it wasn’t pretty, but they got it done.
Start drifting back down river and my lure gets slammed as soon as it hits the water!!!!
Fish On…………………………off…………what the heck…….my rig broke, and she’s gone.
Still fishable, I cast out again and BAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
She hit it hard, rod doubled over…..then POP…she was gone….the rig broke again and now will be put to rest.
(Till I make a new one)
It was time to end the trip, skies were looking mean and the wind was starting to kick up.
My buddy and his Dad were already back at the launch when I headed in.
Still a Great day in my book, just being on the water is good enough, the fish I catch are just a Bonus.
I Love my W700, she getting way more love then the W500’s lately, but summer is here and and they will get tons of use with my Daughter, Lisa, and my Grand Daughter, those trips I will take video’s of.
Life is Good!
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
We had great fun getting out today. I ended up getting one Sheepshead and a mangrove snapper too!
Thunderstorm finally chased us home though
By Robbie Cairl
Here is an interesting photo from this summer. My friend was panicking because I said I am releasing the fish if he takes a picture or not. He somehow had it in panoramic mode which caused the odd double exposure. A nice 4 lb large mouth with a huge side of salad as you can see!
I got a small, 30 lb thrust electric trolling motor and crudely attached it to my W500. I only used it twice and now wish I had gotten a slightly more powerful motor. It really didn’t do the job against a steady Connecticut River current, I will guess 2 knots. However it handles great and pushes me about twice as fast as my friends paddling their yaks.
Now the new S4 video is amazing! Some day I will bite the bullet and get a gas powered motor. My friend has a 2 horse on his jon boat, and not only does it fly it is so quiet you needn’t raise your voice to converse while running full speed. I still want the exercise I get from paddling though so the motor is just for getting me longer distances.
My oldest granddaughter will be 3 this summer and I am dying to get her on the water!