Denis Isbister from Wild Fish Wild Places returns to Reel Lifestyle to explain why girls suck at fishing. What?! Keep reading. Denis was recently in Alaska with Casey Long, Airventures, and his girlfriend Jessica Pollard, where the group used a float plane to get to some of the best King Salmon fishing in the state.
Here’s his story…
We departed early one morning from our dry camp log cabin heading for a place called Peters Creek, which was supposed to have a pretty good run of King Salmon at the time. When they arrived to Peters Creek, I started fly fishing, while Jessica was throwing spinners.
As the morning progressed, about ten other people showed up in the honey hole, but unfortunately, the fishing was very slow. I couldn’t even catch a fish which was when Jessica started changing colors. A guy came down to lend his expertise and told her that the blue and silver spinners were working that morning. Jessica didn’t let any of us know, but she made a decision to change colors to white, and not even five minutes later she hooked and landed a 15 pound King Salmon right out of the gate.
When I helped land the fish I noticed she had used a white Panther Martin spinner instead of the blue and silver one the guy had suggested earlier. Sometimes a girl has to follow her instinct, and this move led to her laughing when she realized I had noticed she switched the spinner.
As I released the fish I said, “What happened to the blue and silver spinner?" Jessica just giggled and told me, “Denis, I just felt that maybe the white would work a lot better than the blue and silver."
After the first catch Jessica proceeded to land six more King Salmons in the three hour stretch of time, not to mention, only one fish was landed between everybody else while we were there. Jessica broke a spinner off on a tree after landing her seventh king. Low and behold there was a "local expert" close by who wanted to give Jessica some fishing advice, prompted by her breaking the spinner off on the tree.
He suggested a spinner that was not in the box as she politely looked at him and said, “Well I have already caught seven of them on mine."
He looked at her in disbelief and asked “Seven Kings?"
She said, "Yes."
“Today?" he asked.
She replied, "Yes."
As he took a step back, he nodded his head and walked away probably completely dumbfounded that she had caught seven King Salmons in one day.
Now me being a professional fisherman would think that if the fish were biting, they would eat a fly. But in this case, the white spinner in the hands of a girl seemed to be the only thing they wanted that day. So to answer the question posed above, when you’re a professional fisherman and you get your ass kicked by your girlfriend, that's why girls suck at fishing.
Girls keep on being amazing and doing what you love to do. Follow your gut, land those King Salmons, and make sure your man knows who's the Boss on the water!