Hunter’s Corner: Hook up with the right lure before heading out on the lake

  • Bob Washburn

For the Monitor
Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Washburn Summer Camp with the arrival of Johnathan, age 14. Ranee and I had decided that we would host one of our three grandsons one at a time once they had reached the age of 10. With August comes Andrew age 11 for one week. Josh is only 8 so it will be while before he shows up. The highlight of the week will be when Robb and I take them out fishing on Winni. The thermal incline set up about two weeks ago and the fishing for salmon, lakers and rainbows has been exceptional. Hardware featuring spoons, wobblers and BD Smelt with color combinations matching sun conditions. Downriggers and lead core will get you down to where the fish are. Bait plumes are a key to success as fish are nibbling around the edges of the plume. These fish are in feeding mode and will attack your lure either because they think its food or the lure’s color irritates them into biting.

I was recently told that DB Smelt lures were no longer in production so I went online to stock up at the Kittery Trading Post. With no charge for shipping, it saved a trip. Robb had stopped at a bait and tackle shop in Littleton and was shown what they had for salmon lures. It was a multi-colored spoon that would definitely irritate a salmon into biting. I asked if he had bought four and he said he only bought three because that was all they had left. We will definitely give them a try with the boys.

I have a great Old Orchard Beach fishing tale to share with you. Rich (my son-in-law) and Heather take the boys on a one-week vacation every year to Old Orchard Beach. Rich and the boys fish on the beach in front of the cottage they were staying in using clam as bait. Now, Rich has a significant disdain for seagulls. I share the view. As it turned out, a seagull messed up two of the lines and Rich had to cut Josh’s line to end the mess. While Josh was hand lining in his line he announced that he thought he has a fish on. And he did in deed. It turned out that Josh had caught a sea run brown trout of decent size, they are also known as salters. Later on, Rich had to make a visit to the cottage and while he was gone, Johnathan was tending his rod. Jonathan beached a striped bass, a Schooley. The boys had a great time that night.

Ok procrastinators, listen up, the window of opportunity to complete a hunter education class is starting to close. You have two choices, take a traditional class or an online class. When you go to find a Hunter Education Course at huntnh.com, complete the registration to join. Walk-ins are accepted of a space-available basis.

If you are planning to take the online Hunter Education course, get started now. There are currently many spots open in the Field Days that are required after completion of the online course. These spots will become harder to get later in the year.

Hunter Education is required in New Hampshire before a new hunter can purchase his or her first hunting license. To meet this requirement, Fish and Game offers classes around the state. Participants must be 12 years old by the last day of the course to achieve certification. New Hampshire’s Hunter Education course provides rifle and archery certification.

There is still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s New Hampshire Moose Permit Auction. This is the ninth year of the auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by Aug. 11.

The successful bidder in this year’s auction will be able to harvest one moose in most but not al WMU’s. The exceptions are WMU’s H2N, H2S, and K, where permit issuance has been suspended. The 2016 winning bids from New Hampshire and Massachusetts were $17,001.99 and $16,002.00 respectively.

Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife initiatives, along with education programs of Fish and Game, such as fresh water angler surveys, fish hatchery improvement, deer decoy replacements, continued lynx camera studies, boardwalk replacement at Great Bay Discovery Center, land owner access programs, and the department’s publication of Wild Times for Kids.

(Bob Washburn can be reached at hunterscorner@aol.com.)