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Trollers score bright kings in Sacramento metro area

WON Staff Writer
Published: Oct 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Chrome-bright salmon continue to move through the Sacramento metro area, crushing lures trolled behind flashers as they make their way upriver.

“The Sacramento River is what’s happening this week,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports. “I heard reports between Miller Park and Garcia Bend that they’ve been doing really well. Mainly on Cut Plugs and also on Silvertrons and jigs.”


DOWNTOWN KING — Mike Abourek of Farmington caught this bright 25-pound king salmon on the Sacramento River while fishing with Captain Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing on Thursday October 7. He used a Brads cut plug fished behind a Pro Troll flasher and a Phenix Abyss rod.

The Brad’s Cut Plug lures combined with Pro Troll flashers have been hot this season on the Sacramento River. “I am having guys come in and tell me they are watching boats with the flash catching 6 to 8 fish and guys right next to them using Silvertrons and K14s are maybe getting a fish. It is catching on really well.” Boggs said the incoming tide was fishing well last week.

Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing reported good fishing last week, with several limits using the flashers and plug-cut lures. Jeannie Desimoni of Oakdale caught a bright Sacramento River king salmon while fishing with Smith on Friday, Oct. 13. The fish hit a Pro Troll flasher and a Brads Cut plug. The day before, Mike Abourek of Farmington caught a bright 25 pounder with Smith.

Guide James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service got into good numbers of fish last week between Miller Park and Garcia Bend. Netzel is credited with introducing the Pro Troll Flasher and the Brad’s Cut Plug lures to the Sacramento area and has perfected the technique for use in the river for fall kings.

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