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Got to fish a 'local' put & take lake Friday and Saturday.....good action and was happy having a couple day fishing. Sunday AM found out that I was free until 2 PM. A quick calculation told me I could get 2+ hours fishing in...hooked up the boat, loaded the dog and headed for RSL. Got there around 7 AM, met a couple fly guys...one in an aluminum boat and the other a Bucks Bag? Might have been a sale or just letting a buddy use it for the day. Bright day, sun was already high and figured the fish were already somewhat deep. Rigged my 4wt IMX with a Rio Deep 4 line and a #10 black/blue Simi Seal leech pattern and headed straight out. Was getting non stop nibbles and the occasional fish for 1/2 hour when the guy in the aluminum boat comes by and says there are some "really" nice fish in this lake!? The Lowrance was only marking 'smalls' and a very few mediums.
5 minute later it was pinging nothing but mediums and largers...and a lot of them. This unit has sonar and DI and when you overlay the images it's really accurate. I was marking these fish at 30-35 feet, so I slowed down and let all the line out....BAM! Brought a 20" to the net, then another and one that was close to 24. I'm wondering how in the hell could holdovers have survived in the mudhole this lake was during the winter? I stayed on the school and picked up another 20". I was out of time and turned back to the launch. A couple minute later I picked up this group again and one just hammered my fly. Took me into the backing a couple times, I was using 6X tippet and after what seemed like 5 minutes I got him to the net....rather close to it! No way would he fit, so the next time I pinned him next to the boat and pulled the fly out of his lower jaw with forceps. He was easily 3+ lbs and over 26". I called it a day and even this morning was wondering where in the hell did these fish come from? I just checked the plant reports and saw that 40 fish, fish per pound=.38 (almost 3 pound average]. These weren't your Beaver Lake footballs or Trips, they are some great looking and fighting trout.
 

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Good one Nick! The Lowrance either shows nothing as far as fish goes, will mark fish (small, medium or large] and the very annoying, but not very loud, BEEP! That feature is always turned off. PS sorry about the multiple edits, I kept getting kicked out of the post before I was through. Anyway, it was a great morning[fish or not] and one helluva surprise!
 

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Did not see noe of those to net this last Weekend! Well done
 
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6X tippet and 26 inch fish on a sink line Hmmm I have to try that.
It seemed like a good setup for 10" bows, still surprised that it held up. I'll be switching to 5X tomorrow! I hope there are some still left..... there was a group of 10+ "South of the Border" 'fisherman' that I tried to educate on the regs. These guys were gearing up with worms, shrimp, powerbait and treble hooks. They had rods that were bigger than what I use for Surf Perch down at Westport. They acted shocked that there was even a LIMIT on how many fish they could take. At that point I just said that 'special' regs meant you didn't even need a license to fish this lake and a few of them looked relieved. Then I made a phone call as I headed out to fish. Never did see any enforcement show up. QUESTION ?? What's the best number to call to maybe get some response??
 
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