When testing new tackle, I like to take it out and use it over the course of a couple or three months. Sometimes that is hard, especially since it is winter and the fishing for kokanee is not especially red hot. Soooo…, I have come up with a system of trying out tackle that doesn’t put me in the spot of not really knowing if it works or if it doesn’t work. I have a few favorites that I have been using for years now, such as the Shasta Tackle Sling Blade for fishing fast or Vance’s Tackle’s Dodgers. These two items are tried and proven over the years and have resulted in some very fishy days!
Last year, Sep’s Profishing sent me some of their new dodgers and in order to give them a fair shot, I kept one or the other on one of my rods all year. These dodgers ended the season being right up there in my favorite dodger selection. I first started putting them in the “hot” setup last spring while fishing Wickiup Reservoir in May. The weather literally sucked, but the kokanee fishing was hot! I ran the Watermellon Strikemaster dodger all day long and boated eighteen fish with that rod in conjunction with a glow pink spinner. I changed out some of my terminal tackle but the Strikemaster stayed on my hot rod.
I spent many more days chasing fish in lakes all over Oregon and a few up in Washington but the Sep’s Strikemaster always seemed to produce; many times when nothing else would bring on a strike.
This dodger worked well at slower speeds as well as moving the speed up to 1.8 MPH. It even brought in one of my larger kokanee of the year, measuring just shy of eighteen inches. If your local tackle store doesn’t stock these babies, put a bug in their ear or just order them direct from Sep’s online store.
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