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Family outdoor adventures
  We live in the outdoor playground of north central Washington.  This has to be one the best places to have a family if you are going to take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities that this region has to offer.  It is hard to believe that people can live in this region their whole life and never get into what this region has to offer.  People of north central Washington work hard, and play hard.  If I'm not at work or at home, we are either in the woods or on the water.  
  Fishing has been a incredible way for my family to pull together and find some common ground.  We have 2 happy healthy boys ages 7, and 11 (Oct. 2016) that have become avid outdoors men.   We spend time doing other outdoors activities like camping, rock hounding, picking huckleberries, and morel mushrooms.  Our boys understand that nature can provide things that are not typically available  to purchase in the department stores, and that natures bounty can better than any thing you can buy in the store.
  These family outdoor adventures give our family valuable skills, which is a huge reason we always go on these adventures as a family.  Solo trips are not a option in our house.  We are happy that our boys are gaining the skill sets necessary to target specific species.  Including various presentations, techniques, locations, and when to target specific species.
  This summer has been incredible.  We have encountered a  tremendous amount of wild life diversity this summer.  We got to fish for Kokanee with a black bear hanging out within throwing distance of our boat on Conconully lake.  We had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see a large mountain lion that jumped out in the road up Twisp river!  Our boys have seen deer, pelicans, eagles, osprey, snakes, bull frogs, Mormon  crickets, coyotes, raccoons, hawks, and many more critters.  It is the opportunity to see such diverse wildlife that will create these incredible memories that will stick with them for life.  
  We go on these outdoor adventures as a family to build life long bonds, give our boys the skill sets necessary to be safe in the wild, and share their knowledge with their family when the time comes.  Fishing teaches patients, staying power, problem solving, knot tying, aquatic species knowledge, importance of conservation, confidence, how to prepare and clean fish, and how to stay in the moment.  Another great aspect of taking our boys fishing is it teaches them that no matter how good you are at doing something you will not always succeed at the task you set out to do, and that is okay.
  The bond that fishing has created between my wife, our kids and myself has grown tremendously through the summer.  We have had some incredible moments.  For example, we had a moment where I had just lost a dandy Kokanee and was busy getting that pole ready to go again, and all heck breaks loose and the down rigger pole goes off!  Our boys spring to action.  Our 7 year old frees the pole from the holder and down rigger, sets the hook and with some expert net work from his big brother lands the largest Kokanee of the year for the old Bent Hook Pontoon.  What a moment to watch... speechless!  Another favorite moment was watching our 11 year old land his first walleye ever.  We had the bottom bouncers going with slow death rig heading down stream near the mouth of the Okanogan river and WAMO!  Tyler was all over it. A hefty hook set on the Ugly Stick and the fight was on with a absolute dandy 18" walleye.  What a great first walleye, so proud of him. 
  It wasn't all buttercups, and limits this year.  We still had our ruff patches and they make the good moments even better.  We decided to step up our game this year and purchased a 24 foot pontoon boat that we have named Bent Hook Pontoon.  Our first fishing trip of the year was to Palmer lake and it did not go so well.  We had the boat out the week before on lake Pateros just to test it out for about a 30 minute run.  Well I learned a valued lesson that day to remember to turn off the fish finder.  Our first fishing trip never happend due to a dead battery.  So we ordered a jump pack that we still have not needed to use but now we have it just in case.  We made our first trip to Banks lake on fathers day and got skunked.  That is okay.  You can not expect to catch them every time.  However that was not what made this trip a ruff one.  At the boat launch I went to hop from the boat on to the tailgate and slipped.  I went face first over the side rail of the truck and KAPOWIE!!!  You just knocked your self out at the boat launch in front of a bunch of people!  That was the beginning of the curse.  Next three fishing trip produced nada, zilch, nothing.  Oh the curse of Steamboat, and how it plagued us.  So you got bucked off.  Now what?  Lets take our vacation at Banks lake and break the curse.  So we did, and it was awesome.  We persevered and learned another valuable lesson that you will not always have a successful fishing trip but you need to keep at it and it will pay off.
  Now that it is fall, and our season is coming to a close.  We can look back at all the photos of our summer together and remember all the good times, and the lessons we have learned.  Not to mention having a freezer fully stocked with walleye filets, and smoked kokanee.  What a great year.
Thank you
Milo Marcille
Bent Hook Pontoon
Tight Lines!
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Posted: 10-07-2016, 05:54 PM
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Lost Lake and the Sea Run Cutts
Fishing for lil' 'Bows on chironomids and then to the salt for some beautiful sea run Cutthroats!! Hope you enjoy! Tight Lines



LOST LAKE 2015 from d3vilfish on Vimeo.

