First fishing day of the new year, we had a chance to take the Outrage out for a sea trial and to test the installed gear. The main motor didn’t run as good as the day prior, most likely due to some residual water in the fuel system which suffered freezing conditions from the night before.
It was a little slick getting out of the driveway, but managed to keep all 6 wheels facing forward. Once at Lake Sammamish the launch was frozen and the docks were coated with a layer of frost.
After trying to dial in the outboard we headed out for the weather station but was slow going due to the thick fog. Thankfully we had GPS and a backup on my smartphone.
Driving the boat in thick fog isn’t my favorite thing as it makes me disoriented. If there are any rollers will cause me to have some sea sickness. Thankfully it was pretty flat calm, but we could have used some wind to blow the fog away.
I ended up breaking both of the gunnel mounts made of cheap ABS on the downriggers due to stress. But it didn’t stop our fishing, we still dropped down the balls ranging from 9-15′. The best pures were wedding rings tipped with some cured herring strip. We didn’t have any hits with needle fish, but will have to give it another try once the repairs are made and I can dial in the outboard.
Two cutties were netted and placed in the motorwell for some pictures. We also noticed a major chironomid hatch between 10-noon with many shucks, emergers, and adults. They found their way to land all over the boat, and on our clothing. Too bad these fish weren’t focused on sipping bugs off the surface.