Super Baits for Fall Chinook 2.0


Super Baits for Fall Chinook 2.0

Earlier this summer, I touched on some of the basics of trolling with Super Baits and Pro-Troll Flashers.  Since then, I’ve had a chance to learn more from those that are developing the technique as well as refine it for myself.  Let’s talk about a few of those items that we can hone our Super Bait game with.

Speed control is an important factor, but it’s not ‘speed over ground’ that matters.  In fact it’s not always about your speed against the current either.  Rather what‘s important is line angle, and the speed at which your flasher is turning.  What makes this technique effective is the action imparted to your lure of choice by the flasher.  Too slow, and the flasher won’t produce the solid thumping action that entices Salmon, too fast and it will spin out of control.  I like to keep that rod tip thumping at a rhythm of just over one beat per second but don’t hesitate to play around with your speed and see what the fish like that day.

Rod length should be 9’6” or greater, but a 10’6” rod with a strong backbone and soft tip and mid section really shines here.  A short ‘pool cue’ rod doesn’t have the give that is needed to allow the flasher to work properly.

In my last blog on this I mentioned that the length of the leader from the swivel to flasher should be around 24”.  This still definitely works, but some of the noted guides refining this tactic such as TJ Hester and Cameron Black have shown that these intermediate leaders can be as short as 16 or even 12 inches.  The reasoning is that the shorter bumper will produce a quicker ‘snap’ than a longer one will.  It seems that 20” makes for a good starting point and one can play with different lengths from there.

For packing your Super Baits its seems that Tuna is the undisputed champion.  But keep on hand some additives such as Sardine, Anise, Krill, or other scents that can set you apart from the fleet and trigger a bite.  Garlic is popular for the upper Columbia, but tends not to work as well in the lower river.

When it comes to locating fish, covering ground is the name of the game.  Since Salmon are on the move through the lower river any stretch of the Columbia can produce at a given time.  Find a water depth that you feel will have Salmon in it given the tide and time of day then fish it.  It also never hurts to have several buddies along with in order to stagger your lines and find the depth that is producing.   When in doubt, troll the channel. 

Having good electronics will pay big dividends when tracking down your quarry.   This will help you dial in not only how deep you should fishing but more importantly whether or not there are fish in the area.  As thick as the fish seem to be this time of year one often doesn’t have to travel far between schools of fish.  As a result it isn’t out of the question to simply choose a starting point and make one continuous pass for the duration of the day.  That said if you have a stretch where you’re getting bit consistently then it goes dead, it stands to reason that the smart move is to run back up and make another pass through the water that produced. 

I want to thank everyone that has read and shared my blog over the past two-plus years, along with Kevin and the team at CSNNW.  The time has come for me to move on to other pursuits.  It has been a lot of fun to share whatever knowledge I may have soaked up from people in the industry such as Jack and Brandon Glass, Rob Brown, and countless other outdoor writers and fisherman who I share this passion with.  Good luck, be safe, and tight lines everyone.

Real Time Reports From the Field- Only On Outdoor GPS!


Real Time Reports From the Field- Only On Outdoor GPS!

Every weekend on Outdoor GPS, we try to bring you the best and most up-to-date information for fishing and hunting the Pacific Northwest. This past weekend was no different! We were fortunate enough to have some of the most knowledgable and experienced outdoors people, in their particular regions, on the show to share some fantastic info that you can utilize to be successful this fall. 


Live, from Tillamook Bay, we had Big Dave Manners, filling you in on the late fall salmon and upcoming steelhead runs.


From out east, we had Bryan Bell! He's a professional walleye angler and guide, who also just happens to be our rep from Pure Fishing.


Lastly, LIVE in the woods on the Olympic Peninsula, Ashley Nichole Lewis, aka Bad Ash. She was out chasing elk and deer, but provided some excellent insight into the current fishing conditions in the region as well. 


Check out all their videos below! 


To get all this and more, in real time, tune in to Outdoor GPS on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Each week, we'll feature some of the most knowledgeable and trusted names in the outdoors providing up to the minute information (literally) on what's happening around the entire Pacific Northwest!


