Here’s the promised round-up of yesterdays trip – yes I know it’s a little late. :)
After spending almost eight hours on the water, I was just too tired to sit down and put together even a quick diary entry.
For yesterday’s trip, I decided to fish a more remote place, because popular waters like Navallaña are quite crowded on weekends and you have to compete with a lot of tournament anglers for the good spots. When I arrived, conditions where near to perfect. A mix of sunshine and clouds made for comfortable temperatures and a slight breeze allowed for convenient kayaking and fishing.
To my surprise it took nearly four hours to record a first bite and I think that this was mostly because of the much lower water level compared to last year. Hiding spots and cover where rare, and I really had to search for places that had both – shallower areas and sunken bushes and trees.
After fishing Records “El Gallo” for most of the day (memories of last years catches are still vivid), I switched to another favorite – Handsome’s “Snork”. The lively little pencil triggered another bite soon after and a follow-up cast brought the long-awaited first fish. While the strike itself felt quite soft, the fight was even more challenging and it took me a while to get hands on her. An what a beauty she was – biggest fish of the trip and finally a true “Fifty!”.
The following hours where surprisingly uneventful. No bites, no fish – and to make matters worse, the wind had freshen around noon. I was now using Anydope’s OneNac, who already has a proven record from previous trips and helped ending the day on a high again.
At one of my favorite spots from last years trip, I got a good strike halfway between rocks and kayak.
I’m now heading back to Navallaña. Let’s see how things are going today..
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