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Brook trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon fishing on Pierce Pond, Pierce Pond Township, Maine (May 26, 2016)
Day 2: Thursday May 26, 2016
I drag myself out of my sleeping bag at 4:30 am for early-morning trolling. I like fishing at the crack of dawn because the bite can be quite good before the sun rises and drives the fish deeper. The weather is beautiful, with light wind, temps in the mid 50’s and full visibility. Regardless, I’m dressed like I’m going ice fishing. I know from experience that I feel cold this early in the day because I’m still half asleep, move little, and haven’t had breakfast or a hot beverage. All my efforts are for naught though because I do not get a single hit in the next two hours, either on the streamer flies or the Mooselook Wobbler spoons. Regardless, I deeply enjoy my “alone” time and like the experience of seeing a new day emerge from the night. I return to camp by 7 am. Joel and I prepare breakfast, which for me consists of a healthy portion of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and pork patties, washed down by two cups of hot tea. I’m fully awake now!
Our plan for this morning is to fish Otter Pond. It is one of a dozen or so smaller trout ponds located within the greater Pierce Pond watershed. This one is nicely stocked with brookies every fall and deserves a visit (click here for details). Unfortunately, we need to motor from our camp site all the way down to my truck at Lindsey Cove in Lower Pond, load Joel’s canoe on my boat trailer, and then drive around on logging roads for half an hour to reach the place. To our surprise, we run into a traffic jam at the dock at Lindsey Cove when we arrive at 10:30 am! Multiple people are in line to launch their boats, so we kill time by trolling around Lower Pond but generate no interest. The commotion quiets down after about an hour and we can finally make it to shore. We load Joel’s 18-ft craft on my small trailer and notice that the back end of the canoe sticks way out with only 6” of clearance. My trailer is simply too short. We start driving on the bumpy gravel road but Joel soon expresses his concern that his canoe will bounce into the road and be damaged. We agree to play it safe and turn around. Otter Pond will have to wait for another time……CONTINUE READING