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Flipper

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We fished from the 5th to the 8th from Ticaboo to White. Parked the wife's house boat below the snake wall on a nice patch of sand on the south side of Ticaboo. All of GHB had a few slurps here and there, nothing to get too excited about. Just past the Horn they turned into full blown boils with fish splashing and clearing the water and staying up long enough to catch multiple fish with out having to move. Hot spots were half a mile either side of MM 130 just past the Horn - between two mile and Trachyte, and one good boil at the back of battleship rock in the back of White. We caught 127 stripers on the 6th and 7th fishing only a couple hours one morning and two evenings. SMB fishing was better than usual for this time of the year. Green tubes and grubs on the rocks in 10 to 30 feet of water. Most were small - 9 to 12 inches. Did get a 16.5 "one on top water one morning. Water clarity was clearer than I had ever seen it for this time of the year, 12 to 15 feet in GHB in most places. Even up at Trachyte - striper city and White is was 4 to 8 feet. No muddy color at all and not as "green" as usual. This may change a little due to the recent rains here in CO. The north fork of the Gunnison here in Paonia has been very muddy for the last two days. Water temps were 78 to 83. Did not see any one but us fishing any where. On the trip up and back in the house boat saw very little surface action. It was mid day both ways? Talked to a friend that did well in boils early and late between Moki and Forgotten.
Was a good trip for spotting critters. Saw a coyote and four otters in Ticaboo on Sunday morning. The coyote was surprisingly close - within bow range. He watched me catch a couple small mouth. I ill hooked a small one that was bleeding bad so I decided to toss it over on the bank. He watched it flopping around but would not approach it, so I backed the boat off a little and he went over and grabbed it up went over to the shade of a big rock and had breakfast. The otters were a little shy and would not allow me to get any closer than about 100 yards. They were very playful and vocal. I had seen a lot of Otters before but never 4 at once. Had a small rattle snake camp out under our house boat on Saturday. Found him while backing out the house boat to relevel it. It was a small one, about 18" and stayed there all day. He was gone the following morning. Spotted two smaller desert bighorn rams, one about a half curl and one a little bigger, getting a drink just past the horn on the north side Friday night. They were very patient with us and stayed nice and close till every one had a chance to look at them with the binoculars.
Had a great trip. Spent mid day and afternoons skiing and swimming and sight seeing. Mornings, when we could get up, and evenings fishing. Had the grand kids with us. My 5 year old grandson caught several fish on his own, and reeled in lots of fish that his dad hooked up for him. About an hour into fishing the second night his dad handed him a pole with a fish on it and he told his dad that he was just too tired from catching all of his dad's fish for him the that he would have to reel in his own fish for the rest of the night. He relinquished himself to netting duty.
They would hit about anything we threw at them. I prefer the 3" Storm swim shad. They only have one hook. They have a built in weight, are reasonable inexpensive - cast well and fairly durable. Cast masters and white grubs on a jig head worked well also. The last night we switched to mid sized top water baits and did equally as well. Don't catch as many using top water, takes too long getting all those hooks out, but it sure is fun fishing with them.
 
#4
Great report and the one reply about changing out hooks on top water lures

Much appreciated!

Headed to the lake next week

Hope the boils have moved further down river
 

Dungee Fishing

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#7
So a couple questions on the single hook idea. Anyone tried the single hook approach on a Zara spook? And we’ve tried the single treble hook on poppers, is it just as affective putting one, single hook on poppers etc or does two work better? I did just put some salt water trebles on my favorite spook, want to try out this single hook idea as well.
 

TR.

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#8
I am a hack and just cut one hook off each treble. Does not seem to effect action IMO. A while back I saw some salt water lures with just two hooks and got the idea. I do hate unhooking treble hooks. I am sure the single hook would be better and will probably try to get some and switch over. I also debarb all hooks to make it easier to get them out of my forehead from my buddies errant casts lol. And yes Preston, I have a Zara spook with two hooks and i can still walk the dog just fine.

TR
 

Dorado

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#9
So a couple questions on the single hook idea. Anyone tried the single hook approach on a Zara spook? And we’ve tried the single treble hook on poppers, is it just as affective putting one, single hook on poppers etc or does two work better? I did just put some salt water trebles on my favorite spook, want to try out this single hook idea as well.
I have not changed out the hooks on Spooks', but I have on some saltwater poppers, and they worked great. I kept 2 hooks on, and I think they work better than trebles in some ways. The hook up rate might be a bit worse than with trebles, but once hooked I found they seldom pulled out. The key (I think) is to make sure the hook is weighted similarly to the treble hooks, as the actions of the lures were designed for a specific sized hooks. I would think the 1/0 hooks would work on a spook....

These hooks are very stout, you will not ever have to change them out or bend them back into shape. It is also so much safer (and easier to untangle from the net) than trebles in a thrashing fish!

As far as the 2 hook VS one hook, it sounds like you will have the perfect laboratory to conduct your experiment up at GHB Dungee!
 

Flipper

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#13
I don't know what happened to my report? Nothing that I did on this end? The title had also changed? Maybe one of the tech people can reboot it, or put it on anglers corner. If not, I will re write it. The important part of the report was that boils are were strong at MM's 130 and 132 on the 6th and 7th. The water is very clear even up in the main channel in front of Farley.
As far of the top water baits. I have lost/misplaced my box of top water baits. They mostly carried only the rear set of hooks. My son had bought 4 new ones. Two Zara Spooks and 2 poppers. I threw one on just to see, and once I got to catching on it, I was too busy to do any bait maintenance. I was pretty busy maneuvering the boat to stay on the fish, doing pole maintenance and bait tying and taking hooks out.
 

BartsPlace

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#14
@Flipper you have edited/deleted your original post twice. I have restored it twice. Not sure how you're doing it, but the system tracks modifications and both have come from you. FYI
 
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