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2004 POC 1 fly report
makes you want to sign up for the 2016 1 fly
The Pot O’Connor 1 Fly outing on July 30 was a resounding success with 13 fly fishers competing for the rotating crystal trophy that is awarded to the most total inches of fish caught with the 1st fly tied on. The day started with rain and lightening, but we managed to avoid most of the storms. Pringle Lake had no rain or lightening and was the lucky spot.
Almost all caught fish, with the 2 exceptions by the 2 diehards that targeted tarpon. Their tarpon exploits were hindered by having to run away from the lightening and rain storms that lingered over the northwest part of the bay. Todd only managed 1 redfish in Pringle, but what a fish, a 28 incher that was tailing. Joe and Nicholas headed offshore with this being Nicholas’s first time offshore. Nicholas had an admirable effort, with two 30 inch king mackerel landed and many larger fish lost. Jeremy was an honest (read dumb) 1 flyer. He actually gave 2 totals. His total fish caught and the smaller amount caught on his 1st fly that his 4th fish stole.
The highlite of the fish tales was yachtsman extrodinare Jerry Loring giving new boatowner and new to POC Joe Burton a boating lesson. Under Jerry’s expert tutelage and captainship, Joe now knows the proper technique for waving down 4 other fisherman to help push a grounded boat off a sandbar. Jerry was kind enough to demonstrate this 2 times on 2 different sandbars while driving Joe’s new boat. In between boating lessons, both Jerry and Joe managed to catch some fish. Joe was seen muttering at the dinner, but it was hard to determine if the muttering/swearing was 1) never let Jerry drive the boat, 2) never go back to POC or 3) I can’t wait till next year’s 1 fly. My bet is on number 3.
The luck was with Scott Fossum for the day. Luck because Jeremy waded left and Scott waded right from the boat. We both caught our fish within 150 yards of the boat. Scott managed 7 fish, a 10” & 19” ladyfish, 17” trout, 19.5” red, 21” red, 21” red & 24.5” red for a 132 inch total all from Pringle Lake. And yes, they were all caught on the 1st fly of the day, an orange and brown VIP popper.