Pulled the boat to Masons/Olsons Resort on Monday the 8th. Spent the evening getting our gear rigged and ready for the following morning. Decided to start with several 5" OG2s. (We fish these solo, no flasher.)
On the water at sunup. Followed the other boats out towards Slip Point and put the lures down. Fishing 50 feet behind the boat and varying cable depth from 30 to 50 feet. Trolling speed was fast enough to keep 45 degree angle in the downrigger cable. We didn't touch a fish in the first hour. So, decided to change our offering: replaced the 5" OG2s with 2.8" OG2s: one blue/black-scales, one white/black-scales. And, added a Big Al's fish flash in Aurora Green/Aurora Chartreuse on one side and the same flasher in UV Aurora Green/Pearl on the other. On the back side of each flasher, we added a Pro Troll Strike Lite and set it to the blink mode. This was the ticket. We started picking up small coho immediately. These fish were intermixed with a couple of small pinks and undersize chinooks. Every so often, we'd pick up a coho with decent size and put it in the fish bag. And, finally, we picked up a mid-size (8#?) chinook.
The next day, Wednesday, we replaced the 2.8" OG2s with a couple of new colors in the 3.3" size. The first is a fluoro-green/black-scales with chartreuse body and the second is a blue/black-scales with chartreuse/white body. We were using the same Big Al's fish flash and Pro Troll lites. This day was very productive from the outset. On the water at sunup. And, began picking up fish immediately (several shakers). But, shortly into the morning, we tied into a very nice chinook on the 3.3" fluoro-green/black-scales with chartreuse body. (See attached picture.) And, we managed to take one or two decent coho as well.
Thoroughly enjoyed the time on the water! And, we're manufacturing a batch of 3.3 lure bodies that'll be painted soon in the new colors that proved to be effective.
Final note: A number of our better fish came out in deeper water (300 to 400 feet) when trolling from 60 to 80 feet down on the cable. (This strategy is courtesy of Brandon at Olson's resort. If he hadn't suggested it, we would have spent our time trolling closer to shore.)
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