Post By: malty falcon Posted: 8/31/2017 1:02:42 PMPoints: 4710
Hired a great guide on Blue Mesa yesterday. We found our own school of kokes by 9 am, landed a few. Eventually they scattered, so we joined the bumper boats for awhile. I know a lot of people will whine and cry that they don't like fishing that way, and boo hoo hoo- then don't do it!! WE had a blast in 195 FOW, dead calm breeze, sunny skies, and our guide knew most of the pod. One guy in an 8' raft, spinning reel, no fish finder, no line counter was catching them. Two guys on jet skis were catching them! Really fun, chatting and catching! Eventually we went hunting and found smaller schools. Our guide Dillon explained techniques very well, he was very professional and helpful. It was well worth the price, and I can't wait to get back to Blue and try it on my own.
I can imagine, Russ. But going with a good guide, who had a lot of experience with bumper boats, and diffusing tensions really helped. Since everyone was catching, perhaps everyone was relaxed! I would certainly get away from the crowd if somebody got snarky luckily, it didn't happen yesterday.
After awhile, I started missing a lot of strikes. I complained to Dillon, and he explained that they weren't bites---it was the 1 ounce jig bouncing off the fish' backs! Now THAT'S a lot of kokanees!
I have certainly had some bad experiences with bumper boating, but I have to say this year I have nothing to complain about. I only fished 2 days, but on each day people kept a respectful distance when I got on schools--even though I was cranking them in one-after-another. I was expecting to draw a big crowd, but people stayed at least 20 feet away... I actually told a few nice people to come closer to me so they could get in on the action. It was a nice surprise.