View Full Version : Lake Alamanor KP Derby/Double Duece for a win 6/14

06-16-2014, 09:26 PM
Attention Reader,
This post is made in the most light hearted way possible to show that if life is in the crapper there still may be a silver lining. (Or at least some toilet paper!) Please feel free to skip to the end of the report if all you want is fish porn and stats. Ok here we go!
For the past few weeks I have been busy preparing for the Kokanee Power Derby at Lake Almanor. I have fished a few of the KP derbies in the past with my daughter and we have always enjoyed ourselves. She is 16 now and more in to school, band, and boyfriend more than fishing so I was hoping to get my nephews into the derby action. I have taken them fishing a few times in the past and each time I have put them on fish so I was feeling like Uncle N2TROUT had a reputation to live up too. The full moon cycle wasn't helping my nerves either!! lol
We arrived at the North Shore campground on Thursday afternoon and checked in. I believe the campground is under new ownership and the people running it now are doing a great job. The staff is very friendly, pets are allowed, the bathrooms are some of the cleanest I have seen in a campground, and there are hot showers at no additional cost! After setting up camp i went to check out the boat ramp and see what launching conditions looked like. The wind was stirring up some pretty good sized white caps so after a brief conversation with a guide that was coming off the lake, i decided to wait to launch in the morning to do some pre fishing.
Friday morning comes and the wind lies down for me, making launching much easier. We get a little bit of a later start than I would like but that is my fault due to health issues. My brother and my Nephews are ready to go so we head out at warp speed for an area close to Almanor campground where the KP registration and weigh-in take place. Unfortunately for me warp speed was a whopping 8 mph as my main motor takes some time to adjust to the altitude change when I fish the higher elevations ! So what should be a 5 to 10 minute ride becomes a half hour or more sometimes. I had a game plan in place and once we got to the spot, I set about to putting it in motion. My crew took their positions and we dropped lines in. It only took 10 minutes or so for us to find the first bite. I set my nephew Aidan up with the rod and he did a great job bringing in a scrappy little 14 inch rainbow. It wasn't a whopper but it gave me confidence I was on the right track. I reset that rod and we were ready for more action. We did not have to wait long at all! I like to leave my clickers on when I troll, sometimes I will hear the bite before I see it. (the price we pay for multi-tasking..lol) Well the clicker on my Nephew Mathew's side starts wailing like a banshee bringing everybody's attention to the back of the boat. I set up Matty with the rod and the fight is on! I could feel some really good headshakes before I gave him the rod and this fish continued its assault the whole time. It jumped several times, it took several more drag peeling runs, it dove at the motor when it reached the back of the boat. After finally getting an angle to get a net under it, I put the slab in the boat. Matty was stoked!! It was his personal best so far and weighed in just a little over 3 lbs. Kid had a smile a mile wide and a sore arm..lol. After a round of high fives I reset the line and we continued to fish for the next 3 hours landing some beautiful big rainbows that averaged from 3 to 4 pounds. Everybody took turns getting in on the action and it helped us gel into a fluid fishing machine. We called it before the early afternoon winds feeling confident I had a good starting point for the derby the next morning. I really didn't want to take on any white caps with my motor still not running full power.
Friday night we enjoyed some fresh trout with the rest of our dinner as the boys retold the days fishing adventure to the rest of our guests. They went to bed early voluntarily knowing we had an incredibly early start in the morning so we could make the trek back over to our spot. They soon drifted off to sleep while talking about silver freckled slabs they were going to catch in the derby!
Saturday morning. Time to get up. Start time is in a couple of hours and my stomach is doing its best to keep my down. I absolutely refused to give in. Put on the biggest pair of "Big Boy" pants I could find and sucked it up. The boys are up soon and pumped to hit the water. Load up on the boat and pray for my motor to be running at full power. No luck , so it's a half hour ride out to our spot before we can get lines wet. No big, stay with the game plan I tell myself. Hit our spot and drop our lines in without breaking stride. I fished the same lures at the same depth I had the previous morning. Struck pay dirt within the first 5 minutes with a scrappy little 2 pound rainbow that Aidan handles like a seasoned pro. With one nephew having something to weigh in for sure I let out a little sigh of relief....lol. So its back to the depths with the same deadly lure that has been consistently working the last 2 days and we are fishing again. Now Mathew is up to bat and it takes about another 15 minutes or so and it's BLAMO!! The clicker is singing and as soon as I hand the rod to him I know it's a bigger fish. He has the butt of the rod tucked up under his arm and he is grunting to hold on as the fish is making big runs behind the boat. I am using light kokanee rods by lamiglas and small abu garcia reels. My longest set backs were getting all the action so before you know it these hot fish have 200 to 250 ft of my line off the reels !!! I am coaching him through all of it. He hangs in there and we get the fish turned around towards the boat and after a some amazing leaps and line crossing runs, we put his fish in the boat. It's another beautiful rainbow. This fish is closer to 3 lbs and Matty is all smiles! Now I am really feeling self induced pressure just melt away as they both have something to weigh in. Things were really starting to flow the right way and I didn't realize how true this really was...lol.
So now it's me and my brother Tim needing some of that sweet fishy loving. I am working the downriggers at furious pace. I only have 2 so I am stacking lines constantly and with the my lowest offerings getting all the loving, it made me one busy boy!!! That may have been what triggered it..lol. WARNING: THIS PART IS FOR THOSE WITH A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR!
