A new season starts.

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  1. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim
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    Well the 2017 Salmon season is upon us and anglers are busy fishing in my local watershed.
    It was a rarity for me to not fish the opener on September 16th but the plans I had made did not materialize either and I missed a grand opportunity to meet some notable members but that is another story.

    Monday greeted us with a freshet of cool wet rain, YAHOO, finally. It also rained a few days before and IMHO is the only reason we had a push of FRESH COHO in a very low river.
    Twas a shakedown run for my crew who always joins me for the opener. Low tide first thing in the morning is my favorite time to get after these slime rockets and right at the tide change it was a blur!!! 11 am rolled around we had been bit 9 times, ran out of herring & only had two chrome bright Coho in the cooler!!!
    Well it happens every year and my crew often needs a refresher course & then an attitude adjustment. For instance, when the captain is fighting a fish, when he says "get the net" that only means one thing, stop what you're doing and "get the net".:eek::eek::eek::D

    The season is still young, to be continued. ;)
     
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    two is better than none. Nothing better than BBQ or smoked salmon.
     
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    Have you tried the helmets? Seems like herring last a bit longer using them.
     
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    It weren't the action on the bait, we just got bit so much. I mentioned 9 bites but did not include 5 drive bys & I only brought 1 dozen herring...:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I have really wanted to get out but our boat motor is crapped out. Might be a blown powerhead. Pops and I are going to go out onto the Sandy or Clackamas though.
     
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    A nice day for a boat ride with the tides being flip flopped on me (like an incoming tide in the am). Nets are in till Thursday...:mad::mad::mad: 20171011_080656.jpg

    Yeah for some reason my boat didn't want to crank this morning but I found out that when I pulled out my rods on the starboard side they hooked into the dead man switch cord and pulled that sucker out. Now, me seeing this happen to other people it's quite comical but it tweren't funny this morning. LOL:p
     
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    That pic is amazing. Nothing better than a relaxing day on the water. :)
     
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    Well other than a few fish in the cooler. lol:D
     
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    You ever pull/cast spinners or plugs up there? I'd think some fast trolling red/orange/pink plugs in a zig-zag pattern might be a thing? Unless of course your trolling with a bunch of boats.
     
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    Why yes we do Mike, occasionally. When there are a good number of fish in the system and they have lockjaw we put on the artificials just to piss em off & make em bite.
    Right now there are only a few fish coming in on the tides and herring is hetting bites for us when we locate them in a good section with no other boats around, which is rare.
     
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    I'm of the opinion that ALL Herring should be "Pickled" and not wasted as Bait; that's what Hand Grenades are for!!!:s0103:
     
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    From what I understand, pickled herring makes excellent bait.
    Ever wonder why fly fishermen carry sardines around? Yeah, probably not, but they use canned fish as scent for their flies.

    Here's a fish head...
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    We can all learn a lot from that fish head. no matter what, keep a positive attitude. Things can always get worse.
    Just look at him... Spawned out and decapitated, yet he's still smiling.
     
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    Thats a Christmas fish, they all start to look like this but most still have their bodies attached...:D
     
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    He's smiling because he knows he and his buddies fighting made my night on the river.
    I got skunked, again... LoL
     
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