I went to the Brookline Reservoir hoping to catch my limit of stocked rainbow trout. As I drive up to the reservoir notice a lot of cars parked along the road. It turns out this Sunday was the Brookline community fishing fest. The tent was set up with about 50-70 loaner rods & reels and they where giving away free bait. This is definitely not my idea of an ideal fishing scenario. However, steadfast in my resolve to catch some stockies I unpacked my gear and headed out to my spot of choice.
I must have gotten on the water just before 9am. It was a partly cloudy day with occasional gusts of wind. I baited up my hooks and cast out my lines and waited for the fish to bite. About 10 feet away from my set up on my right was a young asian boy casting left handed side arm with his mother and sister watching. He was really having a hard time casting lefty as a right handed person. I watched this anxiously for awhile until the first fish attacked my bait. I set the hook and played the fish. I put the fish into bucket, rebait the hook and cast the line out again. More fishing families arrive and it is getting pretty crowded. Off to my left is a family with brand new zebco 202 rod & reel combo. The dad asks me if I have a scissors, I lend him my nail clippers so that he can string up the line on his new rod. About 10 minutes later my rod tip starts bouncing again and it is fish on with trout number two. He is a nice 12 incher. At this point I idle one of my rods since I already have a baited line in the water and I now have two fish. I am surprised that with all of the young anglers whipping the water with bobbers and bait that the trout are still attacking my bait just 10 feet away. While I wait, I finally, advise the young asian kid and his family to move off to his left so that he can cast using his right hand instead of his left. They take my advise and now the young man makes several successful casts that allow him to at least get into the bluegill zone. Off to my left the young father and this young son are struggling with a defective bobber. Every time the he tries to make a cast the damn red&white round bobber slides all the way down to the hook. As I am observing this my rod starts bouncing again with another fish on it. I set the hook on this fish and bring him in. He joins the other two fish and I begin to pack up my gear as I now have my limit of trout.
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