Last November I talked my buddy Stevo into joining me for a few hours of Chum fishing down in tidewater.

We used variations of my Salmon bead jigs and caught double digits in a few hours.



KGW's Grant's Getaway Episode

I recently did a segment with Grant McOmie of Channel 8 news. You can view the segment below.

Casting for Silver
(click link above to go to Travel Oregon's website to view this and other Grant's Getaway's video's)

Grant's Getaways - Casting Jigs for Silver from Travel Oregon on Vimeo.

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MEDIA & FIELD REPORTS

This page is a combination of field reports and video from the First Bite™ Jigs staff and also fishing pictures and stories from customers.

The season started out with ten straight trips in a row of hooking chrome bright sea-lice covered Fall Chinook.  September proved once again that the big fish come back early.  We hooked but lost two big bruisers one morning.  One snapped my 40-pound leader right at the boat.  He was a big, bright buck.  We lost another big, tough fish after a lengthy battle to an underwater snag.  All in all it was another successful tidewater season with "The Quad" salmon marabou jig coming through again.  It consistently produced with a majority of fish falling prey to it. 






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Fall Salmon Trifecta


Fall is simply the best time to be a fisherman. Many of our rivers have Fall Chinook, Coho & Chum present at the same time. This last week I hooked and landed all three on one coastal river using salmon marabou jigs.

All fish went back to the drink.

The grand prize of the week was this beautiful native Coho that took a blue & white salmon marabou jig. The buck was with a group of fish holding tight to the bottom about 12 feet down in a deep slot. Probably the nicest Coho I've ever landed.

Beautiful Native Coho


This feisty Chum was holding about 10 feet down just off the side of a deep slot. He took the Quad salmon marabou jig.

Fiesty Chum Salmon


This buck was holding about 8 feet down towards the front end of a long deep slot. He took a Quad salmon marabou jig.

Fall Chinook





June 2010


This spring has been exceptionally wet keeping the coast rivers at higher than normal levels. The rain has also brought in some nice springers. There is a nice run of hatchery returning springers that are intercepted practically hours from the salt. Many of these fish are carrying sea lice and are full of fight testing your gear and skills as an angler. These fish run big for springers averaging 20-pounds.

Springers will take jigs just like fall salmon. The key is to literally put the jig smack dab in the face of the holding fish. To do that you must know the depth of the water you're fishing. Once you're very familiar with the depth of a particular drift then you want to make sure and get set your bobber stop so your jig is right off the bottom. In most circumstances springers won't move very far to take the jig.

The latest springer I caught took my new marabou jig with a long shrimp hackle tail. She was laying in the mid section of a drift that was about six-feet deep. The river was on a slow drop with the water clarity around 3-4 feet with a nice deep emerald green color.




cindy's first steelhead





Springer caught on a salmon marabou jig


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Fall 2009



I recently spent some time in tidewater field testing some Owner 5/0 salt water jig hooks. On of my favorite color patterns for fall chinook is a mix of different shades of pink marabou palmered together to create a ball of color in the water. The jig is called "The Quad".


The Quad...Salmon Marabou Jig


So I'm armed with several of my salmon marabou jigs tied on beefy 5/0 salt water hooks. My leader is 40-pound maxima and I'm ready to rock and roll. The weather is perfect and the fish are rolling.


Salmon rolling in tidewater


Patience is a virtue as it took many hours on the water before I hooked and landed my first chinook. It was a chrome buck mid 20's that tested my gear pulling me off anchor at one point as I was trying to stop him from wrapping himself around some pilings. After two more hard runs I finally brought him to the net. The buck was just absolutely mint bright and carrying lots of sea lice. He took the jig tipped with a sand shrimp tail.


Salmon rolling in tidewater



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Spring 2009


My fiance` and I loaded up the cataraft and headed out under the cover of darkness. We were destined for the Coast Rivers for some late winter steelhead fishing. My fiance, Cindy, hasn't officially caught her own first steelhead and I was anxious to change that this day. We arrived at the put in just after sunrise and were one of a few boats on the upper river that morning. We shoved off and floated down to a nice drift that I was sure had at least one nice steelhead resting in it. A few minutes later I hooked into a nice native buck with my Okie. I immediately handed off the rod to Cindy and rowed to the shore. It was great watching Cindy fight her first steelhead and she loved every minute of it.



cindy's first steelhead


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Fish Pictures

Watching someone catch his or her first Salmon or steelhead is a blast.
 
Taking a friend fishing and helping them catch their first fish on one of my jigs is an experience that makes memories for a lifetime.

Several of these pictures below were sent to us from customers who caught fish with my jigs.

If you catch a fish on a jig, send me the picture and I'll add you to our picture page.



