BY BLAKE WARREN
WON Staff Writer
Published: Oct 06, 2017
JULIAN — Dumping nearly a ton and a half of trout into a fishery can certainly serve to help things along, and a 1,200-pound load from Jess Ranch combined with a 1,500-pound delivery of trout from Wright's Rainbows in Idaho has at least been cause for quite a few more bent rods for Lake Cuyamaca trouters over the past week-plus. The double stock – made in preparation for the O.P. Ball “Kids Fishin' in the Pines” Derby the last full weekeend in September – is putting a few more trout on stingers and portending better things ahead in the early days of October.
“Everyone's been keeping a close eye on things since the derby and they are still coming out of the pond,” said Ranger Butch Paddock of the trout, who recently returned from a quick getaway in the East Cape for some tuna and dorado fishing. “PowerBait and nightcrawlers are the best bets – but the nightcrawlers on a Carolina rig can also work well for both the trout and our newly planted channel catfish. These catfish we got are mostly running in the 3-pound range from Pacific Aquiculture.”
The prior weekend's 'Kids Fishin' in the Pines Derby' was also a major successs, Paddock said. Along with lots of youngsters catching their fair share of fish for the event, there was a huge luncheon spurred on by the San Diego Anglers, who whipped up plenty of fresh fish and burgers and hot dogs for those in attendance. “Just about every kid walked away with their arms loaded with gear,” Paddock said of the event.”The main organizer of the event the last couple years has been Natash self, who was with us until midnight before the event when she finally had to be taken to the hospital to give birth. It was all great and a lot of kids were introduced to the sport of fishing.”