Peanut Butter Brings Me Luck

Last year when my buddy Abe and I drifted into the spot known as “Pineapple” by Prince of Wales Island locals, I finished off my peanut butter M&M’s before sending the herring plug into the depths. We proceeded to reel in 30-35-pound king salmon on every pass. It was absolutely absurd. The next time we went out, more peanut butter M&M’s, more king salmon.

This June, when Abe and I went to the outside of Baker Island I had no peanut butter M&M’s, and in the mess of a sloppy, rainy, windy day we caught kings too small to keep, lost kings next to the boat and brought up no halibut worth keeping.

So what did I chew up just before catching the biggest rainbow trout of the trip on a dry fly at Eagle Creek? Peanut butter.
What about during the 30-fish afternoon at the Dolly Hole on the Thorne River? Pea-nut butter.

So it goes: peanut butter shall be had in candy form, or suffer the consequences. This is not just another superstition like avoiding the foul line, the hockey playoff beard, or special game socks. Nor does it validate the consumption of candy in the name of catching fish. This only works when it is meant to catch fish, not to sneak treats.

Anyway, before two friends visiting from California (Danny, Derrick) and I met Abe for our day on the ocean, we purchased a family-sized bag of Reese’s Pieces, and as you read a few weeks ago, slayed salmon, halibut and red snapper.

At the river a few days later, Derrick was having a slow start.

“Get more peanut butter in you.” Derrick listened to Danny’s order and hooked up.

I had already primed my digestive system with a few handfuls of the peanut butter M&M’s we bought once the Reese’s were gone and before you can say, “sugar-induced head-ache” I had my limit of silver salmon.

I urged the latest duo of fresh meat from California Eric and JJ, to keep their spinners off the rocks, work the angles and don’t forget the peanut butter!
When Eric sank hips deep into a muddy creek near Klawock Lake without warning, some might think him a fool for not being more cautious or wearing waders, but his candied peanut butter deprived body probably contributed to his soaking.

JJ, knowing full well the power of the peanut in butter form and as an ingredient in candy, chose to defy it even after being privy to its power. He bought a Butterfinger, but left it in the car alone and untouched at Neck Lake Sunday. He struggled while Eric and I dominated fish for the first hour. It was one of the more ridiculous salmon bonanza’s I’ve had snagging.

When snacks were purchased for Monday’s ocean trip with my buddy Raf of Tranquil Charters, peanut butter was obviously involved. It should then come as no surprise that JJ and his king-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups killed the cohos. I went with the Reese’s Pieces and caught my biggest halibut of the summer as well as my limit of cohos and Eric who walked a fine line by thinking that the peanuts in an extra chocolate Snickers would do the trick got his black bass, halibut and salmon but maybe suffered more than he needed to.

So when asking friends how their fishing in Alaska was, the proper question will not be “How many fish did you catch”, but rather, “How much peanut butter did you eat?”.


Jeff Lund
Teacher/Freelance Writer
Columnist – Manteca Bulletin Manteca, California
website – www.jlundoutdoors.com

Area 9 & The Outdoor Line (1) Sea Lion (0)

One of the benefits of being a team member that makes up the Outdoor Line crew, is that we get to take folks out from time to time, doing what we love. We don’t just show up every Saturday and talk about it, we put our time in on the water or in the woods. Some of our days are more successful than others, that’s just the way it goes. That being said it’s all about gettin’ out and doin’.

Today was one of those opportunities to get a couple of our show sponsors out on the water for an anticipated Area 9 assault. We had Jim Spane of Spane Buildings, and Anders Gidlund of Truck Vault with us on Big Red.

Nelly and I met the guys in the Port of Everett, climbed aboard Big Red and we were off and runnin’. That would be about 50 minutes of runnin’ on over to Mid Channel. The morning started out nice a calm and pretty much stayed that way all day.

This was also a great opportunity for Nelly and I to get out and put the new Lamiglas Keni Kwik 10’6″ 15-30 rods to work. And work they did, especially if you consider a battle with a 400lb. Sea Lion giving a fishing rod a quantifiable test drive. More on that later….

The morning progressed along at a great pace, hooking up consistently on just about every pass. Jim and Anders, were having a great time, catching a few and losing a few “right Anders”… Just kidding, Anders actually boated the largest Nook of the morning,which was great as it was his first Salmon ever.

We ended the day going 5 for 9. One was lost during a double, or more accurately a double cluster. The others just came unbuttoned because it’s Salmon fishing and that’s what happens when your fishing salmon… Doh..  The most exciting and exhausting fish of the day, hands down, was the victory over the Sea Lion. Anders had the fish on and doing the best he could to get it in. The Sea Lion came out of no where and grabbed Anders fish. This motivated Nelly to start screaming orders. Which prompted everyone to begin doing what needed to be done.  I got the other rod and down rigger stowed, Nelly was on the motor, he handed me the rod as he said, “we will not lose this fish to a Sea Lion”. The long and short of it was, due to ten minutes of complete mayhem, we won. When the battle was over, the seal, basically had a look of surprise and confusion on his face.

The battle was epic and went on for at least ten minutes. We managed to get the fish, undamaged by the way. You’ll need to tune into www.theoutdoorline.com on 710 ESPN AM, Saturday morning 6:00-8:00am to here the whole story. Find out how to win the battle against our number one salmon thief.

It was a great day to be on the water. Anytime we, at The OUTDOOR LINE , get out and do our thing, life is good. The reward for the effort isn’t half bad either.

