My husband and I fished at the pond this sunny morning, each of us catching our legal limit of five rainbow trout in a little over an hour. The smallest was 9″ and the largest was 11-1/2″, and the others were 10″ to 10-3/4″. I reeled in several others that I failed to land securely. They bolted at the shore and swam off, probably smarter. My husband gave me some coaching about the timing of swinging them back, away from the water. Trout are very quick and agile, and I’m working on the landing scheme. After all, our astronauts had to work on their landing strategy, too.
My husband prepares our catch for canning.
Here’s the 15-1/2″ fellow I caught Thursday, who has since shrunk an inch from desiccation and freezing.