I finished the install of the Ez Steer kicker connector last week. Before chasing chum in the salt I wanted to make sure everything was working ok. The weather reports looked nice so invited Rob D., to join for some trolling on Lake Samm for the elusive cutthroat trout.
Having a full tank of fuel you can certainly feel the load, but she tracked well on the highway. Thankfully, the lake is near the house and what a nice reason to spend a few hours with a friend fishing and catching up. We made it to the weather station and was seeing signs of fish as they were actively feeding all around us. There wasn’t a hatch, but likely something was starting as rings could be seen by their dimpling noses.
These trials are necessary to ensure that when we’re on the salt that we have no issues or breakdowns. Good thing as now I have to track down an active water seep and almost continuous running bildge. We did a little action on the gear as I picked up two hits and landed a decent sized cutt around 10-11″.
After switching lures the best action was on a small wedding ring tipped with some Pautzke cured razor clam necks. The necks throw off some scent and the pink color might be an attractant for the Cutts.
Hopefully after this fix she will be ready for her maiden salt outing. It’s been quite an adventure dealing with this girl. She hasn’t made the transition to WA as well as we might have thought. Good thing to note was the T8 kicker ran better as we continued to fish. Likely the jets and fuel system needing some time on the water. I connected an auxilliary fuel line so that we could run smaller tanks of fuel with sea foam conditioner and or be used to guage fuel burn rate since we don’t have a working gauge or fuel flow meter.
By the way, the fish in the live well was released unharmed after testing that the aerated live well works adequately.