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10 I June 7 - 21, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 13 New Okuma Kokanee Black Rods Spank Kings With Apex Lures! by Cal Kellogg by Paul Kneeland W I have always favored long rods that let you guide fish away from the side of the boat and give you more “cushion” when fighting fish. These Kokanee black rods fill that bill very well. And Okuma didn’t scrimp on the hardware on these rods – the 8 footer has 13 eyes and the 9 footer 14 eyes to keep the line off the rod when under stress. The only drawback to these rods is that they are a little heavier than a comparable graphite rod. However, the fiberglass construction is infinitely more durable than graphite and will take more abuse. I have used these rods several times this year, and found them to be superb when trolling for trout and kokanee using downriggers. The 9 foot rod is now going to be my go-to rod fishing for the large Lahontan Cutthroat at Pyramid Lake. It is light enough for kokanee at Stampede, but strong enough to handle Pyramid cutthroats! Okuma Kokanee Black Rods are available in 3 casting and 2 spinning models. Okuma offers these rods with a Limited Lifetime Warranty at a suggested retail price of only $89.95. These are very fine kokanee and trout trolling rods at a great price! SUPERSTITIOUSLURES@GMAIL.COM Ask for them at your local retailer, SUPERSTITIOUSLURES.COM or go to www. 3809 okumafishingusa. com. have had the opportunity to check out and use a new series of rods built by Okuma – the Kokanee Black series. These new rods have a custom tapered fiberglass blank built for kokanee fishing. Most fiberglass rods I have used in the past are far to “whippy” for my taste, and have very little backbone. The Kokanee Black rods have a very solid backbone with a very fast, sensitive tip. I have tried two of the casting models – the 8’ ultralight casting model and the 9’ medium light action casting model – and found them to be outstanding downrigger rods for both trout and kokanee fishing. Both of these rods feature SeaGuide stainless steel guides with Titanium oxide inserts, and premium Fuji reel seats. My favorite feature of these rods is the woven carbon fiber fore and rear grips. These grips slide in and out of rod holders much easier than traditional cork grips, which is very important when downrigger fishing. hen it comes to the Apex there are believers and there are scoffers. Do Apex Lures always work for salmon? No, nothing does, but I’ve seen more than a few scoffers converted on days when kings wouldn’t touch natural bait, but would absolutely freight train an Apex! The vibrating and spinning action of the Apex is what makes it effective. Golden State salmon generally feed on baitfish. It is the active darting movements of the bait that ultimately attracts the salmon. The dodging and weaving of the baitfish creates strong vibrations and predators like salmon quickly detect these. Yet these “standard” vibrations may or may not trigger a strike. Research indicates that it’s the erratic vibrations created by wounded or sick baitfish that really trigger the predatory response in salmon and other predators. The Apex effectively duplicates the movements of a wounded baitfish. It’s contoured scoop front surface causes a rapid side-to-side shaking action as it is trolled. The Apex will also dart violently from side to side and will spin once in a while. These actions are triggers and are not duplicated by any other artificial lure. Apex Lures are made by the folks at Hotspot. To check out their entire line of flashers, Apex Lures and salmon gear visit their website at www. ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY? 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