About a week ago, Yuki and I planned a trip to the Secret Lake. After looking at my journal, Fall was the time where most of the fish were caught there so it was time to go.
Since my truck is in the repair shop (my wife had a yellow post, you know the kind in a parking lot, jump out and hit the truck one day when she was driving it) so Yuki drove.
Keep in mind that the road to the Secret Lake is one of those mountain roads that is straight up on one side and straight down on the other. Kind of scary for one who doesn't drive those kind of roads very often. Now, I didn't hold Yuki's hand (he had both tightly on the steering wheel), but gave him words of encouragement like "Don't be a weenie", "It's not the fall, but the sudden stop at the bottom". Words to keep him focused. I think he'll make me drive the next time.
We got to the lake about 10:30 and started floating crickets at the inlet.
|Sunshine and blue skies|
The first shock of the day was a small (about 9") Rainbow. I didn't know there were Rainbows in this lake. I always thought it was strictly Browns, but one must have come through the tube from Salt Springs Reservoir. It was such a shock that I didn't even take a picture.
The second shock was the Brown in the picture below.
|Come to Papa|
It doesn't look very big in the photo, but my guess was about 16" and maybe a couple pounds.
|Gently back into the lake|
|Carefully released and sent home.|
Then I proceeded to get that brand new gold Kastmaster stuck in the rocks and break the line.
So goes a $5.00 lure.
After that, no interest in any other color of Kastmaster, Power Egg, Mice Tail, or nightcrawler.
We called it a day.