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Barge Hole salmon action takes off

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 29, 2016

ANDERSON — Salmon are now arriving at the Barge Hole on the Sacramento River in big enough numbers that most of the guides and many of the private boaters are catching a fish or more per rod.

SAC RIVER KING — Mario Cruise of Oakland caught this 23-pound king salmon while fishing below Red Bluff using a T55 FlatFish with a sardine wrap. He was fishing with Capt. Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service.

“Fishing has been good. There are a lot of bigger ones now,” said guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service, who spent the past week bouncing roe and pulling FlatFish at the Barge Hole. “We’ve seen some 20 to 30 pounders. I limited out yesterday with six for three guys and eight fish today for three clients and myself. We are getting a lot more hookups.”

Rose Horton of Phoenix, Ariz., caught a 30-pound king with Weese last week at the Barge Hole, while her husband, Dwyane, caught a 27 pounder. Chris Moorehead of Red Bluff landed several kings on roe with Weese over the weekend, including a 28 pounder.

Weese said he expects the action to get even better this week as the peak run of kings arrives on the Sacramento River above Red Bluff. “It will be at least one fish per rod,” he said. “I think in a week we will be catching limits no problem. Right now you get a fish every 30 minutes or 40 minutes an at the end of the day you have six or seven or eight fish.”

Plugs haven’t been as effective at the Barge Hole, Weese said, but roe has been working well at first light and at different periods throughout the day. Weese said he is using 10 ounces of weight, but anglers can get away with 8 or even 6 ounces.

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