This is an extended series of clips from my outings to the Trempeleau River and Kickapoo River on May 15 and May 16, 2016, respectively. Fish on at 4:55, 9:58, 11:12, 18:55, 19:05, 19:40, 20:55, 21:22, 21:35, 22:05, 23:52, 24:08, 24:15, 24:50, 25:40, 27:03, 28:02, 28:50, 29:08, 31:12, 31:25, 31:42, 31:53, 32:42, 33:10, 33:45, 34.22, 34:47, and 35:16.
I caught a bunch of brook trout on the Trempeleau despite lots of technical difficulties, the main one being that the top 2 feet of my rod just fell off (probably due to a laundry basket incident a few days earlier). I had forgotten to respool my line (old line, pretty well stretched out by the 22 inch brown I’d caught a week earlier), so that was problematic. Next, the bead on my spinner somehow broke off, which seriously retards how well the blade spins. I had left my spinner box in the car, so I had to make due with that one or head back. Then a few minutes later it literally just fell off the end of the line. That was a workhorse – every fish I caught in 2016 so far was caught on that one Panther Martin.
I managed to catch 6 brookies out of the same hole from 24:15 to 28:50.
I crashed at a friend’s house in the area on Sunday night, then hit the Kickapoo River on the way back home Monday. I caught a mixed bag of decent size brookies and a few nice browns. The browns started hitting hard later in the afternoon. Unfortunately my battery was dead by then. I know, I know, fish stories! Capped the day off with a nice 14 inch brown. The video ends with a clip where I got snagged on some fishing line that was attached to some ivy. I removed it and stored it in my Monomaster. There was a ton of trash that I would have collected if I had a bag with me. Apparently people who drink Busch Light can’t be counted on to pack their cans out.