June 6th I went fishing with the famous Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com We had a new passenger on this day Ryder. Ryder was a very cool dude who had done some salmon fishing before so it made it a lil easier to not have to explain how to do some of the stuff were doing. Ryder is related to one of Charlies buddies and was trading him a fishing trip in turn for some help on finding some Morels. Morels are very delicious and some times hard to find kinda like Spring Salmon! This day started off pretty well. We were in the first hole anchored up and using a mix of wrapped plugs and eggs on a diver. No more then an hour into fishing I felt one single bite and immediately afterwards set the hook like Kevin Van Dam. Afterwards the line went slack and for a few seconds I thought that I missed the hook set, but then while reeling in the salmon surfaced and let me know i had done good! About five minutes earlier a guide had pulled right up next to us and was fishing our same hole. When fighting the fish it decided it wanted to leave the hole and go down to the next, so we had to go after it. The guide told us that’s the best way to leave a hole, with a fish on! We got down to Chief Hole a good spot for bankies, and we were able to land and net the fish in a short amount of time, let the bank guys get back to fishin. Found out it was a keeper and made the rest of the day go by real nicely! Got some awesome dinners out of that one! On our way down the river Ryder spotted some Oyster Mushrooms growing on a tree near the river. Charlie is a mushroom lover and pulled the boat over right away and climbed up the tree to cut the shrooms! I ended up getting the only Salmon of the day, but we all got some mushrooms! Thanks for the sweet fishin trip Charlie! Visit him at his website or on facebook FishingTheRogue.com Good times to be had!
Thanks for reading and tight lines!
So after the last trip Charlie was giving me crap about back bouncing, and how i havent hooked a salmon yet doing it myself. Iv landed a big one he hooked into back bouncing not long ago, but doing something on your own is alot different. It takes a little bit to understand how to back bounce, i had it down for awhile now, i just think the fish werent biting mine for what ever reason lol. Well that all changed on May 31st. Charlie called me the day before and said he wanted to do some fishing, and i was more then ready! We didnt go as early as we usually do, which i didnt mind the more sleep. Got to the boat ramp around 730am and started to fish for the elusive spring chinook! On the drive to the river I knew it could be a cold wet day or it could be a nice sunny day out. It looked like it had rained on all night, and there were still some nasty clouds in the sky but part of the sky was trying to clear up. It ended up being a great day fishing and weather wise, we only got rained on for a tiny part of the day. Half way through our float we hadnt had a fish to the boat but it was looking good as we got to the Pump Hole. Charlie gave me some new eggs to put on and not long after I felt something a little fishy and set the hook. After setting the hook the reel made that crazy sound, guess i almost birds nest it. Luckily it didnt and i reeled in and engaged the drag on the level wind abu garcia reel. And the fight was on! During the fight I looked over toward Charlie and said ” Told you i could do it” haha. I fought this silver beast for a few minutes and Charlie was able to net it. After netting it we discovered it was a wild salmon and had to be released. Charlie got in the water and released it for me but right before we got a quick picture. Thanks to the Salmon for making my day! And thanks to Charlie Brown for having me come along fishing with him! Book a trip now for a chance at a fish like this one! FishingTheRogue.com
I got back from Rafting Guide School on Tuesday the 21st of May. The next day I planned to go salmon fishing with Phil. My alarm went off before 3am and I was super wore out and tired still, and it was raining hard. So I unfortunately had to cancel on Phil, I felt really bad because he didn’t want to go by himself. It’s really hard to fish for salmon in a boat by yourself. So the next day Thursday the 23rd we arranged to go again now that i was rested up, but this time we brought a special guest to sit up front with me, Charlie Brown! We all met at the Shady Cove boat ramp super earlier and headed up to the hatchery after we loaded up Phil’s boat with our gear. It was a slow morning, but being slow isnt uncommon when fishing for salmon. We were about half way through our float when Charlie decided to try different eggs that he had brought. Not long after he hooked into this awesome salmon back bouncing roe.