Beautiful native buck. Watched him take a Steelhead Shrimp Tail Jig in bright sunshine on the first cast. This beautiful 12-pound native steelhead took a Shrimp Tail Jig in bright sunshine on the first cast. The fish was released after being photographed.
Mint, mid-twenties Fall Chinook caught on a custom-made Salmon Jig. This mint, 25-pound Fall Chinook was caught on a custom-tied bead Salmon jig.
Native Springer around 20-pounds that took a Bead Shrimp Hybrid Jig. Fish was released after the picture. This native Springer weighing around 20-pounds took a Bead Shrimp Hybrid Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Close-up picture of a bright winter steelhead that took a bead Shrimp Tail Jig in low, clear water. Close-up picture of a bright winter steelhead that took a bead Shrimp Tail Jig in low, clear water. The fish was released after being photographed.
Nick Amato with a nice steelhead taken on a First Bite™Jig Nick Amato of Salmon Trout Steelheader with a nice steelhead taken on a First Bite™Jig. One of twelve fish Nick and I hooked one morning. All fish were caught using First Bite™Jigs.
Mint, 16-pound Broodstock winter steelhead. Caught in 12-feet of water with a Shrimp Tail Jig. This Mint, 16-pound hatchery Broodstock winter steelhead was caught in 12-feet of water with a Shrimp Tail Jig.
A trophy size sea-run cutthroat that took a shrimp chenille jig. The trout was released immediately after the picture was taken A trophy size sea-run cutthroat that took a shrimp chenille jig. The trout was released immediately after the picture was taken.
A late winter chinook that took a custom tied salmon bead jig. A late winter chinook that took a custom tied salmon bead jig.
My Bro with his first fall chinook. Caught on a First Bite™ Bead Shrimp Tail Jig . My Bro with his first fall chinook. Caught on a Bead Shrimp Tail Jig.
A mint winter steelhead that took a custom tied barbell jig. A mint winter steelhead that took a custom tied barbell jig.
Mint bright 25-pound Springer that was caught using a Bead Shrimp Hybrid Jig. This beautiful 25-pound native Springer that was caught using a Shrimp Hybrid Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Beautiful close-up picture of a nice winter steelhead. Beautiful close-up picture of a nice winter steelhead that took a bead pink and white First Bite™Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Nice Chum Salmon that took a Fuchsia Tail Flasher Jig. Nice Chum Salmon that took a Fuchsia Tail Flasher Jig. The fish was released after being photographed
Bright, 16-inch steelhead that took a bead Shrimp Tail Jig. Bright, 16-inch steelhead that took a bead Shrimp Tail Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.

Mint 20-pound Fall Chinook caught on a four color Marabou Salmon Jig called The Quad. Mint 20-pound Fall Chinook caught on a four color Marabou Salmon jig called The Quad.
Guide, Mark Glassmaker with a beautiful steelhead caught on a First Bite™Jig. Guide, Mark Glassmaker with a beautiful steelhead caught on a First Bite™Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
First Cast into a drift nabbed this beauty. This bright steelhead took a pink First Bite™Jig on the first cast. The fish was released after being photographed.
This chrome hatchery hen took a bead pink First Bite™Jig. This chrome hatchery hen took a bead pink First Bite™Jig on the first cast in low, clear water.
This steelhead took a Green-Butt Skunk Jig. It had previously been hooked in the side of the jaw also. The fish was released after both hooks were removed. This winter steelhead took a Green-Butt Skunk Jig. It had previously been hooked in the side of the jaw also. The fish was released after both hooks were removed.
Native Buck measuring over 38-inches in length. This monster winter steelhead buck measuring 38" in length took a custom Green-Butt Skunk Jig on the first cast. The fish was released after being photographed.
Twenty-pound fresh from the salt Springer This mint bright hatchery Spring Chinook took a custom Green-Butt Skunk jig.
Ryan with his first steelhead. Ryan caught this steelhead on a Purple First Bite™Jig. It is his first steelhead.
This mint Coho was caught in B.C.. This mint Coho was caught in B.C. with a pink and white First Bite™Jig.
Our daughter, Jessi, with her first summer steelhead. My daughter, Jessi, with her first summer steelhead.
Deschutes summer steelhead. Deschutes summer steelhead caught on a Green-Butt Skunk Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Native Red Side trout. Deschutes River Native Red Side trout caught on a Green-Butt Skunk Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Big Native winter steelhead. John Barth, with a big Native winter steelhead caught on a First Bite™Jig. The fish was released after being photographed.
Fly fishing on the Deschutes River. Shane Stewart Fly fishing on the Deschutes River in central Oregon.
Joes first fish on a jig. Joe caught this 25-pound Chinook on a pink and white First Bite™Jig. His first fish ever on a jig.
Huge 42-pound Fall Chinook. The first fall storms of 1995 brought in this huge 42-pound Wilson River Fall Chinook. It was caught on a pink pom pom with white yarn using 8-pound test and a barbless hook.
California steelhead caught on a First Bite™Jig. Michael H. caught this nice steelhead in his native state of California using a bead pink and white First Bite™Jig.
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