Whiskey LR-1 Blog

Catch and Release

Tom Hines

Catch and Release

Catch and release is one of those topics that always draws questions, critique and emotions within the fishing world......for more see my "Catch and Release" Blog

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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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Tackle Tip

Tom Hines

Tackle Tip

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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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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