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Apr 20, 2018 9:36PM Post #1
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The morning started when the alarm went off 4:30 am. All packed and ready it didn't take long to load the Jeep. With a quick stop at timmie I was off on the first adventure off the year on the pond. A quick stop at my buddy Richard house and we were off and on the water by 6:30 am. Beautiful morning very calm with no wind. I then remembered I forgot to take my gravel as I often get sick and up chuck all that was eaten . My luck the whole day was calm and I made through without embarrassment. We reached our goal one mile East of the island know as the finger. We saw no marking on the sounder but that doesn't mean the salmon are not there. We dropped the down riggers to 150 and 165 feet. It didn't take long we were in fish immediately but they were not keepers. After the third set we finally got a keeper under 10 pounds . Then the next set the same. Just under ten pound. We then kept catching under sized salmon and that was ok as it kept us excited. I started with the AP Tackleworks stainless steel herring. The rod was the Amundson Savvy Sumo Lieutenant Mooching Rod with the the Trend X5 Mooching reel. There is allot of pressure on the line being dragged 150 feet deep and the the X5 mooching reel drag did not slip . Around 10 am we got into a lull with no action. I was thinking of changing the lure to another colour when the rod released and the drag start to run. After a wonderful fight we landed and beautiful 17 pound 2 ounce Chinook salmon. Then again we were into small salmon. What a day of action. This is the third time the AP Tackleworks green herring lure had success and I now will have to let the other AP Tackleworks designs have a chance . Another great organizer was the Rigrap lure lockers . Having a dozen lures all set with leaders and ready for selection.
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Apr 22, 2018 4:56PM Post #2
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Wow, that sound like a pretty good trip, Gil--and that's a nice winter Spring.

From what I've been picking up, things are terribly slow down here. I heard a couple of guys talking in a marine supply shop a week or so ago about a recent derby here (Sidney, I think) where only two fish were weighed in.

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May 7, 2018 7:25AM Post #3
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After a pack action adventure last week we were looking forward for the same as we ventured out last Wednesday. The marine forecast was 5 knot wind which is perfect for someone like me who has the habit of up chucking. I still put the Transderm patch behind the ear incase the weather changed. Thank goodness I did as the forecast was very wrong we were into 10 to 15 knots winds with large swells. Very tough on the body boat and gear . Today my plan was to stop using the successful AP Herring Hot Flash and start using the other designs. We varied our down riggers depth from 140 -200 feet trying to locate the big boys. We we very successfully catching salmon but they were all undersize. By noon the weather did an about change and became calm. Lots of boats out but didn't see anyone with salmon. This was opening day for ling cod so some took advantage and changed their gear and target. RigRap lockers aloud me to quickly and easily change to various AP Tackleworks Spoons. Normally difficult when being tossed around with the wave and wind gust to tie up lures from scratch . The RigRap Locker aloud quick selection and easy change up. Unfortunately we still only caught small chinooks. We decide to quit around 1:30 pm and started to troll home. I changed to another AP herring spoon called the the Pearl . I then dropped the lure to 200 feet and sat down. I wasn't paying much attention when I notice my line released from the down rigger . I rushed to the rod and it felt like a keeper . After a nice fight it was a keeper . Good enough for supper. As usual the main player was the Amundson Savvy Sumo Lieutenant Mooching Rod with the the Trend X5 Mooching reel. There is allot of pressure on the line being dragged 200 feet deep and the the X5 mooching reel drag did not slip .
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May 16, 2018 5:44PM Post #4
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I was able to get out Tuesday. The marine forecast was calm with 3-5mph winds. Well they were wrong it turned to 10-15 mph and 1 1/2 foot waves and white caps. Today was the battle of the spoons. Mine AP Tackleworks against the local favourite . Very difficult with the weather conditions but all hits were on my rod with varying colour designs . The best was another 17 pound + on the AP herring spoon Neon Army Truck.


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