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Boat Troubles at Fall Creek Reservoir

Well here’s a older report that I never finished and published, will have quite a few more of these. So keep your eye out! 

Saturday the 4th of May I fished with TTFishon in his boat and GraphiteZen came along too. These are a couple of cool guys I met on the OregonFishingForum a few years back. The day started out real nice weather wise, a little windy but we didn’t mind that is until… We had motor problems and had to row back to the ramp, as you can see in the video. You can also see in the video a helicopter dunking a bucket for a near by fire that was going on. It sure helped to pass the time as I waited at the boat ramp with the boat. The other guys went into town to get tools to fix the motor. A Hour or two later we go the boat up and running and we managed to get a few trout to the boat. Only one being a hold over. But was still a great day on the water with some awesome company.

Thanks for reading/watching the video, and as always, Tight Lines!!!

Swimbait Bass Sept. 21st!

Going to start blogging once again, yeah I know… lol. I figured Ill start back in with my latest outing. My friend Dave called me up to have me come out and help him get fire wood cut and stacked for the winter coming up.  So I sweated my ass off for a couple hours then we decided to head out back to the little pond on his property. The weather lately has been quite damp so instead of walking in the mud we had his grandson give us a ride on the quad to the pond, pretty fun way to get there! I had been fishing a spot on the bank for five minutes or so and Dave and his grandson just pulled up on the quad and were getting ready to fish. I started telling them the fish must be on the other side of the pond, and said I was about to head over there and try. Not long after a nice one just hammered my swimbait 10 feet from the end of the retrieve! Lots of fun! I dont have working scale right now but id say its right around 5lbs, good one for Oregon!

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Thanks for reading, and Tight Lines!

May 29th Bass Video

Long time no post, not that anyone cares. This video is now a little over a month old, iv done a lot of fishing since then but I havent been doing any recording via video. Iv taken a picture here and there since this video, nothing spectacular but im enjoying my time fishing, as you should be if your reading this. 

All six bass from the video were caught on a Reactions Innovation Kinky Beaver soft plastic bait texas rigged with a bullet weight. My buddy Patrick gave me these baits earlier this year, and I must say they are killer baits!! Real fun to fish and they get the bass to bite real good!

As always thanks for reading and Tight Lines!

Couple Recent Bass Fishing Videos

Well I haven’t been in the blogging mood very much lately, iv still been fishing just haven’t taken the time to write about it. Guess that’s the cool thing about video, the words aren’t as important. 

The first two clips and picture on this video were from April 7th fished with my buddy and his grandson.  The rest of the clips and pictures are all from various trips earlier in the year. 

This video was filmed April 16th in my buddies pond. I caught five dinks that day and got four on video. 

BTW both songs have hiphop music playing so you were warned!

Tight Lines!

HUGE Landlocked Chinook!

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February 19th was a Tuesday, and my good friend Ted invited me out on his boat to go fishing along with one of our other buddies but he prefers to remain anonymous. It turned out to be a EPIC fish day! We went to Green Peter Reservoir just hoping to catch some decent hold over Rainbows and perhaps some Kokanee since it was early in  the season. We had none of the fancy gear like a fish finder, down riggers, electric motors, lead core line. Guess we didn’t need any of that stuff to catch a very memorable fish. We had been trolling around for about an hour or so without any bites so I threw something out there that is sort of out of the ordinary for lake fishing, a Lindy River Rocker plug.  Not too long after we were coming up upon a point, and I noticed the tip of my rod that was leaning against the boat bounce a couple times a  tell-tale sign of a bite. I immediately pick the rod and and feel something heavy and thought snag, until I felt a couple head shakes and began to tell Ted to cut the motor.

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Until I saw this fish in the water I thought I had a real decent rainbow on, that is up until I got the fish close to the boat for the first time. There is such good clarity at this lake I could see the fish about 15-20 feet down just thrashing, and that was when I knew I had something BIG on, that was also when I told our buddy to get my video camera out. I knew it was gonna be a fight. I was using a 4’8″ Ultra Lite rod rated for 4-6lb line, and I was using some cheap 4lb mono that actually had a knot or two in the line but I didn’t take the time to re tie. As soon as the video starts you can hear the drag peeling, pretty sure it was right after the fish seen the boat for the first time. If your offended by foul language or have children then id advise you not to watch or mute it, we were some pretty dang excited anglers!

The fish is a land locked Chinook Salmon and measured out to 30″ we didn’t weigh it or get a girth measurement but id say it was around ten pounds from just holding it. If you watched the video you can see that we’ll have to start bringing a bigger net with us. Got pretty damn lucky on the second attempt with the net looked as if the hook almost got knocked off. Luckily Ted improvised and was able to tail the fish into the boat!