Charlie was using one of his older rods which is only six foot six inches. Buts its rated for 18lb line, it probably was meant to be bass rod. But on this day he landed this hawg of a hatchery chinook salmon on it. This fish wore Phil out on the oars, we fought it for a third of a mile going down stream. Was quite the spectacle. When Charlie was finally able to get it close enough to the boat, I netted the beast. Then we found out it was a hatchery fish, so it made it a even sweeter catch! After netting it, Phil brought the boat to shore so we could bleed and photo the fish. We got out and a bankie come over and wanted to see our catch and we got him to take a photo with the three of us and the fish!
Now that’s a big keeper!!! And it tasted wonderful! Thanks for the fillet buddy. From then on the day went soooo much smoother like it alway does once we get a fish to the boat! Later in the day we were anchored up in a spot talking. When Charlie said something like “It would be nice if we were able to get more then one Salmon a day” Each time we’ve got a salmon this year it has only been one a day, nothing to complain about but two is always better! Well id say not even an hour later we were back bouncing in the last hole of the day before the take out. And wouldnt you know Charlie Brown hooked into another Salmon! This time he handed it off to Phil and and they switched posistions, so Phil could fight one! It wasnt a big one but it was another keeper! And we finally got our two salmon day! Thanks to Phil of YGA on Youtube. And Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com for having me come along for another great day of fishing!
Tight lines, and be safe!
The next day Charlie and my self hit the Rogue River even earlier then the day before. But this time we weren’t rewarded for our early efforts like the day before. We did have a couple nice take downs on the plug rods but neither one stuck. But the weather made the fishing much more enjoyable, no rain. We seen some salmon caught, one was by Pavati Boat Rep. Steve, who is also one of Charlies friends. Steve is a very cool guy i got to meet at the boat ramp when we were done fishing. We seen him get his clients into a real nice salmon, it was a real show. It took our boat longer then we expected to get into a salmon but the one we did get into this day was a dandy! It was around 11am and we were anchored up in the pump hole. We had one rod out with a wrapped plug, and Charlie was back bouncing roe with the other rod. And this was the moment that changed my mind about that technique. He set the hook like you would see a pro bass fisherman do on TV but this wasn’t no bass. Charlie handed me the rod not long after he hooked into it and pulled anchor and got on the sticks. I fought it in the same hole for quite some time, the fish wanted to stay on the bottom. It was pretty cool to feel it finally leave the bottom but when it did the fight wasn’t even near the end. I have no idea how long i fought it for, you kinda lose sense of time when your fighting a huge fish, but id say around 6-7 minutes. It took a couple runs when it came near the boat but about the third time i brought it near Charlie was able to net it. And when it was netted the line snapped! Kinda crazy. I thought i lost it at first but Charlie said it was in the net! It was a big ole wild Chinook Salmon so we had to let it go, but after we got a couple pictures! It was the only fish of the day but it made the whole day very worth it! Book a trip with Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com to catch awesome fish like this!
The biggest fish iv ever caught!
Iv been super busy lately. Also my laptops keyboard has been on the fritz. So my fishing reports have been put on the back burner. The coolest reason iv been so busy lately was the rafting guide school I took part in recently. It was 4-5 days of learning, camping, rafting on new waters, and meeting some great folks. So before i went on that adventure, i went Salmon Fishing three days in a row on the Rogue River. This report is the first day of the three, May 17th.
