Readers will probably recall my friend Spencer, the Longview ironworker who has been featured a time or two on this blog.
He’s really gotten into bass fishing the past few years, and has tried his hand at walleye angling too, but with much more mixed results — you may remember the story of him getting his inner Yooper on in late summer 2009 and pulling plugs in Carrolls Slough only to catch nothing but coho.
Well, this story is in that same vein.
Spencer and son have once again been out this spring for bass, catching a few east of the Columbia Gorge, some off the bank at Silver (Jamison is leading in their big fish of the year contest with a 3-plus-pounder), and of late they’ve been patrolling Lake Sacajawea, that old river channel and park which curves through Longview.
Laid off for a little while, he’s been out brushing up on his bassin’ techniques (being careful not to snag up on the four shopping carts that have apparently been dumped into the 48-acre lake), including wacky rigging a Senko on a new and different style of hook … which led to heartbreak last Friday.
“I don’t know how big she was, but she doubled over my medium-heavy stick like a twig,” he emailed afterwards.
Undaunted, he was back out there today hoping to latch into it again.
And throwing a white 3/8-ounce spinnerbait, he did indeed hook and land a very nice one.
A very nice rainbow.
“Wasn’t what I expected,” Spencer said by phone a short while ago before prepping the 4.78-pounder for dinner.
He said he could tell from the bite it wasn’t any bass, even though he’d been fishing near fry holding in the middle of a field of lilypads, not exactly trout habitat.
“Bam, fish on! It gave some head shakes, tore line off my reel,” Spencer recalls.
His spinnerbait’s gonna need some post-tussle love too.
“It mangled it. I’ve got to reshape it,” he says.
The rainbow may have been one of the 160 averaging 5 pounds that were stocked at Sacajawea in late January. They were broodstock from WDFW’s Goldendale Hatchery.
This year the agency has also planted 17 averaging 10 pounds, 2,500 2/3-pounders, and 23,663 2/5-pounders (1,998 of which were brown trout).