Whiskey LR-1 Blog

Tackle Tip

Tom Hines

Rods, reels, line, lures, flashers...all cost a lot of money.  As you are aware, the corrosion inherent with saltwater fishing can ruin gear at an amazingly fast rate.  To help combat this issue, purchase a plastic spray bottle from your local hardware store for less than $10.  Fill it with fresh water, store it in a cup holder on your boat and give your gear a quick spray wash-down as you change out gear and/or the end of the trip.  After the spray-down, pat dry with a cloth and air dry.  Washing down ASAP just takes seconds and absolutely works.  Some spinners of mine have fished in the salt for...

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Whiskey LR-1 Trolling Tips

Tom Hines

Whiskey LR-1 Trolling Tips

Speed through the water is absolutely crucial when trolling the Whiskey LR-1 large bladed spinner.  When trolling, the rod tip "thumps" are the measurable indicator of correct speed.  The Whiskey LR-1 is most effective at 120-135 "thumps" per minute.  The variables of engine thrust; tides/currents, direction of troll, and wind all compound to complicate maintaining the correct troll speed.  Employing small troll buckets or utilizing a kicker-motor are great ways to scale back engine thrust.  Do not forget to pull the buckets out of the water when a fish is hooked or you elect to run to another area...it will happen though!  Trolling perpendicular to tide/current/wind flow in an "S"...

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Welcome to the Whiskey LR-1 Blog site.

Tom Hines

Welcome to the Whiskey LR-1 Blog site.

If you have not tried this spinner yet, to target returning "spawner" king salmon, you may be missing out.  This spinner, reminiscent of the historical "Tee spoon" , has hands-down out fished other popular spinners in the Southcentral Alaskan troll fishery. As an example, last season (2016),  during prime time conditions, I took the opportunity to give this spinner an unyielding  test.  An LR-1 bladed spinner was fished side-by-side against 8 other spinners, each considered "hot" in certain northern Oregon estuary fisheries. Two rods were fished side-by-side, as identically as possible, over the course of 4 tides.  The test results speak for themselves, the LR-1 blade out...

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