Yes, Mark, I am sure Mark K. will get some up when he gets home. He is staying a day longer than I did to fish with another buddy. He will be back by tomorrow. I will be working on the article for TTG and it should be up later in the week.
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:20 pm Post subject: report
Ok, we got some decent fish...not giants...but some really pretty fish.
I met up with Rick Arnold and Brad Stout to do some fishing at Pyramid Lake. Pyramid is know for its large Lahontan cutthroat trout, some of the largest in the nation. Our goal was to target big fish with a variety of techniques.
I had always wondered why more people don't use ACs at Pyramid. I thought that big originals would work well there. Cutthroat like erratic lures that change direction and "juke and jive" and the original fit that description perfectly. I asked Allan if he would paint up some firetiger and green/black spot originals in a big 9" profile.
I met Rick and Brad at the boat ramp on Friday afternoon. They had already put several fish in the boat including this fatty that Rick got on an AC Minnow off the downrigger. They had a few other fish on some other techniques that Brad likes to use.
We pounded it Friday until dark with mixed success. We didn't get anything that exciting. We were still optimistic that we could put some decent fish in the boat on Saturday.
Saturday morning we put a couple fish in the boat using some other techniques, including a really nice one. The wind came up a bit and it was time for some downrigger trolling. I put on the green with black spot 9" original with a lot of confidence...as I thought it would work well.
We managed to put two decent fish in the boat...both on the green/black spotted original. The second fish was a real beauty...with a unique gold sheen and vivid red throat slash.
Then a real nice fish grabbed the firetiger AC and the fight was on. We saw the fish come up and knew it was over 5 pounds. We netted it and it bounced the scale just past the 6 pound mark. We took a couple of pics and then off he swam to grow into a 10 pounder. We were stoked on how the day was turning out.
We managed one more decent fish on the AC before it was time to pull out for the trip. What was cool was that the AC out fished the other lures we were pulling 4 to 0 that afternoon.
I then headed over to fish Tahoe with Mark Wiza. We had a blast on the lake and managed some decent fish. The only fish we got on an AC was this little fellow.
Overall it was an awesome trip. It was great to meet Brad Stout for the first time. He is one of the best trout anglers on the west coast with many trophies to his credit. He also does some really unique taxidermy work. Thanks to Mark Wiza for taking me out for another fun trip...it was a blast. It was nice to see Rick again and I hope we have many more trips like this in our future.
Thanks to Allan for the killer ACs he made me for the trip. Now I know that big originals WILL work well for quality fish at Pyramid. People may catch more fish than we did for the amount of time that we trolled. But, by trolling the larger ACs we didn't get as many small fish and...more importantly... we got a really nice fish to add to that photo album. _________________
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Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:31 pm Post subject: Salmon Trout Steelheader
Hey Mark, nice catch! Those were some beautiful fish! Hey I just picked up the new copy of Salmon Trout Steelheader and Im flipping through and out pops you on page 76 and 77 holding a monster rainbow! I bet that was a nice trip! That is you, am I correct? Congrats!!!
Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:42 pm Post subject: brian
Yep...that is me. AC plug pro-staffer Rick Arnold and I went up there to film for an upcoming DVD. If anyone wants to catch the largest rainbows of their lives...check out these guys... www.fishinggeeks.net They are the twins that caught the world record rainbow this year and they will be offering a limited amount of guide trips next year. The fish are escaped triploids from a local net pen. They are putting on serious weight every year...gorging themselves on local forage. It is a similar setup to what happened at Rufus Woods in WA. Next year is going to produce a lot of 25-30 pound fish.
The fishing is a little unorthodox (at night, light line, natural bait) ...but if you can get past that...you will land the largest rainbow trout of your life. They get these fish on natural baits that are local to the region so I didn't get to fish ACs up there...but if I could go again.... =) =) _________________
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