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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Bumping good time!

Post By: malty falcon      Posted: 8/31/2017 1:02:42 PM     Points: 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.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/31/2017 1:06:30 PM     Points: 4829    
Nice catch and nice size fish. Jigging the kokes can be a blast but personally to many bad experiances with bumper boating so don't do it anymore.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 8/31/2017 1:31:45 PM     Points: 4710    
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!
 Reply by: bigmack      Posted: 8/31/2017 1:33:53 PM     Points: 48    
Good post malty that is about the only way I fish for the kokes usually a good crowd of folks. You don't get many territorial fisherman which is good to see
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 9/3/2017 2:13:59 PM     Points: 705    
Those are some of the biggest Kokes I've seen, Way to go!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 9/4/2017 9:04:49 AM     Points: 4330    
Never fished for kokes from a boat
What is bumping or bumper boats?
Sounds fun. What was the name of the guide service you used.
 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: 9/5/2017 11:00:01 AM     Points: 1442    
Are those all Kokanee laid out on the cleaning table?? dam. They look a bit like lakers in that shot.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 9/5/2017 12:22:31 PM     Points: 4330    
Maybe a couple blue gill
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 9/5/2017 12:49:23 PM     Points: 3388    
I did the bumper boats one year, it was an experience, don't need to do it again. I found it too stressful.

Nice haul though!
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 9/5/2017 5:35:27 PM     Points: 705    
Riper, look @ the picture. Boats are bumper to bumper. You can walk across the boats.
 Reply by: SportFishColorado      Posted: 9/5/2017 6:13:09 PM     Points: 2002    
riper69, he was fishing with Dillon Matthews of Sport Fish Colorado. Please let me know if you are interested in getting out. The fishing is still VERY good!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 9/5/2017 6:55:36 PM     Points: 38922    
^^ Robby you actually made a post!! lol Robby (sportfishcolorado) and his team are outstanding. If you go with them, you'll have a wonderful time

1st pic Robby is on the far right
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 9/6/2017 3:34:36 AM     Points: 4330    
Probably won't get down this year but will try for next year. Chasing mule deer right now. Thanks for the reply
Travel light and tight lines
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 9/6/2017 10:01:16 AM     Points: 2477    
Wouldn't be my deal either...but to each his own. Plus every one of those boats is one less boat fishing somewhere else.

Definitely looks like those guys know how to put meat in the freezer, so have at it.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 9/6/2017 1:29:06 PM     Points: 239    
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.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 9/6/2017 2:48:30 PM     Points: 1090    
hard 'not to do it' when fools come zooming up like the sheep they are first bent rod they see. you got lucky k bro. usually all tact is gone, especially lund owners there. 😆
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 9/12/2017 6:37:19 PM     Points: 4710    
Lund owners? Really?

Why do you suppose Lund owners aren't as good as yourself?

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