James and I hit the river early this morning to see if we could score a Gameday Winter Steelhead before the Super Bowl. As you can see by the picture, we managed to get into the end zone for a score! We got this picture seconds after getting the fish near the bank, and seconds before popping out the jig. You can even see the water still dripping off this native winter steelhead buck!
I had my rod rigged up with my starters (some salmon eggs for a while, followed by another jig), but the ticket today was when I went to the bench and put our old pal, the pink worm, into the game! My float danced down a nice little seam between some fast and slow water, and suddenly, the bruiser took my float down like a blitzing linebacker!! It was strong as an offensive lineman, too, as for the first two minutes the fish was on, my reel was screaming like a packed stadium as he was taking line and heading downstream! Imagine Chris Berman’s “He… Could… Go… All… The.. Way…”
Then, once he got out there, he did some high flying theatrics, getting completely out of the water twice!! But after a short battle, I was able to get his head turned and pulled in for the score! Touchdown!