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Alaska Unique and Trophy Chinook and Coho Trick


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Hey guys. I just figured out a trick by accident for unique and trophy chinook and coho salmon in Alaska. It was my first trip there and SnaveEidde showed me a spot for them. I was trying a lot of different retrieves and baits to figure out worked best and stumbled across an amazing trick. I confirmed it with 3 other players there that it works.

 

Rig Setup: Rivertex Zeus 8'10" rod, Thunderspin 5500 reel, 35lb fluoro.( 2 ticks down from max drag)

Lures: 16ft 6/0 Rainbow crankbait(produced most), 12ft 6/0 Blue and White crankbait, and 8ft 6/0 Lemon crankbait.

 

Peak times:

Chinook - Sunny 5am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm, Partly Cloudy 5am - 3pm, Cloudy 5am - 10am and 1pm - 9pm.

Coho - Sunny 5am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm, Partly Cloudy 5am - 3pm, Cloudy 10am - 9pm.

 

The location is starting at the cabin, turn left and run to the last "island" in the middle of the river. Then turn back towards the cabin. Cast towards the trees as far as you can all long the opposite side river bank(red area in photo). Cast against the current and pull your rod to the left and reel with the current.

Now for the trick I figured out which is in the retrieve. The trick is to have your reel speed set to 2 when you begin your retrieve to pull up the line slack. As soon as the slack is out of your line twitch your rod using L2, reel in 5-10ft, then lower your reel speed to 1, reel in 5-10ft, then raise to 2, reel in 5-10 ft, lower...etc...rinse and repeat. I was gettin 3-6 bites every single cast and catching a fish almost every cast. The other players that tried it had the same results. Good luck guys, and tight lines!

https://imgur.com/6HiOYRC

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Yes sir. The ole' Double Clutch method I call it lol. For me, it works with a lot of different fish in a lot different venues. I have method I call the "Double Clutch Burn" which starts as soon as the crank hits the water at speed 3 for a few feet, then to 2 for a few feet, then to 1 for a few feet, stop...then burn again starting at 3. Good for Walleyes, Largemouth & Brown Trout. I would advise peeps to change it up also. Start at 1, go to 3, down to 2. Hell, I use all different types of combinations, especially if thing are slow and I need to entice a strike. And I like the way you change up depth of your cranks. A few weeks ago I discovered using a 23' to 30' crank works well in a couple of different places at Michigan, and in Florida, on a Sunny day, as the day progresses, and it gets hotter and brighter, the Large Mouth will move to deeper water, and I will progress with cranks starting at 3' early, then to 6' and then to 8'. In real life, I love crank baits, but it took me some time in game to learn how and when to use them. Now they are one of my go to lures.

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On 11/13/2017 at 10:00 AM, X-xH3aDxS4o7x-X said:

Hey guys. I just figured out a trick by accident for unique and trophy chinook and coho salmon in Alaska. It was my first trip there and SnaveEidde showed me a spot for them. I was trying a lot of different retrieves and baits to figure out worked best and stumbled across an amazing trick. I confirmed it with 3 other players there that it works.

 

Rig Setup: Rivertex Zeus 8'10" rod, Thunderspin 5500 reel, 35lb fluoro.( 2 ticks down from max drag)

Lures: 16ft 6/0 Rainbow crankbait(produced most), 12ft 6/0 Blue and White crankbait, and 8ft 6/0 Lemon crankbait.

 

Peak times:

Chinook - Sunny 5am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm, Partly Cloudy 5am - 3pm, Cloudy 5am - 10am and 1pm - 9pm.

Coho - Sunny 5am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm, Partly Cloudy 5am - 3pm, Cloudy 10am - 9pm.

 

The location is starting at the cabin, turn left and run to the last "island" in the middle of the river. Then turn back towards the cabin. Cast towards the trees as far as you can all long the opposite side river bank(red area in photo). Cast against the current and pull your rod to the left and reel with the current.

Now for the trick I figured out which is in the retrieve. The trick is to have your reel speed set to 2 when you begin your retrieve to pull up the line slack. As soon as the slack is out of your line twitch your rod using L2, reel in 5-10ft, then lower your reel speed to 1, reel in 5-10ft, then raise to 2, reel in 5-10 ft, lower...etc...rinse and repeat. I was gettin 3-6 bites every single cast and catching a fish almost every cast. The other players that tried it had the same results. Good luck guys, and tight lines!

https://imgur.com/6HiOYRC

For some reason it won't let me edit the post, I forgot to add an important part to the technique. Twitching everytime you switch reel speeds. Sorry I was tired when I posted.

Edit: The trick is to have your reel speed set to 2 when you begin your retrieve to pull up the line slack. As soon as the slack is out of your line TWITCH your rod using L2, reel in 5-10ft, then lower your reel speed to 1 TWITCH, reel in 5-10ft, then raise to 2 TWITCH, reel in 5-10 ft, lower TWITCH...etc...rinse and repeat.

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