Fishtime - Big Dave Live from Tillamook Bay
Fishtime aka HuntTime with Ashley Nichole Lewis aka Bad Ash
Fishtime - Bryan Bell getting ready for Walleye!

Where Do Salmon Come From??


Where Do Salmon Come From??

Talk to anyone who catches salmon in the Pacific Northwest, and they’ll have an opinion on fish hatcheries. They’re good, they’re bad; they’re essential, they’re ruining the fishery; they need to make more, they need to make less… Everyone has a thought on the matter, but not a lot of people know the facts.

So, we went out to visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia Gorge to find out what exactly they do, how, and why they do it! The following videos highlight work at the Little White Salmon, Spring Creek and Carson facilities, but they all operate in generally the same fashion. The hatcheries we visited focused on chinook salmon  - coho, steelhead and trout are the responsibility of other hatcheries including both state and tribal.

If you’ve ever wanted to know where your (hatchery) spring chinook come from or why on Earth do they make Tule salmon, these are the videos for you! 


USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt1
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt2
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt3
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt4
Salmon Spawning at USFWS Carson National Fish Hatchery

Fishermans Marine Tech Tips


Fishermans Marine Tech Tips

If you haven't yet heard, Owin is going on an antelope hunt in Wyoming in October. Only catch is he drew a rifle tag and before this fall, didn't own a rifle! Thanks to Fisherman's Marine and Outdoor, and Leupold rep, John Childs, he not only owns a rifle, but got set up with top of the line optics and ammo. Follow along through all these videos as John coaches Owin up on rifle calibers, bullets and their construction, scope rings, rifle scopes, optics and range finders to get him completely set up for his fall hunt! And, check back next week as we follow Owin and John out to the range to get Owin sighted in! If you're an old pro or just a beginner, there's something to learn for everyone in these videos!


Selecting a Rifle with John Childs
Selecting Optics for Your Rifle
Range Finders
What to look for in optics
The Importance of Good Scope Rings
Picking the "Best" Bullet

Buoy 10 In Full Swing


Buoy 10 In Full Swing

With the Buoy 10 season for chinook now past the halfway point, have a look at all the great content, expert interviews, tips and tricks, and live fishing footage we've put together so far this year! To continue to get content like this, make sure to check back often, here, on our website! The only place you can find video content from Outdoor GPS!


To catch this type of content LIVE, when it happens, tune in to Outdoor GPS on NBC Sports Northwest - Comcast channel 737 - or on Hulu Live, Youtube TV, or Playstation Vue!


Fish Time with Bryan Bell

Bil Monroe Jr from Buoy 10

Nick Popov Live from Buoy 10

Buoy 10 VIP - Part 1

Buoy 10 VIP - Part 2

Fishing with 360 Flashers

Outdoor GPS: In the Kitchen


Outdoor GPS: In the Kitchen

Cooking it up with Outdoor GPS:

Cooking with Patrick McKee: Cedar Plank Salmon
Cooking with Patrick McKee: Elk Osso Bucco
Cooking with Patrick McKee: Duck Breast
Cooking with Chef Patrick : Crab and Truffle Risotto
Cooking with Chef Chad: Wild Turkey
Cooking with Chef Chad : Oysters on the Half Shell
Cooking with Chef Chad: Venison Burger
Cooking with Chef Patrick: Venison Carpaccio
Cooking With Chef Chad: Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Salad

Outdoor GPS: From The Field


Outdoor GPS: From The Field

Check out these videos when Outdoor GPS his the road and gets out and about

Turkey Hunt with Jody Smith
Turkey Hunt with Jody Smith pt2
Robert G Dolton Bottom Fishing Trip
Drano Lake with Shane Magnuson
Highland Hills Ranch Afternoon Hunt
Highland Hills Ranch Evening Hunt
Sage Canyon pt1
Sage Canyon pt2
Sage Canyon pt3
Sage Canyon pt4
Hobie Duck Hunt
Columbia Walleye Class with Johnnie Candle
CCA King of the Reach
Home With Heroes Shooting Clinic
Buoy10 Fishing with Eric Baird of Play N Hooky Guide Service