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First Fish of 2015

The Popeye IV is not in the water yet, but I was lucky enough to be invited onto another Captain’s boat for his first run of the year.   Due to a stroke of luck I just happened to be standing next to the first rod to get hit.  The First Fish cranked in was this healthy 12 pound King (Chinook) Salmon!

The rest of the trip was followed by a mixed bag of Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout.  The weather was fantastic!  flat seas and reasonable temps for this time of year.

Looks like this season is off to a great start!

Capt. Bill with the first fish of the year. A 12 pound King Chinook Salmon.
Capt. Bill with the first fish of the year. A 12 pound King Chinook Salmon.

 

No pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow…

15 LB Rainbow Trout
15 LB Rainbow Trout

We found this chunky female Rainbow Trout down 65 feet deep in cold water.  We were fishing an area that was 175 feet deep and was holding cold water half way down.  We were on the look out for large bruiser Chinook when this mama hit the line.  It was a bit of a surprise find because the Rainbows typically prefer warmer water than we were fishing and do not mind being towards the top of the water column in the mid day.   Nonetheless she put up a fair fight stripping or yards and yards of line from the reel, but we got her home anyway.

They say that if you follow a rainbow to the end you will find a pot of gold…  Well there was no gold here and it look like I still have to keep my day job.