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    Re: First river trip in the jet boat

    Sounds like a fun trip! Your afternoon makes me want to go troll right now! I've tried trolling a couple of times, briefly, but haven't hooked a fish. Me and the Yozuris are gonna try again next week on the Sac.

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    Re: First river trip in the jet boat

    Nice way to take the new ride out.
    Here they come!

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    Re: First river trip in the jet boat

    That’s a pretty fine first trip in my book. I enjoy just fishing new water and catching is a bonus. Fun thing about Stripers is they’ll bite different lures and baits.

    Keep at learning the river. That stretch of water has some type of fishing year round. Summer Smallmouth are a lot of fun and you’ll have the place nearly to yourself.

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    Re: First river trip in the jet boat

    Great report.
    Has to feel good with a new boat and new technique and everything is working out.
    Got to love it.

    Jerry

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    First river trip in the jet boat

    We finally launched the jet boat on the Feather River yesterday to target stripers. Neither one of us has ever trolled for stripers so it was a learning experience as far as fishing goes as well as running the boat. Of course right now you do not need a jet boat. We launched at Boyd's at 3 pm and ran upstream past the bridges in Yuba City just to look around.

    Now for the fishing. We had both talked to others that were doing well even with the high flows and of course we got different answers as to what was working best. I was told it was a minnow bite and lures were not working. My son was told trolling was working well. We started out trolling Yo-Zuri's with a worm on the back with no luck. We changed lures a few times before we had our first hit. As soon as we tried a Rapala F18 in brown trout we landed an 18.5 inch fish. We let that one go. My partner wasn't looking to take fish home since he has been catching stripers all spring and I wanted something slightly larger. A few minutes later he landed a 24 inch fish and that went in the box. A couple of hours later I landed a 23 inch fish and that went in the box. Since all three fish came on the F18 we changed another rod to an F18 in hot steel. I got hit as I was letting the line out but it came off. After that we had a few HNS here and there but 3 fish is all we brought to the boat. There is some debris in the water so you have to clear your lines occasionally but not terrible. First fish hit while trolling upstream and the last 2 while trolling downstream. Downstream gps speed was around 6 mph to keep the lures working and up stream gps speed was about 1.2 mph. The current is really fast right now. We saw 30 or so boats on the river and most were anchored. A few were drifting minnows and a couple were casting to the trees with lures. We pulled off at dark and so was everyone else. The one guy I talked to said he did well on hair raiser jigs just casting to the banks. He said their best fish was about 10 pounds.
    All in all I felt our first river trip with the jet boat went well. We just need to figure the rivers out and what lures to troll in the different conditions. We normally fish swimbaits in the Montezuma slough area and have never trolled for stripers. The rivers are all new to us.
    The only issue with the jet boat was when I tried to get up to speed to head in the boat did not want to get going. We knew the first fuel tank was low so we switched tanks. Same problem. Since we had been in some surface debris we raised the motor and cleared some garbage from the jet and then life was good.




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