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Posted: Aug 08, 2018 - 08:15 am


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Get those lures moving and dancing around.
The fish are curious and if several fish come sniff and look at them one will hit!
Speed burst up to 3.5 mph is the sweet spot for me! But it all depends of the water currents. I keep my rigger lines at a 45° angle.

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Posted: Aug 08, 2018 - 08:47 am


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QUOTE (Fishnhunt @ Aug 07, 2018 - 08:43 pm)
If there are lots of boats in your area try hanging out at the launch and ask people what depth they are catching salmon at. People are usually friendly if they have caught a bunch of fish. There’s nothing like first hand info and fishermen are good people. Tight lines.

x2. One of the first lesson learned when we started rigging was to never rush on or off the water. It's amazing the "intel" you can gather from a short conversation with others at the launch, and thereby often saving time by not covering unproductive water and techniques/presentations. Sharing is encourages good karma for sure!

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Posted: Aug 08, 2018 - 09:34 am


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QUOTE (Hot sauce @ Aug 08, 2018 - 08:15 am)
Speed burst up to 3.5 mph is the sweet spot for me!

Good advice here. Also don't always troll in a straight line--zig zag, this raises and lowers lures and increases and decreases lure speed. Often, this will trigger a strike.

Just keep trying different things and experimenting.

I've downrigger fished for 20 years and I usually do pretty well, based on the knowledge I have gained over that time frame.

This year is an exception, and I have not had much luck. I just keep going out and, yes, I usually start out doing what has worked in the past, but if no action, then I try different lures, flashers, flies, meat, plugs etc, to see if I can figure out what the fish want on any given day.

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Posted: Aug 08, 2018 - 02:06 pm


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QUOTE (sdcaller @ Aug 08, 2018 - 09:34 am)
QUOTE (Hot sauce @ Aug 08, 2018 - 08:15 am)
Speed burst up to 3.5 mph is the sweet spot for me!

Good advice here. Also don't always troll in a straight line--zig zag, this raises and lowers lures and increases and decreases lure speed. Often, this will trigger a strike.

Just keep trying different things and experimenting.

I've downrigger fished for 20 years and I usually do pretty well, based on the knowledge I have gained over that time frame.

This year is an exception, and I have not had much luck. I just keep going out and, yes, I usually start out doing what has worked in the past, but if no action, then I try different lures, flashers, flies, meat, plugs etc, to see if I can figure out what the fish want on any given day.

SDC

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Posted: Aug 08, 2018 - 02:36 pm


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Posted: Aug 14, 2018 - 07:25 pm


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ok, just read this all...

So, many have already mentioned key points, so apologies if I mention same things again.


1....Never/Ever use fish ID, did I say Never!


2. … your screen shot I difficult to read, meaning what I see are fish, but not active or moving fish, not one


3......speed up....2,4 to 2.9 takes most salmon


4....switch baits and fish higher than the marks, as stated, a salmon can rocket up 40 feet in seconds


5.....talk with others.



6. direction.....learn or figure out the direction of the current, yep, there is current and trolling with it will most likely not produce fish


again , sorry for any repetitive stuff, but these are the very basics for salmon fishing. keep at it and good luck

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Posted: Aug 16, 2018 - 06:54 pm


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QUOTE (Longshank @ Aug 14, 2018 - 07:25 pm)
ok, just read this all...

So, many have already mentioned key points, so apologies if I mention same things again.


1....Never/Ever use fish ID, did I say Never!


2. … your screen shot I difficult to read, meaning what I see are fish, but not active or moving fish, not one


3......speed up....2,4 to 2.9 takes most salmon


4....switch baits and fish higher than the marks, as stated, a salmon can rocket up 40 feet in seconds


5.....talk with others.



6. direction.....learn or figure out the direction of the current, yep, there is current and trolling with it will most likely not produce fish


again , sorry for any repetitive stuff, but these are the very basics for salmon fishing. keep at it and good luck

Thanks Shank....your words on Salmon are law around here...this grasshopper when it comes to salmon can't possibly have better help to get over the rookie syndrome then all you guys.....Thank you.

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