The winds were pushing 15 kts. all day so we had to limit our fishing to areas of at least some protection from the waves...but that turned out not to be a hindrance and we probably caught 50-60 fish...trout, jacks, ladies, macs, and, as you'll see below, a shark.
Unhooking birds is no fun as they spend the time trying to nail you with their beaks.
This one broke off from a mother and pup and came over to check us out.
We weren't sure if the shark grabbed Wayne's lure, or if it grabbed a smaller fish that had eaten the lure and gotten hooked up by proxy.
Managed to set it loose unharmed.
This trio saw we were catching fish and followed our drift coming within 100 yards of Shoo-Fly. Down here the rule of thumb is no closer than 400 yards...and if you get closer than that to a professional guide, you're likely to get a verbal thrashing.
The mud we were fishing was petering out, so we left the area and found another with no problem.
A great day on the water.
Meanwhile, in other news...
• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 18 JAN 2013
|“The dominant, if rather self-serving, opinion among anglers, some of it based on ‘scientific’ studies, is that fish are cold-blooded, insensate creatures that do not feel the pinch of the hook or the strain of the battle. |
”More skeptical anglers look askance at those studies, claiming that common sense dictates that fish must suffer when hooked and fought. They suffer even more and longer when caught on fly and light tackle.”
• Snakeheads in the Connecticut River?
|“Increasingly anglers are reporting catching a strange-looking fish in the Connecticut River….|
”…many anglers mistake them for the infamous northern snakehead that has received much media coverage over the past few years….”
Source: Connecticut Wildlife