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Well well well it's been a while. I have had a crazy spring and early summer between getting married and fishing and all that other stuff that life throws at us!
I have been fishing 5-6 times a week with some out standing results. Some days the byte has been slow during that heat wave and flat flat water but for the most part I have been very happy with our Lake Winnipesaukee fishery. My late May and June fishing was the best I have Ever seen for those time frames. No Derby with out a doubt made a huge change in our wounded fishery amazing how that Derby must have impacted the fishery for the fishing now to be so much better so fast!
The three year old Salmon are very fat and very healthy and I have seen less hook wounding this summer than I did last summer again no derby!!!
I have been doing the best quality on small flies on either the Jig ball or Jim's Rod Pumper (six colors)... With the Jig ball's I have been running two cloros of in-line lead than setting up the ball and sending it down to 24'...
Talk to you on the water I will be out all day Wednesday-Friday...
Very good good to see this report in more ways than one!!! Thanks Trav!!!
Great to have a report from you, hope to see may more.
I like running the G2 balls that way too, less risk of loosing one and gives the lines off the riggers the lead core action.
Lately the G2 boards have been outfishing all my other jigging and pumping lines by a light margin.
I wish we had a good bite like you guys, soon maybe ?
Heading up Thursday afternoon for the weekend 9maybe) give me a call.
Hey Trav, congrtas on the wedding. For all the newbies hearing from Cool Water is a good thing and his positive report is even better. If you want to learn how to catch our lake winni cold water gamefish, a few hours on a charter covers 2-3 years of learning on your own, without a doubt!!!! worth every penny. No connection or friendship just satisfied client.
Hey Travis, In your honest opinion (I'm basically just really curious as you fish on Winni pretty much exclusively) Do you truly feel that all the hook wounded fish is directly related to the Derby in the spring? Or is it mostly from irresponsible people who do not take care with our fishery? Take Care God Bless LOL Dave P.S. Very nice to see a report from you again, Now the website is starting to feel like the website I fell in love with 5 years ago LOL
Probably too early to tell, but "many reports" I'm hearing indicate a much better fishery this year with only one "no Derby" year. It could very well be that much of an impact..
The Fall netting data will tell a better story and if it shows a marked improvemennt I think we should push for "no Derbies at all", any more, allot better than all the other ideas talked about earlier.
Now how do we fix the other Salmon lakes, lol.
Travis, congratulations to you and your lovely bride!! Welcome back to NH and to this, your website. Your posts have been sorely missed, by me for sure but I would bet by all. I think we all can thank you for the invaluable information and direction to say nothing of the enjoyment we get from this site. Thanks for enriching my fishing experience!!
Without out any controlled research on the matter, I hesitate to declare that only one cancelled derby made the total impact. Many fishermen on this and other sites have taken it upon themselves to take more care but removing trebles, using rubber nets, taking care in releasing fish, keeping severely hook wounded fish etc. I have to think those those factors had AT LEAST as much impact and cancelling one 3 day event.
I truly respect Travis' opinion on the matter but don't understand why one cancelled derby gets credit for bringing a nearly dead cold water fishery back to best health ever in just one season. If this is the case though...I agree that the derby should become nothing but a fond memory of years gone by. I'm sure the cancelled event helped fishing in the few weeks following the cancelled event compared to past years due to that heavy pressure not being there.
I do not want to make any negative impact on this presently very positive board. I would just like to say that IMHO I am not at all sure that Winni was as "dead" as was often mentioned this winter. I agree with you that rubber nets, & most importantly care in releasing fish are huge factors. I also agree with Travis, that the cancelled derby had a significant impact on hook wounding the number of fish that would have been released in haste during the pre-fishing & derby. I also believe that the negative info on the condition of Winni, last fall, winter, & spring has deterred many from fishing Winni. I think that the lesser pressure has given Winni a much needed break.