Another bucket list item checked off!
On Monday I was fortunate enough to have a friend of a friend, row us the 14 mile stretch of river, that for many years i had only heard fairy tales about!
It most certainly held up to the hype!
Thanks Brian and Forrest, there are not enough words to express my gratitude!
Obviously being on a raft limits the phone and camera time. Though most importantly, the urgency needed to get these beasts back in the water as soon as possible limits even the CPR opportunities.
We managed a few thew through!
Smallest fish of the day was only about 15inches long, but was still a 2.5-3# football!
There was also the "one that got away" story for me, she may have pushed 20lbs! ...I fought her for near two minutes before she'd had enough and left me frowning and humbled!
My apologies in advance for the carnage in the one pic, but rest assured, she did swim away for better days! She was right at 30 inches, but over 13lbs! The other guys guessed 15, but i believe she was a bit shy of that.
Remember, I am 330 lbs, so that is no small arm holding her down, trying to extract a 6in countdown Rap she completely swallowed. I was really worried for a minute, but she actually revived much better than several others.
Average fish were right around 5-6#....several 7-8#s, landed, a a few more pushing the 9-10# range! All the fish above 8lbs were rainbows, but we landed many more brownies!
The river was running at 377 and dropping, any lower and it would have been tough trying not to portage and trespass.
I am still stoked, two days later!!