Later reports add to the list of
Jason saves the club's honor on the New
Year's Day Moke outing
January 1, 2013 - Van Assen Park, Clements -- The Mokelumne wore its
stingy face on opening day, with the fishing tough except for
Jason Stapleton. While most of the crew were filling their faces
with donuts washed down with coffee, Jason was on the water working
the main current of the river drifting an indicator through the near
seam. He picked up two trout/steelhead in the morning's fishing,
both about 15 inches, showing their brightest rainbow colors.
One of Jason's two fish in beautiful
Technicolor. Click on image for larger photo. Photo by Jason
Others working the river, including Joe Balderston, Bob Fujimura,
John Highsmith and Mike Okazaki, didn't have as much luck although
they were planning to go back after lunch to give the river another
chance to produce.
Early arrivers Earl Summers, Bruce and Sallye Rollans, Larry Schmidt
Rick Greene, Mark DeLaBarre and Bill Laughlin helped set up "camp" on the edge of the main
parking lot and soon lured a crowd with boxes of donuts and jugs of
coffee. At least 25 club members filtered through the hospitality
tent as the day progressed. About 11am Earl Summers started heating
up the chili portion of the day's main course, and shortly
thereafter Jim Rich fired up the gas barbecue to cook the Polish
Fish stories of the year past and plans for the coming year abounded
as the hungry hoard downed their food. It seemed in some cases that
the number and size of fish had grown considerably since the stories
of the previous year were first told.
The tent and club banner drew a number of visitors during the day,
especially since the weather was bright and sunny and the crowds
were out fishing the river. The two parking lots closest to the dam
were clogged with cars and at least four dozen anglers, most with
spinning rods, could be seen working the riffles and bait fishing
the pools. At least one person joined the club and others paid
Charlie Reames for their plates at the annual dinner.
Later reports indicate that Joe Balderston was successful with four
fish in the afternoon session and possibly others as well as the
news filters in.
New Years Day Outing Pictures