Ok...so i was out yesterday (August 16) morning fishing the St. Clair River at Sarnia ON. Its about this time that the Chinook and coho start to move closer to the shoreline making them available for catching while wading. Additionally, the brown trout and steelhead start to increase frequency of appearing.
I hit the water by 6am...and was nymphing (as usual). Water was trubid from the north winds (suspended sand) and vis was about 2 feet at best....who knows the vis at about 6' depth. Anyway...the early morning yeilded nothing. About an hour in, I finally have a hook up and bring to the shore, a nice brown about 2 pounds.
Then nothing for some time until the sun is well up. Then the silver bass move in (some call them white perch) and I am having a good time landing silvers.....with numbers landed climbing into the 20's (final tally, well into the 30's caught).
My buddy, a new-to-fly-fishing guy, shows up but is casting cleos (spoons) instead of flies. Then it happens. As I am fighting in yet another silver...I see a wide bronze back come out of the sandy murk and it moves towards me. At first, I think "carp" because of the width....but suddenly, it reveals itself as it suddenly bolts and hammers the little silver...A HUGE MUSKIE!!! Estimated length...about FOUR FEET!!!
I am blown away. Years ago, I experienced this fishing walleyes and pike would hammer them while you were fighting. But this was the first (for me) for a muskie...and not expected in these waters.
Anyway....its not so much a fight anymore...but a drag. That bad boy had his meal...and was not letting go...and I was dragging him closer to shore. My buddy had dropped his stuff and was over TAKING VIDEO!!! (which looks awesome, by the way)...he also was doing commentary.
Fight/drag goes for about 5 minutes as we do the odd give and take as muskie tries to go deep...and I drag him short/shallow. We get him real close and get excellent footage...and its there we notice also...he has about a 9" long lamprey stuck to his side...hence my post title of "3 for the price of one".
In the excitement, my buddy got between me and the muskie and I lost track of the pressure i was exerting and muskie figured enough was enough and he released his death grip on the silver. I pull up the silver and we get video of the damage...the bite mark and chunk missing from the side of the silver. But it aint over yet.
I unhook the silver...and drop it back in. AND INSTANTLY, the muskie is back and again, hammers the silver!!!...then drops into the sandy murk. Buddy and I survey the area and while we can't see the muskie, we can see the silver and it would seem the muskie is content to lie in the shallows while it works the silver...turning is sideways to swallow. We again get footage of it hanging in the shallows. A crazy day...and what an experience!!!
So, I know we can post pics here (though I cannot seem to do it...me=inept)....can we post videos? My bud will be coming up to download the vid off his phone to me computor...and it will be in .mpg format. What will I need to do to get it on?
By the way...the chain is...a size 8 nymph...hooked a 10"-ish silver...which is hammered by a 4 foot-ish muskie...which has attached to it...a 10"-ish lamprey.
King Joe Outa Here!