Re: Memorial Weekend Plans?
I went up to my new lake house, on a lake I'd never fished before. Got up pretty early today (Monday, around 7), using a little gold-and-black Rapala original, I think the length was 3in. 5th cast I hook into a nice 15 inch Rainbow Trout. Which is awesome cause in my lake, its deep and cold enough to catch Rainbows year-round... Something I'm wicked psyched about. Then, in the kayak around 9:30, I was trolling behind me a Rapala X-Rap suspending... was probably down around 20-30 feet. Rod doubled over. Went to reel it up, felt just like heavy weight. So, started reeling, I felt some tugging. A nice fish, I was pumped. Finally bring it to the surface. By now its fighting real hard. Bring it to the side... biggest freaking pickerel I've ever caught. I'd say around 30 inches. I could've literally fit my fist inside of its mouth. And have room left over.
I bring him close, lift him out a little, pliers ready, makes one flop. Line snaps. Down go the pickerel and my 10 dollar lure.
I just re-rigged that pole with 12 pound test.
He'll get his day.