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2003 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes
Dodger-Fly 9% 13
Spoons  25% 33
Cut-Bait  17% 23
J-Plugs  6% 8
Flasher-Fly  31% 41
Dynamite  1% 2
Capt. John's 1st Mate  9% 12
Spear  0% 0
Bow & Arrow  0% 0
Firearms  0% 0

132 votes total

2004 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes
Dodger-Fly  8% 11
Spoons  19% 25
Cut-Bait  24% 32
J-Plugs  18% 24
Flasher-Fly  21% 28
Bow & Arrow  0% 0
Spear  0% 0
Capt. John's 1st Mate  6% 8
Firearms  0% 0
Dynamite  4% 5
133 votes total


2005 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes

Dodger-Fly  8% 16
Spoons  20% 41
Cut-Bait  28% 58
J-Plugs  16% 34
Flasher-Fly  20% 42
Bow & Arrow  0% 1
John's 1st Mate  6% 12
Firearms  0% 1
Dynamite  2% 5

210 votes total

 


2006 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes 

Dodger-Fly  8% 10

Spoons

 24% 30
Cut-Bait  40% 50
J-Plugs  7% 9
Flasher-Fly  16% 20
Bow & Arrow  2% 2
John's 1st Mate  2% 2
Firearms  1% 1
Dynamite  3% 4

 128 votes total

 

2007 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes

Dodger/Fly  6% 8
Spoons  29% 38
Cut Bait/Meat  26% 34
J-Plugs  19% 25
Flasher/Fly  19% 25
Bow & Arrow  0% 0
Spear  0% 0
Capt. John's 1st Mates  2% 2
Firearms  0% 0
Dynamite  0% 0
132 votes total
2009 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Votes
Dodger-Fly  5% 7
Spoons  25% 39
Cut Bait/Meat  25% 39
J-Plugs  12% 19
Flasher-Fly  22% 34
Whole Bait  8% 8
Bow & Arrow 2% 2
Capt. John's 1st Mates  3% 4
Firearms 0% 0
Dynamite  0% 0

156 votes total


2010 Poll

My Best Method for adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger-Fly  5% 12
Spoons  24% 54
J-Plugs  16% 37
Cut-Bait  19% 44
Whole Bait  6% 13
Flasher-Fly  24% 54
Capt. John's 1st Mate  3% 8
Dynamite  2% 4
Bow & Arrow  1% 3
229 votes total

2011 Poll

 My Best Method for adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger-Fly  4% 6
Spoons  30% 43
J-Plugs  7% 10
Cut-Bait  37% 53
Whole Bait  3% 4
Flasher-Fly  11% 16
Capt. John's 1st Mate  4% 5
Dynamite  3% 4
Bow & Arrow  1% 1
142 votes total

2012 Poll

My Best Method for adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger-Fly  3% 4
Spoons  28% 41
J-Plugs  11% 14
Cut-Bait  26% 38
Whole Bait  11% 16
Flasher-Fly  17% 25
Capt. John's 1st Mate  2% 2
Dynamite  0% 0
Bow & Arrow  2% 4
144 votes total

2014 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger-Fly  3% 5
Spoons  42% 64
J-Plugs  10% 16
Cut-Bait  23% 35
Whole Bait  6% 9
Flasher-Fly  11% 17
Capt. John's 1st Mates  2% 3
Dynamite  1% 1
Bow & Arrow  2% 3
153 votes total

2016 Poll

My best method for Adult Salmon?

 
Selection   Votes 
Dodger-Fly  5%
Spoons  33% 35 
J-Plugs  9% 10 
Cut Bait  25% 27 
Whole Bait  8%
Flasher-Fly  17% 18 
Dynamite  3%
Bow & Arrow  0%
106 total 

 


2013 Poll

My Best Method for adult Salmon?

Selection   Votes
Dodger-Fly  8% 11
Spoons  30% 43
J-Plugs  7% 10 
Cut-Bait  24% 35
Whole Bait  7% 10
Flasher-Fly  17% 25
Capt. John's 1st Mates  3% 4
Dynamite  3% 4
Bow & Arrow  1% 1
143 votes total 

2015 Poll

My best method for adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger/Fly  6% 8
Spoons  40% 56
J-Plugs  11% 15
Cut Bait  25% 35
Whole Bait  4% 6
Flasher-Fly  11% 15
John's 1st Mates  1% 2
Dynamite  1% 1
Bow & Arrow  1% 1
139 votes total

  
2017 Poll

My best method for Adult Salmon?

