keep your chin up and your line wet. don't worry, anyone who says that something like that hasn't happened to them is either lying or too stupid to remember, or like grantspastor said, "or has my mind just blocked it out?". don't let that keep you off the river. now you know what you need to do in the future, so that makes you alot smarter than some of the old timers i have seen out there during springer season. everyone has those days, some people never learn from their mistakes and are in the same place their whole lives. see ya out there, and good luck getting your wife into another fish.
Ever have one of those weekends where things just don't quite go as planned?
First, let me appologize to anyone that had to witness my foolishness 2 weeks ago. I was going to keep this to myself and never tell a sole.
However, hindsight tells me that some of you will find it a bit amuzing and others may learn from my mistakes.
1) Don't use cheap or old gear for big fish
2) Use the proper anchor for the conditions
3) Know how to read the channel
4) NEVER get downstream of your anchor unless you are in the bow of the boat
5) Make certain your anchor puller bouy is capable of floating your anchor BEFORE you drop the anchor
6) If you take a newby out fishing, keep smiling, no matter how bad it gets
I took my wife out 2 weekends ago for her first chinook trip. We went just outside of Washougal boat launch and had a bizzare fishing trip.
Got all hooked up on the first day. My wife hooked her very first chinook just as her old reel blew up in her hands. She had no idea she even had a fish on as I attempted to hand pull it into the boat. We got it about 20 feet from the boat when the line snapped. At least she was able to see it.
I ran to BiMart and bought her a brand new reel. Base one in the case. Returned to the river, continued to fish and heard 5 blasts from a barge. I was certain I was not in the channel and that another boat was. Turns out I was closer than I realized and so was he. This is not an impressive way to win points with your wife. Picked up to move WAY away from the channel and my anchor wouldn't set. I became the idiot on the river as I tried 4 or 5 times to hook up and nearly hooked another boat's anchor. Finally, too embarassed to continue, I headed home for the evening.
Went to GI Joe's that evening and bought a proper anchor for that rocky portion of river.
Sunday... Went back out at the crack of dawn. New anchor hooked up perfectly on the first drop! The day was going great but fishing was slow. Another barge came down the river. My wife never took her eyes off that barge (for good reason). In the mean time, her rod nearly broke in half on a huge hit. I had my back to her pole as I saw the tip flash by my head. The gentleman in the boat next to us about fell out of his seat yelling "fish on!" By the time I figured out it was my wife's pole, her second ever chinook dropped off. She didn't get to feel this one either.
You would think this was the end of the story.
Went to pull up the ancor and it would not release. We tried several angles as idiots in pleasure boats tried their damndest to swamp us. Turns out my anchor puller bouy was too small to do the job. After several attempts to drown us both, I finally figured out I needed to pull it in by hand.
Humbled, I headed home. I doubt she is ever going to wish to go chinook fishing with me again.
What a mess. I have never felt like such a beginner in all my life.
Please don't make these mistakes. It is far too embarassing to your passengers and you. Not to metion the fact that it wears the nerves of those around you.
slayer, You know the old saying, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well they must've forgot fishermen in that deal. You learned a couple good lessons the way we all did, by sheer embarrasment :blush: with lack of preparation and not having the proper gear. Help is just a small post away, just ask. :grin:
Look at the bright side, you and your fair maiden are still here to learn more.