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The big nook sure made the trip worth it. Only one other fish was caught a nice 16″ rainbow by Ted on a Thomas spoon. In the next day or two Ted sent the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife an email asking some questions about this fish. This is quoting the Biologist: “Thanks for getting in touch with us about this fish. I saw the picture and it is pretty impressive.  This fish is obviously a survivor from an experimental release that was done back in 2003 or 2004 to see whether Chinook would spawn successfully above Green Peter, but it was never intended to be a re-introduction because downstream passage through the dam has such poor survival. Some spawning did occur and this fish is now a second generation fish, that is using the reservoir as its “ocean”. We call these populations “adfluvial” because the newly hatched juveniles rear for a while in the river and then migrate down to a freshwater lake for a few years and can get very large. Once they have reached spawning age, which for Chinook can be 3-6 years, they migrate back up the rivers to spawn and die.”

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It’s almost hard to believe that fish came out of a lake. Looks like a ocean bright Spring Chinook. Dont know if Ill ever get a land locked Salmon that size ever again. Fish of a life time? Maybe so. 

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Figured Id get a picture of the guy that made this whole fish/trip possible. The captain of the Newt, Ted aka TTFishon. Thanks again buddy for having me along on such a fun day! It’s days like this that make fishing really awesome and gets me coming back. The joy of the unexpected whether its an awesome fish or just plain fun times with friends or both.  

Thanks for reading and as always Tight Lines!!

Bass Are Starting To Bite!!

Well Bass season has come here in Oregon, at least for now with the nice weather. I was able to get my first two bass of the year last Friday March 8th at a local Eugene area public pond. If this area wasn’t so populated id let the cat out of the bag as to where we were fishing. It is good though to have public places that have decent fishing and aren’t beat to death by other anglers.

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Friday was a swimbait type of day for me not only was it the first bass of the year for me but also my first bass on a swimbait. Although the first one was a dink.( If you click the above picture you can see the bait) The bait is 5.5″ So I’m pretty sure so that bass is only about 13″ It sure had eyes bigger then its stomach. The second fish of the day came shortly after, on the same bait. It was a tad bigger but not the monster we were looking for. My buddy Dave got skunked but he spent a lot of the time on the oars trying to position me into good casting distance along the banks.

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The next day was another surprisingly nice March day and I had a couple hours to blow and found myself at my buddy Dave’s private pond he has in his back yard. Iv fished this piece of water at least a hand full of times already this year each time with out any luck. Since this pond is in Dave’s back yard hes been out there probably twice as much with out any luck either. But that all changed Saturday. I had some confidence in me since the day before I got my first ditch pickles of the year, so I made a bet with Dave soon after we had the boat in the water. I told him ” first one to get a bass to the boat out of this pond wins $5.00. Not twenty minutes later and about half way around the pond I got got the first one from the pond on a wacky rig Yum Dinger in Melon Pie color.

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The next day, Sunday, Dave and myself went back to the public pond that i’m keeping undisclosed. We got there around 7 am and the air temp was around 33 degrees which made fishing not so fun. Also turned the bite off I think, we both got skunked that day but our buddy was there later in the day and reported a 6lber was caught and he had some luck as well. Guess we left before the bite turned on.

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A couple of days later me and another buddy Ted went out there again, this time in his boat. Got there around noon, and not too long after I got the fish above on a wacky rig worm. I got another one on the same rig on the other end of the lake, but only a 1lber. Still fun to catch bass this early in the year even if they are dinks aka small fish. 

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Ted didn’t get on the board until after I caught my two and after I talked a little shit. He wound up catching two but both were dinks, and smaller then the fish I got. Guess I should of made another bet, ha.  Fish or no fish it’s always a good time fishing with company like Ted and Dave. Here’s to more early season bass and good times! Thanks for reading.  Tight Lines!

Good Story (Colby Pearson)

This story is brought to you by my good friend and trophy bass hunter Colby Pearson. This young man has more passion for bass fishing then anyone iv ever met. In the Northwest where we live bass fishing isnt quite like other parts of the country, its the step child to Trout, Salmon and Steelhead. I’m not gonna say bass fishing isnt good out here because some places out here is impeccable namely the Umpqua and John Day for Smallies. I’m just gonna get to his story. This fish was caught the beginning of March which is cold water fishing for warm water fish, go figure… lol

All last week I tried to fish, got out Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Something very interesting happens in later Winter/early Spring, in some waters with significant Northern bank access within this state. Fish get shallow. Every February/March for the last few years it seems like the state receives an unusually warm trend for about a week, for many of us, that was last week.

