5-24-05 - Randy shows up for the pike...
Waters Fished: Lake Como
Fish Caught: a few
Outing Date: 5-24-05
Weather: Sunny, winds from the east.
Air Temp: n/a
Water Temp: 68F
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Green, <6" visibility
Fish Species: Northern Pike
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunnies
Pattern Color: Red/White, Black/Orange/Chartreuse
Fishing Quality: Fair
Finally I've convinced someone else to come up
and experience the Pike fishing from the dock - yeah Como was going
that well. Randy decided to take an afternoon and ply the waters.
We started out early in the afternoon...for at
least the first hour neither of us tagged a fish. Randy kinda had
that look in his eyes...as if to call me a lair ;)
Well, the bite completely turned around as the
afternoon progressed - Randy cast in close to shore and hooked up
with a snake...small enough to let go before I could even run the
50 feet to take the picture!
By 3:30 PM Randy had landed his second pike..another
little snake that he was almost embarrassed to be seen with! Come
on...a pike is a pike...we go gaga for trout that size!!!
Well, Randy kept up with it and again managed another
fish...still small by our mutual standards. However, I think he
was starting to see where I was coming from...we hadn't even left
our DOCK to catch a few pike. EXCELLENT in my book, especially when
the boat is back in the garage behind my dad's car.
Still, I was pretty frustrated myself. Probably
4-5 hours pounding the water from shore and I hadn't touched a fish!
What's up with that? Well, I DID put Randy in the most productive
spot, so I guess I can rest easy with the fact that I wasn't fishing
from shore locations that had produced in the past.
Dinnertime rolled around and Randy broke out the
wings. We opted for 6 traditional "buffalo" wings on the
grill, as well as 6 of Randy's secret Peanut variation. It was 8:00
PM, the wings were grillin' and it hit me...I CANNOT give up before
nightfall. Randy understood the itch.
Two casts in from the dock I got a hit on the hot
fly of the day, a flying bunny in black/florescent orange/chartreuse.
I shouted for Randy to come quick. After snapping a few pics, I
went inside to cover up the wings so they'd stay hot.
RANDY was too busy now to worry about dinner...after
seeing the size of my Pike he now DEFINITELY understood where I
was coming from. Randy managed to lose a fairly nice fish! Randy
didn't give up until he could no longer see ANYTHING.
So, to sum it up, the action did indeed slow relative
to prior days and weeks. I attribute much of that to the higher
water temperature and shift in wind. The fish seemed to be holding
tighter to the heavy weed beds. Randy took up a spot on the couch
- he was convinced & ready for another try in the morning!