|The railroad trestle as viewed from the docks at Damsite Lodge, early1960's|
You never knew for sure what size you were going to catch, many, many times you would catch a a "hammer handle' (2-3 pounds) and a larger fish would attack and usually you could land both as the attacking fish would not let loose. I remember one day a customer had a little hammer handle and a bigger pike kept rolling up and trying to strike it. I said do you want it he said yep. the next time that big one came up I used the gaff and it was 17 pound fish. Another time I was out with another man and he had hooked a monster of a fish, well over the 30 pound class as he got it close to the surface he said something to the effect "I don't want that in my boat". With that he took his cigarette and burned the line, instantly. We never did know how big the biggest fish in the river was but it had to be enormous and NO they were not Muskie's.
The lure at the time was a red an white "Daredevil". They worked real well and on a sunny day they did really great. On a cloudy day it was hit and miss on what the fish would hit but sometimes a brass one would work.