A Rustic Rob’s Trip Produces Lifelong Memories And 4 King Salmon
It’s a great time to make some lifelong memories fishing right here on the Northern California rivers, in particular the Feather and Sacramento. Thanks to Rob Reimers of Rustic Robs Guide Service, that is exactly what I did with my son Andrew and his great friend Carter Harris.
At first, I had some reservations waking the kids up at 2:30 a.m. so we could make it to Yuba City by 4:15 a.m. to meet Rob at the dock but once we got there, seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces, put me at ease.
I have to tell you Rob has been fishing quite frequently on the Feather River, catching at least one and most of the time several fish every time he has been out. Rob knows exactly where to position himself on this particular stretch of the Feather River and was able to launch his boat and secured his spot the afternoon prior to us arriving the next morning. Yes, that means he slept overnight on his boat and met us at the dock at 4:15 in the morning. The goal was to enable the kids and I to have the best opportunity to catch a salmon on that particular day.
Andrew and Carter are both 11 years old and extremely athletic kids. I knew that if they had the opportunity to hook and fight a salmon, it would take all 70 pounds of them to get these hard battling salmon into the boat. Not to mention that most of the salmon being caught right now are averaging around 18-25 pounds.
After boarding the boat close to 4:30 we had a short 15 minute boat ride to get to our spot. By the time we anchored and got settled in, it was close to 5 a.m.
What the kids didn't know was that we would have to wait until one hour before sunrise to begin fishing. Sunrise on that particular day was 6:33 a.m. During the next thirty minutes or so, the kids received a good education on safety, how to use the fishing gear, what to dwhen they hooked a fish and what types of lures we would be using to entice these king salmon.
They learned what a Kwikfish with a sardine wrapper looked like and they also learned about a special lure that Rob makes himself. This is one of the things that I really like about Rob; he is a very creative guy and fortunately for him and his customers, it has really paid off for him on the water. Currently, Rob is making a lure he calls a “Speedy Spinner.”
In a nut shell, this lure is a Speedy Shiner combined with a Silvertron Spinner. Rob said, “one of the reasons I created this lure is because spinners will typically just sit there and spin. However, I wanted to give the spinner a little more action so I added the Speedy Shiner that makes it rock back and forth. This rocking ultimately gives the lure more action.” Rob went on to say, “that the spinner is the attractor but the speedy shiner is what they hit.”
There are a couple of reasons why this lure can be so effective. First, the fish haven’t seen this type of lure before. Secondly, the Speedy Shiner has great action by itself, but when you combine the Silvertron Spinner with it you have a very unique action that irritates those salmon enough to where they have no choice but to smack it. That is exactly what happened on this trip.
Just about an hour after legal start time, we had our first opportunity of the day. Carter’s rod went down. With a little assistance, we removed the rod from the rod holder and the battle was on. Carter had caught two fish in his lifetime before this - a trout and an 8 pound striper.
This salmon was no doubt much bigger then either of those two fish. Rob did a fantastic job teaching him how to hold the rod and fight this fish. After quite a bit of excitement and maybe a little more then ten minutes, Carter had a new personal best fish with a beautiful king salmon weighing 18 pounds!
It wasn’t much longer after Carter landed his first fish of the day before Andrew had his opportunity to fight and catch his fish of a lifetime. The rod bent down, Andrew jumped up, grabbed the rod and began his battle with the largest fish he had ever fought and caught.
Being my son, you know this boy has been fishing a few times. To watch him fight this fish and successfully bring it into the boat was a beautiful sight to see.
Andrew’s fish was almost the twin of Carters, weighing in at around 18 pounds as well. After a while, Carter had an opportunity to catch another beautiful salmon and then it was my turn. These last two fish were a little smaller but just as beautiful as the first two we brought into the boat.
We ended the day with four beautiful salmon, all weighing between 15-18 pounds. In addition to the fish, what we really ended up with was a fishing trip that neither the kids nor I will ever forget. With both of them waking up at 2:30 in the morning, catching their first salmon, laughing so hard at times we had tears in our eyes, this is just another excellent memory for the books. We even made it back in time for the boys to get to football practice by 6 p.m. that evening.
If you would like an opportunity to create many lifelong memories with your kids, grandkids, family, friends or co-workers, give Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service a call today. You can reach him at 530-632-0051. Also visit his website and check out his new lure the “Speedy Spinner” at http://www.rusticrob.com.
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