I get the lines back down and I feel that overwhelming need for a bathroom. There is no floating outhouse around and my main motor still is only getting me around at about 9 mph. The closest ramp to me has no dock and big rocks all along the shore line. Sweat is building on my brow as I am doing some weird dance to keep things in place! Not really having much of a choice I give in to the fact I am going to have to use the plastic portable commode I had rigged up for when I have the gals fishing with me. It was a hard bit of pride I had to swallow as a second full moon appeared in the Almanor morning skyline...lol . I took my seat as discreetly as I could and had the boys watching rods at the back of the boat. My brother was driving while I dealt with my situation. Life wasn't done throwing me curve balls. I quickly found out I didn't have any toilet paper on board so out came the knife and I was shortly down one fresh fishing rag..lol. But wait it doesn't end there! About the time I finishing with the TP situation the far left rod bends in half and the drag starts beltiing out "We will...We will...Rock You!!" Aidan is standing next to it and is reaching out trying to get the rod out of the holder. The wind has picked up a little bit and we are rocking kind of so I tell my brother to get back there and help him out. So now I am sitting on my plastic throne and steering the boat! What next?? Lol. Oh yeah you guessed it. WHAM!!!!!......ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZ!!! OH LORD, IT'S A DOUBLE !!! We have now entered a new dimension of fire drill...lol. So my well trained crew rolls with punches. I got my brother on one side of the boat with fish, I got Aidan on the other side with fish on, I look at Matty and tell him "You got the wheel". He jumps in the captains chair and I start a new dance which had to look like a scene out of a Three Stooges show. I am trying to get my drawers up and not trip as I am making my way for the back of the boat. My brother and Aidan were doing a great job keeping their fish from crossing each other while retrieved the net to seal the deal. Two quick scoops and I had both big Bows in the boat. Both fish were bigger than previous two. About that time it finally hit my brother and nephews I was standing there holding my britches up in one hand and a net in the other. They all laughed so hard and so long they almost all needed the bathroom too!! What a site I must of been?? What are you going to do?? I laughed my ass off with them. lol.
The day just got better as we kept up a steady pace of putting big fish in the box. I was feeling pretty good about all our chances and not wanting to be late for weigh in we called it at 11:30. I fired up my main motor and ALAKAZAM!! My motor is running fine now. Woohoo , off to the ramp back at camp. Once there we packed things into the truck and headed for the scales and the food. Man was I hungry! We got in line for weigh in and kept eyeballing what everybody else was weighing in. I was starting to feel pretty good when the weigh master was calling out "big fish" each time he took one out of our bags..lol. We finished weighing in and sat down for some good eats while we waited for the raffle and derby results. We didn't have any luck in the raffle but our luck held out in the derby results. My nephews finished 2nd and 3rd in the junior division. They were absolutely thrilled. They got trophies and hats that had what place they finished on them as well as picked out prizes on the awards table. One chose a remote car and the other chose a razor scooter. It was like Christmas and the Superbowl at the same time. When we drove through camp they had their trophies in the air like they were doing a victory lap. I was so proud of them. I think my smile may have been bigger than theirs...lol Of course I had even more to smile about because for the first time I placed in a KP derby and I did it with my brother as my team mate. We took 6th place and collected a paycheck. The paycheck was a cool bonus but standing up there with a feeling of total accomplishment and a head full of irreplaceable memories was priceless. My nephews had me telling our guest back in camp all about the days events as we ate dinner and celebrated. They all laughed pretty hard for quite a long time and for that I feel grateful to have be the "BUTT" of their jokes for years to come. The title of my post may now make a little more sense. Sorry if I offended anyone but I promised my nephews I would share their story with everyone. lol
Here are pics and details of what I used for those that wanted to skip the long read.
Lures: Speedy Shiners (only lure I used the whole trip)
colors: Red/ Gold, Gold, Silver, Watermelon
scent: Smelly Jelly- Herring and Anchovy
depths: 25 ft and 40 ft.
speed: 2.5 to 3.0
Location: West Bank in front of the Almanor campground ramphttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/y6y2yre7.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/e9emunaj.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/a6ebupun.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/ajyta2e6.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/a8ehy9ez.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/u7u8esa9.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/mezy7e6u.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/17/2a7ybu7y.jpg

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06-16-2014, 10:08 PM
Good stuff, n2trout!

Glad you stuck with it and rolled with the difficulties. Getting your family into fish that made the winners circles is awesome.


ps. put a roll of tp in a ziplock back and store it in your boat somewhere!

06-17-2014, 08:21 AM

That has to be the funniest story I have read in years! Your nephews will be telling that story for the rest of their lives. Great job putting them on the fish.


fat fish
06-17-2014, 12:38 PM
Really cool post. Trip of a lifetime. That last pic is a wall hanger for sure

06-17-2014, 06:43 PM
What a great story, thanks for sharing it!

Rugby Lock
06-20-2014, 07:27 AM
Awesome post! Thanks for sharing and great job getting the lads on the fish!

06-20-2014, 07:37 AM
Thanks all for the kind words. My nephews are defintley looking forward to more derbies. Good luck out there and see you on the water!

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