Friday, April 17, 2015

I'm Still Here

The moving mania is just about to start. It's a good thing too, because we have so many boxes packed and sitting EVERYWHERE that we can hardly move around. That doesn't take into account that I've already filled two 10x10 storage spaces.

Escrows on both houses are due to close Today or Monday. Then it begins...............

Just an FYI, I'am scanning everybody's blogs, but don't always have something to say, but know I'm following.

I'll update as soon as the computers are back online again.

On a side note, the dish on the roof has been removed and the new one won't be installed at the new house until May 4th. I hope those SF Giants are winning. I'm having baseball withdrawals.

See you shortly.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I Knew It Would Happen

Bob said that in the 31 years he's lived up here, there has never been a year that it didn't snow. Not counting the couple of flakes we got a while back, it hasn't snow this year.

That was until yesterday. I know I've said it before that it always snows once (now I understand it's supposed to be the last time of the year) after the Dogwoods Bloom. Three days ago I noticed blooms on the Dogwoods across the creek.

The weather guessers said that the snow level would be about 4000 ft. Remember, we're at 3200 feet. It rained yesterday right up to 3:00 pm and then it hailed. The picture below is three (3) minutes of hail from bare ground.
Hail in 3 minutes
Then the snow started. Not a lot, mind you, but snow none the less. From a little after 3:00 pm until this morning, an inch of snow would be stretching it. But hey, we'll take all we can get.

The driveway this morning

Down by the pond
Since we're going to start moving the end of next week, I thought I might be able to skip the snow shoveling off the porch and the satellite dish, but no, it had to get me one last time.

Kirkwood Ski Resort reported 44 inches on new snow. Should put a little water into some of the lakes and creeks.  

I'm still slaving away packing and taking to storage, but it will be over soon and I can get back to fishing.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Death Of The Float Tube Cumberland

Hi, I'm still here.

Moving sucks. I've been spending all my time packing and moving "stuff" to storage. Do you have any idea of how much junk you can collect in 11 years? As Peanut (Jeff Dunham) would say, A LOT.

OK, the title of the post. I noticed the Float Tube Cumberland's right side was a bit flabby. I thought that maybe it had a little hole in the bladder because it was taking about a week to deflate. Well, it had a hole, but it was a crack in the part that you screw the air valve into and not something that can be patched.

For now, the Float Tube Cumberland is "dead in the water".

That's it for now. I hope everybody else is out catching fish.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On Hiatus

HI, just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be gone from blogging for a few weeks.

We've sold our house and all my time will be taken up packing, taking boxes to storage, moving to a new residence, and arranging this and that.

If I'm able to snatch a day of fishing, I'll put up a post. If not, I should be back mid-April sometime.

So while I'm slaving away moving 11 years of "stuff", you all can take a vacation.

As Arnold said, "I'll be back".

Mark

Friday, March 13, 2015

All I Was Looking For Was A Little Peace And Quiet

I could have stayed home and been bored. There isn't much you can do when your house is on the market. It's a"Keep the place spiffy" kind of thing. OR, I could have gone out to Lake Camanche and sat in the sunshine, been warm, and get a little vitamin D. So I did.

I got out to the lake at North Shore around 8:45 and the girl at check-in said they planted South Shore and the Trout Pond yesterday. OK, I had no desire to get into the combat fishing that's the Trout Pond the day after they plant.

So I drove out to our little cove below the parking lot at the Day Use Area. Set up my chair and put one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and the other one with a crawler and a couple white floaty things. Drank a cup of coffee and ate an apple danish. One has to get their priorities straight.

See, nice and quiet
Just after 9:30 the DFW pulled in and planted the launch ramp and the other side of the trailer parking lot. There were a couple house boats and a couple guys launching at the same time as the plant.

Suddenly I noticed about two dozen fish zipping by, right in front of me. My guess would be a trout can travel at about 15 mph. An educated guess, mind you. These two dozen were going at least 60 mph. They were hauling trout butt and heading South.  

