Fishing Report for December 8, 2015

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, December 8 2015

Our fearless editor asked if I could do a fishing shopping list of Christmas gifts for dudes and dudettes. 

When Kilbourn says “jump,” I always say “how low?”, so I will do my very best. 

Silver Horde or Coyote spoons are great stocking stuffers. Buy either 3 or 3 1/2 inch models in Bob Marley, Killy McGee, Pink Sink, Kitchen Sink, Mongoose, Cop Car or Watermelon. 

Hot Spot flashers in green glo or Purple Haze are always welcome. 

Lil Nib or Perkins jigs will catch both salmon and ling. 

Fillet knives are a nice gift, and the AccuSharp knife sharpener is a deal at $14. 

Mustad fine wire hooks in bulk are always handy, size 3/0 and 4/0. 

Get one pack of Siwash (crimpable) and one pack of Octopus (closed eye) so that you can replace old hooks on both spoons and hoochies. 

Always, always, always replace those odd bent hooks that come on the Silver Horde spoons. The only thing they are good for is long distance release. 

Trilene Big Game monofilament in 25 or 30 pound test in bulk spools is a great investment. I replace the line on my reels three or four times a year, and it’s nice to have enough to do several reels. And it’s way cheaper.

The next list gets more expensive, so share the love. 

I troll with the Ugly Stick Tiger model BWD 2200-8. It’s an eight-foot, medium action downrigger rod. Not much money for a very good rod. 

I use the Shimano Tekoda 600 level wind trolling reel, and have found them to be more “bulletproof” than any other reel that I’ve ever used. These are around $200. 

The knotless nets are fantastic. No more getting hooks caught and gills stuck. And Ron Springer makes fabulous prawn traps locally. 

The Ace Line hauler is for your aging mate who is tired of being bent over, pulling prawn traps. 

Electronics are almost too numerous to list, but the technology surrounding the new fish finders and GPS units is astounding.

If you’ve just won the lottery, you can always ask what kind of new boat to get.

Good fishing! 

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters. 250-247-8807,