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Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017
Did you ever wish you could arrive late on a Saturday morning and find you had your favorite fish spot all to you self? Well, that’s what happened this morning, more or less.

I was headed to Lincoln with a couple of guys I met when they were college students. Both had the same story, when it came to fishing they were cursed. Ben had been several times and “never caught a fish.” John had caught 3 fish his entire life and one of those was snagged in the tail.

The cat fishing has been hot so I told them I would take them out and deal with their “curse.” I knew that was the wrong thing to say, but the weather forecast had looked good the last 3 days, and Saturday was supposed to be more of the same.

Ben met me at the K-Mart parking lot in Spanish Fork at 5 AM. John got there about 5:25. When we got to the launch at Lincoln, there were 4 trailers in the lot. Darn it! I could tell there was some wind on the lake but I wrote it off as the "transition winds." Then we looked at the dock. Two boats were tied to it and a third was nosed up on the rocks. It was clear everyone was hoping the winds would slow down. Maybe the curse was working?

We launched my boat, putted up near the jaws and I tied the anchor to a bush. It wasn’t uncommon to find a fish or two in that area early and if the cats weren’t there I was sure we could get a carp or white bass for bait. An hour later we had no fish. The carp didn’t want our dough balls, the whites didn’t want my jigs. We had two hits on frozen WB but we missed them both.

Just then I heard a motor coming from the lake side. We reeled in our bobber rods and two guys came charging in looking they had just survived a near death experience. I waved as they went by on their way to the dock and one of them said, “Go on out there, it’s really nice,” and then gave a big laugh.

We didn’t have any hits in the next 30 minutes and it seemed like the NW wind might have backed off from 25 to 23 ½ mph, so I looked at my “cursed” companions and said, “I think we can get to the island, it will be slow going, but we can anchor on the lee side we can probably still catch some fish. Are you guys good with that?”

With our PFD’s strapped on we headed into the waves. We made it the first 100 yards without any waves breaking over the bow, but we were getting a fair amount of spray. “What do you think? I asked. “This is almost like a roller coaster ride,” said John, “I like it.”

About 30 minutes later we were at the island. A little wet, but it was a warm morning and the wind would dry us out in no time. When we got into about 4 FOW I put out my claw anchor and dragged it for about 50 yards. No good. Picked it up again and pulled back upwind until we hit 2 FOW and tried again. This time it stuck.

We set up our rods with slip bobbers and kept adjusting them until they stopped snagging. 30 minutes after we started, Ben got a mud cat. His first fish and he was excited! I told him it was great, but I hoped things would get better. Then he got another mudder. 2 fish in one day he beamed.

I was just about to conclude we were just too shallow for channels, when John hooked a better fish. After a few instructions on fighting a fish we got it in the net. A 22 inch channel. From there things got a lot better. The next fish was on my rod and it ran all over the place. We got it in the net and they couldn’t believe how big it was. The bump board would only give me 25” so I must have caught some of their enthusiasm.

We got channels fairly steady after that for the next 3 hours. They each got 5 fish and at least one in the 23-24 inch range, they were really impressed. I tried to tell them if it hadn’t been for the wind we might have gotten twice as many and with a lot less wind, work, and wet.

All in all we had a decent morning. We got 15 to 20 fish total and they said fishing was a lot more fun when you catch fish! As I had promised, the ride back was much quicker and drier!

For the details, we fished from about 6:30 until about 11:30. The last 3.5 hours were at the island. Wind was NW at roughly 15-25 mph and the water was 67.5 and stayed that way. Almost all the fish were on cut WB, the crawlers, shrimp, and dough balls went untouched.

I hope their curse is really broken. I’ve had way too much wind the last two outings!
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(This post was edited by Piscophilic on Jun 19, 2017, 12:57 PM)
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Re: [Piscophilic] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
Sounds like you had some fun even in the Utah Lake wind. I would have been one of those holding in the launch area while waiting for calmer seas. I can't abide any wind that is much more than a ripple on Utah Lake. I'm fortunate to live close enough to Lincoln to just do a drive-thru the parking lot and return home when the wind is blowing.

I'm doing the night shift tonight. Hoping there will be some big boys come in close to shore for a night of debauchery. If the seas are calm I might even venture out to the island. Hoping for hot fishing and cooler weather. Will post up pictures of 30+ inch cats tomorrow.

Got a hook up with TD set for Wed. Always fun to help him with the finer points of catching catfish. Also hope to meet Tin Can and his better half that morning. Weather looks good -- hot, but good. Looking forward to a good ketchin' day.

Fish on,

BLK
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Re: [Boatloadakids] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
It is nice living close enough a drive by ain't so bad, but it still upsets me, more than once I have been at work no wind until 3:30 then the northw@#d starts, just to go for a ride with the boat, turn around go home and do yard workFrown
O.C.F.D.
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Re: [Boatloadakids] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
It sounds like there are going to be a lot of sore lips out there in the next few days! I hope you do really well and that the bugs are all chasing Bank TanglersWink

I will anxiously await your report(s)
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Re: [Piscophilic] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
Great when you can find a few fish for those who want to catch one but haven't had any luck. You should get good karma for your kindness.


“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.”
Paulo Coelho
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Re: [kentofnsl] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
Karma is always good to haveWink
It didn't dawn on me until after I read about your recent ID trip, but that picture of yours is a sturgeon coming out of the water, isn't it?
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Re: [Piscophilic] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
Yes it is, but I borrowed it from a guide's site.


“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.”
Paulo Coelho
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Re: [Boatloadakids] Bumpy Ride to the Island, Utah Lake 6 17 2017 In reply to
I'll be over at the airport dike tomorrow Lynn and if the fishing isn't great I'll probably swing by lincoln. If you're still there and see my green ford, swing by and say hi. I'll probably fish by the springs in a blue tube if I make it over that way

The older I get, the less I like people and the more I realize life is too short to spend in the company of people my dog doesn't like.