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Old 03-10-2013, 10:34 AM
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Anybody using Coyote spoons?
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I know it says Puget Sound, but I fish out of Eureka, CA. Not too far south.
We do great with Coyote spoons off the downrigger or off of Deep Six divers.
Watermelon has worked best for us.
We just use the spoon with no flasher. Some use a flasher with luck too though.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Altamaha View Post
Anybody using Coyote spoons?
Yep -- Not in the Sound, but off the Columbia River mouth -- Coyotes trailing divers. Work great, especially if the salmon are hitting "short"..
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Yep -- Not in the Sound, but off the Columbia River mouth -- Coyotes trailing divers. Work great, especially if the salmon are hitting "short"..
I have mostley been using Tomic plugs, Tom Mac spoons and the 'ol reliable Hot Spot flashers with either hootchies or rigged herring.

Ran across some Coyotes a few days ago and bought six, I will give them a try this summer when Chinook season opens up here in the Straits. The Army Truck looks promising for running along the bottom in the candlefish territory.
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couple ways to look at coyotes.
1. plenty of different sizes and colors/patterns that catch both fish and fishermen if you know what i mean.
2. as times and areas have different baits, good to carry a little variety so that if needle/candlefish are present (as you know from the sounder marks--pyramid shaped bait marks from the bottom) use either a hoochie or similar sized coyote. When the larger offshore pilchards are present, use big spoons with dots or a large coyote with big dot(s).

FYI, i like coyotes and use them a lot, but what i do not like is that they are thin metal and can easily get bent out of shape and can loose their action and must be "re-tuned" before re-fishing. Heavier built spoons are more durable but loose some important "flutter" action. I chose to fish coyotes and when one gets too bunged up, i just swap it out and chalk it up to the cost of fishing. Army truck works well, but i've always had better luck with either the chartreuse/chrome or dark green/chrome combos in 4-5" varieties (depends on your areas bait: needlefish, anchovies, herring or pilchards). May consider changing out the factory si-wash hook as i've found those hit and miss (single hooks, no trebles for me on coyotes).
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Originally Posted by bc22 View Post
couple ways to look at coyotes.
1. plenty of different sizes and colors/patterns that catch both fish and fishermen if you know what i mean.
2. as times and areas have different baits, good to carry a little variety so that if needle/candlefish are present (as you know from the sounder marks--pyramid shaped bait marks from the bottom) use either a hoochie or similar sized coyote. When the larger offshore pilchards are present, use big spoons with dots or a large coyote with big dot(s).

FYI, i like coyotes and use them a lot, but what i do not like is that they are thin metal and can easily get bent out of shape and can loose their action and must be "re-tuned" before re-fishing. Heavier built spoons are more durable but loose some important "flutter" action. I chose to fish coyotes and when one gets too bunged up, i just swap it out and chalk it up to the cost of fishing. Army truck works well, but i've always had better luck with either the chartreuse/chrome or dark green/chrome combos in 4-5" varieties (depends on your areas bait: needlefish, anchovies, herring or pilchards). May consider changing out the factory si-wash hook as i've found those hit and miss (single hooks, no trebles for me on coyotes).
Army Truck color (the old no, 60 hootchie) has been a good color on this side of the Straits for years. We have tons of candlefish on the bottoms around here and the Coyote Army Truck would be a good one.

One of our tackle shops has a good stock, next time I go by I will stop in and pick a few other colors.

I am thinking around 50 inches between flasher and spoon.

I have caught a ton of Chinook on Tom Mac No. 5 spoons, I run them alone (no flasher) about 20 feet behind the downrigger wire.

I already replaced the cheap hooks on the Coyotes with Mustad 9510's.
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