Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 7
July 19 - Aug 2, 2019
VOL.38 • ISS. 14
Spotlight On Kayak Fishing...
in Citrus Heights, CA
Kayaking For Ocean Kings!
By Kevin Hofer
King salmon, are one of the most prized fish in our state because of their
large size, high quality meat, and more often than not a great fight. After
years of living on the Delta and fishing for these beasts in the rivers then
moving back to the coast, it surprised me how much more difficult they can
be to catch in the ocean, especially out of a kayak!
One of the best tips I think that I can offer to a fellow kayak angler looking
to get into ocean salmon fishing, is work on networking with other anglers.
Knowing where the fish are can really help increase your chances of getting
It’s a big ocean and it seems even bigger when you’re out in a 14’ kayak
with a max speed in the 5mph range. A tip from a friend can help save you
hours or often even days of searching for the fish.
Try to make friends with those who commercial fish for a living, they can
provide some great intel.
Being a member of fishing forums like Fishsniffer.com or North Coast
Kayak Anglers is also very
beneficial. Both are large
groups of anglers who are
usually very happy to help
and share info, also a great
place to meet people to fish
with if you don’t want to go
It’s good to fish with
friends for multiple
reasons, but when it comes
to salmon fishing it can
actually help put more meat
on the deck. Salmon can be
picky about what they like
to eat and the more variety
of lures/bait in the water can
equal figuring out what they
want, where they want it
and how they want it faster.
For instance, last summer fishing in Albion with a few friends we were
trolling Deep Six’s, a dodger and a bait rotator with herring I believe. The
fish were there thick and one after another my friends were going in with
limits and I wasn’t getting a bite.
Finally asked a buddy what am I doing wrong? He asked how many pulls
out I was. I replied “25” he says let out another 10-15… I caught two fish
within an hour after making that one small adjustment!
It can be an arduous journey trying to catch a king salmon out of a kayak
in the ocean, but if you want to get on the fast track to catching, I have one
more suggestion, go out for a day with an experienced guide.
know two who
are great guys
and can really
teach you a lot.
of Kayak Fish
Sonoma can get
for chrome all
the way from
the Bay Area up
County, on to the
water. And for
those wanting to
get away from
it all and catch
a salmon in the
man Eric Stockwell of Loleta Erics guide service is there to help plan your
Going with a guide can teach you so much in such a short amount of time,
they are there to help you catch fish, unlike your buddies who get tired of
questions like, is this bait still good? Or, did I tie this right? How deep is it
here? Marking anything?
little tips and
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season is just
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