- Jan 26, 2007
- Central Point, OR
Monday: I launched at 8:00am and I was the first and only one there, the water and wind were calm, 48 degrees air temp, and 46.2 water temp. I motored out from the marina and set up the starboard downrigger at 15 feet, attached my Shuttle Hawk, and set up my pole. 10 lb test mono, Vance's Gold dodger with fish scales, 9 inch leader with a red wedding ring with a black single octopus hook. Then I pinched off a 3/4 inch piece of nightcrawler and put it on the hook. I let out 72 feet of line and hooked to the clip and down to 13 feet. I turned around and got my other downrigger and before I could get it in the base --- Fish On! I had hoped for a Chinook as that was why I was using red, however it was a 12 inch Rainbow. Back in it went. I reset the pole again and got busy setting the port side downrigger. This time I made it as far as getting the ball hooked on and when I went to get my other Shuttle Hawk...Fish ON again! It was another 12 inch Rainbow. Back he went too. I got my port side setup on and down to 25 feet. I put on another Vance's Gold Dodger with fish scales and a Copper/Pink Vance's #2 spoon, again with a small chunk of nightcrawler. I let it out and hooked it up to the clip and only got it down about 15 feet and Fish On! This was a riot. Just hook them up and get them in the water, sometimes not even getting the bait all the way out, and getting bit. They were all about 12 to 13 inch Rainbows, great fun to catch, but I wanted something a little bigger, and a few of the baby Chinook. Amazing that when you want to catch them you can't and.... ....well you know that story. After about an hour and a half of catch and release, I got one about 16 inches and put it in the live well, then I got one of the targeted Chinook and it was about 12 inches and in the live well it went. Then I put 3 more Rainbows in the live well and that finished the limit. The weather stayed overcast but no rain and no wind. All in all a perfect fishing day. I pulled in my starboard stuff and put it away and tried some deep water trolling along the old river channel at 140 feet. I've got to get some more cable to get to the bottom at 280 feet. I know there are some bigger fish down there. One of these days I will catch a big one from down there. At about 12:05 I went to the dock, and guess who, the Sheriff's patrol was there and I got my boat inspected and my new 2010 sticker. What a great day!