The time is 0830. The creek is surrounded by a lot of trees, so I decided to take my Okuma 6’6” rod with 2 pound test and a small Panther Martin in gold with a black body and walk the creek just to see who was there and what was being caught. In one of the pools I passed, you could see the trout holding is the quiet water.
Double click on the picture and you should be able to see the fish.
I came across a gentleman using a Tenkara setup. He had caught 4 fish already and was working on #5 as I passed. Mike at Troutrageous, this picture is for you.
I walked up as far as you were allowed to fish, to the Utica Power Station and did an about face and started back. I stopped at the first pool I came to and a gentleman was fishing with Berkley Gulp Trout Dough (looked like white) and hooked one as I was standing there.
After his fish was landed, he and I got talking and swapped cards, mine for the blog and newspaper, his for his limo service. Noticed the name on his card was Joe Teixeria. Last name look familiar? Joe is the cousin of Mark Teixeria, first baseman for the New York Yankees. Small world out there.
I kind of dabbled while Joe was still fishing and when he left, I put on a #18 gold treble hook, split shot, Rainbow Power Bait and tossed it into the hole. It wasn't long before I had a hookup. It fought, it jumped, and it came upstream. I thought I'd hooked into a 10 pound trout. Then I saw it. Maybe 2 to 3 pounds, but hooked in the tail. Must have taken the bait, spit the hook, and then got snagged. Well, once it saw me, it was gone in a shot. My only hope was to break the line because this trout was going down stream at about 100mph. After I tightened down the drag and the fish made it about 150 feet down the creek, the line finally snapped.
I re-rigged and shortly there after, I landed this one. It went about a pound and a half to two pounds.
For the next couple of hours, I had bite, after bite, after bite and couldn't get one to stay one the line. A couple of guys joined me at the pool and soaked Power Bait, threw Panther Martin's, and put a few on everybody's stringer. I had one hit and it was big, but snapped the line. Shortly after that, the young man standing next to me landed the fish below. Weighted in on the handy dandy Berkley Digital Scale at 3 lbs 4 oz. I think that was the one that broke my line. Pretty sure it was. Looked just like that one. OK, probably wasn't, but one can wonder.
Turned out to be a bit slippery.
I hung around for another hour or so, then called it a day. I would say that the rumors of 16" to 20" trout in the creek was correct. And yes, there are still a bunch there. Might just have to wander out there next week after everybody has to go back to work. I'll let you know.
Till next time.
Wow Mark, nice fish. The coloring is beautiful. Nice looking water as well.ReplyDelete
Well done Mark! Angels Creek is some beautiful looking water. I love being able to see the fish before you catch themReplyDelete
Well done, Mark! Sure a pretty little stream and if it holds fish like that or others as you mentioned, a definite return trip is in order.ReplyDelete
Seems you had a good day.ReplyDelete
Darn nice fish. Looks like the stream was healthy and alive. What luck that the parking lot was almost empty. Nice JOb!ReplyDelete
Well done, but looks like you need to step up in line strength.ReplyDelete
Awesome!...and you found a tenkara guy...even better. Tons of action and some nice plump fish - great to see you doing some creek fishing. Loving it!ReplyDelete
Nice fish! Glad to see you catching some :) I'm just now getting over the tournament and making my rounds to all my favorite blogs. I've got a lot of catching up to do!ReplyDelete
Wow, those are some big trout for such a small stream. I need to find a stream like that around here.ReplyDelete
William @ AnglerWise
Those are some nice fatties! I'm an Eastern Sierra guy, but it looks like you did a whole lot better than the people on that side of the hill. Congrats!ReplyDelete
Funny enough Mark, my son I ended up there last Wednesday and Thursday since nearly everything was too high. Got quite a few fish, mostly on nymphs, including decent browns that must have come up from the lake. I also had fun targeting one rising fish...got him after a dozen casts with a dry. Glad you had some fun too. (Ended our trip with dinner at Diamondback Grill...yum.)ReplyDelete
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