Thursday 10/5, jumped at a small window weather-wise to get out on the lake and see if we could find some fish.
Departed the Manty harbor as the sun was rising, balmy 46 degree water greeted us. For once no major time constraints, so crew-member Flounder and I decided to invest some time into exploring before setting lines.
Ran south towards dome home in 40, the water remained 46-ish the entire way. Shut down in 60 to look at the graph for a couple of minutes; marked a little bait, no hooks, decided that was not the promised land. Headed due east, repeated the process in 130, 150, and 180. In about 100 the surface temp jumped to mid-fifties, in about 150 it jumped over 60. Didn't mark any bait or fish in those three stops, was not feeling the love, decided to tell Flounder to hunker down and head north.
Ran north to the TR south water tower, did a little searching between 150 and 200. Marked some bait and hooks in about 150, got the little tingle, decided that is where we'd find the fish! Ran into 130, set up going east with the wind and chop that was pretty brisk at this point.
Surface temp mid-60's, sharp thermocline was only about 35 feet down in 130. The deeper you went, the deeper the thermocline was.
Two 2-3 pound kings on 70 foot spoon rigger. Very nice three-year old class king smacked a flasher-fly on 45 foot rigger, we battled it to the back of the boat and then it came unglued. Santa scolded Flounder for his inadequacies. Those were in about 160.
Trolled back west to 140 into brisk chop, then back out to 180, no more takers, decided to continue working deeper. Worked predominantly between 230 and 270, did not venture deeper as the chop was pretty nasty the deeper you got and didn't feel like getting beat up. We ended up with a dandy 12 pound class rainbow, two smaller rainbows, and a 4-5 pound king in the box. Lost that three-year old king, released three smaller kings, had two drive-by's, and lost two rainbows.
Biggest fish came on 250 copper spoon, 300 copper spoon, and one on a 5 color spoon. All small kings came on the deep spoon rigger (70 to 80 feet of cable out). The only flasher/fly bite we had was that 3-year-old King Flounder sadly lost at the back of the boat.
SSE wind started to kick up pretty good, we ended up closer to the lighthouse than the north water tower when we pulled the plug. Would have liked to have stayed a little more south, but the wind and strong current made it tough to troll back south.
Great day on the water, ended it with some fine cheeseburgers and curds at Shooter Malone's. Regardless of wind, I'm shut down now for about 8 days, hoping to get another 2-3 off-shore trips in. Those fish coming out of the cold water fighting like freight trains!