Selection  
Votes
Dodger-Fly  2% 2
Spoons  35% 41
J-Plugs  6% 7
Cut Bait  25% 30
Whole Bait  12% 14
Flasher-Fly  19% 22
Dynamite  2% 2
Bow & Arrow  0% 0
118 votes total

 

Starting in 2003, every October I've installed the exact same poll to watch the trends in differing tackle and methods to catch Salmon.  While the data is weighted towards those who fish meat, never the less, the numbers are very interesting.  I say weighted, because those who have been successful with my products, cut-bait and methodology tend to visit my website more often then the random public.  Still the numbers can show what's been lost and what method has gained ground.

Over the past seasons dodgers/fly/squid have lost the most ground, then stabilized.  Dodgers are deadly for those who know how to crack the right speed with the right lead length.  I learned from the best in the business and dodgers are very speed sensitive with little, or no room for error.  If you can maintain a constant .3 mph speed variation at all times, dodgers will fill your box.  I've taken 1000s of Salmon on dodgers, especially Coho out of the Port of Frankfort during the 1970s and 1980s.  3/10ths of a mph precision speed control beyond a doubt and is generally not within reach of the average fisherman.

2008 Poll data was lost
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Spoons have remained pretty much the same, all be it may, a slight 4% downward swing has occurred.  Spoons are pretty darn easy to pull.  Streaks and Stingers have the widest speed latitude, but the regular Streak can be pulled fastest without spinning out.  NKs, DWs and Pro Kings are a little more touchy from my experience, requiring speeds below 2.5 mph for best results.  2007 seen the spoons lead the pack.

Flasher/Fly? With this approach, plan on hitting the fish hard at and before first light, cause as the sun and light conditions become brighter the bite will can slow.  If the fish are 100' down, or more that bite can last all day.  My BTI 10" Flashers fit into this method.  The BTI 10 inchers combine the spin of the slanted vertical finned flashers with the snap-roll of the fly, or squid.

Cut-bait has had the largest impact, starting in 2003 at 17% share, then climbing to 24% in 2004.  2006 cut-bait swelled to 40%, which in itself is a phenomenal gain.  Let's attribute this fact to: it's by far, ...the easiest to use.  Sight, sound and scent as the herring is does the all the work.  The meat program will also take larger fish and this factoid was evidenced in the August 2005 Frankfort GLPAA tournament.  Where on day 1, five of the top ten vessels were all pulling my flashers, Super Magnum Meat Heads and herring.  As things ended up on day 2, four of the top 10 teams had my stuff in the water and picked up a check.

I won't get too long in the lip about the tackle I offer, but this I say with 1000% confidence. There is not bait head holder on the market presently that will out perform mine and offer the Salmon angler the wide variety of options the my meat head in Magnum and Super Magnum do! Click for Capt. John's meat heads

There is one major heavy-duty draw back to using meat instead of the more traditional artificial lures.  That being your box will be a lot harder to lift off the boat and you're gonna spend a ton more time at the cleaning table.

Note: most of the above text was written in 2005 and might not reflect current trends that change and vary from year to year.  Computers have many uses, storing data like in the above 5 seasons of polls is an excellent example!

Some of the advantages to a meat program 

1.  The stuff works all day long, not just early & late
2.  More fish with less rods
3.  Larger fish as a rule
4.  Taking fish at depths of 170 to 280 feet down on the rigger counters
5   Ability to target negative and neutral Salmon non-biters
6.  Cold water 36 to 44 degree Salmon love the meat
7.  Same stuff works all season long
8.  Not speed sensitive a-at-all
9.  Limiting out becomes common place, not a rarity
10. No long leaning curve 
11. More value for your fuel dollar.

Please let me elaborate on number 11, because it costs the same whether you catch
3 fish or 10 fish, as fuel costs remain static for the amount of fish boated.

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