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Season 2013 ends with a bang!


Season 2013 ended with somewhat consistent fishing as far as location, depths and catching quality holdovers.  Timing, speed and weeds were the inconsisent factors of the past month.  We enjoyed some of the best conditions as far as crisp air, clear skies, decent wind conditions and beautiful weather overall.  The lake was wide open and only a few others trolling and eagles out every trip.  At times we were the only boat on the lake.  The trout have been super spunky, hard fighting yet finicky and selective.  Lots of hits and fish getting off the lines- slower reeling and waiting for the trout to wear out paid off the most.  Many of the trout fell right off the hook and into the net.  We came into some great action at times and averaged 5-12 trout within 3 hours which is a bit slower for this time of the year.  Most fish landed were holdovers and we even had two tagged trout marked “Sierra Bow”. These tagged fish were caught by a six year old boy from San Diego back to back.  The young man lost about 1/2 dozen fish, he stayed postive entire trip then caught the two tagged fish within 20 minutes in the same location on different lures!  We also had a customer land the largest bow of the season in November. Congratulations to Alexandra Gerritsen of Carlsbad.  Alex landed the winning trout on 11/26/13 and she’s the winner of the Lucky Lunker Contest.   Alex and her husband Matt a Navy Cook, landed their limits as well.  Matt was thrilled to get the fresh trout back to the lodge to prepare for dinner.   The past month the best time of day to fish was mid day and hottest lures were UV Red and Watermelon Needlefish, various Rapalas, PK Lures Flutter Fish and prototype flies, Little Warriors Heavens Door/Copper, Barney/Silver and Gold Gobie/Gold and night crawlers.  Depths on down riggers were 2, 12 and 20 feet.  Leaded lines at 2-4 colors.  Rapalas on the surface.  The trout kept us moving all over the entire lake but we always produced the best numbers between Gilner Pt and Windy Pt and around Metcalf Bay.  A few trips the Observatory, West Ramp, Trout Alley and the Dam turned on but not consistent at all.  It was a great last month and season overall!  Fishing was a bit tougher but with persistence, determination and lots of creativity most of us continued to catch our limits on most days.  Thank you to Warrior Lures, Sarges Ballistic Bait and Pat and all the staff at PK Lures for the awesome lures, tips and support.  Thank you to Pleasure Point Marina and also to  Capt John’s Fawn Harbor and Marina!  We look forward to another awesome season taking people fishing from two great locations on beautiful Big Bear Lake.