Targets are the Coho and Chinook salmon staging on our beaches prior to entering their natal rivers and streams. Beaches vary from sandy bottoms to heavy coarse rocks, boulder laden with barnacles, heavy weeds, kelp or thick beds of eelgrass.
Casting these Spinners with a 13 1/5 foot rod was effortlessly. The distance I can reach with the #4 and #5 was 80-120 feet with ease. The biggest difference is casting into the wind. Others spinners will flutter which created a wind resistance effecting your cast. This also increases the chances of the spinner tangling itself up. Casting the Sprocket spinners in 10 km winds had very little flutter effect.
Another difference is the hooks. They are sharp. Often I fine if you want sticky sharp you often have to hone the new hooks. Not with the Gamakatsu single Siwash hook. You know they are hardened steel when you bend the barb back and they snap off.
Beach fishing for salmon off the beaches of East Vancouver Island I believe is in two stages. The first half, they are voracious trying to build up their system as fast as possible gorging themselves with all bait that is available. They are moving fast and rarely hold in one area. Most times they are more than a 100 feet away minimum to 250 feet away. This is the time for the lure or flies were they would chase for it if you can get it to them. Often the hungry salmon is making more than one attempt in striking you're offering if he hasn't been touched by the hook. I did not get results in the first half of they're staging unfortunately with any spinners.
The Second half of the season is when they are staging. A process they start to shut down as their bodies start to change and transform into spawning machines that they have been designed for. Getting ready to move into theyíre spawning stages and move up their natal streams or rivers. They become what are known as lockjaw. They have been sore lipped with all sorts of lures and flies and are no longer striking out of hunger. This is the time to use any artificial offering that will create an aggressive strike. In other words pissing them off and they strike out of anger. This is the time that spinners are the best lures in our open waters on our beaches off East Vancouver Island. The Owner of KND Custom Tackle, Kevin Roberts developed one the hottest bell spinners, The Sprocket Spinners in the USA market. The success rate in catching salmon in their rivers for Coho and Spring Salmon is exceptional.
Often fishermen will cast the Spinner and immediately start to retrieve them. What they forget is they are in the final half off they're staging and now have lock jaw. Our casting technique is also to change. Normally we cast over them or lead ahead of them. Now we want to land right on top of them. This is the time they hold and want to school and jump allot. So it's a wait game till they show and then ones skill at casting come into play to landing the spinner in the area the salmon are displaying. When the spinner hits the water let it flutter for a 2 or 3 second drop then slowly raise the rod and start to retrieve slow. It is then you will often get the strike.
With the Sprocket Spinners because the bell is power coated the finish is extremely hard. After 11 Coho salmon the Spinner's bell was not showing a mark or deterioration of the powder coated painted finish. I did anticipate that the larger spinner #5 would be the best but it turned out #4 got all the strikes. I also believe the vibration of the KND Spinner was a major role help angering them to strike. All strikes occurred within ten feet of the landing spot were the lure was cast. It didn't matter weather I used a silver or brass blade. The best body colours were orange and green. Once retrieval is beyond the ten-foot range of the landing spot bring it in fast for the next cast. The main wire never was bent out of shape due to the heavier gauge used and the heavier gauge clevis didn't collapse it shape as it competitors has done in the past under the duress of fighting a large salmon. I washed the spinners at the end of the day every time and it with the competitor. It was the competitor hooks that started to rust.
Bottom line is if you want a lure that will be a great investment in results and in durability it's the Sprocket Spinner.
Development of the KND Sprocket Spinner - Part 1 click here
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