the Tailout July 2020 - Page 9

When It Comes to Dodgers, Size Matters With countless YouTube videos on the internet showing underwater action of fish biting trolled lures and baits, the first thing you notice is how the fish swim up behind the bait and then sway “back and forth” before committing to biting. The dodger does the same thing which is why it attracts fish. The dodger is one of the most common attractors used when trolling for salmon. The action gives it its name, swaying back and forth and “dodging” much like a salmon as it approaches a bait. Knowing that the dodger is mimicking a fish coming to investigate a bait it only makes sense to use one that gives the impression of a feeding salmon. The standard full-size model works great when you are fishing for chinook or ocean bright coho but when it comes to smaller salmon, such as pink, sockeye or even “resident” coho and “black mouth” chinook which are younger fish that don’t migrate out to the open ocean then the larger profile might actually scare more fish away than attract. Until recently there weren’t too many companies that offered a smaller Three different sizes of dodgers from Mack’s Lure. dodger that performed the same way as the standard full size ones. A dodger not only mimics a feeding salmon but it also imparts action on the lure or bait. A spoon being drug around behind a boat might get bit but if it is darting or “dodging” back and jason brooks photo forth and appears to be fleeing from the feeding fish (dodger) when the competition shows up it provokes the instinct to bite immediately. Mack’s Lure is known for its Double D dodger that allows you to use a “kick out” hole that causes the dodger to plane away from the boat now offers a new 5.8-inch dodger of the same style. This “mid-sized” dodger is just the ticket for resident coho and blackmouth (resident) chinook. It also won’t intimidate pink or sockeye salmon. Those that chase after the upper Columbia sockeye run know that you need a lot of action on the lure, which is often tandem red hooks with either a small pink squid skirt or some tinsel tied in but the larger dodgers can also resemble feeding chinook. The mid-sized dodger will give the needed action but also resemble a sockeye chasing the bait. When it comes to the dodger to attract fish, sometimes size does matter. As a rule, use a larger dodger for chinook and coho, and smaller to mid-size dodgers for landlocked salmonids and now the mid-size to bridge the gap. JASON BROOKS Recipe: Butter, Garlic Salmon Bites INGREDIENTS 4-6 oz. salmon fillet ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp basil 1 Tbs parsley Salt and pepper 4 garlic cloves 1/4 cube of butter DIRECTIONS • Remove skin from salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch square pieces. • Mince garlic into small pieces. • Combine flour, spices (except for parsley). • Coat salmon pieces with flour and spice mixture. • Set aside. • Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat and add parsley and garlic. • Add salmon pieces and cook for about 4-5 minutes. • Serve immediately. NOTES: This is an easy recipe and takes very little prep time. The fish cooks up quickly and it goes well with a pasta or rice dish. I’ve made it with steelhead, salmon, cod and halibut. PAT HOGLUND www.salmonandsteelheadjournal.com 7