Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3712 May 25- June 8 - Page 23

GONE FISHING the line will go completely slack as the fish chases down the lure and violently pushes it forward before turning and going a different direction. I have had fish damn near yank the rod out of my hand while using these things. Color selection has been critical when using little Kwikfish more than any other lure. By far, the Frog color has been the best on Rainbow Trout. Pearl and Gold have also been very good for me, and each lake and species of trout has had a definite color that works best. I have paid the “iron cost” in finding out what works best at each body of water by countless hours of experimentation. The big key to using these little plugs is teaming them with a rod, reel and line combo that can effectively cast and retrieve such a light little lure. I prefer a 7’ spinning rod rated for 4-8lb line and a 1000 size spinning reel. Braided mainline is an absolute must. I prefer 8lb braid that has the diameter of 2lb mono. The thin diameter of braid is the only way to cast these lures that are wind resistant and virtually weightless. Plus, the thin line allows the plug to dive to its maximum depth of about 4 feet. These lures are perfect for retrieving over a weed bed in shallow bay or a spring creek. You will also need a Fluorocarbon leader in the 8-12 pound range. I connect the braid to the Fluorocarbon with a little tiny Spro barrel swivel. The hooks on a stock Kwikfish stink, and to really make them consistently hook and hold big fish another split ring must be added in addition to a high quality hook. I prefer Gamakatsu trebles on these plugs. The additional split ring reduces torque on the hook, and keeps the lure from pulling the hook out of the fish’s mouth while fighting the fish. continued from page 1 ¼ Ounce or Less Kastmaster If I only could have one lure in my tackle kit, it would definitely be a Kastmaster. I have caught everything from stripers to my personal best 10.75 pound full finned holdover rainbow on this lure. They work dynamite in saltwater or at 10,000 ft. in a crystal clear lake where Golden trout live. Just change the size of the lure for whatever species you are targeting. The almost 10.75 pound rainbow I caught on a ¼ ounce Kastmaster mistook it for a dying minnow on a jigged retrieve right at dusk. That fish had seen a lot of lures in her day, but she couldn’t resist a dying fluttering minnow in low light conditions. She swallowed that spoon to the back of her throat. When the bite is dead slow, and the fish just aren’t feeding, I have found that a jigged Kastmaster will often draw a reaction strike when nothing else works. I like to cast the spoon out and let it flutter down. A good “rip” on the rod will cause the spoon to surge forward. Then let the spoon free fall down. The fluttering fall is what the big fish can’t resist. Just retrieving the lure at a steady speed will draw strikes, but the flutter is irresistible. Lyman’s Lures I have heard that there has been an interruption in the supply of Lyman Lures coming down from Canada. That’s a real shame as these lures are by far the best lure to troll off a downrigger for all varieties of trout. These lures catch big, smart old trout. That’s all there is to it. My friend, Jeff Morris, just landed a 28 pound mackinaw the other day ago at Donner Lake on one of these plugs. The key to the Lyman Lure’s action is a darting side to side motion. It covers more SUTTER MARINE IS YOUR DEALER FOR water behind a downrigger ball than any other lure. Whereas the classic minnow plug will track in a more or less straight line, the Lyman will dart side to side This huge Nevada State rainbow smashed a frog pattern Kwikfish. Photo by MIKE MCNIELLY, Fish Sniffer Staff. and back in forth in a 3’ radius. of proportion for the body of The Lyman is truly a dynamic lure. water I’m fishing. The 4” version in a kokanee paint color is A 4” Lyman Lure the typical weapon of choice for browns may not be tiny, but in and mackinaw in most Sierra Lakes. comparison to a 6-8” Meanwhile, a smaller 2-3”version in long minnow plug, the gold “Showgirl” color is selection it really is quite small. anywhere that Tui Chubs are the main However, the action forage. These lures have routinely of the lure is huge surprised me by showing me just how big the trout get in a given lake. 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