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Took the yak out first time since the earthquakes 2 months 6 days ago #1


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The past month has been really crazy around here since our major July 4th & 5th earthquakes. My hometown was rocked by two major earthquakes with a 6.4 on July 4th and a 7.1 July 5th. The town of Trona which is only 20 minutes away suffered the most damage as well as many areas on the base where I work. Fortunately, my family and I were all safe and there were no casualties, only minor injuries from things flying off walls and shelves hitting people in their homes. My home didn't suffer any damage which was a blessing, it was just a big mess and we finally have everything back together.

I finally made a quick day trip this past weekend to Lake Sabrina in the Sierras located just 19 miles southwest of Bishop, CA at an elevation of a little over 9000 ft elevation. It was a slow day fishing but the weather was beautiful and my surroundings were peaceful. I did manage to get one decent rainbow trout and one sucker fish in the yak.

On my way back to the marina I was trolling with 8 colors down in about 200ft of water and my rod tipped almost to the breaking point and my yak began to turn left. I struggled to get my rod out of the rod holder as it was so tight from the pull. I reeled in for a good five minutes and even allowed more drag but then I was reeling nothing. My third color of my lead core had snapped and I lost the fish on the end. I was upset that I didn't even get a chance to see how big it was, but it was a fun fight until the line snapped.

I didn't realize how deep this lake was until this weekend as I've only fished this lake from the shore, this was my first time in the yak and I plan to go back again soon. I spotted most of the fish around 100ft deep so I may have to do something a little different next time to get my bait down to where the majority of the fish were hanging out.


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Took the yak out first time since the earthquakes 2 months 6 days ago #2


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250 FOOT DEEP. :woohoo: I have never seen water that deep even when I go out in the Gulf of Mexico. You fish in a gorgeous place.
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Most of the lakes I fish in the mountains are nowhere near the depth of Lake Sabrina. Convict Lake is around 160ft deep and I usually locate most of the fish during this time of year there around 50-60ft deep. I had no idea we even had lakes here 200+ft deep until this past weekend. Just another exploration trip for me!!! :cheer:

I have to agree with you that I am surrounded by some absolute gorgeous places to fish. It was really nice to finally get away from the house after all the cleanup from the earthquakes the past few weeks.
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Took the yak out first time since the earthquakes 2 months 5 days ago #4


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Did you get much damage from the quakes?
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Our house withstood the quakes really well, we just had a ton of things fall off shelves and walls. We did have some glass items break but overall we faired quite well.

July 4th I was helping my wife get food prepared for lunch with some friends in the house and all of the sudden the house violently shook and thing flew of the counters in the kitchen. My daughter came out of her room screaming and we all ran out the house. We went back in the house later and decided everything was ok and began cleaning. The rest of the day we had several aftershocks of magnitude 4+. We all slept together in one bed and we were woken up with a thunderous 5.4 around 4am July 5th and we ran out of the house again. The rest of the day we only had small aftershocks. We were all in the living room watching a movie Friday night when the 7.1 hit. It got extremely loud a couple seconds before the house started shaking. The shaking from the 7.1 was unlike anything I had ever encountered before and we had a really difficult time walking to get out of the house and the shaking lasted about 45 seconds and much worse than the 6.4. We slept in the backyard the next couple nights until things started to calm down.

It was very scary but thankfully we were all fine. The epicenter was located about 10 miles from us but the town of Trona is in really bad shape. We have a lot of buildings on the base where I work that are not structurally safe for people to enter and many employees are dispersed and working in different locations across the base now. The latest estimate of damage on the base was around $2 billion. We are still feeling aftershocks but they are mostly magnitude 2-3 which is minimal. It will be a while before the community is back to fully normal but we are getting there. I can honestly say I hope I never have to go through another earthquake of that strength ever again.
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Took the yak out first time since the earthquakes 1 month 1 week ago #6


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Beautiful lake and trout! I love that area of the Eastern Sierras. Sabrina is amazingly gorgeous! Kayak fishing there must be amazing.
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Took the yak out first time since the earthquakes 1 month 1 week ago #7


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KrakenMeUp wrote:
Beautiful lake and trout! I love that area of the Eastern Sierras. Sabrina is amazingly gorgeous! Kayak fishing there must be amazing.

Lake Sabrina and Convict Lake are my two favorite lakes to fish in the Sierras. Kayak fishing is always a lot of fun at either of these lakes.
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