Noting the high on Friday to be in the 60’s, a 10-20 degree difference between most days as of recent, I was on cue for this interesting movement of fish that I’m willing to bet, that most people don’t even know about. I spend Tues & Thurs, observing what I could…Water clarity, quality, movement, what banks received sun and when.

Determining where I needed to be and at what time, I focused my morning waiting above a submerged ledge on Friday. The ledge crests in about 7′, but slopes down to 19-20′, key observations of this ledge included its general position, not only within the reservoir, but in relation to the sun. After an hour I see a fish move up, around 2.5#, I don’t cast at it, but it gives me a restored sense of purpose. The day slowly begins to wind past noon and I adjust my position setting myself on another ledge faced in the opposite corner, NE.

NE corner receives significantly more sun, especially in the noon hours. Like the first spot, I wait hours. Finally around 5pm, I see a black shadow pull up to the crest of the ledge and sit there motionless. Noting this fishes demeanor and activity level, I know it is simply up to sun and progress digesting faster. Watching this fish, I pitch to it and it slowly, passively dissipates from view. It was probably an 8+lbr.

When trophy hunting in the Winter, seeing your quarry can be a dead give away if you can interpret that fishes future movements in relation to coming/going weather patterns.

Many anglers would have thought they had blown their shot right then and there. I get home and get ready for the next day, I know that fish is entirely catch-able and will make one of two moves- it would either push down the ledge positioning itself immediately below on structure elements in the general vicinity, or it would push up even further given ample weather Saturday.

Saturday morning I arrive, see nothing in a significant amount of time, I wait all day.

Finally slightly before I saw the fish the day prior, I see a fish accompanied by two smaller but respectable fish (4&5lbs). The fish was seen two days in a row during the same time frame, a valuable observation shedding light to the hypothesis, that trophy fish are active during specific windows thru-ought the day. Ironic the fish was seen two days in a row during the same time frame?  

Judging that fishes activity level I see its still super lethargic and just hovering slowly like a ghost in the late afternoon sun. I back off, rig and come back to watch. Finally as the day dwindles and I can barely see in the water, the fish moves, slightly faster than previously noted and toward a visible cover element, and ambush point via a point.

Seeing that finally the fish has shifted into a neutral mood, my presentation comes into play. Recognize that fish fish is not in a feeding or aggressive mood, but as the angler I see its my opportunity to present my bait in a manner that appeals to the bass’ senses and predatory habits I visualize that bass’ path toward the point, placing my bait on the eastern slope out of sight I begin slow rolling my swimbait…….nothing.

Adjusting the cast I cast over the point on the western slope, assuming the fish held on the point corresponding with the depth it was cruising my cast subsequently will place my bait on the crest of the point at around the same point the fish is sitting. 

Slow roll, as the bait comes to the crest of the point I slightly hesitate the reel and an ever so slight pop then wind, the second my imparted action ceases, THUMP.

I recall David Dudley once stating something along the lines of.”I try to gather enough information from each catch to write a 1 page write up about the observations regarding that catch”..I truly think that if we all used similar tactics we would become better anglers.

I personally kept a complete log of fish over 5lbs I caught in 2012 from public waters (46), including moon phase, time, spot/setup/ bait etc…It’s a truly valuable document because even with that relatively small # of upper class fish I notice real tangible patterns, and I don’t meant tournament style patterns.

The fish ate a custom rigged swimbait I use to specifically catch giant fish in this type of scenario, I wont go into detail as to what the exact rigging is, dont want to over analyze bait rigging, hehe.

I truly believe this fish would not have eaten another bait no matter how it was presented in the time windows I viewed the fish, no…not even a senko. Not even a similar swimbait, end of story.

Here is the fish:

I hope the time it took to write this story was worthwhile and I can change at-least one persons mind set when thinking about bass and giving them credibility. There’s a lot of big fish to be caught in this state that simply aren’t even believed to exist. They are there.

Big thanks to Colby for putting this on here for me! Look forward to more guest writers on my blog and other good stuff! 

Tight Lines!

2012 Video Review

I put together a little video with some of my favorite clips from the past year. I had my Kodak Playsport video camera since around May. Enjoy!

Tight Lines!

Part Two

The most memorable part of this trip other then catching 75+ bass a day would have to be me flipping my boat and swimming through Smith Ferry Rapid . Looking back at the incident I can laugh, mostly because nothing bad happened except for losing a few things. I did more then a few things wrong going down this set of rapids and the number one thing, I wasn’t wearing my life jacket. Before committing to going down I stopped on the side of the river to add more air to my pontoons and I was going to get my life jacket on, but I didn’t take the time and effort to unstrap it from my seat, I had it bungee corded on with a bunch of stuff. Second biggest mistake was that my boat was super back heavy, as you can tell from the photo in my last post. That combined with leaning back in my seat instead of forward while going through the big waves, led to my demise of flipping. Third mistake was not getting out and scouting what I was about to go down, all I knew was it sounded gnarly. Fourthly and lastly was I should of done a better job of making sure everything on my boat was secure and or water proof. My small color was dumped with its contents, my shirt was lost which I wasn’t wearing since it was wet. And my net was lost, luckily my fishing rods and video camera were secured to the boat good.

