Tips and Tricks
Every fisherman has a a favorite lure or method of fishing to catch salmon. I still remember the different lures that caught those big fish for me years ago – that silver plug, that white and green spoon, that "special" hoochie and flasher. Nostalgia comes rushing back every time I see these lures in the tackle shop or in my tackle box.If these lures worked for me so well that time, then why not the next time I go fishing?
SHOULD YOU THROW AWAY YOUR NET?
In my experience, most fish are lost in the first 20 seconds after hook-up, or right at the boat. I'll go over some techniques that will help you cut down on lost fish right after hook-up in another segment.
I’m consistently amazed at people who spend thousands of dollars on their boat and hundreds of dollars on their fishing trip, yet refuse to pony up a few extra cents for some good hooks. Underwater video often shows salmon nipping and mouthing the bait, finally swimming away unhooked. More on CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOOKS
BAIT OR LURE? Which is more effective?
If you ask me, bait of just about any kind is more effective than the artificial lure. It doesn’t matter whether I’m fishing with herring strip, the rotary salmon killer, anchovy, or cut plug herring. Fishing for Coho or Chinook, bait will get more strikes, 8 times out of 10. Many of the biggest fish I’ve brought aboard were hooked on bait.More on Fishing with Bait or Lures?