January 30, 2013
Today, we're fishing with Head Guide Federico – this can only be a good day! The wind is extreme and getting stronger. We're battling winds of up to 70 km/h, and the local weather report predicts a storm.
Nevertheless, I get a great bite and an extremely strong fight with long runs – which makes me suspicious. I land a 14-pound Sea Run, hooked on the side, and Georg catches one too. Sometimes, luck isn't on your side, and you only hook smaller fish.
At lunchtime, there's a big barbecue at Estancia Maria Behety with the guests from La Villa Lodge. The food is impressive: a large appetizer buffet, lamb, pork, beef, and chicken from the grill – excellent!
Everyone else is talking about their successful morning catches while we return with disappointing results for lunch. We're hoping for a better evening session. Hope is alive, but unfortunately, the prospects are modest: we don't have a particularly popular pool for the evening.
Our ace in the hole is Head Guide Federico. He changes the plan on a whim, and we head to the excellent evening spot 31, Pool Horseshoe. I remember my great successes at this spot and am confident I'll hook something here.
This place is extremely challenging to fish: the ground is very muddy and slippery, and there's a 90-degree steep drop-off at the bank. The water depth is three to five meters, and the current pushes strongly against the edge. It all reminds me of last year. I get my little streamer to the right depth, and I manage to hook two fish, losing one during the fight. The challenging conditions don't favor Georg, and Horseshoe denies him a bite.
Then, we move to Spot 32, Pool Banquero. Federico shows Georg the spot and how to fish it. Meanwhile, I change gear and switch to a lighter shooting head. On the second cast, I hook a 14-pound Sea Run with extreme bite marks from a sea lion. After sunset, when it's already dark, something amazing happens: Georg and I experience a double run! What a way to end this adventurous day.
January 31, 2013
Guide Patrick greets us today with the news that we'll have a storm, and the wind will really whip us around. And he's right. At Spot 20, Pool Cabbezoni and Bocca, Quieto, the wind reaches speeds of up to 80 km/h, with gusts of 100 km/h! However, the wind works in our favor, and the casting distances are enormous. At the same time, with the strong wind, it also gets colder. I get just one bite, and unfortunately, neither of us lands a fish. Our colleagues at the lodge have a similar story: except for Doug, no one catches a fish.
In the afternoon, the wind gets even stronger. Some in the group doubt whether we should go out again at all. But the fighting spirit prevails; nobody wants to leave the morning's poor results unchallenged, so everyone heads out in the afternoon.
At Spot 18, nothing happens at first. Georg calls it a day early, but I stay and catch a 6-pound Sea Run. So, it's not a zero-score day or a "Potato Day," as they say here, for me after all.
February 1, 2013
With Genaro, the Sunnyboy, we head to the promising Spot 30, Pool Moneta, which has produced plenty of fish all week. Right at the beginning, Georg hooks a great fish. I stop fishing and start filming, hoping he can land this beautiful fish. Unfortunately, he loses it just before landing, and shortly afterward, loses another one.
Then, it's a flurry of action for me! I've found the perfect spot: one after another, I catch fish weighing 7, 11, 14, 13, and 16 pounds and lose two more.
The evening session is at Spot 16. I hook a Sea Run, and another very good one slips away.
Georg continues to be plagued by bad luck. About 30 meters from me, he's really struggling with a superb fish that jumps completely out of the water three or four times, sometimes less than five meters in front of him. We get a close look at the fish – it's a Sea Run weighing over 20 pounds. Unfortunately, Georg loses the tenacious fish; during one jump, it shakes off the hook. What a pity – that would have been the biggest fish of the week for sure