Our fish finder shows several schools of bait fish, all of which are invariably surrounded by larger predators. The schools are 20-30 ft below the surface. We constantly adjust our fishing depth to match that of the schools’. Joel’s rod suddenly twitches several times. He immediately slams his rod upwards to unclip the fishing line and hooks into a feisty fighter. The fish makes several deep runs but quickly tires out and emerges to the surface: it’s a decent 22.5” lake trout. We’re on to something! We reset our lures and continue to circle the structure for another 45 minutes, when my rod starts to twitch. I am rewarded with a much less impressive 17” baby lake trout…
It’s now 10:30 am and we need to get going. We decide to troll to shore instead of just buzzing back at full speed. I place my lure 12 ft below the surface in the hope of enticing a passing landlocked salmon on the way in. So does Joel, except that he keeps an eye on the fish finder, which shows a bunch of fish 80-90 ft down! He doesn’t hesitate and drops his rig weight down to 90 ft in the hope of getting into the vicinity of whatever is swimming at that depth. I snicker at him, but I really should now better by now… His rod suddenly shudders and he immediately hooks into a fish. He fights it to the surface and it turns out to be a nice 24” lake trout. I am humbled and also drop my line 90 ft down, but by then it’s too late because we are quickly approaching shore. Joel got the best of me today but revenge will be sweet next time around : )
The results: I caught a 17” lake trout, whereas Joel caught a 22.5” and a 24” lake trout in 3.5 hours of fishing.
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