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Old 09-13-2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,
A buddy knows Iíve been doing a lot of smallie fishing since spring and wants me to go out with him on his boat tomorrow and teach him how to smallie fish. We are going to put in at Boatworks (across from Wilsonville) and I was thinking about fishing between the mouth of the Molalla and the Tualatin rivers, maybe even up to Rock Island. The problem is that I have only bank fished the Willamette because most my fishing is in my pontoons on the smaller rivers. The last good post on this stretch of river was in the spring so Iím not sure what has changed on the bite. He also just toled me his trolling motor is out of commission which may make things a bit more tricky. Any advice?
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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Move, anchor...move, anchor........maybe drift a bit as well.
I do most of my fishing while anchored out deeper of the area I intend to fish. I leave the bowmount deployed and simply raise the anchor, move a bit via elec and gently drop the anchor a few yards up/down river and work it a bit and move on again.
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So I've always liked having a "drift boat" style anchor ratchet system.
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:01 AM   #3
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I agree with Hunt'nFish. I usually put in at the ramp in Newberg and work my way down the river drifting, then anchoring when I find a spot I think would be worthwhile. I havent spent much time lately in that stretch, but I have seen and heard good things.

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Old 09-13-2007, 12:32 PM   #4
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Thats what I was thinking as well as far as drift and anchor. Side question: I picked up a cheep Rapala spring scale the other week and was wondering what the best way to weigh a smallie is with doing the least amount of damage to the fish in order to get it back in the H2o as quick as possible?
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:47 PM   #5
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My digital has a hook large enough to go through the back of the gill plate (above the gills) and into the mouth. Doesn't harm fish at all.

If yours doesn't have a very big hook, make one & replace it and re-zero scale for increased hook weight.
(it may/may not have a zero adjust, but most have some sort of tension adj.)
Check the calibration by weighing a milk jug of water....1 gallon of water equals 8.33 lbs. 4qt = gal, 1 quart is 2.0825lbs, 2pts = qt, Pint = 1.04lbs
Should get you close.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:57 PM   #6
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Some people will use a plastic grocery sack for weighing. I'm not sure this is the best way, but it's probably less harmful than a fish flipping around suspended by a hook in its gill plate. I tend to bring my fish in fast so they're still a handfull on the boat maybe others don't have that problem.

I don't weigh anymore, just a quick measure if deemed necessiary. At least until I get an xTools scale in my box.
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:48 PM   #7
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Thanks guys,
I will let you know how tomorrow goes and take plenty of pictures if there is any thing worth taking a picture of! If I tell you I caught monsters but have no pictures you can know I am full of crap!!!

Went out today in Canby and bank fished the Willamette but got skunked so my confidence is a bit low going out tomorrow but we'll fish hard and see how it goes!

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