How to Rig the Gibb’s Hali Hawg

Adding a Gibb’s Hali Hawg grub to your halibut rig can make a big difference when you hit the water in search of flatties this spring. They swim, wiggle, glow, and give an added measure of attraction when you’re ringing the dinner bell on the ocean floor.

In this Gibb’s Delta video longtime Vancouver Island charter captain Trevor Zboyovsky from No Bananas Charters shows how to rig a Hali Hawg grub with two “J” hooks to hammer Pacific halibut. Hali Hawg grub’s are manufactured with a hole thru the center that makes rigging them on a halibut leader really simple and effective.

Rob Endsley
The Outdoor Line
710 ESPN Seattle

New Driftboat – Tricked to the Hilt

By Josiah Darr. When it comes to drift boats there are a fairly endless number of options and accessories available if you have the money and are willing to spend it.

Do you want a metal boat? Fiberglass? Maybe a classic wooden boat? Willie and Koffler make great aluminum boats and Ray’s River Dories makes a wooden boat like none other, but with friends already working for ClackaCraft Drift Boats, knowing how easy they were to row and maneuver, my decision to guide out of a Clack was a no-brainer.

Deciding the model was also a piece of cake. A ClackMax 18’ Sidedrifter with the flat floors and box seating is easily the most versatile and fishermen friendly boat I’ve ever been aboard.

Bill battles another while Ryan, his little brother Owen and their dad Brett look on.

Once the stickers were stuck and the rods were loaded I took to the water. Luckily the fall Chinook fishing here in the Tillamook area has been better than most people ever remember so it didn’t take long to get the boat bloody. And like my warm up trips with friends were supposed to do, they pointed out a few minor oversights in my options and design that I wanted corrected ASAP to dial the boat in even further and essentially create the ultimate river and tidewater killing machine.

Julieanne with her first ever chinook on her first ever trip into the Oregon Coast tidewater.

The first little add-on that was obviously was an oversight when ordering was the fact that there were going to be a lot of times when I needed a kicker besides just the sticks. With a little help from Rodger in shop at Clackacraft and a few minutes the drifter was ready for power.

The small plate Rodger installed not only gave me a place to put my kicker, but it did it in such a way that that I was able to leave the anchor centered. The plate kept the motor just high enough that is cleared the anchor are giving me full mobility. It also kept the motor tipped slightly more upright so the nose of the boat stayed down when I was cruising.

The motor mount easily supports a gas or electric motor.

With the elevated motor mount, the motor can turn freely.

The last little touch I needed just to make the motor mission complete was my prop guard, but not just any prop guard. We’re talking the mother of all prop guards made right here at Clackacraft. Not only is the guard made out of heavy duty galvanized steel right there in the shop, but it’s attached with a compression fitting so no holes need to be drilled in your new kicker. The guard with it’s oversized fin also helped keep the boat plained out when cruising along while deflecting any gravel bars or logs I might hit…..Okay, will hit.

The cage is ready for fish seeking navigation.

The compression fitting only take a few second to install. So easy even I can do it.

Another feature that I quickly realized I couldn’t live without with the bow drop front anchor. It’s so easy to use and when bobber fishing and especially backbouncing. I found out quickly precise boat placement is the difference between one fish and quick limits.

A simple tug on the front anchor rope and the boat settles right into position.

After a trip I realized when I’m running my motor I don’t need the anchor hanging in the way so one more call to the shop and 3-5 business days later the anchor holder was installed and the problem was solved. The anchor is in the water when needed, out of the water and securely stored when it’s not.

The anchor next keep the anchor when fishing or trailering.

Most the extra boat features like a walk-around rowers bench, upgraded Lamiglas oars and the holes drilled for the ability to place and secure the seat boxes depending on the type of fishing and type of fishermen were all already taken care of, but a few more little tweaks to the boat once it was out and fishing took the brand new Clackacraft from a really nice boat to one of the most functional boats on any river, anywhere.

The counterbalanced Lamiglas oars were an easy decision.

When it all comes together, it’s a beautiful thing!

Nate with his first ever backbounced chinook.

It doesn’t get much better than big chinook on the coast in the sun!

World Class boats for world class rivers….

If you’re interested in fishing the Tillamook area rivers for either salmon or steelhead out of my new Clackacraft give me a shout at (206) 660-1490. Fish On!

Josiah Darr – Outdoor Line “Young Gun”
JDarr’s Guided Fishing
Tillamook, Oregon
(206) 660-1490

Hookin’ up on the “Hoochie Hook”!

Marine Area 9 opened up on Sunday January 16th and the weather forecast was calling for south winds 10-20kts. Instead of pushing the forecast I decided to stay home and watch the Seahawks playoff game.

In retrospect, it would have been less painful to ride whitecaps in a cartopper.

Monday was a national holiday and I had the family on stand-by, ready to hit the water. Gale warnings….killin me.

Finally, I had a chance to head out Wednesday and the weather was flat calm and sunny and clear. I just wish I could have said the same about the water!

Brown river water clear out to Whidbey Island, completely covering Possession Bar. Check out the downrigger cable disappearing in the first 4 inches of water!

 

My friend Nick Kester of All Star Charters had gear in the water for all of five minutes before his "Secret Weapon" got ripped off the clip!

This chunky blackmouth hit the deck and was well fed despite the fact that we marked very little bait during our afternoon trip.

"Secret Weapon" ? Well, that deserves an explanation. The practice of rigging spoons with swivels and split rings to increase hooking effiency and reduce the leverage the fish can use to throw the hook is just plain smart. Good fishermen have been doing it for years and it also reduces stress on your spoons while the fish thrashes around in the net. Once I get a "hot spoon" I like to keep it fishing and the less it gets bent in a big king's mouth, the longer I can fish it!

We've all been fishing spoons and squid or hoochies for quite some time and thanks to the "Mad Salmon Scientist" Kelly Morrison of Silver Horde we now can fish both at once!

 

While it's not rocket science to put these together, here's a step by step so you can avoid the common mistakes. First, cut the welded ring on the hook end of the Kingfisher spoon.

 

Give the ring a twist and the hook is free!

 

Snip the end of the hoochie to allow a #5 barrel swivel to easily slide through and allow rotation of the swivel.

 

Slide the swivel up the bottom of the hoochie,

 

…and pop the swivels eye out the top of the hoochie. Make sure that you don't cut too large a hole in the hooch since you want it to stay riding high on the swivel.

Open up a #4 split ring and slide it on the spoon which will help keep the ring open to accept the "hoochified" swivel.

 

Grab a 3/0 open eye siwash hook and pinch it on the back end of the swivel and you're good to go… once you pinch the barb of the hook that is…!

 

You can assemble all sorts of color combinations and the hoochie also allows you to use scent like Lunker Lotion with your spoons!

 

Our winter chinook or "Blackmouth" fishery is just getting underway and will be open in Area 9 until April 15. The wind can't blow forever so get out there and good luck!