Recently had the opportunity to fish Jurassic Lake Lodge for the 5th consecutive year. Jurassic Lake (aka Lago Strobel) is perhaps the best rainbow trout fishery in the world. In 1996, the original stocking of wild McLeod strain rainbows from California were introduced into the Barrancoso River and thus made way into Lago Strobel. With a hearty strain of rainbows combined with the abundant food source of scuds and an environment of crystal clear highly oxygenated water with minimal fishing pressure and no predators has allowed these rainbows to grow to sizes unheard of. I along with 6 friends verified that the giants do exist. We arrived in a blizzard on Sept 30 which is a tad earlier than the normal opening season. Taking a 5 minute walk to the river mouth found thousands of giants
Others in the group did much better than I did slowly jigging white tube jigs. When the wind made fly fishing impossible I switched to a 5/8 oz Moonshine bloody glow nose and had strike after strike outside the river mouth. For the 4.5 days of fishing I estimated the group landed over 2500 rainbows of which at least 7 topped 20 lbs with the largest reported at 22 lbs with the average rainbow topping 11 lbs.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The Cinder has totally changed it's flow since last season. Many of the hotspots are now sandbars. The water this season was extremely low and the weather in Alaska has been above average. Twice during the week we fished Lava Creek for arctic char. The first trip was average with about 65 char landed and the 2nd trip was downright poor as it seemed as the char disappeared.
Over the years I have been great friends with Gary and Rudy. I cannot thank them enough for all the great memories I have been so blessed to receive. Pumice Creek Lodge has set the bar too high so this will be my last trip to this Great Land. Alaska will be sorely missed!
Sunday, September 1, 2019
A BIG thanks to Gary and head guide Rudy for the fantastic adventures up north! Am sure the upcoming trip will be the best ever! See you guys soon!
Monday, August 19, 2019
Once again, I had the opportunity to fish for monster bull redfish out of Venice, LA with Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters. Capt Keith specializes in putting clients on big bulls and provides everything from housing, meals, and all tackle. This August 12 to 14, I was joined by my brother Billy and friend Etan Zimmett who had never battled the big bulls before. Action on day 1 was non stop with the largest redfish pushing the boga to 29 lbs. The top lures were blabber mouth popping corks followed by plastics in black/char and white/char colorations. The weather during the stay was perfect with lots of clouds and some rain to keep us cool. The water temps were a hot 90F degrees. The action slowed a tad on Day 2 but a few big bulls were landed by all. During the afternoon on our last day, Capt Keith ran a long way to the Gulf of Mexico and the fishing was something I have never experienced out of Venice. For practically 3 hrs we constantly had tripleheader after tripleheader. I had a tremendous drag burning battle from a giant 30 lbs Jack Crevelle. As mentioned in previous posts, Born to Fish Charters offers world class fishing for a fraction of top International destinations. So, I highly recommend you contact Capt. Kennedy at 504-908-3108 to get in while the bull action is redhot!
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Kermett Adams, of www.klures.com has been experimenting with variations of monster poppers which can stand up to the lure busting strikes exhibited by these brutes. He has varied the mouth cup design to give the "pop" fisherman want. Kermett has built a few skipjack poppers with and without cup weights on the rear of the lure. Without the cup weight the popper tends to zig zag a few inches below the surface on rapid retrieves. This is perfect for fooling golden dorado.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Recently, Shimano has introduced its latest technology in the Ocea Head Flash Boost. The heavy plastic stickbait is 8 inches long while weighing 135 grams without hooks which allows extra long casts.. It is available in numerous coloration while costing about $45 USD. Yesterday, I was able to make a few practice casts with the 200F model. It works great with a zig zag turnaround motion on slight pulls. Once, stopped, the weight balance allows the lure to stand straight into the air thus allowing the flash panels to oscillate which hopefully will attract some top catches. The Head Dip should be a winner for species such as Giant Trevally and will give it a try on my next adventure for these brutes!