Yuki sent me an email last night that said he and our friend Jim were going to hit New Melones around 10:00 this morning. Rather than reply, I thought I'd just surprise them and show up.
I got to the lake around 9:30 and set up at the bottom of the launch ramp. This is the "hand" launch ramp below the Highway 49 Bridge where Yuki and I fished back on November 10th.
Just as Jim arrived, I brought the first fish to hand. A Rainbow in the 14 inch range. Yuki arrived shortly thereafter and he and Jim set up just down the side about 50 feet or so.
|Yuki on the left, Jim on the right|
|Meet Paul from Murphys|
|The controversial fish|
Once on shore and safely in Jim's grasp, it was decided that Yuki's hook was deeper in the fish than Jim's, thus giving Yuki credit for the fish. Yuki's first fish of the day and I was still there. Another hex broken.
Jim caught one more before I packed up and left at 12:30. I would have stayed longer, but the hints that I should leave so Yuki could catch more fish were getting close to the physical stage so I thought I'd better jet. They hadn't started throwing rocks (at me) yet, but I didn't think it would be very long until they did. Hey, what are friends for?
Actually I had another reason for leaving early. A week or so ago when I stopped in at the donut shop, I asked the young man behind the counter "If I catch a couple fish, would he like them?" He said he would, but could only take two. One for him and one for his wife, a nice young Asian couple. So today I presented him with the fish. I have a free donut credit waiting for me the next time in. There is a method to my madness. They actually tried to give me a big bag of donuts, but not at 2:00 in the afternoon. For me donuts are a morning thing.
Since the DFW is planning to stock New Melones next week, Yuki and I will be back out there next Tuesday is hopes of many more fish.
Yuki and Jim were still fishing when I left. Hope they caught more.