Decided to sneak in an evening last night at Muir. Headed there with a bud and the 12 foot aluminum. We got to the lake at 4 p.m., just in time for a big thunder storm. There was a mass exit of anglers from the lake leaving just us in the parking in the truck watching the incredible storm go by. As soon as the storm was far enough away we launched the boat.
Lots of fish jumping everywhere. Electric storms seem to get the fish going. Saw some real beauties jumping and not just this years stock. Nice to see the big ones active...we were hoping.
We trolled sinking lines over the the island in about 15 FOW using small crystal flash leech patterns. Right away I was getting hits and it wasn't long before I racked up some small 10 inchers. After about a half hour I had a big hit and then the line started to sing. A large fish left the water several times and I knew that I had a good one on. After a decent battle I netted a fat football style bow. Shortly after that my buddy also had a good hookup and it was another football replica. This one fought very well though and took a bit to get to the net.
From there we caught several more small ones and called it a day by 7:30 p.m.
Another storm was moving in fast. We were just finishing packing up and it hit. We got pretty soaked even in rain gear and being out there for 2 minutes.
Two gents were almost to the island in belly boats, no jackets, no rain gear when the storm hit. I hope those two made out alright and made it back. Nasty weather!
Here are pics of the two fatties (fish that is):
Great short trip out to Muir!