Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3812 May 24- June 7 2019 - Page 15
May 24 - June 7, 2019
VOL.38 • ISS. 12
What’s Happening • What’s New
Unforgettable and Upcoming Fishing Experiences
Fifteen plus years ago, my cousin Ernie and I had a bad case of the fishing
bug. We wanted to fish everyday but with him living in the Bay Area and me
living in Sacramento we could only fish on the weekends. On this particular
weekend he came up to Sacramento on Friday night and the next morning we
made a visit to Fisherman’s Warehouse. We bought a bunch of fishing gear
including new Shimano rods and Abu Garcia reels.
I didn’t have a boat at the time and what we enjoyed most was to put on
backpacks and walk the banks of a lake a fish for bass. On this weekend our
destination was Folsom Lake.
We headed down to the Salmon Falls area and walked
the bank for several hours. I don’t believe we caught
anything and decided to call it a day.
On the way home we saw a body of water off to the
right of the freeway and since it was fairly early in the
afternoon we decided to check if fishing was allowed.
We learned that this body of water was called Lake
Natoma. Fishing was allowed and that they also
We elected to rent a canoe, signed the paperwork
and paid for the rental. I will never forget the
last words from the attendant which were, “you
guys know how to get inside a canoe right?” We
immediately answered yes even though neither
one of us had ever been in a canoe. We didn’t
feel like we needed any instruction since both of
us grew up in Alameda which is right on the SF
Bay and spent our entire lives around water and
I remember being really excited as we walked down
the ramp. We proceeded to load up the brand new
fishing gear inside the canoe while talking about
where we wanted to start fishing.
Ernie was the first one in the canoe and sitting
in the back. I started to step into the canoe and the
canoe started to rock back and forth. I will never
forget my cousins facial expression as we realized
that this was not going to end well.
I only had one foot in canoe and was able to
jump back on to the dock. Unfortunately, Ernie
and all of the new gear fell into the water.
At this point, Ernie is desperately trying
to get back on to the dock. I’m laughing
hysterically! Ernie is asking me for help but
I’m laughing so hard I can’t. Truthfully, I
wasn’t to worried about his safety because
he had a life jacket on and he was holding
onto the dock. Plus, the water was warm.
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and at the bottom of the lake. We knew we couldn’t do anything about it so we
walked back up to the rental station and let them know we decided not to use to
Ernie wasn’t to happy with me and we made that dreadful walk back to the
truck. Just twenty minutes prior we had smiles on our face, brand new fishing
rods, reels and a bunch of new lures in our backpacks. All of that was gone.
On that day, Ernie and I had two different perspectives of this event. I thought
it was hilarious and could not stop laughing. He on the other hand, didn’t think
it was so funny. I’ll admit there are times that I think about this experience and
to this day it puts a big smile on my face. Ernie has come around as well and we
often laugh together about this unforgettable canoe experience.
I tell you this story because I have been dying to fish the Sacramento, Feather
Rivers and the California Delta out of a kayak. I haven’t been on a canoe or
kayak since my first experience and I am hoping that when I do get a second
chance it won’t end up like the first.
I was able to get a new 350fx Fishing Explorer Sea Eagle. This inflatable
kayak is amazing! It features double layered, nearly indestructible, tough as
crocodile hide, 2000 Denier reinforced protective layers, 6 built-in rod holders,
forward and aft spray skirts with Sea Eagle exclusive accessory belts to hold your
tools, hooks, and lures, a fully adjustable foot brace called the FlexBrace™, 40”
FishRuler™, anchor trolley D-rings, a huge max load capacity of 575 lbs., and is
I elected to equip it with a swivel seat that I think would be more comfortable
for long days on the water and more mobility. Especially, while fighting a fish.
I also opted for the BP12 Single Stage Electric Pump with Battery. With this
pump I just have to set it to the desired PSI and once the kayak is inflated to the
set PSI the pump automatically stops. It takes less than 10 minutes to fully inflate
There is a second half to this story since I was able to fish for stripers on the
California Delta. This was an amazing experience and I will tell you all about it
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