I joined my local friend Harry on his boat for a quiet morning fishing trip to nearby Bradley Lake. Bradley is only a 30 acre body of water, but it contains a good population of trout and bass. The small lake is completely surrounded by private property and can only be accessed for fishermen by boat.
Fishing for the first hour was very slow and we tried trolling at different depths to attract a fish or two to our lines. My friend Jim landed the first trout. It was the usual size for recently planted fish at about 8" in length.
Soon after that my pole nearly bent double and line began to sing as it pulled rapidly from the spool. Since I was using only light tackle, I played the fish very carefully and it was obvious that I had something very special on the line.
It took about 10 minutes to land the fish, which turned out to be the largest rainbow trout that I have caught for a long time. The fish weighed just over 6# and looked like a small salmon. My gentle handling of the fish was justified when the lure easily fell from the trouts jaws immediately after being netted. Now, that is luck!
I put the fish in brine last night and will smoke it this morning after a couple of hours on the drying rack. The fillets look like salmon and I can't wait to see how it all turned out.
The fillets look like salmon
We caught more of the smaller trout before leaving the lake in early afternoon. It was most certainly a good result for my first fishing expedition of 2015.
The western sky gave the appearance of an excellent sunset in development on Thursday evening, so we drove to Paradise Point beach with the hounds...and my Gopro camera of course. The potential of a spectacular sunset was fulfilled and I spent the remainder of the evening putting together another video on YouTube.
After I complete the process of smoking the fish today, Juanita will put together a smoked meat loaf for this evenings pot luck dinner at the RV park. The theme of the pot luck is "meat loaf madness", and I'm sure there will be several tasty dishes on hand. It's good that we have two smoker/BBQ's to handle all of our outdoor cooking activities.
I still need to get my Nikon out for some photo exercise soon. I know, I keep promising and never deliver....................................