|Ed and I go way back. He is one of my dearest friends and I just love sharing a skiff with him - anywhere; but especially on the delta.|
He took a Captain's Holiday and fished with me yesterday from my skiff. We left the marina just after 7:00 a.m. and headed for the SJ to fish the outgoing tide. The wind was light, the water in great shape, temperature 65 on my graph.
Ed was fishing a small Clouser tied with syn hair and not too much flash. It was a pattern he got from Gill Santos that just slayed the fish the week before. I stuck with my old standby, my FT Clouser in white/yellow/chart - blue CR topping, size 2/0. Both flies scored well and we didn't change all day. Oh, I did lose mine on a snag but I replaced it with the same pattern.
Both of us were fishing 28 feet of T-14 ROS Custom Cut with the .030 diameter intermediate running line.
We fished a lot of water (ran 8 gallons through the new F115 yami) and while we didn't find any substantial schools of fish (don't count the dink schools) we were abel to pick a nice on or two here and there.
We ended up the day around 4:30 p.m. when the wind started kicking up. All toll we landed a few more than 30 but we had some quality fish: a couple of 4- to 6-pounders; a 7-pounder; two 8's a 9- and 10-pounder.
Over all it was one of the most enjoyable days on the water in a long time. Ed and I have a long history of scoring well whenever we fish together. I hope we can keep the run going for many years to come.
Thanks for the companionship, great comaraderie and good luck, Ed! It's always a fun day having you on the casting deck.
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