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Hello 2019

Happy 2019 everyone. Hope the holidays were good to you and you're all ready for the new season ahead. Looks like some of our prayers were answered....I got 18" of snow at my place over the holidays ...with more in the immediate forecast and it's only early Winter. This is my sixth Winter up here and it's the snowiest by far. Just keep it coming. Hope to see some of you on the warmwater lakes this season. Havasu looks promising and Pleasant has already yielded some nice stripers and DW's personal best lmb...a 6.5 chunk.

See ya on the water

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Slooooow Plezzzzz 1/20

Hit Pleasant this past Sunday with DW, Tim and Kevin K.  The lake fished very tough.  Flows were at a minimum and there was a big bright moon the night before……plus about ten other excuses I can think of but two’s enough.  We bagged a couple fish each and went home.

Here’s a little fish porn. 

The weather up here has been warm the past few days and we had tremendous wind yesterday.  I went by Show Low Lake and it was wide open.  Two days prior you could count two dozen ice fishing holes on it.  I heard Becker is open as well.  Supposed to be mild weather for the next couple weeks.  Got a dusting last night but nothing major here in town.  Good snowpack already, let’s hope it keeps coming.

Go fishing!

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Pleasant 12/15

Daryl has been hitting Pleasant for the past month and has been doing well on the bigger stripers.  Joe and I hit it with him this past weekend and we got into some good fish.  We fished it in the morning til early afternoon and had a nice morning catching stripers and whites.  DW proceeded to really have a good day.  At one point his rod was bent over consistently fighting nice stripers in the 21″-22″ … 2-3 lb range.  I’m sure he must have caught at least 30 fish.

I had to hit the road for my 3 hour drive back but Daryl stayed and fished til dark and got into the big boys again, landing his nicest striper so far this season.  A very healthy 24″ beaut.  That’s a nice fight on a fly rod!

DW says the lake is rising and the fishing should just keep getting better, exposing more and more structure for the fish to use.  Always nice to have some good fishing during the Winter months, especially with the problems with some of the Salt River lakes.  Gotta love AZ!

 

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Magdalena Bay 11/24-11/30

Joe Staller, Mark Sokol, Rod Buchanan, Dave Weaver, Vince Deadmond and myself hit Mag Bay fishing with Jeff DeBrown of Reel Baja this past week targeting marlin mainly.  Unfortunately Mother Nature threw us a curveball with heavy winds just before we got there.  Jeff said the marlin bite was wide open prior to that.  Plan was to hit the blue water for marlin 4 days and 2 days inside fishing the mangroves.  Turned out to be just the opposite and on only one of the days outside we found marlin that wanted to play.  Mark, Rod and Vince all landed their first marlin on a fly rod.  Congrats guys.

Most of our time was in the mangroves which didn’t really bother me.  It is awesome and with over 100 miles of shoreline and guides that knew where the fish were it was almost non stop….. when they could get us out of the wind.

We ended up getting at least 24-25 different species.

These are the fish we caught…at least we think this is what they were

Spotted bay bass (Cabrilla), Orange Mouth Corvina, African Pompano, Palometa (Golden Trevally, Golden Jack), Black Skip Jack, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Striped Marlin, Green Snook and Black Snook, Mexican Lookdown, Croaker, Halibut, Broomtail and Leopard Grouper, Fine Spotted Jawfish, Pargo/Dog Snapper, Red Snapper, Finescale Triggerfish, Mojarra, Bonefish, Puffer, A different Croaker?, Longjaw Leatherjack, Grunt.

We stayed at the Whale Tail Inn and used Mag Bay Outfitters boats.  Great food/accommodations.  Awesome trip…headed back again next year.

I’m sure I’ll have more pics to add as they come in.  These were just a few from Joe and I.