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DUBob'n at the Berry July 6

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DUBob'n at the Berry July 6
When I saw Bob's post a few days ago saying he was heading to Strawberry for a few days of camping and fishing it occurred to me that he promised me a ride in the brand spanking new Thunder Jet boat. I called Bob and caught him at home before he left for Strawberry on Wednesday. I dropped enough hints that I had Thursday off and I intended to go to Strawberry but my planned trip with a friend didn't materialize.

Bob's no novice and he picked up on my self-invite and he asked me to join him for fishing today. I drove over and we met at his camp site on the "B" loop. We made a quick trip to the Marina store so I could buy a few items of needed Koke tackle.

We got on the lake this morning at about 0645 and started trolling in the area just off the marina. Bob's new boat is a very nicely laid out trolling rig with four (4) Scotty downriggers and a wide rear deck clear of any obstructions. Bob's main power is a Mercury 150 four stroke and he added a 9.9 Mercury four stroke kicker for the trolling duties.

We started marking fish in the 20 to 30 foot range so we adjusted our presentations to that depth and motored around the vast expanse of Strawberry Bay. We stayed within a mile or so of the marina and moved basically north to south and back most of the morning.

Bob is such a gracious host that he insisted I catch my limit of four keeper Kokes before he boated a decent Utah salmon for himself, what a guy!
Actually Bob tried all morning to catch a Koke but his old and distasteful chart colored Gulp maggots were no longer tasty to the fish. I was doing well on newly purchased pink Gulp maggots on a pink squid behind a small silver flasher. Bob finally gave up on his bait and appropriated some of my newer and much more tasty pink maggots and he started catching some fish.

We got five Kokes to the ice chest, released a few small ones and we caught and released a number of Cutts.
The weather was very nice in the morning but by early afternoon it got hot even at Strawberry's elevation. There were quite a few other boats out today considering it was a week day.

Many thanks to Bob for the intro ride in the new Thunder Jet. I decided to freeze my Kokes so I can smoke them next week with some of my King Salmon I brought home from my recent B.C. trip in early June.

BTW: The largest Koke in the last photo was about 19.5" and 3 lbs 2 oz. on Bob's handheld scale


"Fish TopH2O and your skill will surface!"
(This post was edited by TopH2O on Jul 7, 2017, 6:24 PM)
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Re: [TopH2O] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
That is a slick ride! One day I will have a boat like that. Nice kokes too. Fished it over the long weekend for the first time in a while and had a great time. They are much more fun to catch than the herring size fish at the Pig.
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Re: [TopH2O] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Very nice boat.
Is that some of the non-working scent in the gunnel rail on the 3rd pic?
The best we managed on the gorge last weekend was a 2lb 13oz koke.
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Re: [Quicky] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
It very well could have been part of Bob's lack of success. I had to remind him to empty the container.


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Re: [TopH2O] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Nice ride ...... Did he issue any threats if you got some fish blood on that nice new carpet?


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Re: [WaveWolf] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Bob's Thunder Jet came with a heavy duty vinyl floor. Bob told me it's a breeze to clean because you can just hose it off. His boat has a built in washer hose located on the port side at the rear of the boat......very handy.

I'm considering taking the carpet out of my Lund and replacing it with vinyl.


"Fish TopH2O and your skill will surface!"
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Re: [not-a-purist] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Dream boat right there!! Congrats to Dubob for making it a reality!
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Re: [Quicky] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Quicky wrote:
Is that some of the non-working scent in the gunnel rail on the 3rd pic?
Yep - that be it Wink

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Bob Hicks, from Utah
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Re: [dubob] DUBob'n at the Berry July 6 In reply to
Nice machine Bob, I'll bet you enjoy that a bunch.... Glad you guys got on the fish and would be nice to catch some nice sized kokes.... Mike nice report... Later J