January 30, 2013
Today, we're fishing with Headguide Federico – it can only be a good day, right? The wind is extreme and getting stronger. We're battling winds up to 70 km/h, and the local weather forecast predicts a storm.
Nevertheless, I get a great bite and an extremely strong fight with long runs – which seems suspicious to me. I land a 14-pound sea run, hooked at the side, and Georg catches one too. Sometimes you're unlucky and 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 fantastic: a big appetizer buffet, lamb, pork, beef, and chicken from the grill – excellent! Everyone else talks about good catches in the morning while we return with disappointing results. So, we're hoping for the evening session. Hope lives on, but unfortunately, the prospects are not great: We don't have a particularly popular pool for the evening.
Our trump card is Headguide Federico. He changes the plan on the spot and takes us to the excellent Place 31, Pool Horseshoe. I remember my great successes at this spot and am sure I'll hook something at Horseshoe.
This place is extremely challenging to fish: the bottom is very muddy and slippery, and there's a 90-degree drop-off at the edge. 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 small streamer to depth, and I manage to hook two fish, losing one during the fight. The difficult conditions don't favor Georg, and Horseshoe denies him a bite.
Then we move to Place 32, Pool Banquero. Federico shows Georg the spot and how to fish it. Meanwhile, I switch things up and change 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, the sensation occurs: Georg and I have a double hookup! What a way to end this adventurous day.
January 31, 2013
Guide Patrick welcomes us today with the news that we'll have a storm, and the wind will be howling around us. And he's right about that. At Place 20 Pool Cabbezoni and Bocca, Quieto, things get really intense with wind speeds of up to 80 km/h and gusts of 100 km/h! However, the wind plays into our hands, and our casting distances are enormous. Along with the strong wind, it also gets colder. I only get one bite, but neither of us lands a fish. Our colleagues in the lodge have the same luck: except for Doug, no one catches a fish.
In the afternoon, the wind picks up even more. Some in the group doubt whether we should go out at all. But the fighting spirit prevails; no one wants to leave the poor morning results as they are. So, in the afternoon, we all head out again.
At Place 18, nothing happens at first. Georg calls it quits early, but I stay and catch a 6-pound sea run. So, it's not a "Potato Day" for me, as they say here.
February 1, 2013
With Genaro, the sunny boy, we head to the promising Place 30 Pool Moneta, which has been producing a lot of fish all week. Right at the beginning, Georg hooks a fantastic fish. I stop fishing and start filming him, hoping he can land this beautiful fish. Unfortunately, he loses it shortly before landing, and shortly after that, another one.
And then, it's non-stop action for me! I've found the perfect spot: I catch fish weighing 7, 11, 14, 13, and 16 pounds in a row and lose two more.
The evening session is at Place 16. I hook a sea run, and another very good one gets away.
Georg continues to be plagued by bad luck. Thirty 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 see the fish up close – it's a sea run weighing over 20 pounds. Unfortunately, Georg loses the feisty fish; during one jump, it shakes off the hook. What a shame – it would have undoubtedly been the biggest fish of the week!