The day started out bright and early. Me and Phil got to the boat ramp a little after legal fishing time because we could hear the bankies on the hatchery wall catching fish and slinging lead. We were some what intimidated to launch the boat because we heard a couple splashes near us that we swore were them tossing stuff. We eventually decided to brave the bankies and when we got past the big line of them we both let out a breath of relief. From then we thought we would be in the clear to get to our spot and anchor up and fish by our self’s in peace. That changed when we floated down towards the spot and we seen headlights up on top of the cliff above the first spot to fish. We got down there just as the bankie managed to descend the cliff so we had to share the hole. We sat there with two plugs out and proceeded to watch the guy fishing on the bank rip the hole up. Its kinda weird watching a guy try to snag fish that are jumping right in front of him every two minutes. At one point he pretended he had a shot gun and said he’d rather shoot one haha. So me and Phil were waiting there for a take down to occur, when the inevitable happened. He crossed one of our plug lines. So he reeled in one of our plugs and tried to untangle the mess, while this was happening we looked over to the other rod and seen a fish was on it! Phil grabbed the other rod and proceeded to muscle in this hawg. He had 75lb Braid for the main line and 25lb mono for the leader, so this fish was landed in record time! Before I knew it the fish was near the boat and Phil was handing me the rod so he could net it, guess he didnt want me to lose it lol. The net job is very important with big fish like Salmon and Steelhead we’ve been catching lately, one little mishap and you can kiss that fish good bye with out ever laying a finger on it. So we got it in the boat and started high fiving each other we looked at each other in amazement, like “did that just happen” ? It was an awesome fishing moment that happened so quickly its hard for me to write it all down. I don’t think we had been there for more then an hour but we had a big fish in the ice chest! Other then that, the day was kinda lousy, mainly because of the weather. Id been perfectly happy if Phil only wanted to fish for 3-4 hours, but we stayed out there for well over 11. And it rained 85 percent of the time. I definitely would of hinted to Phil that i was ready to go, but in those times i just sucked it up. Mostly because i know he doesn’t get to get out to the river much with school and having a kid. So he spends more time out there then most, and i don’t want to lose my seat on his boat by complaining lol. Well thanks for reading and look forward to many more reports/stories. Tight Lines and Be Safe! PS. This fish was the only bite we had for the whole day. Salmon fishin is tough!!!
My laptop has been acting up so i wasn’t able to write this as soon as i would of liked. But here goes my report from May 11th on the Rogue River. My day started out at 530am two hours after my alarm went off, oops. Luckily i wasn’t meeting Charlie at the boat ramp that day, instead i met him at one of our favorite holes. We had fished the night before and he had decided to camp out on the river to save on gas and to be out in the hole bright and early. I got in the boat and he informed me that a guide had shared his same hole and pulled a salmon out of it. When i got in the boat i could see the boat down in the next hole fishing. Then we seen them hook into their second salmon of the day. Kinda disappointing for us. But then right around 8am it happened! Charlie was busy wrapping a kwik fish or something, when i noticed his rod doing something different and i told him to look at. We had two rods out, mine had a wrapped kwik fish and his had a diver with eggs. The fish had been biting it for about 10 seconds before Charlie set the hook and the fight was on!He fought it for about 15 seconds before the fish headed down the rapid and he had to jump in the back of the boat in get on the oars, so the rest of the fight was all me. And this fish fought like no other fish iv ever had on the end of my line. We got down pass the rapid and we got the boat up on shore and Charlie got out so he could try to net it. But the salmon had other ideas. The drag wasn’t loose but it really seemed like it was, the way the salmon was pulling out 15lb line. I eventually had to say get back in the boat and lets chase this beast down, i wasn’t making any ground on it. By then it had been more then a few minutes and my arm was tired. Luckily we went down the river after it and not too long after we got it in the net. Turned out to be a small Spring Chinook Salmon, 26inches. I didn’t care though. It was my very first Salmon from a river and it was also the hardest fighting fish i ever caught! A couple other cool things about this salmon was it was the first one of the year in Charlies boat and also the first one hes got on a diver.Turned out third day in a row chasing the salmon was the charm. I must say fishing for salmon is way more frustrating then steelhead. These fish are famous for having lock jaw. Most people say they don’t bite. Ninety percent of the bank anglers fishing for them arnt getting them to bite when they hook one. Which makes it even sweeter when we get one to bite our offerings, because every day of salmon season you’ll see the banks lined up with yankees. And by yankees i don’t mean the baseball team. People on the banks arnt fishing in my opinion well most people, id say they are harvesting the salmon instead of fishing for them. A tiny bead, hook, and some weight is all they need to get into a beast of a fish. I guess if i wanted to feel the tug and put fish on the table id be out there lined up on the banks by the hatchery with the rest of them. But that’s not my crowd, combat fishing is what its called. And i have no desire to do it. All my salmon fishing will be done from a boat away from the masses. I have nothing against those who floss the fish or line them in the mouth, what ever you want to call it. But id much rather go bass or trout fishing where i know i can convince the fish to bite. So here’s to a fish that was caught the “right” way, he was a biter! Oh and before I go id like to give major thanks to my favorite fishing guide out there! Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com
Thanks for reading my little blog and tight lines!