And when I’m fishing with Nelly, I always seem to go home with a nice bounty…

Thanks Boss, we’ll do it again soon….

 

Duane Inglin 710 ESPN

theoutdoorline.com

Scent: The Key To Successful Crabbing!

One of the greatest things about living near coastal waters is enjoying the world-renowned delicacy that is dungeness crab. However, the tasty crustacean is highly sought-after and those anglers that fish the best bait are, more often than not, the ones who will be enjoying a crab dinner!

Successful crabbing begins with fishing the best available bait in the correct combination.

With any type of bait fishing, establishing a long-lasting scent trail quickly and dependably is a key to success. The bait’s natural lipids, also known as “fats” or “oils” is the most significant element to forming a scent trail as water cannot mix with any type of oil. This resistance to mixing -and therefore diluting- makes oily baits the most desirable and effective for most if not all types of fishing.

Next time you watch The Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”, take a close look at what the professionals bait their pots with: A one-two punch of “broadcast” and “hanging” baits.

The Bering Sea crab fishermen use a combination of ground, frozen herring which quickly spreads a scent (the “broadcast” component) and a whole cod which gives the crab something to eat (the “hanging” component). The “broadcast” portion rings the dinner bell making your gear easier for the crabs to find. The “hanging” portion of the bait keeps the crab in our pots longer. Make no mistake, when there is no bait or scent, crabs will find a way out of your pots!

Lurking in the deepest part of most fishermen’s freezers is undoubtedly some old bait herring, sardines or even salmon eggs which is a bit on the freezer burnt side and no longer suitable for use as effective fishing bait.

Pro Cure to the rescue! The oils and semi-solids in Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant can replace most if not all of what the freezer removed and then some! The trick to making an effective, long-lasting scent trail from old bait is maximizing it’s surface area… which is a fancy way of saying that we’re grinding it up! Grinding the bait serves the dual purpose of getting the oils from within the frozen bait out to the surface and giving the Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant something porous to soak in to.

Get an old hand crank grinder or check out garage sales for an electric food processor and set up your bait “disassembly” station.

We’re turning our bait into a fine grind and adding Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant to the mix, so we have to use something that will keep the mixture from washing away too quickly…

Commercial crabbing bait cups are closed at the bottom and have a vented lid. This configuration allows a controlled release of your broadcast bait and will not spill in your boat before deployment!

Grind your “freezer fodder” into the bait jugs, filling them half to 3/4 full of the ground bait. You want to leave space in the bait jug to allow water to mix within the cup and slowly release the scent trail.

By grinding herring, sardines or even unwanted salmon eggs, you bring fresh oils to the surface providing the best scent trail possible!

After the grinding you can add Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant immediately to the jug, or wait until you are ready to drop the pot in your location of choice!

Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant absorbs into the frozen, ground bait producing a very effective, long-lasting scent trail that will keep bringing crab to your gear long after other’s baits have washed out!

The crab bait “one-two punch” is Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant soaked ground bait and a “hanging bait” of fish scraps or chicken parts which allow the crab a little something to grind on while they wait for you to pull the pot!

The “one-two punch” of a hanging bait (in this case a salmon head in a bait bag) and a bait cup containing Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant soaked ground bait is the best way there is to ensure that you’ll never pull a “zero” pot again!

Here’s the “after” shot of the baited Stearns nesting crab pot above after a several hour soak in a very heavily fished crabbing area in Puget Sound.

Seven keeper male dungeness crab greet us as we open this pot! Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant gives you the effective scent trail you need to keep crab coming to your gear… and then to your dinner table!

Taking the extra effort to prepare your bait a few minutes ahead of your crabbing trip is well worth it! When you consider the time and cost of simply running your boat out to the crab grounds, the cost of bait is small potatoes and the wrong place to try and save a buck. If you try a Pro Cure Crab & Shrimp Attractant spiked bait mixture on your next crabbing trip, I’m willing to guess that you’ll have the same results I’ve enjoyed and several crab dinners that your friends and family will enjoy even more!

Tom Nelson

710  ESPN Seattle

www.TheOutdoorline.com

Release Me!

When the conversation among fishermen turns to downrigger releases, it seems there are as many opinions as there are fishermen…and, almost as many brands as there are opinions!

My approach to fishing has always been to keep things as simple as possible and when it comes to releases I firmly believe that simple is best! In fact, if you search my boat, you’ll find one style of release and we’ll get to which one in a moment but first, lets talk about why.

There is an old frontier saying that has always stuck in my head: “Beware the man with only one gun, for he surely knows how to use it!” So, it is with downrigger releases. If you have a variety on board your boat, how will you ever become familiar and therefore effective with them all?

Is there an inherent advantage to having several release brands and styles on your boat? In my opinion, there is not. Unless you’re comparing trout or kokanee tackle to saltwater salmon gear or using braid mainline instead of monofilament, I cannot imagine a single benefit from stocking your boat with anything but a single release style.

So, what release?

The Offshore Release in basic black for whole or cutplug bait presentations:

The Offshore Black is a single-spring, medium tension release with replaceable rubber pads.

…and the Offshore Red for faster trolling of large flasher gear and plugs:

The Offshore Red is a double-spring, heavy tension release designed for deep saltwater trolling.

Whichever release you choose, to optimally function, the correct release for you must keep your rod fully bent in a full arc and dependably, predictably hold your gear at all depths and trolling speeds. If you’re experiencing “false releases” your release is costing you fishing time while you reset your gear.

Your time and effort on the water shouldn’t be wasted on a downrigger release that doesn’t work as hard as you fish!