5-25-05 - Who would turn down 3 more fly-rod pike?!
Waters Fished: Lake Como
Fish Caught: 2
Outing Date: 5-25-05
Weather: Sunny & Calm
Air Temp: about 58F in the AM, rising to low 70's
Water Temp: 64F
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Green, visibility less than 6"
Fish Species: Northern Pike
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny
Pattern Color: Black/Orange/Chart., Olive/Rust
Fishing Quality: Fair
So Randy crashed and we both got up around 6:30
and pounded the water again. Right off the bat I got a nice one,
around 23" - he took it less than 2 feet from shore as I was about
to cast...sent me running as fast as I could to take up all the
slack and keep tension on the fish. It took the black/olive/chartruese
that had worked the night before. I took a break and got the water
temp...down to 64F.
It took 2 hours to produce my 2nd fish. The color
of bunny? Olive with a Rust tail...the fish was literally at my
feet, sight unseen except for a small bluegill that jumped almost
a foot out of the water. I simply stripped in the flies and let
them sink where the bluegill had left the water. The line went tight!
Jumps and thrashes..this was a GOOD fight.
It turned out to be a 28" pike with roughly a 10-11"
girth. The entire time blood was gushing from the gills...needless
to say this fish was creeled and will be put to good use. Well,
average size seems to be going back up, but it's still not as much
action as a week ago.
I hit it again sporadically this afternoon. Water
temps went up just a touch - 65F.
I landed one on the orange bunny. The really wild
part of this 3rd pike was that it wasn't even HOOKED! Take a look
for yourself...it wasn't hooked at all! This pike definitely illustrates
why they have such a voracious and tenacious reputation!
The action remained slow until after sunset...all
of a sudden there were pike hitting the surface everywhere, always
just "out of reach". Frustrating and exciting all at the same time.
It's definitely progressed to a morning and evening bite instead
of the all-day bonanzas a couple weeks ago.