Had a fun day on the water . Launched out of Verona at dark thirty and trolled down to the 5mph no wake zone by the houses. We hooked and landed 1 hen around 8am on a Chart/Silver K14X. Fish didn't have a lot of fight in it and it literally swam into the net without a roll haha. Pretty chrome though!
After that is was slow goes it. We trolled until 10am or so, then headed up the Feather. Trolled up there for a while for nada. Went near beer can beach and jigged a bit. We caught/released two small bass while jigging, but no salmon. One cool thing, we saw 3 deer cross the Feather from the East bank to the West. I had never known them to swim across a river before, very cool sight! Tons of turkey out too.
After trolling the Feather for a couple hours, we headed back to the Sac around 12pm. A lot of boats had already packed up for the day and the area was pretty open from 1pm on. I was actually shocked to see that for being labor day weekend, it seemed like another average day at Verona. We trolled down river for over 3.5 hours for no takers. I snagged a guys anchor line (SORRY BRO!) and just ripped my lure off, enjoy my new K14 haha. He was cool about it, no harm no foul, but it gave me a good rise for a minute when I thought I had a fish on. That boat ended up landing a small one later on too, good job fellas!
Around 3:30pm or so, we were making our last troll. I got a call from the wifey. Normally, our captain has a "no phone calls while on the boat" policy, but being my wife, I answered. After 15 seconds into the call, I got a huge take down and a "Sorry hun, fish on! (CLICK)". After a good fight, I landed a nice 16lb Buck with plenty of chrome left. He breached the surface 3 times before we finally got him in the net. Similar Rig, Silver Flatfish (no wrap). Wifey is my good luck charm, even when she's not fishin with me!
After that, captain decides we need to make a few more passes. On our final pass, I get hit hard again, only this time - snag city. Unfortunately Big Al was trolling behind us and we did are best to wave him around while we fought the snag, but he had 5 or 6 lines w/spinners out. One of his patrons got my line and we conversed for a minute while we sorted it out. Lost my lure unfortunately, but Big Al left with all his lines in-tact. That was our last run.
Overall a good, but slow day. The key element was persistence. We know the big run is coming, its only a matter of being out there on the right day/time. Water temp was around 68* and we did get sprinkled on a bit with overcast skies, but nothing requiring rain gear.