I spent the last two days of the Great Ontario Salmon Derby fishing Port Hope Ontario. On Friday, my friend Glen joined me, and I stayed overnight and fished again solo on the last day. It was a fun time and we caught lots of fish up to 29 pounds. We didn’t catch anything that would have made the leader board, but it was a great two days of fishing.
We stayed in tight the first day for the most part, and although we got out a bit late, there were fish surfacing all around the boat. I put out a flasher fly combo and meat rig and the fly took the first king about 20lbs in 20 feet of water (fow) off a 2 colour leadcore line. It wasn’t fast and furious action, but we pecked away at them throughout the day. 30-50 feet was good, but after it got tough for a while, we moved out to 60-80 fow. We marked good hooks out there and got a few to wrap up our day.
On day two, I started just inside where I marked all the big hooks from the evening before. When I got to 75 fow, the rigger close to bottom starting taking shots consistently with a flasher and TriggerX twinkie rig combo. Despite trying another rigger with various lures, flashers etc, leadcore, copper and a Dipsy diver, the only rod that took shots was the rigger with that hot TriggerX twinkie rig. I pulled off the water around 11am to have a bite to eat and recharge the batteries. I headed back out again at 4pm and went right back to the area I did well just west of the piers in 75 fow. I instantly starting catching kings again on the same hot set-up. I worked the other rigger hard, and eventually came up with another winning combo. A TriggerX bait head with a TriggerX artificial cut herring strip. I fished that rig 10 feet higher than my hot set up, and it worked well. It is funny, but long leads to 50-feet behing the cannon ball worked great on Friday; however, short leads 5-feet from the ball worked best on Saturday. I talked to a nice guy at the ramp that did well with a 2-foot lead from his ball!
I would like to thank Ryan for lending me his net before I headed back out in the evening. Mine broke on me. I’ve gone through 3 nets now in 5 years of hard-core salmon fishing lol.
The fish are all staging right out front of creek and river mouths and will run the rivers as soon as we get the next big rain fall. Get out and enjoy it while it lasts!
I used the Rapala RType rods for downrigging with Hydros and RSCII reels spooled up with 20lb Cortland Flea Flicker line. RSC rods for leadcore and Dipsy Divers worked great as well. I also had fun with a Rapala North Coast mooching reel spooled up with 20lb Sufix Siege. I ran 30lb Sufix fluorocarbon leaders on everything. Flashers in black and green worked great with an Atomik fly and TriggerX twinkie and meat rigs.