View Full Version : Caples, Red, W. Carson Lunker (Pics)

09-13-2008, 02:56 PM
Well the day started at around 6:10am hooking up with the Cpt at Caples dam area. Wow is that water down in the last two weeks. It is leaving so fast that there is a vortex on the surface inside the orange barrier.
We stayed until around 8am with a single hook up for CC of a nice 12" brookie.
Then off to Red Lake ---
Glassy morning.
Why do they call it Red Lake again???
After about an hour we both had nada, zilch, zippo.
Was this going to be a Hwy 88 skunk for CG???
I wanted to hit Sorensons bridge on a tip from FatFish. I will have to wait for Captain Compassion to post the action shots, I was kind of busy.
There were a few pools with fish in them and I saw a pair of beasts in one. They didn't look very interested in my PM. I put on a trouttrap stinger and tossed it a few times. Every now and then the pair would wrestle a little and nip at each other. With the help of that agitation I got an anger strike.
The beast came out of the water and took off ripping line off my spool. I had to treat this guy like a salmon walking down the line fighting to keep him off the rocks. He went upstream, he went downstream and finally he went over the water fall and downstream further. I chased him climbing over the rocks and slowly adjusting my drag a little tighter. The problem is I was using a 5 ft ultralight with 4 lb test. I still can't believe it didn't snap off on the falls.
With thanks to a fellow fisherman for grabbing my net from upstream, and then CC for working the net like a pro, I got him in.
Weighed in at 6 3/4 lb (can't I just say 7?)
Still quite a few of the 12 to 14" range fish like the little guy in the chest. As a side note before I left there was a monster sitting just above one of the falls in a little deep hole that made my 7 lber look small. It was at least 6 inches longer porbably between 8 and 9 lbs. There were people trying but he wasn't looking for anything today.

Thanks again for the net work CC, Once we got down in those rocks without a shoreline there was no way I was going to land that guy.


09-13-2008, 03:26 PM
Cool report ...nice fish :)

09-13-2008, 03:51 PM
It looks like dinner tonight!!!!!! 8-)

Captain Compassion
09-13-2008, 04:29 PM
It's the weekend so it's an early trip. Arrive Caples at 6:05 AM. Slogged down through the construction and the mud to what remained of the lake below the dam. Cgagex3 arrived at around 6:20 and started casting and getting some Crawdads for gumbo. We fished for around an hour and a half and I managed to catch one brookie on a 1/4 oz gold Kastmaster. CG managed to get a couple dozen dads. Next we moved on to Red. Red is well on it's way to turning Green. There was some some trout activity right on the shore in the soup but we couldn't convince any to hit our lures. None of the other fishermen there seemed to be having any better luck. Need some cold weather here to kill some weeds and get the fish moving. Next stop the West Carson. The West Carson is low above 88 on the Blue Lakes Road but seems to have a good flow from Sorensen's down through the Canyon. CG picked a spot to fish and headed down to the river. I had fished the same area a couple of days before with no luck so I opted to just watch and take a few Pics. There were some small trout put they were not willing to take his offering. He moved down the shore around 50 feet and fished a pool between the rocks.On his third cast what I took to be a small Salmon batted at his white mini jig. CG connected and the fight was on. First the monster circled the pool punctuating head shakes with heart stopping leaps. Then he decided to hide behind a rock. Then more circles. This lasted for around 6 minutes then the fish takes off over a small waterfall and into the next pool down river. This was a deeper pool and the fish soon tired. CG was able to get it to the shore where the fish was netted. The fished scaled out at 6 3/4 pounds. A monster trout for such a small water on ultra light gear. As I left for home CG was still fishing. Question CG. Do you put trout in your gumbo? Nice fishing with you again CG.


Caples Earley

CG Sets UP

Caples Brook

Long Way Up

Crawdads for the Cooler

Red Morning

Green Slime at Red

W. Carson

CG Gets a Nibble

Hog On!

