Cast, retrieve, cast, retrieve.....and so on. About 6:30 I had a hit and immediately the fish took off up river. After the first long run, I tightened the drag down and he headed back out to Lake Michigan towards Milwaukee. That was the WRONG direction. I had him/her hooked on the inside left jaw and he/she was heading out at such an angle that the hook popped right out!! It was a nice fight in the dim light of dawn.
The lake was dead calm and warm. No wind! No waves. No fish. Well a few fish were caught. I used the Sabki rig to catch a fresh alewife. This was the first time I tried to use one to catch a salmon. After all, the salmon were feeding on the alewifes. I tossed one out and kept casting with the other rod & spoon.
After 30 minutes and no bite on the alewife, I brought it back in to check on it. Yep, he looked lively and fresh with the size 4 treble hook near his tail! I decided to try to toss it farther out. I heaved a little harder with the rod. The weight flew out about 100 ft. and the alwife flew about 200! So much for my one and only alewife.
This is a picture of an alewife that I caught on the spoon from the other day. They are 5-7" long and the salmon are all over them right before they enter the river.
I did manage to have 5 salmon on and landed 4! I lost the big one and caught 4 small smolts on my Sabki rig as I fished for alewifes. Nope, today was just a day at the pier. A nice day.
I decided to do my random act of kindness.....pick up trash before I left the pier.
This was my catch of the day! Lots of people stay out all night and fish. It is called fishing...not catching!!!
At the parking lot a guy came over asking if I had jumper cables. "Yes, I do." I did my second act of kindness! This is also the second jump that I have given another fisherman in the last 3 days. Fisherman are so excited to arrive at the parking lot, they forget to turn off their lights!! Go figure......