May 15-18, Winni Derby

May 18, 2008

Fished the Winni Derby for the 1st time. Rented a place up there with my two brothers. It was a blast.

Shawn and I rode up together and started Thursday to find some spots and see what was going on. We got out late as there was so much to plan for and get ready it was very busy.

Trolled out from the bay and Shawn banged a nice salmon at about 22 inches. Then I got a huge rainbow trout that weight around 4.5 pounds and was about 21 inches.

Friday we headed out early and instantly the big pond was so full of boats you could barely navigate the water. We had an instant dry spell that lasted for hours picking up only a small fish here and there. Shawn and I each got a 19 inch for the day and later on we boated a bunch of shorts to 18 inches out on the broads over near Welch.

Saturday was more of the same with a better start and longer mid day dry spell. We got bored and headed to docks to go get some lures from AJs bait and tackle then troll the bay. Then we headed for the the weigh station to see what was going on and get some pizza. As we trolled in I picked up a 18 inch salmon. As we headed out we got another cookie cutter 18. We stayed there for a little bit then headed back out to find more productive water. Got a few more but nothing special. Was a nice eveinging until around 8pm when the wind and cooler air moved in. Was almost weird.

Sunday was leaving day so we woke up late and had a late start overall. Went out of Meredith bay and trolled that for a while and eventually ending up on the broads. Got 1 fish on a fly all morning. Headed in and called it a trip.

Was a fun trip but a long one.

Brian

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