Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee- April 9



Yaw-aww-awwn!!! Errrggggppphhhh.  Yawn stretch scratch repeat.  It's Monday again.  Let's have some coffee. Here, let me pour- is that good? Great.

Well, I saved all my fishing for the weekend.  I worked all week at getting the April Vokey interview finished and then it took two nights for me to get my gear together for the weekend.  I had a trip lined up for Saturday with Pere Marquette River guide Steve Martinez of Indigo Guide Service.  I drove down to Baldwin Friday night, and we floated all day Saturday, from 8 AM t 8 PM.

Steve Martinez

If I ever wanted to know what the limits of my fishing skills are I found out Saturday.  I blew so many chances at fish that I felt sorry for Steve.  Mind you I got cheap-shotted by a bunch of fish.  For instance, I hooked up on a very large fish while indie fishing which subsequently swam straight at the boat leaving me with my rod high in the air and my line stretched all over the place.  A little slack and presto he was gone.  Then there were the two big browns that hit my streamer as I began to roll-cast.  With all my line arcing through the air there was no way to set the hook.  A whole bunch of fish hit when I had my streamer stripped back in and had paused it while I looked for my next cast.  This kind of thing happened many times over Saturday, but on at least six big fish I missed the hook-set plain and simple.  A couple of these fish were real dingers.  Finally I hooked up on a decent fish toward the end of the float- it started flopping around on the surface, and then I lost hold of my line in my rod hand.  Slack = no fish.  So if you've ever thought "that Fontinalis guy is a great fisherman" the answer is a firm "no".  I'm just a regular guy who fishes a lot.  Even a blind pig sets a hook better than I do.  I want to thank Steve for taking me out and putting up with me.  I really had a good time, the river was beautiful and it was a lovely spring day, I just couldn't keep up my end.  Sometimes that's fishing.

1st consolation prize
I'm not beating myself up too badly though.  I went steelhead fishing Sunday in my home waters and caught four.  The first hen was about six pounds, spawned out and tired.  I let her go without a photo- most ladies don't like to be photographed when they're not looking their best.  The next fish was a very small hen, about 20 inches, that I hooked up on 60 feet below me while indicator fishing.  She fought like a fish twice her size, and was beautiful chrome bright.  I went a ways up stream and got another hen, this one about six pounds, chrome bright and beautiful, easily the beauty queen of my spring fishing.  It took about ten minutes to land her.  For my last fish I stopped off at a hole I had already fished and changed things up a bit.  On my second cast I hooked into a 6 pound male that took me round for round for more than ten minutes before finally sliding to rest on the sand.  He was colored up but still fresh and strong.  It was a cool way to spend a Sunday.  It had started out cool and overcast, but the sun came out and lit up the place.  The fishing was a little slow actually, but made up for by the fish I caught.

the beauty queen.
One other detail about my weekend was that I was very sick the whole weekend.  I had a fever and chills and muscle aches, and that feeling you get like you're starting to hallucinate.  I tried not to let Steve know how sick I was, but he could tell and kept asking about it.  I tried taking cold medicine, but it didn't help much.  The defense rests its case.



If you haven't already, make sure you check out my interview of April Vokey.  Nothing to win this time, just a good interview.  My next victim will be Shane Gray of Gray Wolf Products, builder of fine fiberglass rods, so look for that to post later in the week.  And congratulations to Steven Ebling for winning last weeks drawing.  He won a signed copy of Eric Stroup's book "River Pimp".

nice buck
I've had several Michigan guides invite me to fish with them lately, including Steve Martinez, so I'm starting a new series of articles called The Guide Line in which I profile Michigan guides.  It should be very interesting.  If you've ever wondered about what a guides life is like then stay tuned.  I'll highlight the fisheries, the business, and the men and women who toil at the oars every day living the dream.  With my back-log of posts to get done it will be at least a couple of weeks before I finish the first one, but I'll keep you posted on progress.

Okay, well, it's time for work and I must run out the door.

Let's get after it.

10 comments:

  1. I just booked two days with Steve for the last week in June for some Beaver Island carp and smallmouth. I can't wait!

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    1. Ethan- that trip will blow you away. I somehow doubt you are prepared for how awesome and beautiful it will be. Call me sometime and we'll talk. It's like the end of the earth out there.

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  2. LOL, That happens so many times, but why is there always someone there to see it? Great post and some nice fish!

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    1. Thanks Jeff- I know. Maybe I had stage fright because I was with a guide. The fever didn't help at all.

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  3. sounds like streamer fishing and fishing from a boat to me. it happens to the best of us and the worst of us (I include myself in the worst category). I have a love/hate relationship with boats. Love - the water one can cover from a boat. Hate - not being able to move around on my own accord while fighting a fish. Next time my friend. Next time.

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    1. I think you're right Ivan- the movement in the boat constantly produces slack, making stripping difficult, much less setting the hook. Still, I have a long record of snakebite with streamers. Thanks for stopping by, I need to get over and see what you've been up to.

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  4. Looks like a good time regardless of a few missed fish. The ones you did land have me itching to get up to the PM in a bad way.

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    1. Oh, I had a great time actually. I did get two small browns on streamers, I just couldn't believe the number of good fish I missed. I had well over two dozen come out and at least chase.

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  5. Well...seeing as it's late Friday night, seems about right that I check out the Monday Morning Coffee Edition. My week was busy...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

    Despite the run of bad luck on the boat, looks like your consolation wasn't too painful...ha!

    Hope you are able to get on the water this weekend...forget the housecleaning :-)

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    1. I have a full day on the water tomorrow. I'll take 4 steelhead for a consolation prize any day. I hope you're getting out there.

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