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At the time I didn't figure this was going to be a long thread but instead of creating another one I'll just keep adding to this one.

Other than the big motor being a two stroke which is hard starting after it's been sitting for 6+ months everything is working flawless.
Summit Lake is my go to spot for shakedowns and taking the grandkids fishing.

We are canceling this weekend's trip because it's supposed to be nasty and next weekend supposed to be 75 and sunny. :s0168:

I want my grandkids to have a good time on the lake instead of being cold wet and miserable like their grandpa is while chasing salmon on the rivers.

Watching a bald eagle fighting with an osprey is just icing on the cake.
Tally for today was hooked 6 fish, lost 2 due to an invisible net in the boat and gifted 2 trouts to a young man on the bank who was fish less. I kept the 2 kokanee. ;)

Oh and I must leave you all with my signature ending on these type of threads.
Edit: Some have expressed disdain at my choice of the word "slackers" so I'll politely say "Back to work slackers. y'all non retired workaholics."

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Thanks for that Brother gives me hope.

Normally I don't start catching Kokanee until late May or June on this lake but today I got two in the boat. Damn good eats man, that's for sure.
One of these days I'm going to go after some Kokanee. I keep hearing about how good they are.

You're living it up. I'm stuck working (at home, at least).

Tight lines!
 
Not a huge kokanee fan. I give mine away.View attachment 1874312
If they're teeny tiny like shown then I don't generally let them in the boat, we don't even get the net ready. We just shake them off.
The bigger ones, 9" and above are welcomed anytime, only after we spray off them tiny scales, what a mess… :s0154::s0154::s0154:

But good Lawdy they are scrumptious!!!
 
But of course, although I am currently out of Grey Poupon… :p

We still use that dish/silverware set we bought back in 83 after we got married. :eek:

When I get back home (the south) we'll sell all the good stuff and cook everything on a grill and eat off of paper plates. :s0140:
I ain't knockin' it. When we start getting low, we head to the thrift store and buy whatever they happen to have on the shelf. You can often find Corelle there for 50 cents a piece or so. You just can't be picky (or care) about the pattern, or having them all match!
 
I ain't knockin' it. When we start getting low, we head to the thrift store and buy whatever they happen to have on the shelf. You can often find Corelle there for 50 cents a piece or so. You just can't be picky (or care) about the pattern, or having them all match!
True that.
It's a simpler life down there, don't need no fancy plates nor the fancy BBQ coals we just pick up the downed limbs/trees from the hurricane's and tornadoes to fuel the burn pit. And beer…:s0090:
 
If they're teeny tiny like shown then I don't generally let them in the boat, we don't even get the net ready. We just shake them off.
The bigger ones, 9" and above are welcomed anytime, only after we spray off them tiny scales, what a mess… :s0154::s0154::s0154:

But good Lawdy they are scrumptious!!!
Well for scale, those are 24" rainbows.
 
Well today it was @Slobrays turn to board the FV:Bloody Decks. I really enjoy Ray's company and his boat worthiness/downrigger fishing skills plus he communicates very well with my hearing impairment. He asked me if it would be OK if he brought his grandson? I said I'd be upset if he didn't. 😁

It was a bright but not so early meet at the lake, I arrived about 8:30 and Ray pulled in shortly after.

I had been watching a guy trying to dump his boat at the ramp while his significant other was at the helm, without success on 4 separate attempts. I bet the guys ears was burning like a solar flair was overhead. I knew what the problem was immediately because years ago I was that dumbass once. :s0140: He finalllllly figured it out and launched it like a champ.:s0108::s0108::s0108:

Ray had mentioned that the young man had never fished from a boat and had only fished from a dock with grandpa recently.
I asked if he had been in a boat and the look on his face as we launched told me that he was ready for a fun filled adventure, Captain Caveman did not disappoint him either.

I'll not bore you with a story about how many fish we hooked, landed or lost because there were very many and 3 limits were in the ice bath in about 4 hours.

It warms me pirate heart, arghhh, to give young people an adventure on the water that they'll hopefully remember for a long time and maybe hook them for life.

Thanks for joining me today. :s0005:
 
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Well today it was @Slobrays turn to board the FV:Bloody Decks. I really enjoy Ray's company and his boat worthiness/downrigger fishing skills plus he communicates very well with my hearing impairment. He asked me if it would be OK if he brought his grandson? I said I'd be upset if he didn't. 😁

It was a bright but not so early meet at the lake, I arrived about 8:30 and Ray pulled in shortly after.

I had been watching a guy trying to dump his boat at the ramp while his significant other was at the helm, without success on 4 separate attempts. I bet the guys ears was burning like a solar flair was overhead. I knew what the problem was immediately because years ago I was that dumbass once. :s0140: He finalllllly figured it out and launched it like a champ.:s0108::s0108::s0108:

Ray hat mentioned that the young man had never fished from a boat and had only fished from a dock with grandpa recently.
I asked if he had been in a boat and the look on his face as we launched told me that he was ready for a fun filled adventure, Captain Caveman did not disappoint him either.

I'll not bore you with a story about how many fish we hooked, landed or lost because there were very many and 3 limits were in the ice bath in about 4 hours.

It warms me pirate heart, arghhh, to give young people an adventure on the water that they'll hopefully remember for a long time and maybe hook them for life.

Thanks for joining me today. :s0005:
Thank you for having us. It was a great day all the way around and everyone had a great time. It had been a while since I was Jim's deck hand, so it took me a little while to get back in the groove of things, but we got er done.
Hours after, the little one is still stoked and is ready to get back out on the water as soon as he can. I think we ruined him, now he's cursed to spend every waking moment looking for the next hookup.


Ray
 

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