Thousands of anglers are expected to wet a line in western North Dakota over the next several weeks as the start of the Paddle Fishing season is underway.
Shaun Sipma and Gary Brode were some of the first on the river to try their luck earlier this week.
A cold start to a May morning on the Yellowstone River in western North Dakota and the beginning of an all new season of Paddlefishing.
(Shaun Sipma, KX News) "8 o'clock in the morning and here we go."
Dozens of people flocked to the shorelines here at Sundheim Park hoping to snag one of these elusive river monsters.
But it wasn't just me with the rod and reel this year, KX News Greenhorn Gary Brode was ready to tackle this shoreline sport for the very first time.
(Gary Brode, KX News) "Finger first, then the flip"
The morning started out a bit rough for me.
(Gary Brode, KX News) "Now what?"
Having only fished a handful of times, the concept of something as simple as casting was difficult at first.
(Gary Brode, KX News) I didn't get to cast yet, this just, just happened. What are we two hours in and I have six casts."
Hours of casting, and a few knotted lines and nothing.
No one was feeling the kick back on the line and the only thing we were reeling in was frustration.
As the river was extremely low because of very little melt water coming into the Yellowstone from the Rockies, keeping the fish upstream.
(Shaun Sipma, KX News) "Next cast, next cast."
Quickly that optimism was turning into pessimism
(I'm a little concerned)
and my hopes of getting to see one of these oddities
We decided to pack up camp and move up river to the Pump House.
It was there, my dwindling spirits received an enormous shot in the arm.
(Shaun Sipma, KX News) "Gary, after seeing this are you ready to tackle..."
(Gary Brode, KX News) "I want to start again, I want to get back in there right now, this is so cool..."
We finally found the fish.
(Shaun Sipma, KX News "How long did you paddlefish for?")
(Fisherman - "15 Minutes.")
Luck was with some, but certainly not us, not today.
At least for fish.....
(Shaun Sipma, KX News) "I don't think I can eat that."
Paddlefishing though isn't just about catching a fish, it's about the comradery,
And the experience from the water and the surroundings.
In western North Dakota, Shaun Sipma
And Gary Brode, KX News.