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    Default saltwater sockeye techniques

    anyone want to offer up a proven & productive means of taking sockeye in the salt other than the seward spinner or large net?

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    Here's how they do it in Lake Washington. It supposedly works in B.C. as well.
    http://wdfw.wa.gov/factshts/sockeye.htm

    Basically a bare red hook trolled slowly behind a flasher. It is supposed to imitate krill and other sockeye fodder. Other people use the super small hootchies behind the flasher.

    To be honest, I am not sure how much patience I would have trolling a bare hook but it has worked for people I know.

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    Talked once with some old (OLD) comm trollers off the west coast of vancouver island. They ran as many flashers in the water as they could hang, with the flashers towing "squirt" size hoochies in pink, with about half the tentacles removed. The bottom rigs ALWAYS got bit.

    For a sporty, if you were serious about this, I'd make up four dummy flasher assemblies consisting of a plain jane 11" red or green with silver embossed hotspot-type flasher, 10' - 15' of 150# mono, and a longline clip. These you clip 7' and 15' above your downrigger release. Then, tie another 11" hotspot onto your line with a 33" 40# leader, the hoochie, a bead to fill the hoochie head, barrel swivel, and a smallish stainless mustad or eagle claw siwash (3/0 or 4/0, maybe smaller). Troll relatively shallow, with the ball 30' - 40' down.

    This seemed to be the routine for schooled, actively feeding sockeye off the coast. If you're trying to intercept fish in cook inlet heading to the river, then things might be different.

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    Default Always found that....

    This seems to produce....





    Good results....



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    AlaskaHippie - Nice technique!

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    That does seem effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
    This seems to produce....





    Good results....



    I was curious about this and commercial fishing: I don't see any blood, is there just no time to bleed the catch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vek View Post
    Talked once with some old (OLD) comm trollers off the west coast of vancouver island. They ran as many flashers in the water as they could hang, with the flashers towing "squirt" size hoochies in pink, with about half the tentacles removed. The bottom rigs ALWAYS got bit.

    For a sporty, if you were serious about this, I'd make up four dummy flasher assemblies consisting of a plain jane 11" red or green with silver embossed hotspot-type flasher, 10' - 15' of 150# mono, and a longline clip. These you clip 7' and 15' above your downrigger release. Then, tie another 11" hotspot onto your line with a 33" 40# leader, the hoochie, a bead to fill the hoochie head, barrel swivel, and a smallish stainless mustad or eagle claw siwash (3/0 or 4/0, maybe smaller). Troll relatively shallow, with the ball 30' - 40' down.

    This seemed to be the routine for schooled, actively feeding sockeye off the coast. If you're trying to intercept fish in cook inlet heading to the river, then things might be different.
    yep, this is very close to what we do fishing for sockeye in babine lake the 2 week in august,,,,,,10-12 inch flasher...36 inch leader, 2 orange beads, then a #2 Red hook.....troll about 1.5 m/hr about 40-50 feet on down riggers!!...i think that the trick is to watch the hook and make sure it has some action but not TOO much action..sockeye are said to be lazy??!!.good luck..larry

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    Default if you dont have the patience

    If you cant wait for a strike on a bare hook or wait at a gillnet, look for jumpers and round haul em.
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