Why am I Using Ultra light?

Big Bow

09-13-2008, 04:37 PM
That is a nice Bow!! 8-)

09-13-2008, 04:39 PM
Great story and pics! That had to be a thrill catching that on an ultralight setup.

09-13-2008, 04:41 PM
Nice 7 pounder!

09-13-2008, 04:42 PM
Thanks CC,
It was fun for sure. And the trout will have to wait for tomorrow. No self respecting chef would put trout in gumbo.


Maybe our moderator can meld these two stories into one.

09-13-2008, 05:11 PM
Great job landing the "beast" on the ultralite...sounds like some intense fun.

09-13-2008, 05:31 PM
Great report and pics! I'd be happy to splice the two threads.


09-13-2008, 05:34 PM
Sweet fish on an ultralite! ;)

09-13-2008, 05:44 PM
Congrats on the nice Bow.
What a great experience.


09-13-2008, 06:19 PM
Thanks MM for the post meld.

To all,it was a great fight. I ended up having to strip off about 40 ft of line because it was so twisted from spinning on the drag. It curled up into a little ball all on its own.

Not the biggest fish I ever caught, but it equals or beats my best trout, and without a doubt my largest on small tackle and 4 lb test.

I sure am glad I bought a new box of line. Respooled my reel first thing this morning when CC and I got to Caples. I was getting so low that he might have ran me out to the end.


09-13-2008, 06:26 PM
Congratulations on the big bow!! I figured someone would finally catch that beast. Me and my buddy fished the W.Fork a couple of weeks ago and tried catching that guy for a couple of hours. I finally got him to bite a size6 golden k stone nymph but he broke me off when he went downstream. Two weeks prior to that we watched them stalk the W.fork with there brood stock. Under the Woodfords bridge and under the Hwy 89 bridge. There were fish up to 10ibs according to DFG and we saw a few that looked like salmon. Were going to be there next weekend so hopefully we will find one more of those beasts.... White Mini jig, great idea and well done on the ultra light!!

09-13-2008, 06:51 PM
There are still at least 4 big guys in there. I saw one that looked to be about 6 lb, two more 7 lbers and a real monster that looked to be at least 8 - 9 if not bigger.
I coudln't get any of them to look at the Panther Martins in several colors. I got nice hits on a white, and on a yellow orange trout trap jig.
After CC left I caught 6 or 7 more fish all in the 12 to 14" range and released them back. There were also quite a few 6 to 8" fish that would come up and tug on the tail but none of them ever took the hook.
Good luck on picking up one of the others.


09-13-2008, 07:06 PM
Way to go CG the only thing missing in your post is the video of you going over the falls with that beast(A River Runs Through It)


09-14-2008, 08:14 AM
ah hah..nice fish cg-mine looked identical in size. we hooked into that 8-10 lber 3 times to no avail. he snapped our lines every time. we were using 4 lb test as well. lots of fun reading your post and remembering our time there too. great job landing him.


09-14-2008, 09:41 AM
Thanks FF,
I picked the spot from your PM and it was a nice hole or three. To pull that beast out somebody is going to need something heavier that 4# test.


dinos marine
09-14-2008, 10:07 AM
now thats a nice fish :D curious, how long was the bow? it looks like you were fishing the mail box hole (thats what we call it), for obviuos reasons. hey whats wrong with ul ? i love my 5 footers, and 4lb test :D ;D makes fishing more challenging ;D
great fish and pictures.
hey cc, i think we are going up next weekend......

09-14-2008, 10:16 AM
Nice trout out of that small stream.

09-15-2008, 09:25 PM
Sweeet Bow brother!!! Good luck, Eric :)

09-16-2008, 04:49 AM
carson river my dads loves fishing that area nice pictures

09-16-2008, 06:24 AM
Hey you got the piggie, way to go. we fished that same spot Friday and saw that fish or one just like it cruising around and then up stream behind the rocks. All we got were 12 inchers.