- Dec 16, 2008
I finally picked up a centerpin over the summer and finally got to put it to use last week. I went out in search of summer steelhead but had a couple bycatches as well. I hooked a few fish and had to land them in a difficult spot at the bottom of a small canyon. First fish was a small summer steelhead that turned out to be a native and was quickly released. I had left my camera up the side of the canyon so no pictures of him. Shortly after releasing the steelhead, I hooked into something big that put the centerpin and myself to the test. Having no drag besides my hand was confusing at first but I started using just my thumb for drag tension and quickly gained on the fish after he nearly spooled me! I got him to the surface before he dove back down to the bottom and I had no way to move him. I ended up breaking him off trying to pull him up. Twenty minutes later I hooked up again and was able to land this guy and get him released. Ended going 2 for 3, not a bad day for breaking in the centerpin. I am really looking forward to winter steelheading with the pin. It is truly a fun and exciting way to fish, not to mention the perfect drifts you get! I'll be heading out again on Thursday so I'll post a report if I get anything. I'll throw in pic of the centerpin for those who don't know what a centerpin is.