9-16-03 - If you listen closely, you can hear the
chinooks in the huddle, getting ready to make their final attack...
Waters Fished: Kenosha Harbor
Fish Caught: Several, in our party 2
Outing Date: 9-16-03
Weather: NIGHT :)
Air Temp: 70's dropping drastically
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: It was NIGHT folks...how could I tell?!
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon
Pattern Fished: Mostly Kastmasters
Pattern Color: Mostly silver variations
Fishing Quality: Slow simmer
Alright, there's no need to go into great detail
on this one...you guys by now, perhaps, know "how" we
do it, so let's get right down to it.
Got to the Harbor just before total darkness, ran
into MS2, Mrs. MS2 and MS2 Jr. who had decided to come out and see
what it was all about. Got down to Chromeseeker and M who already
had the spare rod out for me (I'm tellin' ya, my new spin rod is
on the way from Justin...mail from Alaska takes FOREVER!).
"Polish Style", that is jig-retrieving,
worked like a charm. Folks around us were also having good luck
with crankbaits too. I ended up 0/2, while Bart went 1/?. Bob on
my right pulled out a great Chinook. Jacek showed up later and also
managed a huge female Chinook, easily 20 lbs. + in my opinion. She
took Jacek for quite a ride...several hundred YARDS of line were
out in the harbor at one point. When she got in close she ran and
ran; actually pulled Jacek who tried to run after her...not an easy
task on those huge limestone bolders. Well..he tripped, whacked
his ankle good (it was swollen like a baseball) but he managed to
land her with Bart's help. Only after the fish was safely up on
the sidewalk did the pain set in!
Well, as you can see at right, there is no picture
of this magnificent fish...yet. The camera's batteries were done,
but I did have an "emergency" disposable camera. Heck
I think we blew the hole role right there on that one fish. When
they get developed, I'll scan and post. She definitely gave Jacek
some bruises, but Jacek won the war.
Now for something interesting; if you have any
comments or ideas by all means email me. So the story goes like
this, a guy sidles in between M and myself and starts casting. M
is clearly ticked, I really wasn't all that bothered. Anyway, as
the evening progressed, he hooks into a large fish and eventually
brings it in. I netted it for him (he was totally unprepared to
be fishing for fish of this size); a nice male chinook. Got it up
on the sidewalk to learn that it was foul-hooked on the underside
throat. As I brought this fish up to get it out of the net, two
conservation officers saw the fish, shined a light on it directly
where it was hooked, clearly saw it was foul, and then kept walking.
OK...? Now look, I understand that this isn't the Root, this snag
was unintentional IMHO. However, the guy kept it. Conservation officers
who were butterflying in the area had already seen it...didn't say
a word to the angler. I was hesitant myself to chase down and say
something to the officers as well, they had already seen it and
already had asked me for my license (which was unfortunately sitting
in CHICAGO). However, I do not know if these officers realized he
kept the fish. To top it off, I suspect this angler did not speak
a lick of English, Russian, OR Polish, which would have made it
difficult for me to say anything to the angler either. What would
you have done? In the end, totally conflicted, I opted not to get
involved, I was tired enough already. I figured the officers would
see this on their next round and decided what to do then (because
honestly, this fish was toast by the time we got it to shore).
Anyway, I packed it up and headed out around 10:45
pm; I know CS, J and M stayed longer. Rumors of small numbers of
Chinooks in the Pike are circulating but so are rumors of cars with
IL plates having their tires slashed. Scout at your own risk folks!