“It’s all about the bait.” That is a saying commonly said in the fishing world and it could not be truer. Casey has chosen to focus on being a great bait fisherman since day one. He quickly took to an older fellow he knew from some of the fishing holes he fished that had been curing eggs for over 50 years and started to take notes. Having many friends on local rivers willing to give Casey their salmon eggs gave him the chance to fish a number of different commercial cures. After figuring out what are in those cures and understanding why some worked better than others at different times of the year he started to ask himself the important questions pertaining to what, where, when, why and how? Casey decided to start making egg cures from scratch discovering that he could control the amount of ingredients in his cures, this gave him more options to fish certain cures for certain fish in many different water conditions. Now Casey has numerous cures he uses to back bounce, hover fish, side drift, and bobber fish.
You might ask what these egg fishing techniques involve. Back bouncing eggs is a method of egg fishing that is very productive. Using a cannonball lead weight, we drop our bait into a deeper hole that salmon will be laying in. Constantly bouncing the weight on the bottom keeps the bait in the strike zone. Hover fishing is when we fish slower currents and fish more on top of the fishing holes, holding the rod still and steady, and setting the hook at the right time is the trick to catching fish with this technique. This is a very productive technique for Fall Salmon as well. Side drifting is where you are fishing for steelhead and sometimes salmon in a moving drift, casting the baits in the area where the fish are holding; Controlling the boat so the baits stay in the strike zone is key. This is a technique that is like poker, it takes a day to learn but a long time to really master. This is why being a great bait fisherman in the Northwest is so important to successful fishing.