Sacramento River King Salmon 8-23-2016

I’ve been itching to go to the Sacramento River and try for the king salmon. I called my dad to see if he would like to go for a ride and see what was up and I had a new technique to try. We launched the boat and headed out,  we made a couple passes in the stretch of river we were fishing and on the third pass at about 8:45 the port side rod started bouncing, I grabbed the rod and handed it off to my dad, I was then able to get the boat slowed down and he began fighting the fish, the fish was really putting up a great battle and after about close to 15 minutes we put this nice 16 pound buck in the ice chest. We fished till 12:30 and called it a day. A very successful day with a new technique.

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Don Pedro King Salmon 7-13-2016

New Clients Bill Mecedo and his wife Linda were onboard with me on July the 13th at Don Pedro. We were setting out to catch kokanee and maybe a king salmon. The day started out with a quick kokanee, but the fishing was slow as we  kept moving looking for fish, then around 8:15 I had a favorite setup of mine that will catch kokanee and it has caught many king salmon, the rod was set at 100 feet deep and I had my back to the rod and I could literally hear the rod get pounded off the release, so Bill grabbed the rod and started reeling and I could see that this was not a kokanee as it was taking lots of line, I slowed the boat and I cleared all the other rods out of the water and let bill fight this fish, after a few good runs the fish made an appearance along the side the boat and was able to slide the big fish into the net that nearly filled the kokanee net. The fish weighed six and a half pounds. We ended the day with three kokanee and the single big king for the day. A great couple to fish with. Thanks again you two a great day on the water of Don Pedro.

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Don Pedro kokanee 7-8-2016

Return client Kevin brought along his daughter Madeline for a day’s fishing at Don Pedro on July the 8th. We started out fishing for rainbows as that’s what Kevin wanted to try for and I figured the bite would be okay. Well after several hours of only a couple strikes, we made the decision to switch things over and try for some kokanee as it couldn’t get any worse, so I switched things over and had one rod set and as I was setting the second rod the first rod was bouncing and kevin was reeling in the first fish of the day, however the kokanee came off a short distance from the boat, after working the area for a while we did boat a nice rainbow and after more of nothing I picked things up and headed for new water. I set out the four rods and we started seeing some returns on the sonar and we started getting bit and after working the area for a few fish we called it a day at 2:00 o’clock with three nice kokanee and a rainbow trout for our efforts on the day. A slow day turned into an okay day, just wish we could have found the fish a little earlier. Thanks again you two!

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King Salmon aat Don Pedro 6-30-2016

I took Dan Bacher from the fish sniffer magazine and my daughter  Taylor to Don Pedro on June 30th. We set out to fish for kokanee on this day and to get a story on the lake. Things were tough and with only one strike for a few hours and we were not marking anything. I made the decision to switch things over and try for trout. We worked a few areas for a couple of hours for nothing and then I made a move to a new area and still nothing we kept moving and finally my daughter hollered dad the back port side rod went off and we were into a fish, we just didn’t know how big it was, but very quickly we did as it was burning line off the shimano Calcutta reel and after the fish made some good runs and putting the phenix reaper rod to the test, the fish made an appearance behind the boat and WOW this was a very nice fish and I was able to slide the net under the fish. It turned out to be a five-pound two ounce king salmon, after snapping several pictures we started fishing again and soon something big hit the same rod as it shook the whole rod, however it came up empty, a short time later we landed a smaller rainbow, we then decided to call it a day and just before that we landed  a very nice rainbow trout that measure 18 inches and weighed two and a half pounds. A slow day but a good day with some very nice fish from the waters of Don Pedro.

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Don Pedro kokanee 6-24-2016

Return clients Paul and Mike were onboard with me on Friday the 24th of June at Don Pedro. This day was the day before a kokanee derby at Don Pedro and there was many people out pre fishing for the derby. This would make for a tough day fishing. They were only able to land four kokanee,  they lost five others close to the boat. These are some really nice kokanee at Don Pedro this year. Still a nice time on the water with these two great guys. Thanks for coming out.

