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Chelan County, WA

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03/26/2016
36° - 40°
Trolling
Kokanee
Corn
Pink
Mostly Sunny
Squid Rings
All Day
46° - 50°
03/27/2016
5
1410

First time out this year for the old "Mustard Tub". I put in at the state park at 06:45. A few boats were fishing right out in front of the launch. More boats joined soon after. It was fairly chilly and I had no reason to get really cold running up or down lake. So, I started fishing as I left the launch. I saw the occasional net waved but not too many. By 08:30 I had boated 1 small 1 and missed 1.
I moved to up above the yacht club. Dropped in and tried again. Bare in mind I'm fishing blind at these depths due to poor electronics.(One in school and 1 more to go.) I fished from 50 to 130 Ft. on the wire. I was trying multiple scented offerings and plain corn as well. Finally around 09:30 I see the 130 rod dancing! As I was bringing it up, I assume a following fish hit the 100 Ft rod! Double! Fishing solo, this is where the fun meter is RED lined! These were a little better class of fish. I put lines back to the same depth. The 130 rod was dancing after a few minutes. Got that one in and reset both rods at 130. Boom! Doubled up again! Both fish made it in the boat. But, fishing at these depths, I had my line too deep in the clip. In the process of popping the line out of the clip I popped (snapped) my SST Kokanee rod. I did net the fish though.
At times the wind was pushing me sideways, I had fish flopping under foot and fish on!
A shout out to Fish Dawg on using drop shot spin shot hooks. The only fish I lost all day was a smaller one that I was too lazy to net and it popped off as I was lifting it in.
By 11:00 I was limited and it was getting a little lumpy. As I neared the launch it seemed to glass off. While my luck was running HIGH, I decided to try my luck at Mackinaw.
In the lower basin my fish finder will at least give me depths. I was running a chartreuse U-20 on one side and a needle fish on the other. The clip popped on the U-20! I had dredged up an old weight, dodger and hootchie. An hour later it popped again. I cranked like heck and set hook. As I was dragging this fish in, to my pleasure, all at once it decided to run! It was a PR for me!
I hope I didn't use up all my luck on this trip. I had a great outing. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Chelan get together.


Comments

Bogey
3/27/2016 10:16:00 AM
Looks like a banner day!
Toni
3/27/2016 10:34:00 AM
cool report!
salmonbarry
3/27/2016 1:19:00 PM
Nice job Andy! Man you're warming up for the derby! Way to go! See you next month!
kenbarb
3/27/2016 3:06:00 PM
Enjoyed your report afk, you are some fisherman, and it's not all luck.
afk
3/27/2016 4:46:00 PM
Bogey, it most certainly was a banner day
Toni, thanks for the comment
Barry, as I said, I hope I didn't use up all my luck on this outing!
Ken, luck or not, I'll take it!
Fish Dawg
3/28/2016 10:23:00 AM
Nice haul Andy! Glad the change in hooks I working for you. That laker is a chunk!!

Good luck and tight lines out there! You fishing the something catchy derby next month?

Dawg
bscappell
3/28/2016 4:01:00 PM
any chance the drop shot hook setup could be shared? Or direct me to a post if already shared? thanks!
Mike10gs
3/28/2016 6:43:00 PM
Wow those fish are nice. Hope I can get into something at the get together. Will be my first time out there. Bummer my 17' won't be ready. Will be out on small 12'. Again nice fish and tight lines
Fish Dawg
3/28/2016 9:46:00 PM
bscappell: Use Gamakatsu size 1 split shot/drop shot hooks to tie-up your leaders. Use 50 lb red braid to snell the hooks. When you are done with the top hook, push the main line back through the eye of the hook and cut it off with minimal tag. Wrap over the knot with some fly tying thread to hold the tag end down. You can also tie in some crystal flash or glow flash in this process. When you're finished with the wrapping you can seal the thread with super glue or vinyl lure paint in any of the glow colors. Then tie a length of Grand Max fluorocarbon leader (01X) to the top hook and finish with your favorite squiddy, fly, spinner, etc.

See video demo here: http://www.csnnw.com/outdoors/wild-country-sockeye-rasticle

Good luck and tight lines!

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afk
3/29/2016 7:53:00 AM
Hey Dawg, I'm not really a derby kind of guy. Although it is a great cause to support.
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