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Posted by: Devilfish88
Posted: 04-11-2015, 10:25 AM
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Swimbaiting Western Washington 2013.
Hello everyone!
         I hope everyone had a great year of fishing. I made a short compilation of some swimbait largie's I caught over the last year. Please excuse my language in the opening scene. I hooked up a possible double digit so my adrenalin was floored! Enjoy and happy holidays!


http://youtu.be/4YKs0kLZf8M

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Posted by: dresscode5
Posted: 11-19-2013, 03:00 PM
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How I caught my P.B. in Washington this fall.
Hey guys,
     I just wanted to share my first attempt at video editing and some short footage I got of my Biggest bass out of Washington State. The cold weather is making me stir crazy already. Happy Holidays!!!




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Posted by: dresscode5
Posted: 11-28-2012, 12:32 AM
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9/22 - Late Summer | Early Fall Top Water Bite
While fishing last saturday, I managed to catch only 2 bass but they were both on topwater lures!  The bass were nowhere to be found under docks.  We only found fish on the edges of pad fields or near steep drop offs into deeper water.

The first bass hit just below the surface (less than 1 feet) on the River2Sea Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog 60!  I haven't fished this frog much because it sort of got lost in my boxes of tackle.  But I was glad I fished it on this day!

The second bass smashed my Koppers Live Target Bluegill Wakebait right at the boat!

Both videos are below.  Enjoy!

 

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Posted: 09-28-2012, 12:32 AM
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3 Days, 403 Fish, Feeding Bald Eagles!
I was fortunate enough to fish Lake Roosevelt with my ex boss the past 2 weekends!

We fished a full day on 9/8 and put 100 smallmouth and 1 walleye in the boat!  We fished only about 3 hours on 9/9 before being blown off the lake by 35+ mph winds but still put 56 smallmouth in the boat!

We fished a full day on 9/14 and put 121 smallmouth in the boat!  We fished another full day on 9/15 and put 151 smallmouth in the boat!  We fished a little more than half a day on 9/16 and put 130 smallmouth and 1 walleye in the boat!  This give us a 3 day total of 403 fish!

We were targeting points and offshore structure in various depths of water with finesse tactics and we absolutely slayed the fish!  With such a huge smallmouth population and not enough food, the majority of the fish are quite stunted.  We caught countless fish in the 1/2 lb range with several in the 1 - 2 lb range.  All of these fish are feeding up for fall and are super fat like footballs!  A lot of them were puking up baitfish (fry?) sculpins and craws.

I didn't record much fishing because I forgot to bring my battery charger for my spare batteries.  But I did record some footage of us feeding 2 Bald Eagles!  Mike has put in some time over the past 1.5 years or so training these eagles.  They're so smart that if we get within a couple coves of the cove where they live, they will come flying over and perch in the trees or on the rocks.  We fed them a few dink smallies and I got some footage of it!

Enjoy!

Here is a picture of a nice, chunky, super strong 1 lb 14 oz smallmouth that took me for a ride!  These river smallmouth are So Strong and put up a fight similar to that of a smallie twice their size!


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Posted: 09-16-2012, 11:11 PM
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2 Quick Bass Fishing Videos
I caught my first Bass using my Koppers Live Target Bluegill Wakebait!  It was a dink but it was still awesome to catch my first ever wakebait fish!


I also lost a nice bass that day!  When I set the hook, I couldn't pull my rod back any further and I thought I was snagged!  This fish had to be pushing 3 lbs and fought ultra hard!

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Posted: 07-12-2012, 09:42 PM
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Yellow Perch Spawning on Lake Washington!
Hey guys!  In case you haven't already caught them and noticed, the Yellow Perch are spawning on Lake Washington!  I caught a whole mess of them just off a public dock in kirkland on nightcrawlers!  I didn't get any that were really big but I did manage to catch over 40 of them.  I also caught 2 Peamouth Chub and 1 dink Smallmouth Bass!  I did it while using my pen rod so it was a ton of fun!


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Posted: 06-05-2012, 11:04 PM
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Post Spawn Smallmouth Bass Fishing
So I went out to fish a lake with my buddy Josh on saturday for some smallmouth bass.  The Smallmouth had already finished spawn and were in post spawn mode.  We mainly targeted docks and tried to find some of the transitional areas.  We fished mainly crankbaits and reaction baits along with various finesse presentations.  Didn't catch anything big but we caught a lot of fish.

I caught footage of most of the fish but not all.
Enjoy :)


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Posted: 05-28-2012, 08:59 PM
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Personal Best Smallmouth Bass + 6 More!
I'm sure most of you missed this because it doesn't show under latest reports.  But here is my report for my first time catching Smallmouth Bass this year!  I caught 7 total including my new personal best!

Smallmouth Bass Report!
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Posted: 05-22-2012, 04:19 PM
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