I’ve always said that it’s better to be lucky than good, but beginner’s luck is a different thing altogether!
That’s clear to me now that I’ve taken non-angler, ex-Channel 26 anchor John Malos striper fishing at San Luis Reservoir to film a one-hour, on-the-water Comcast TV Sports Show.
I met John and cameraman Marcus Borelli last week at the Basalt dock, and the fun started right away. I told Marcus on the QT that John had probably never experienced taking off in a high-powered boat. Trying not to smirk, I could see that John wasn’t sure why I told him to hang on when we took off, but when the Mercury 250 Pro XS started accelerating, he was hanging on for dear life!
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I reached my spot and put the lines out while I showed John how to hold the pole and fight a fish. We were trolling and I was explaining that the average fish is 18 to 23 inches when I saw the pole pop. Fish on! As I handed the pole to John, I noticed that the tension on the pole felt heavier than usual — but I dismissed it.
Soon, the drag was going backward, meaning the fish was pulling out line. Hmm ...
Then the striper took off to the side — something only bigger fish do. John brought it around by me and started to pull it out of the water — no! But the plug and line held as the fish made another run.
We finally netted the 30-inch 10-pounder, a striper most seasoned anglers would covet. That’s when John asked, “Is this a good one?” LOL! We filmed, let the fish go and made another run.
It wasn’t long before John had a 28-inch 8-pounder in hand.
An hour after that, I saw the line pop again as the drag started buzzing! Big one! It took off and then turned and rushed the boat. I wanted to give it to John, but it was going crazy. After another run, John netted the 34-inch-plus striper in the 16- to 17-pound range. We got the whole thing on film before releasing the fish with the Seaqualizer tool.
You bet I’m taking my new (bestest!) fishing buddy, good ol’ lucky John Malos, striper fishing again soon. And you thought it was skill.
Never give up!
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