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Six (more) Tricks for Coho
Humpy (Pink) Fishing
When a Light Jig is the Right Jig
Pot Fishing for Crab
Early Westport Chinook
What Color for Halibut?
Halibut: Drift or Anchor?
How to Pick the Right Jig!
Pot Fishing for Crab
Sekiu, Memories are Made

Lingcod: Beauty and Beast
Gearing up for Halibut
Eastern Washington Sockeye
Blackmouth Tips and Techniques

Oddball Coho Tactics
Wild and Weedy Willipa
Pink to Silver
A New Spin for Humpies
Jigging for Summer Kings
2011 Summer Salmon Outlook
How to Fillet a Halibut - Video
Bait/Lures for Halibut
Whats the right hook for Halibut
The Importance of Swivels
Hootchie Hookers
Cleaning & Preparing Razor Clams
Mooch, Jig or Troll
Halibut Bait Rigs
Tyee Rowing
The Halibut Seeker
Handy Blackmouth Tips
Saltwater Chum Fishing
Chinook - Timing is Everything
Welcome to Pinkatropolis
Washington Coast Halibut
Shrimping 101
Boating Halibut
Heavy Metal Halibut
Downrigger Tips
Six Tricks for Fall Coho
Buzz Bombing Techniques
New! How to fillet halibut
Rudnick's Halibut Fishing

How to smoke salmon
Smoked salmon recipe #1
Ilwaco & the ocean
Barkley Sound, BC
Deep trolling for Chinook
How to fillet salmon
Reel Maintenance

Fishing with Herring

How to brine herring
Motor Mooching
Using Herring Strips/Teasers
How to rig cutplug herring Herring Rigging
Whole Herring Rigging

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2009 - The Langara Experience, la partie deux
2008 - The Langara Experience

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Smoked Salmon Recipe #1
Smoked Salmon Recipe #2
Nushagak Candied Salmon

Spring Chinook - Tapas StyleCanned Salmon
Halibut with Leek
Shrimp Recipes
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Charlie's Pickled Salmon
Gary Larsons Smoked Salmon Brine

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1) Blackmouth are usually found along drop offs and shelves. If you are a moocher or a troller and trolling with only a sinker or diver, don't be afraid to go into 25 to 40 feet of water. Blackmouth are often following along these shelves feeding on small herring, sculpins and shrimp. You will often be surprised with a nice sea run cutthroat or the occasional steelhead.

2) The downrigger fisherman usually does best when fishing water 60 feet to 175 feet deep. The majority of legal blackmouth will be caught in the bottom 10 to 20 feet of the water column.

3) If you are downrigger fishing and see bait on the bottom, put your boat in neutral and let your downrigger ball bounce once or twice. Then go back into gear. The sound of the bouncing downrigger ball will attract the blackmouth's attention and you will often get a strike before your boat has moved 15 feet.

4) When fishing artificials, try to match the hatch. If the bait is small, use a lure such as the Silver Horde Coho Killer. If the bait is larger, increase the size of the lure and either go to a bigger spoon such as a Silver Horde Sonic Edge or a plug. When trolling herring, the easiest way to get the correct roll is to use a Pro Troll Electronic Bait Holder.

5) Stay with either the UV lures or the Glo lures.

6) Add scent. When brining your herring, add liquid Smelly Jelly or inject it into the herring later. With an artificial lure, smear the Smelly Jelly onto the lure. If you are using the gel coat Smelly Jelly on a UV Lure, don't cover the spoon itself. Put your Smelly Jelly on the hook, leader or flasher. Smelly Jelly now has a UV gel available.

7) My opinion on the best scents to use on winter Blackmouth are: Herring, Shrimp (my favorite) and Special Mix. In the latter part of March, and into April, Anchovy scent becomes more important to me.

8) Don't forget to send Salmon University a picture of yourself or fishing buddy with your Winter Blackmouth catch for our fishing reports. Submit to Tomn@salmonuniversity.com and include in the subject line "SU Fishing Reports".

9) Be sure to enter our monthly Tackle Drawing. If you have already entered, there is no need to enter again, as we do keep your name in our virtual bucket.


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