Funniest Stories - Fishing Sooke This Summer
Well I thought I would just post this as wrap up to the the summer season.
The question is what at the funniest/stupidest things that happened to you while fishing Sooke this year? An waht lessons did you learn from the experience. I am not to proud and by all means the master of the wtaer/angling, but at leat I can laugh and admit it. I would really love to here some guide postings on this. Wolf?
My three lessons/stories of summer:
1. (WATCH YOUR DOWNRIGGER DEPTHS)Fighting a pink (lol if you call it a fight) in Aug not paying attention in the fog being all cocky with teh GPS and drifting into Obrien, and nearly ripping my downrigger, and bending the arm back. Was too stubborn to bring up the rigger. That was an expensive pink.
2. (ALWAYS CARRY SPARES OF EVERYTHING)Having my gas attachment explode on my kicker hose shutting down my fishing day at 5am. At the same time as the bite was on at Secretary.
3. (ALWAYS WATCH YOUR RODS) I was making a turn, and the guy I bring out says to me, and claims he fished all the time. He says" I noticed your drag must be loose because both rods/popped off went slack after that big rock, and they shook a little then stopped. Hey does your downriggers always bounce up and down like that[}].(Possession). Checked the lines both anchovies chomped on. Two seconds later both guys land fish right beside me.... 20-30lbs nice..
Stretching this to Renfrew... Brother came out for the weekend to catch his first in the ocean spring. Fished Friday and Saturday and hooked several but line kept breaking off... bad line, duh! Finally Sunday morning hooked and landed a nice 22lb spring. He was excited of course and I was relieved, want to be a good host. Back at wharf, brother is on dock and I grab his fish to hand it too him from the boat. Bottom half of fish hits the dock as I hand it, slips from my hand and splash, in the water. Three of us stand helplessly watching it slowly sink deeper! I am now feeling sick to my stomach! Brother spends a bundle to come out for 3 days from the mainland and idiot brother drops his fish (priceless).... Told him we had great pictures and he could have a couple fish from my freezer, (sure he felt better). Friend says he can see the fish on bottom on other side of the dock, shiny fish, can't reach with net or boat pole, about 14 feet deep. Friend says lets jig... it worked, treble hook works! I did not touch the fish again. All were happy, especially me, the idiot! Lesson(s) learned, 1) Use good leader line, lost at least 3 quality springs during weekend, why did I not change line earlier? 2) Let guests handle their own fish! 3) Use bag, rope or container to move fish out of boat!! Sure this has happened to many others!
Well i have one similar. i was trolling in a strong current of the head. and bang double header with a newbie buddy with me, dobody to drive. threw the boat in nutral. buddys got a screamer. And i have a teenager. Boat spins around while im noticing i had forgotten to hit my buddies downrigger to auto(its just that easy) and wham, rigger in the kicker, arm broken off, rigger ball everytihng gone. And when i say everything, i mean both fish too [xx(][V]
Another funny and crazy thing had to be a sealion following my boat and trying to grab feeder springs off my line as i brought them in. I always use the downrigger to bring up shakers and feeders. and the sealion was just not wanting to get that close, so everytime i would unclip the fish, it would swoop threw the propwash! Let me tell you the fist swoop i nearly Sh*t my pants. tought it was a shark or Whale.
will add more later. Because there are so many...
Was fishing with my brother at renfrew , both of us not paying attention, waiting for the bite to come . Finally went to check my rod, most of the line gone because there been a 25ld fish on the line.MR2's don't make alot of noise. Who knows how long it was on
fishflyguy, that would be an expensive lesson as well!
Wow I thought I would here more on this posting. Guess everything was perfect for everyone else. No one likes to admit things especially mishaps.....
No in Sooke, but on the island.
The outlaws came for a visit this July and brought along the Aunt and Uncle.
First day out fishing up here in McNeill and I go through the talk about big fish, knuclebusters, tips up and all that is included in catching a fish here on the westcoast. The uncle talks about the great lakes fish he has caught and that he knows what to do.[:0]
The first couple fish into the boat were a couple of good coho and a good test, the uncle handles it like he says he can. He says to me that this is the same as the GL and he will have no problem and not to worry about his fishing skills. The father-in law is a quick learner, although he drops the road tip a bit.
As we hit a spot the shallow road bounces a couple times, then kind of twitches, I jump up, push the uncle out of the way (he is watching the rod tip bounce, but says nothing) and pull it off the downrigger, I feel a couple good head shakes and then a dead weight, then a slight steady pull. I pass the rod to the uncle and say hang on as this is a spring. He takes the rod and starts to reel right away, I tell him to slow down and hang on. He says to be quite as he knows what he is doing, then the spring decides he want to go somewhere else and goes there. All I hear is OH SH*T, OH Sh*t repeated over and over again as the line starts going and the reel catches a couple knuckles. But he is a fast learner and decides that his fingers should go where I told him they should go. He gets a handle on how to use the single action and brings a nice 19 lbs to the boat. He is all proud and at the same time humbled by the experience. States that he will go back to the GL and use single action reels there as well as he thinks they are the only way to play a fish.
The father-in-law hits a nice spring and plays it like a pro, and later tells me he learned a lot from watching his brother get rapped by both the reel and by me.
Nice SS, thanks. SS
Fishing with a buddy in Sooke derby. LONG slow day, we're into 10 or 11 hours of trolling gear, and I've been enduring little pranks all day -- shaking the downrigger, calling out false alarms, etc. So I finally get him back....a few beverages going down, needs to take a leak, sees a good chance of a private moment starboard side facing the rocks at First Point, so he goes for it. A quick swooping turn to port and all of a sudden he finds he's saluting the pack off the point..."say hi to my little friend". [8)] I laughed and laughed. Actually seems pretty stupid now, but punchy after a long day's fishing and a few pops, pure comedy gold.