I met Phil and Kenji at the boat ramp around 7am, we had another morning slay ride planned! It was another great day with the YGA ( Young Gun Anglers) We passed Charlie at Sandy Bottom, he had a couple clients, we actually knew the clients, they were from Phil’s home town Happy Camp, CA. We waved when we went by and we only seen them a couple brief times the rest of the day. One of them took this photo when we went by in the morning at Sandy Bottom.
We got down by the Slide Hole and anchored up and were chatting when my rod got the first take down of the day! It was a nice little native steelhead that we released so he could come back another day to be caught! We then took the side channel and sat next to one of the nicest houses on the river. Most people dont run plugs in this area. But in trips past we caught trout here and the water looks really good. This day we got our first steelhead in this hole, and it came on my rod again. But this time it was Phils turn to reel one in. It was another nice wild steelhead that we let go in hopes of catching again next year. Our third steelhead of the day was one we were waiting for. A real nice chrome hatchery fish. And it came on Kenjis rod, so the 2 day license paid off once again for him!
Not far from where we got this one my rod got the final take down of the day. I brought in a real nice chrome wild steelhead. We released it right away so no pictures were taken of it. We did get video of all four of the steelhead caught this day. But when Phil put the files on his computer he some how lost 2 of the clips or deleted them on accident. But he did get video picture stills of the fish before it happened. So watch the video and enjoy! Ill try to do my reports in more of a timely manner but iv been busy puttin a hurt’n to these fish! Tight Lines!
Met Phil and his buddy from Happy Camp CA, Mario to do some fishing on the Rogue River. We met at the hatchery around 11am. We got down to the first hole and wouldnt you know Charlie Brown was anchored up in it plugging away. Before he seen us I yelled out ” Get out of our hole!!”. We anchored up 40 yards away so we could get our rods ready and chat and wait for him to leave the hole. He said he would get out shortly. But about 4 minutes after he said that they had hooked up on a nice chrome hatchery hen! Phil was pissed, i thought it was funny! They netted it and got out of the hole so we could fish it, they tagged it and took pictures and that was the last we saw of them that day. We stayed in the hole for over an hour then we finally had a take down. It came on my rod and I fought the beast for about 15 seconds then handed the rod over to the guest Mario, iv been catching alot lately so i dont mind when other people get to catch them too! This fish was pulling out a ton of line, it was a hawg. It went almost all the way down the rapid but then stopped. It must have seen the tree. I told Mario to try to pull it away from there then it was all over. Oh well. The big ones are hard to catch some times. After that all we could bring to the boat were half pounders and trout. I lost a great opportunity at a big one on our 3rd run of the day. Guess next time we’ll have better luck! No pictures this time. But i did do my first ever fishing video! I Used Windows Movie Maker to edit some clips i took with my camera. Since it also does ok video along with great pictures im gonna start making fishing videos! Gives you a better look into our fishing then just a picture. So enjoy and tight lines!
