We usually prefish for this event Thursday and Friday, however Thursday was the only day that our team was able to fish and put a program together, which consisted of targeting steelhead off shore. Friday we were only able to fish for 2 hours, and watch the lake kick up into a violent fury. We decided to quit when we could longer see over the tops of the waves.
Saturday was a complete bust for the tourney. A small craft advisor was posted by NOAA and the tournament committee would not let us go while that was posted. Every 2 hours we were updated about the small craft advisory, while we stood on shore and watch a flat fishable lake. That was a little frustrating, but given the water conditions on Friday I can understand why the committee was a little gun shy about letting us go fishing.
Sunday morning came and we were greeted by a rough lake, 2-4 footers, with an occasional 5 foot wave. But.... no small craft advisory posted... Let's go fishing!!! We weren't sure what or where the crazy wind had blown the fish to, or what it had done to water temperatue conditions, but we decided to stick with our plan to go off shore and fish for steelhead. We set up in 300 feet of water, and worked north, pulling steelhead lures in the 40 feet and King lures way down deep. After the first hour we were quickly adjusting our set up, and the deep king stuff came up, and we concentrated on steelhead. We would continue to work hard, making suttle changes to the set until we had every rod working for us. We boated 24 fish during our time limit, and 9 went into the box for weigh in, 7 steelhead, 1 coho salmon, and 1 lake trout. Steelhead must be 21" to keep, and 15 of the 24 fish we boated did not make that cut.
We got to weigh in not very optimistic at first because we were short 3 fish from a full box, which is 12. We had 9 fish. Our hopes brightened when we realized no one had a box of 12 fish, and the majority of the teams only 5,6, or 7 fish in their box. We weighed in, 46.47lbs for 9 fish, 136.47 points total. We looked up, and we were sitting in 5th, but still lots of teams to weigh in. In the end we would finish 7th out of 53 teams, and take home a little money too.
I'm very proud of our finish, and how well we work, and that we never gave up. 3 of us worked the back of the boat the whole time, while Capt. Dick kept us on the fish. I can't wait till next year!!! Let's do it again!