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:lol:I recieved a call from a fishing buddy. He was all excited telling me he wanted to take me to a Coho Spot that he has not been to in 14yrs. I was a llittle reluctant because he could not remember how to get there and when the Coho exactly run there. So we headed out at O dark thirty. We arrived 2hrs later through on the waders and the exploring began. After about a 2 mile wading trip through brush, snags, in the dark, in foreign territory etc. He says we are almost there:lol:. I was thinking to myself man if we catch some fish thats a long way to haul them out:lol: We arrived about 10 minutes and a total of about 3 miles. He tells me they should be right up in the drift area be quiet and cast from your knees through the brush at this time I thought he was totally insane. So I let him cast 1st a few times and 4 casts later he gets hammered by a nice little Jack that we thought was a Coho and lands it:lol:. So he tells me cast up stream and let it drift down into the deep water. About 10 casts later I get hammered and broke off like nothing was even there:shock:. I was using 12lb Maxima w/ 10 lb Maxima leader. I changed reels to my larger setup and he gets nailed again he was yelling this is the biggest dam Coho I have ever caught. He started yelling its burning my fingers:lol::D ( he was trying to thumb his baitcaster for drag) and then snap it was gone. So I setup my new baitcaster on his 12-40 MH 10' Salmon rod and casted a few more times and slam. I new I had a big one when my thumb started burning. The fight was on and it ran me about a 100 yards downstream to a really deep area and I landed a really nice Fall Chinook Hen. We then realized that these were not Coho we were dealing with it was their big Brothers and Sisters. He did not have a larger setup so we switched for awhile and he lost a couple more big ones and his thumbs were raw and needed a break. About a 1 later I landed another nice Hen. Realizing we were out classed with small gear and if we really wanted to catch the Bigger ones we would have to gear up and come back. All in all it was a blast and I landed 2 nice hens and he landed a Nice Jack. We have set another date this week for revenge on the big ones that made us look like we were fishing with toothpicks. Off we went back. Then I looked around and found a dry trail that we could have came in on that was only about a 2 mile hike. Man I was dead tired after carrying almost 50lbs of fish and my gear. Here are some pics. Good times. I cannot wait to go back. The rain will bring the Coho in also:pray: I would have taken better pics I was just too tired, hungry, and it would show the location.:D



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Sounds like quite the hike! Not bad fishing either! Let me guess, coastal?
 
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Yep, the reason they were getting away was they knew they could run 200 yards to the mouth and we could not stop them on IM8's and small gear. My thumb still has blisters. But its worth it:lol: This is my rookie year and I have not had fish on that are fresh from the Ocean and that size. I admit it I got my butt kicked and was totally outclassed by 30 and 40lb fish and did not want to snap my little rods:lol:

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Yup those massive coastal fallies will whoop ya pretty good. I've hooked a bunch while Coho fishing on the Wilson and they all whooped my butt and snapped the line. This year I think I'm gonna use 15-20lb line instead of 8lb! LOL
 
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I agree I only landed the 2 because I switched to 20 lb main and 15lb leader and they took me down river a 100 to 200'. I was still being broke off from the bigger ones that would just not stop. Funny thing is I never even seen them. They would just run and keep going. We went to the mouth where all the boats where and watched them land the huge fish. They would just drop out of the Hog lines and follow the fish around and tire them out. My buddy wants to take float tubes. I do not want to get pulled out into the Columbia Gorge by a huge fish.:lol: I could just imagine it.:D Help Help hes taking me out.:lol: Nah I will stick with what I can get from the bank and wading.;) We are going back Tomorrow hopefully the rain will bring in the Coho. I am gonna bring large and small setups just in case.

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Sounds like you have a little gem of a hole. Nice fish! sure sounds fun.
 
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I agree I only landed the 2 because I switched to 20 lb main and 15lb leader and they took me down river a 100 to 200'. I was still being broke off from the bigger ones that would just not stop. Funny thing is I never even seen them. They would just run and keep going. We went to the mouth where all the boats where and watched them land the huge fish. They would just drop out of the Hog lines and follow the fish around and tire them out. My buddy wants to take float tubes. I do not want to get pulled out into the Columbia Gorge by a huge fish.:lol: I could just imagine it.:D Help Help hes taking me out.:lol: Nah I will stick with what I can get from the bank and wading.;) We are going back Tomorrow hopefully the rain will bring in the Coho. I am gonna bring large and small setups just in case.

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Looks like you guys hit it right. I'm guessing Big or Gnat Creeks?

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