are a few tips to make your salmon fishing trips easier and more
1) With the growing popularity of UV lures and the continued
popularity of Smelly Jelly, we must be careful about how they
are used together.
Smelly Jelly is placed over the UV paint on your lure, it will
mask the UV light that the fish see, thus rendering it almost
invisible to the salmon. You can still use Smelly Jelly, but,
put it on the hooks, leader and unpainted side of the UV Lure.
will then have the best of both worlds. A powerful scent attractant
and the outstanding visual effect of the UV lure.
One of the mistakes that I see most often on the water, is when
anglers check their flashers to make sure they are not dragging
a shaker. They crank down on their rod and break it loose from
their release clip. Why? Then you have to fight the drag of the
flasher all the way back to the boat. Most often, the shaker you
find on your lure was picked up as your line came up through the
upper water. Let the downrigger do the work. Bring up your flasher
and lure with the downrigger. You will lose less time and it will
require less effort. Time in the water means more fish to your
When fishing salmon plugs, forget Tip 2 (above). Because of the
size of plugs you will catch fewer shakers. By breaking your plug
loose from the release clip, the plug will retain its action all
the way to the surface, and especially in the summer time, mature
salmon will hit it on the way up.
Don't set the Hook! When a salmon breaks your lure loose from
the release clip, it is already hooked. If it is hooked lightly,
you will just rip the hook out of its mouth. If hooked well and
you set the hook while the fish is running, you can break the
reel down until you feel the fish and just lift your rod, keeping
the line tight. A salmon, in the first few seconds usually goes
wild. Hold him until he calms down. Don't reel while he is running.
Keep a tight line, but don't try to pull him. Once he calms down,
now YOU are in control.
Most salmon are lost right at the boat. Take your time, enjoy
the fight! A hooked salmon will almost always seek cover by going
under the boat. Don't try to reel him out from under the boat.
Stick your rod down into the water, keep a tight line and the
salmon will usually come back out by themselves. If he goes to
the other side of the boat, keep your rod tip down in the water
and walk it around your props. Then pick up your rod tip and go
back to playing the fish.
Don't rush the salmon to the net. Wait until the salmon starts
to lay up on his side and then you guide him to the net. Don't
frantically try to net a fish that is not yet tired. Most salmon
are lost by the netter, stabbing out with the net and hitting
the line. Take your time…..