Charlie called me and told me he had one client and wanted to see if i wanted to come along to fill the boat. I’m sure Charlie and Phil both know by now i wont turn down a offer at fishing the Rogue River in their boats! Last time out fishing with Charlie i mentioned if he only had one client and i came along i had no problem handing over my rod if it gets the first take down. Iv handed off steelhead a few times to Phil, but i usually reel most of them in. We all met at the boat ramp at the hatchery at 530am this Monday. We fished the very top hole also known as sandy bottom for about an hour. We were surprised we didn’t pull at least one steelhead out of there, Charlie says usually you can get two in that hole. So we floated down to the next hole known as the chief hole. First pass through my rod got slammed and had a fish on for about 10 seconds, until it surfaced and jumped then broke the leader. Darn! But only about 10 minutes later my rod had another take down but this time it stuck on good and i was able to hand off the rod to Kim. He brought in a awesome 6.5 pound hatchery steelhead. We then proceeded to pick up another steelhead right after that one but this time on Kim’s rod. It was a wild hen so instead of keeping it and calling it a day less then 2 hours into fishing, Kim let it go in hopes of more fish! We got down to Casey Park and we got our final fish, luckily it was on my rod because it was a hatchery steelhead. And lately iv been really wanting to get a fin clipped one so i can smoke some up. We floated down to Rogue Elk Park with out much action when we got pass casey park. But was still a good morning very action packed for awhile there in the morning. I think Kim had a good time, he booked a trip for the next day when his relative came up to visit and i heard he did pretty good again.
We also got video of the fish from this day and Charlies wife edited up a really cool video. The first part is Kim’s nice buck, then it goes to a clip of me fighting a 10lb hatchery steelhead, then the very last clip is the fish i caught that is pictured above. Very sweet video, and you can see some of the river we float when we fish the upper rogue river. Thanks to Charlie at Fishingtherogue.com for letting me come along and fill the open seat and catch some great fish! Give Charlie a call or email if your interested in fishing the world famous Rogue River. Tell him you heard about him from my blog and you’ll get a discount!
thanks for reading, and tight lines!
The day before on the 4th, I fished with Charlie and his wife Rochelle, it was a really slow day for steelhead except for one take down that had to been at least a 15 pound steelhead. It was on for about a minute before it broke her off under a bridge. But before it had broke the leader it ran alot and jumped alot. It actually jumped completely out of the water sideways so we had a real good visual of it. Then when it did finally break the line it gave us one last look at it, when it did a victory jump. Charlie was really upset at losing such a big fish, but the big ones are hard to catch, so it happens some times. The next day he felt alot better about the whole situation and wasnt disappointed like he was the day before. We had to get back out there the next morning to get some redemption.
We had only been in the first hole 5 or so minutes and my line had only been in the water for 30 seconds when my rod started doubling over while still in my hand. I had a huge fish on! The fight only last about 15 seconds. The fish got to the surface and started thrashing around and that was the end of that as my leader snapped. I didnt check the drag on my reel as it was way too tight, lesson learned and also one of Charlies favorite plugs lost! Major bummer. About 40 minutes later my rod gets slammed again in the same hole, it felt like a real nice one. Charlie grabbed the other rod and proceeded to reel it in to get it out of the way. But when we got it in the line was tangled around mine, so he had to do some quick thinking and cut the line off of mine really quick. While this was happening my line went limp like the fish got off, but it must of been just laying in the hole chilling. Because when the line was off and i started reeling in he came back alive and started jumping in the middle of the rapid and the fight was on again! But we had to pull anchor and go after him. While we were floating down the rapid the line went limp once again and thought again that i had lost it. Moments later the fight was on again! We got anchored up at the bottom of the rapid and i fought the steelhead for a few more minutes until we were able to land him. It was a real nice wild steelhead buck, probably about 29inches and real healthy looking. We let him go after we got a quick picture or two, hopefully he found a mate and made some baby steelheads. That ended up being our only fish of the day. We floated to Casey Park twice and the second pass through big butte creek had cleared good enough to where we could of floated to Rogue Elk park. But we had to call it a short day at around 11am. Was another great day fishing with Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com If you want a good fishing trip contact Charlie and mention my name/blog for a really nice discount. Thanks for reading and tight lines!