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The second day on the river started out really well, catching some nice fish and seeing new waters. While floating along I could tell we were coming towards a rapid or what I like to call it a drop. I was lagging behind and before I got to the rapid I made sure my rods and a few other things were secured. Before going down the drop I looked to my right and seen Colby and his jaw dropped, I don’t think he believed I was going for it. Even though I didnt scout it out I made it through successfully and had a blast! I tried to talk the others into carrying our boats to the top and running it again. None of them were down though, ha. There is a small slot on river right if you prefer not to go down fun rapids. That was the first drop which the photo was taken at the bottom of. This section only has two tricky sets of rapids and both you can portage around. 

And here’s my infamous video of me flipping my boat at the Smith Ferry Rapids on the Umpqua River. I apologize for the poor camera angle, my video camera was secured to one of my rod holders which is on the right pontoon. Getting tossed out wasn’t as bad as it could of been for me especially since I wasn’t wear my PFD. Luckily I didn’t get sucked down into the rapid and get beat up against the rocks, which could of happened easily. I struggled trying swim at first but eventually let the river take me, and it took me into the same eddy that my boat was in. I sat there trying to catch my breath for a couple minutes then flipped my boat up right. After I realized my rods, camera, and myself were fine, I got back in my boat and shared a laugh with my friends.

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Colby with a nice Umpqa River Smallie. The trip was quite awesome. Fishing new waters, catching around 100 bass a day, meeting a new fishing pal Danny. Just all around good times!!

Thanks for reading, and Tight Lines!

Umpqua River

Iv realized I have nothing from any of my Umpqua River trips from this Summer on here and I don’t know why!!!. The Umpqua River has one of the best Small Mouth Bass Fisheries in country I believe, and so iv heard. It also boast some really great Salmon and Steelhead fishing too. The River also has Trout, Shad, and Stripers, among some other species. Me and some buddies head there to fish for the Smallies though aka Small Mouth Bass. They have fight in them like no other on this Umpqua River.

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I floated the Umpqua five times this year in my 8 foot Creek Co. Pontoon. First time was around June 11th with Ted and Jon. We went from the bridge before the Kellog Bridge and took out at the Slide Hole. And I must say Ill never put in at this bridge again. It was hell carrying our boats down a steep ass embankment under the bridge. There were two different sections that had ropes so you could walk yourself either down or up, the ropes were in a middle of a trail that went through black berries and poison oak.That first float didn’t take long at all because the water was so high, we decided to float it a week after some heavy rains. The water was murky so we fished blindly not know where to cast because we could not see the bottom structure. I only caught around ten that day almost all came on a white tube. Fishing was super tough but it was still a good experience for my first time on the Umpqua.

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Second trip of the year was around August 17th. I rode down from Eugene with Jon, and we met up with my friend Colby and his buddy Danny who came up from Southern Oregon. We floated the river for three days and two nights, doing a stretch of river that is known as the Big K Loop. It was a first over night trip on this river for any us, but Jon had done this float  many times before in just one day. This section is said to have the best Small Mouth fishing on the river and I could see why. Almost no body fishes it since it’s surrounded by private property and its a super long float to do unless you have access to the Big K. This just so happen to be the first of four epic trips where we camped along the river and brought only what we could fit on our pontoons. As you can tell from the first picture I was kind of loaded down.

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You could catch the bass on a variety of lures which was really fun! Had a blast using a spoon in the quicker water. Id get out of my boat in some of the quick ankle to knee deep water and cast the spoon like i would for steelhead and wait for a  pissed off little fish to attack! Smallmouth are good fighters in general, but put them in current and WOW!  Some great fun is to be had with light gear, caught my biggest one on a UL rod with 4lb mono.

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This was our camp on the first night, what you can’t see is the deer carcass not too far away. Colby was the smart one and brought an actual air mattress, Jon brought a blow up mat you would use for a swimming pool. I brought my sleeping pad which you can see in the first pic rolled up on the back of my Toon. Danny burrowed himself a nice little hole in the sand which I think kept him quite warm, ha. Dinner for me consisted of cold hot dogs, candy bars, and some smoked Salmon. You can see me preparing something, boy was I hungry after fishing all day!

Part 2 of this trip will be in the next post. Thanks for reading. Tight Lines.

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