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Category Archives: Salmon Fishing

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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

How to Rig Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs to catch more Salmon

On this weeks Tip Tuesday we are going over how we rig up our Kokanee Cut Plugs to catch more salmon. Over the past three years we have experimented with a number of different hook configurations to try an get the best performing hook setup. What we have settled on two different set ups that seem to give about an equal hook to land ratio. The first is a single #4 treble rigged behind eight 4mm beads, and the second is two #1/0 Owner Cutting point octopus hooks. The two hook set up is also rigged behind eight or so 4mm beads. The purpose of the beads is to set the hook just behind the cut plug, an to let the lure spin freely on the line enabling it to spin faster that it would if it had to spin the hooks an the lure. Check out the video below to get all the details on how we rig these awesome little lures. Also make sure to check out our other tip videos on how to make you a better salmon fisherman.


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Columbia River Spring Chinook

How to Catch more Salmon with Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs.

Its no secret that the line of Superbaits produced by Brads Killer Fishing Gear have become a staple in the Northwest Salmon scene. One of the newest arrivals in the line is the Kokanee Cut Plug. While this version was originally designed for the little land locked Sockeye that inhabit many of our local lakes and reservoirs, it quickly gained a following among serious salmon fisherman on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Even though it’s smaller than a lot of lures used for salmon this little bugger has proven itself for both Spring, Summer, and Fall Chinook. Its primary foothold in the Adult Salmon world came from spring Chinook fisheries such as Drano Lake, and the Wind River.

Although the Kokanee Cut Plug fishes very well directly out of the package, there are a few tweeks that allow the KCP to be a Chinook catching machine. Check out the video below for a modification that we do that makes these things fish much better.


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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

Hanford Reach Continues to fish Great!

We have had an absolutely fantastic week on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, near tri cities, WA. We continue to catch all of our fish downstream trolling, with both Brads Superbaits and VIP Spinners. Trolling has enabled us to cover a ton of water and locate the fish willing to bite.

If you are looking to get out on the water with us we have just a few days left open. Sunday the 7th, Monday the 8th, and Tuesday the 9th open. Book online on this website or give our office a call at 208-669-1569 and let’s fill these last few dates, before we head home and target steelhead on Idaho’s Clearwater River.


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Hanford Reach Salmon fishing remains good

We continue to do well on the Hanford Reach near the tri cites. Most of our effort continues to be spent down stream trolling both brads superbaits and spinners. Our favorite blades have been the VIP Bronco and Chartreuse Green Dot in the 3.5 sizes.

The Reach can be one of the most fickle and frustrating fisheries around, but when a good plan comes together it makes it worth the effort.

We still have some open dates before we switch over to steelhead at home on the Clearwater. October 3rd has 2 seats open, and we have open boats the 7th-15th of October. Give our office a call at 208-669-1569 to book or book online through our website.


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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

We are just absolutely in love with these awesome fall Chinook from the Hanford Reach! We will be here through the 15th of October! We have open boats!


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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Report

We had a fantastic day today on the Hanford Reach near the Tri cites, WA. We did well downstream trolling both superbaits and Spinners. I really think the key to success this year is covering a bunch of water looking for aggressive fish.

The basic premise behind our downstream trolling game is to fish our gear in the bottom 5 feet of the water column. The setup that works well for us is to run lead dropper rigs instead of downriggers, we like 12 ounces all the way around the boat, and we typically run our gear with the depth reading and our line counters being the same, or +5. So, if we are fishing 40 feet of water we would run our depth using our line counter reels at 40 or 45 feet.

Hopefully this gives a little bit of help to someone just starting out fishing this way, and if you would like to spend a day on our boats getting some on the water training Kyle has an open boat the 3rd of October and open boats the 7th-15th of October. Give our office a call at 208-669-1569 to book your adventure.


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Astoria Fall Chinook

Astoria Fishing Report 8/22/18

Fishing has continued to be very good down here in the Astoria, Oregon area of the Columbia River near Buoy 10. We have been putting limits of salmon on the boat for our customers daily.


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Astoria Fall Chinook

Astoria Salmon Report!

We had a fast and furious morning of salmon fishing on the Columbia River out of Astoria, Oregon. We still have some openings next week. Give our office a call at 208-669-1569 or Book Online Now.


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Astoria / Buoy 10 Fishing Report

We had a great day down here fishing in Astoria Oregon on the Columbia River. We had a boat limit of Chinook and had a bunch of other chances. We still have a few open seats so give our office a call or Book Online Here!


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Astoria / Buoy 10 Fishing Report!

Dani Jones showing that she too can get into the action on the Columbia River out of Astoria, OR. We absolutely love this time of year and have a few open dates left for this August. We have a full boat open the 8th, and 16th. We also have 2 open seats on the 21st, one seat the 22nd, and 3 seats open the 23rd. Book online by clicking Here!