a mostly unedited column
by Jim Erickson
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A weekly column of mostly truth by Jim Erickson
August 23rd 2000
Fished with Jim on The Nehalem day before yesterday. What a pleasant day! We didn't run into any fish, but I learned a few things and thought I'd share this tip!
Jim's tip of the week:
August 5th 2000
Jim came over last night and shared with us a neat new "Jim Sez"
trick for weedless herring fishing in our bays and estuaries.
July 12th 2000
It Aint Friday yet!
The big thing is Crabbing out in the Ocean. Nehalem bay has been excellent for some people. Those that know what they are doing have done excellent. Out of Wheeler Marina. But the good big crabs are out in the ocean. The best place to get bait is the Wheeler Marina. Then we put some pots in the bay and headed out into the ocean with the rest of the pots. Bay crabs theres probably 60% soft shelled. In the ocean, reversed, 60% hard... The ocean the best place to go! Anywhere's between 20 -40 feet deep.
Tip of the day!
July 4th 2000
Sage rat hunting is fantastic! As the farmer has just mowed the field, the fields is short and the sage rats are abundant. Over to Christmas Valley I went! We shot up about 3,000 rounds in two days. Wore out the auto loaders so we came home.
Summer Steelhead fishing is fantastic on the Wilson. Eight to ten fish a day, 90% neutered. Going down the Wilson you will see pods of 10 or 15 steelhead in every tailout. Go down to 4 and 6 lb line with small, small spinners about as big as your fingernail. No more than two people in my boat, spinner fishing.
Haven't fished the Nehalem yet, intend to go this week and will report.
Brighton Marina is under new ownership. Will have more info on that later too. Look like it may be the new party place on the coast.
Tip of the day:
June 19th 2000
Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia with a real good friend of mine,
a favorite fishing partner, Connie Landrow.
Anchovies was the bait of choice which are easily obtained at Tackle Time if you call ahead and have them save them for you. We went over to Chinook to Tillamook Baits new place and got some shrimp too. Having being totally embarrassed due to lack of fish, we left town.
Tip of the day:
Go to your garage sales and get all the old reels you can, even small bait casting reels. Figure out what size leaders you want. Usually all you need is 6 lb., 12 lb. and 25. Lb test leaders in anybody's tackle box. Instead of paying 3 dollars for a little spool of 25 yards of leader material that come unraveled in your tackle box, take the old reels to your favorite tackle store and have them fill each spool with the desired weight of line for about $2.50. Presto~! You have enough leader to last a couple years and also if you break off the line and your main reel has run short of line you can refill it with a leader spool. The best part is the lack of bird nests from cheapo line spools.
It works, try it!