Friday, April 13, 2007

april the derby begins

The annual east bay derby began today. The only trophy fish planted was at Los Vacqueros. The other lakes get theirs next week. So I went to the big plant. Well, the stock was to be 2000 lbs. of 8+ lbs. fish. The reel plant was 750 lbs of up to 8lbs fish. Most of the trout were between 4 to 5 lbs. Nice, but not trophys! To make matters worse The Dept. of Fish and Game must of had left over trout from the south bay because they put 1000lbs of sardine trout in the day before. Most people caught some fish ,mostly small and on worms. I managed to get four trout from 1/2 pound (sardine ) size to the 4 1/2 lb. trophy, caught on a wooly bugger in black. The only other person who did better was some one who fished in the no fishing zone . He caught three. Who says honesty is the best policy.Not the fish thats for sure.

Now back to the south bay:
All usual spots got their 500lbs of sardine size trout. They hit the usual small spinners and power bait and eggs. I caught a couple of them at Cottonwood Lake and went to Stevens Creek Dam the next day to catch some garden fertilizer. When I got there the fishing looked bleak. The people their said that it was slow one per hour. Well I only had two hours to fish so I dug into my bag of tricks and came up with the secret. Float some power eggs under a tiny thrill bobber . It worked great. In 30 minutes I had my five plus five others that were let go. My peppers thanked me for their food and really started to grow>