They went that way, FAST.
It was still quiet, warm, and sunny until the Geese opened their collective mouths. Tune them out is what I did. Then 10:00 rolled around and you know what that means. The fish started biting.

Nice and calm.
Oh wait, it's Friday the 13th. Of course I should have known. Last Friday the 13th, two 9 pound Rainbows, same spot. This Friday the 13th, I would not be left alone to absorb the sunshine and blue skies.

Fish one through five were little 12" DFW stocker Rainbows. Fish six & eight were Mt. Lassen Rainbows about a pound to pound and a half. Fish seven, nine, and ten were little stockers.

Oh, I tried not to catch any. I used Mouse Tails, Kastmasters, and even white Crappie jigs, but they only wanted rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig. Every time I threw it out, they bit until I decided that either 12 or 1:00 pm, which ever came first, I would call it a day.

Now you say, of course 12 would come before 1:00, but I wasn't talking about Noon, I was talking about a dozen fish or 1:00 pm. As it turned out, 1:00 pm came first and I headed home.

No, I didn't keep any. I put them all back for another day or for someone else to catch. 

Getting ready for a warm weekend.
There is a boat show going on at Cal Expo this weekend. The sales people are pushing the fact that Folsom Lake has more water in it this year than it had last year. I thought it kind of funny and that's why I mention it because the water level in the lake is 23 inches higher than last year. That is definitely a reason to buy a boat.

So between the geese and the fish biting, there was no peace and quiet at the lake today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I've Been Beat Up

I've been thoroughly yelled at because I didn't mention Minh's (One of the guys out at the pond) 10.39 pound trout he caught yesterday. He caught others too.

So, here you are Buddy.

This is what 10.39 pounds of Mt. Lassen Rainbow Trout looks like.

Minh
Bill Trussell asked what Mouse Tails looked like. Here is what they are.

They come in 10 colors and you fish them like a rubber worm (for all you Bass fishermen out there). You can also put them on a slip sinker rig and just let them float around until the trout find them,.

You can find them at most places. I got mine at Walmart, Big 5, and Cabela's. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It Was All About Mouse Tails

Last Friday when I was at the Trout Pond, everybody was catching on Mouse Tails. I haven't bought any because I'd been doing OK with Kastmasters and Power Bait, but decided I need to get some just to stay in tune with the catching.

Saturday I headed down to town and hit Walmart and Big 5 picking up 7 of the 10 colors they come in. I came home and ordered the other 3 from Cabela's with a few other supplies I needed.

Today was the day to fish so I started at the North Shore where I had some business to take care of and then called Yuki to let him know they didn't plant yesterday like the last couple weeks (plant on Monday). We decided to meet at the Pond and work the back section where it's been the best the last few times I/we've been there.

The back side
I set up on the far right beyond that last tree with one rod out with a red/brown Mouse Tail (actually the package calls them Mice Tails) on a slip sinker rig and an orange/green on the other rod to cast and retrieve. Those two seemed to be the "go to" colors last Friday.

Nothing happened.

Down the way I heard "Power Bait" and switched the first rod to rainbow Power Bait, still using the Mouse Tail on the other.

After a while I switched to the 1/8 oz. pink Kastmaster and started casting that while the rod with the Power Bait started bouncing. First fish brought to hand was two pounds and one ounce. Then I caught one on the pink Kastmaster that was a pound three ounces. Finally the third and last fish was a pound and four ounces caught on Power Bait. The Mouse Tails didn't work so well today. 

Me and three
I brought all three home for Bob just in case I might need my driveway plowed if we ever get any snow, that is. Bob's had it pretty easy these last two years. We've only had one time where we had 7 1/2 inches of snow and needed the road plowed.

1 of 3, this one at 2' - 1"
Yuki? I guess it was Yuki hex day. The only bite he got was from a little bitty Bass that took his Mouse Tail.

I guess it just goes back to "give them what they want today". I'll try Mouse Tails some other time.