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.
Whoever said “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work” was dead on right!
It’s nearing the end of the 2013 season and fishing continues to be slower than average. The weather was predicted to be horrendous this weekend so we did not book any trips. But Mother Nature and the weather Gods gave us a break for a few hours and the Popeye III launched out of Waukegan Harbor, IL. for a quick morning trip.
The bite was not on, but we managed to put one nice Brown Trout into the cooler. We had a monster on the hook; probably a mature Chinook, but it went sideways when we were just about to net it and it tangled with the rest of the gear and got cut off. We took a few more hits on other gear but we could not managed to get them hooked up.
It was still fun to get together with some friends and fellow captains and mates for a little “Fun Fishing” trip and nothing beats a nice boat ride. There are only a few more possibilities for fishing trips before it is all over…
Fishing continued to be good to us with the rack of large fish. The Capt. and his guest Bob could hardly hold up the 100+ pounds rack of fish to pose for photographs. We had an early start at 3:30 am and motored out to the fishing grounds. We were set up before dawn when the first fish was on and we finished the day back at the docks by 9:00 am.
You always know its a good day fishing when you can’t even close the lid to the cooler!