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Don Pedro kokanee fishing 6-22-2016

Return clients Mike and Lori were onboard with me June the 22nd at Don Pedro to fish for kokanee. We started early and headed out to the fishing grounds. I set out our four rods and soon the port side rod was bouncing , however we missed it. It wasnt long and Lori was into to her first fish of the day, a nice fat kokanee and the fun started, the fishing wasnt red hot, but we had a nice bite going for us, with a few breaks in the action. The back rod was slammed and started bending and pumping and Lori was fighting a nice fish that turned out to be a really fat trout. then soon after that both back rods started pumping and taking line and they each grabbed a rod and I netted them both, making that 7 fish in the cooler, and that was by 8:30. Then Mike said that he would like to done fishing by 10:00, well thats when the bite turned off and we were not marking many fish, so we kept moving and we about 10:00 we boated number 8 and at 10:10 we had a double making our ten fish limits and we headed in. A great day on the waters of Don Pedro with two great people. Thanks again to the both of you.

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Hogan striper fishing 6-20-2016

New Client Vince Costanza brought along his cousin Sal for a day’s fishing on Hogan. We started early and as I was setting one rod and explaining on what to do when a fish would strike, Sal went running by me and grabbed the first rod I had just set, we landed that fish and I set the second rod and as I was setting the first rod again the second rod was slammed and soon we landed our second striper of the day. Then we had  a good strike, but that was just that a strike. then a little later we had another miss and that was it for sometime as we were fighting a full moon and things were slow. Then about noon with only two stripers in the boat we found that the bite was slowly coming back on and with a lost fish and a couple misses we ended the day with six stripers from the waters of Hogan reservoir. A great day with a couple great guys. Thanks again you two.

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Don Pedro kokanee 6-16-2016

New Client Scott McKey brought his son Isaac and Scotts dad Tom out for a day s fishing at Don Pedro on June the 16th. The morning started out really windy again but quickly died down after about an hour. We had a bite pretty quickly, but it was lost just as fast, and then two more fish on but only to be lost, the bite was really slow and we finally landed our first fish of the day, then about an hour later we landed another, again things were slow other people we talked to had very low counts also, well the natives on the boat and myself were getting wrestles, and we were in need of some fish, so I picked things up and headed for new water. I dropped all the rods down in our new location and after 15 minutes, one of the rods started bouncing, we landed that fish, two minutes later the other rod was bouncing, we landed that one as well, and one minute later the third was bouncing and we landed that fish, WOW we were onto something, we continued to work the area and by the day’s end they had ten really nice kokanee, they had lost about 8 others and we even missed a couple short strikes that we never even seen. A great day on the waters of Don Pedro with a great group of people. Thanks again everyone.

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Don Pedro kokanee 6-15-2016

New Client Rick Mares his wife and son joined me for days fishing at Don Pedro on June the 15th.This morning we were greeted with strong winds and cold weather. We set out in search of kokanee. This day would prove to be a challenge with fighting the windy conditions. It took us a while before we had our first fish on of the day, it turned out to be a nice kokanee, then we boated another and before I knew it we had three fish in the cooler, then our luck changed as we lost four fish in a row, then things went cold for a long time, and close to the days end we caught two more fish making our total for the day was five fish from the waters of Don Pedro. A tough day with a very nice group of fisherman. Rick was a little camera shy..Thanks again.

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Hogan striper trip 6-8-2016

Return client John Kern brought along his grandson Colin for a day’s fishing trip to Hogan reservoir on June the 8th. The morning was really cool as we had heavy shirts on for a few hours. I started setting rods and I one rod the line was making its way out and while I was setting another we could hear the line on the first rod rip out some line a couple of times, buy it was too late, so our first miss, then we had another strike, but this was different, we never really seen the fish, but it wasn’t a striper, so that’s two missed opportunities and we haven’t even been fishing 10 minutes. Finally after setting all the rods the starboard side rod got hammered and Colin was reeling in his first fish of the day. They made some quick work of landing the next several fish and before we knew it there was six stripers in the cooler, then the fish started striking the baits but not getting hooked, even taking the rod down and stripping line and would com off after a few seconds. A great day with two great people. Thanks again guys!

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