|Steve Santucci and I (two old-timers according to Steve) hit the delta Friday - Steve doing the guiding out of his incredible Yellow Fin CC skiff. We put 70 mile on the skiff that day, averaging 52 mph when running the long legs of our route.|
We started out in the south east delta, worked our way to the middle delta on the Moke and ended back up in the south east to finish off our day around 4:00 p.m when the tide was dead low and standing.
We had a helluva good day, yucking it up, telling stories, complaining about our aches and pains and catching a lot of fish. We ended up with 25 and only three of those were sub-legal. Most were 4-pounds and up.
We both had about the same numbers but I'm telling you Steve whipped my butt when it came to size. He landed three double-digit fish, a 10-, 12- and 14-pounder and several at 6- to 8-pounders. I only hooked one that might have been a double-digit fish when Steve and I had a double going. He landed his and I dropped mine. Bloody barbless hook fly he gave me.
I caught my fish on a variety of flies ranging from Whistlers to FT Clousers and Darting Jig Hook Sea Habits. Steve took all of his on one fly which I dubbed the "Moss Fly". It was a green and black syn FT Clouser style about 5 or so inches long and he just blasted them with it. I bummed one off him and that's the fly I hooked my larges fish on - the one I dropped...
We both fished T-14 Custom Cut lines and we fished water ranging from 6 to 18 feet. Water temp was 63 on his graph and a bit colored (but not bad) in some areas.
We both used about the same retrieve, leader size and length and I'm pretty sure it was his fly that was making the difference on the larger fish.
Hey, I don't mind being taught a lesson now and then; and I kept that fly Steve gave me for a pattern. I will have a bunch of them in my box next time out.
It was a fun day with lots of sun, moderate wind, willing fish and a whole bunch of great camaraderie between to old friends just out for some fun fishing on the California Delta.
Today I spent 4 hours waxing and cleaning my trailer before putting it in dry storage at the Sugar Barge for the summer. It'll be back in space #20 September 15th for the fall/winter/spring season.
Thanks Steve for a fabulous day on the delta.
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