HAIKU MONDAY: On Buzzards, Sea Lions and Rogue Springers

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where all eyes gaze west toward two of the best sightings Rogue River anglers can find in February.

Turkey vultures circling over Gold Beach and sea lions swimming near the Rogue jetties mean just one things…the springers are coming.

Buzzards, sea lions/They’re here cuz Rogue springers are./Big fish on their way.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever comes to mind, with a few bad forms of Japanese poetry sprinkled in because that’s Hack’s schtick that keeps on schticking.

Gotta have a schtick/To stand out in cyberspace./Hack’s got little game.

Sea lions and turkey vultures always foreshadow the first springers moving into the Rogue bay. That leads Fish Hack to predict the first springer will be caught by the next Haiku Monday.

Bold prediction, Hack./Look stupid if fish don’t show./But Hack’s used to that.

This year’s springer run should be the best of the 21st Century.

Remember, last year’s run of 3-year-old chinook in the Klamath River was a record.

The Klamath run is dominated by 3-year-old chinook; the Rogue’s springer run is dominated by 4-year-old chinook.

Last year’s 3-year-olds are age 4 this year.

Hack can’t wait for spring./Best eating fish in the state./Rogue springers so rock.

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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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