Location: South Bay
|awesome g-dude! i too love my predator rod, tho rated lower. i've been getting my 3/4oz perch rigs out about 60 yards. easily my favorite rod.
i have a question for you: how do you rig the buzzbomb? found some online, so i want to use it for salmon this season. they look great for casting. well, i am thinking about throwing on either 20# or 30# braid on my 6600c5(anything to increse casting distance), but the way egg sinkers fray my other braid mainline, that i am thinking of adding a swivel and 15# flourocarbon for the buzzbomb to sit on. any suggestions?
Instructions for rigging are on the package, or should be. If not, just use some 12 - 20 lb mono, slide it through the center hole in the direction specified on the lure (it has an arrow that points to the direction of the hook), and then slide on the rubber bumper, and then attach the supplied treble hook. For salmon, get some owner or gamakatsu med-long shank spinner bait trailer hooks (or O'Shaunessy) in 3/0 for a size 4 or 3XHE buzzbomb, then pinch down the barb.
My son caught two salmon yesterday. A coho and a big pink. That's me with the Coho posing. They are small. For some reason, they came in last night with some of the Chinook and the pinks. Some of the folks were calling them "Jack Chinooks" but looking inside their mouths, they were dark, but with grey gums, and the fish was all silver. The chinooks have black gums and teeth on their tongues. The boats were also in really close during low tide in the afternoon. Almost 20 feet from shore. One was so close I could see a long, skinny silver and red light spots fish pulled up. A bull trout. But they kept it anyway, even though it was illegal to do so - it wasn't hatchery.
But I guess folks just don't spend the effort to id the fish up here either. So that's Chinook, Coho, and Pink Salmon plus the bull trout all in one spot on the same weekend! We also had rock sole and bullheads caught too!
The lures that seem to be best are buzzbombs and zingers. Hot pink works best for pinks. The cohos and chinooks were hitting orange/pearl and pearl/red stripe. The ideal size for these fish was in the 2 and 2.5 inch size. Not like California salmon which like the bigger size 4 in blue pearl. But having a selection of colours and sizes is good practice.
We were hooking up yesterday a lot and letting the kids get some shore line fighting practice as shown by my neighbour. My son was valiant on a 6 lb male pink last evening, but it spooled out the 15 lb braid and got down to 8lb mono backing, and the seals were waiting out there, so I asked to take over for him, and fought enough line back to get back on the braid, and then the fight was over. All fish released. But the fight was so long on that big pink, that all the kids watching were worried the fish wasn't going to live because it was floating on its side in laboured breaths. But I held it's tail upright in a cool pool for about 3 minutes and gently rocked it back and forth, until it jerked itself free under significant power and swam away into deeper waters. The kids cheered!
The lesson we tried to teach the kids was:
a) it's good to follow regs
b) conserve your catch and only keep what you eat
c) when releasing the fish after a fight, treat them gently, and help revive them to strength before release, otherwise the seals will just pick them off.
In addition, the reason for letting go the big one was that the average pink salmon is 4 - 5 lbs. By keeping the smaller ones but letting the bigger and stronger ones go, we help a little in letting the bigger ones spawn. The females have yet to show up in numbers, which is when I move 200 yds south to the mouth of the creek and fish that area exclusively.
The fish were jumping everywhere too. See the picture above. No zoom on the dig cam, but they were jumping so often and so close the seals would come within 15 ft of shore. The flyrodders are really doing well this year, and everyone is getting them, since they're coming in so close.
Yes, I can roll potsticker skins!