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7/25 Morning – Morning of the Sandy Creek Shootout we broke the pier heads at 5:15 with the intentions of heading West. A last minute decision to go East between my brother and I found ourselves down off the lighthouse in 130’ of water at 5:40 with a boat load of clients. We set lines and the chaos began. We couldn’t get an 8 rod spread down, and the bite went like this until 9am. We ran one 400’ and two 500’ A-TOM-MIK coppers pulling Familiar Bite meat. Our divers pulled a Wonderbread Smartfish/A-TOM-MIK Glow Blue Hammer fly, and a Hammertime Chip/A-TOM-MIK Hypnotist fly our 200-250’ on 2 settings. Our deep Cannon downrigger pulled Familiar Bite meat down 90-120, we had a rigger set at 80-90’ down with flasher fly combos, and a high rigger down 60-80’ with Dreamweaver Sea Sicks MUPPED.

 

We found we had to troll NE/SW to deal with the current. 130’ to 225’ seemed to be the loops we were working, but 175’-200’ was where most waypoints laid on our Humminbird ONIX. We went to weigh in knowing it would be close. We've come up a little short a few times already at this event, and it happened again! Congrats to the winners, and thanks goes out to the organizers!

 

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7/25 Evening – Nicholas from Norway joined us again this year. We headed out and it was a slow go. First bite came on a 500 A-TOM-MIK copper pulling Familiar Bite meat.  We would sit and rot for most of the evening until 7pm. Watching our Humminbird ONIX units I see a few fish shoot off the bottom in 145’ off the ladders. Deep rigger pulling meat fires, and Nicholas is into a good one. We get it 40 yards from the boat and it finds our 500 copper and we have a mess on our hands. As we are slowly working it in the 500’ A-TOM-MIK copper  fires with a Salmon. We net the first one, and Nicholas is into the second. He pulls a double alone with a 17 and a 19lb Salmon. Both took Familiar Bite meat.

 

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7/26 Morning – Nicholas joined us for a morning outing looking to crack the 20lb mark. He’s got 3 at 19lbs between last season and this season, so the quest continued. The fishing was slow. We went 5/6 from 5:30 to noon. He landed a two small Salmon, a Brown Trout, a Steelbow, and a Lake Trout. As it’s been the last few weeks the noon bite kicked into gear, and between 12 and 1:30 we went 3 for 4 on some nice Salmon. They came on deep Cannon downriggers pulling Familiar Bite meat, and 400 and 500 foot A-TOM-MIK copper pulling Familiar Bite meat.

 

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7/26 Evening – Wasn’t looking forward to an afternoon boat ride with these clients. The Povio’s fish with us every year, and they’ve had some stellar catches throughout the years. It started slow. We worked out to the 25/26N line and our South trolls seemed to be best. We actually did quite good for an afternoon charter. Stinger Black Tuxedos and Frost Bites on Cannon downriggers  55-80’ down. Divers out 250’ pulling  a UV Hammertime Dreamweaver Spin Doctor/A-TOM-MIK Hammer Lime Live, and our 500 A-TOM-MIK copper pulling familiar Bite meat.

 

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Rick:

 

THANKS for the report, as usual. LOVE learning from them.

 

Could you explain how you rig the meat please? Would REALLY appreciate it......length behind paddle, etc.......spin dr?

 

Tim

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Could you explain how you rig the meat please? Would REALLY appreciate it......length behind paddle, etc.......spin dr?

 

Tim

 

Tim - no disrespect bud, but there are a lot of guys out there looking for that info. We're using Rhys Davis meat heads for the most part. The flasher ranges from an 8" Dreamweaver Spin Doctor to the big meat paddles. We fish a lot of big dollar events, and I know that my competition creeps on these posts. I give up quite a bit of info in my reports, but some things need to stay on the Yankee.

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Tim - no disrespect bud, but there are a lot of guys out there looking for that info. We're using Rhys Davis meat heads for the most part. The flasher ranges from an 8" Dreamweaver Spin Doctor to the big meat paddles. We fish a lot of big dollar events, and I know that my competition creeps on these posts. I give up quite a bit of info in my reports, but some things need to stay on the Yankee.

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lmao ...nice job I have to get in this tournament next year

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Rick:

THANKS for the report, as usual. LOVE learning from them.

Could you explain how you rig the meat please? Would REALLY appreciate it......length behind paddle, etc.......spin dr?

Tim

Buy a charter- maybe you can pick up on some of his secrets!

Great job as always Rick!

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I live in Ohio and my wife and I make it up a couple times a year. I look forward to your reports more than any other! Thank you for sharing and giving me hope that I can do what you do up there! I pulled my 1st tyee last year and just knowing that those kind of fish exist keep me awake at night thinking of my next trip! Tight lines and screaming drags my friend!

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Thanks for details. While I'm not ready to start pulling copper, it seems obvious I need to start running at least 1 meat rig. Just not a fan of any live bait, nor the slight amount of extra time involved with setting up. If it is a scent thing, why wouldn't a semi plug like brads work with the scent pads?

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Thanks for details. While I'm not ready to start pulling copper, it seems obvious I need to start running at least 1 meat rig. Just not a fan of any live bait, nor the slight amount of extra time involved with setting up. If it is a scent thing, why wouldn't a semi plug like brads work with the scent pads?

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If I was a fun fisherman not involved in tourneys or charters I'd have 0 copper set-ups, and all I'd run were light line rigs. They definitely produce but they take a lot of fun out of the battle. Meat and flies are always a great Salmon producer, and many times will produce larger fish. What I try to tell people is keep it simple. When experimenting with meat rigs use a rig closest to a flasher/fly combo you do well with or have confidence in.

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Rick:

 

THANKS for the report, as usual. LOVE learning from them.

 

Could you explain how you rig the meat please? Would REALLY appreciate it......length behind paddle, etc.......spin dr?

 

Tim

The Meat man on his team won't let him give up too much info! LOL.

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Great job and thanks for the report and info you share Rick ans others. Yep, can't give away all the tricks!

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What reel are you running the 500 copper on ? Thanks...

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Tekota 800. 150 yards of 50lb Power Pro and 500' of A-TOM-MIK copper. It's a tight fit! Daiwa recently came out with a reel called the Segate that has the same line capacity as the Tekota.

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