Friday, December 18, 2015

The Calm Before The Storm

According to the weather guessers, we should be getting rain starting about 7:00 pm tonight and it should keep raining off and on for the next six or seven days.

So Yuki and I decided to hit Lake Camanche before the storm hit us. Our plan was to meet at 9:30 at the usual spot. The usual spot being the North Shore launch where we've been having the most luck lately.

I took off from the house when my wife left for work and was parked and fishing by ten to nine. No sense hanging around the house just to show up at 9:30. When Yuki arrived, I'd only had one bite and missed it.  

As the day wore on, the wind increased in front of the storm. You can see how rough the water started getting. OK, maybe not three foot waves, but not glass calm either.

Starting to blow.

The boat dock
Once the bite started, it was one after the other. The one below was just the first of several.

Numero uno
Between 9:30 and ten to twelve we put 9 on two stringers. Most were a pound to two pounds with a couple footballs thrown in for good measure.  Most everything came on rainbow Power Bait. 

I had picked up some glazed donuts on the way and the little Mallard decided he should bug me until I shared with him. I normally don't feed the ducks, but he was so friendly I couldn't resist. I got a glazed donut hole and broke it up into about eight pieces. He had no fear of us what so ever. In fact, after the first couple pieces I threw on the ground, he came up and took one from my fingers. On a side note, my fingers stayed on my hand.

Friendly little critter
As you can see in the next picture, once fed, they become a pest. It took about 15 minutes for him to realize he wasn't getting any more to eat and departed.

Let's just stand in your way and be a pest.
So Yuki took the fish home and is planning to smoking them.

I don't suspect I'll get out until next weekend. The kitchen repair went south again. Too much explain, but let's just say that they damaged the dish washer and now we have water leaks under the cabinet under the sink, the grout lines in the tile are anywhere from 1/8th (which is what they should be) to more than 1/4 inch, and they've stained the bottom of the cabinets of the bar when they did the tile installation. They are starting next Monday to fix things. Once again I have to be here as they do their thing.

Maybe I can get out next Saturday.


  1. Sounds like a good day out on the water. Glad to hear you guys are going to get some moisture out there as well.

  2. Mark, you can't win for losing with the kitchen repairs. Going out for Christmas dinner to?

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    2. I'm sorry to hear that. If you guys lived closer you'd be eating dinner at my house.

  3. Bring on the rain...and keep dry.
    Mmmmmm donuts. Can't blame your little friend for his persistence.

    Hope the kitchen repairs go smoothy...we've got a bathroom repair on tap after the holidays, not looking forward to that!

    1. If you're doing the repair, here's the formula I've come up with from years of experience doing remodels. Double what you think the cost will be, double what you think the time will be, and then triple that amount. That should cover it.

  4. Mark
    Just goes to show you never know what to expect from one fishing trip to the next, glad you guys had success, also glad you are finally getting some rain.

  5. More rain....AWESOME!! Good to see you getting out there and fishing, as well. Really sad to hear of the bad news with the kitchen. Hopefully, it'll be done soon.