Geoff Miller, expert guide at www.sundslodge.com, shows-off a custom made Flasher/Troll he uses to attract trophy salmon when fish are scattered in BC’s coastal waters. The rig utilizes a Halibut “spreader-arm”, unto which he adds a system of swivels/split-rings and several triangular flashers with rotating wings. This rig is attached to the cannon-ball and flashes and spins to appear like a small school of feeding salmon goind after baitfish.
In many areas of the Great Lakes it’s common to spot Longnose Gar feeding near the surface all summer long. Anglers fishing the shallows of Lake Ontario (especially the eastern basin – Bay of Quinte/St. Lawrence River), the Ottawa River System & St. Lawrence (Lake St. Pierre, Lake St. Francis, etc.), Lake Erie and Lake Huron (especially in Georgian Bay), can enjoy some exciting and challenging fishing trying to hook these bony-beaked fish. Over the years I have tried many ways of catching them. I have tied nylon-stranded flies, I have tried fishing a variety of artificial lures, but I found that even if I got the gar to strike at my lures, I could not hook them or hold them on (especially after they made a jump or two). Recently I started using the Original Rapala in the #9 size and it seems to have just the right size treble hooks that are the right distance apart to actually hook the gar pike and hold them on. I still loose fish, but I land most of them. After 23-years of doing the Canadian Sportfishing TV show, I finally shot a show angling for gar pike. That show will show viewers all of the tips on locating gar and catching them efficiently.
Geoff Miller who is an expert guide working at www.sundslodge.com, in BC., shows-off the way he stores his Salmon flashers and tools such as pliers, knives, etc.. All he does is use a dish-drying rack. The demensions are just right and all of the items are readily available and easy to get to.
Dave Kubassek was out again trolling with downriggers from Bronte Creek, ON, and reports good catches of Chinook Salmon in 100′ of water. They caught several salmon trolling 55′ down using silver and blue spoons.
Now is a great time to target pike right in and around the thickest weedbeds. Most aquatic vegetaton is now in it’s summer growth and if you locate good size weedbeds in 5-12′ of water, you will probably find feeding pike. Use www.luckystrikebaitworks.com , spoons early and late in the day around the weeds and fish spinnerbaits and Rapala crankbaits tight to the weeds and right over them throughout the middle of the day.