BOOK IT! Friday: Laying Points and Picking Winners

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack suffered a half-point loss in the Houston game to fall back to even, which isn’t too bad considering eight dogs won out-right last week and sent a lot of gamers to the recycling center for beer money this week.

But as The Hoodie himself said, “We’re focusing on Week 3.” That we are.

First, Hack’s really likin’ the Steelers laying 2 1/2 points at the Rams. We know what we get with the Steelers. One thing we don’t know is whether we get the Rams that beat the Seahawks or the Rams that tanked it against the Redskins. Thinkin’ more latter than former. Lay the points.

Indy sure Sucked with Luck on Monday, now they travel to Tennessee while laying 3 points to the Titans. Typically Fish Hack avoids Monday Night teams that go on the road in the short week. The Titans, however, looked awful last week and figure Luck will take care of the ball this week, so lay the points.

Finally, we have the J-E-T-S taking on the Chipster in Philly. The boo-birds will be out early and often when the Iggles not just struggle but seem to give up early in this one. Lay the 2.5 points and take NY.

BOOK IT!,

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BOOK IT! Friday On a Short Roll

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack starts the season 2-1 after splitting two games Sunday and scorching last night’s win with the over. Would be 3-0 if Marcus Mariota didn’t personally fillet the under on his own in that record win over Jax.

Missed the Thursday pick? Gotta follow Fish Hack on Twitter to get it. @MTwriterFreeman

Let’s get to it.

First, there’s Houston at Carolina. A groaner of a regional game that is important only on the ticker. The NFL Red Zone will play a commercial before it gets true highlights from this one. With a 40.5 total on the board, take the under and watch something else.

San Diego travels to Cincy for a game in which the bigger Bengals will push the smallish Chargers around the field like they’re playing shuffleboard. Give San Diego the three points and just hope Andy Dalton doesn’t score for both teams.

Lastly, Baltimore goes to Oakland, where the Commitment to Excrement continues on. The Raiders get six points on the line. That’s more than they’ll put on the scoreboard. Lay the points.

BOOK IT!

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BOOK IT! Friday Returns

Welcome to the return of BOOK IT! Friday, when Fish Hack weighs in on a couple good NFL wagers so you steelhead bums don’t have to take your empties to the recycling center just to have weekend beer money.

This-here investment service is in its third year now, with the first year putting more than $600 cash in your pocket if you bet $50 on every Fish Hack call that season. Last year? Broke even, but had a hell of a time doing so.

As with most seasons, Fish Hack needs a few games under this-here belt to develop the trends needed to hit good cashes. Until then, there are still some first-week bets that stand out.

First, there’s Tampa Bay verse Tennessee, rookie QB veres rookie QB. Both will struggle and who the hell really cares who wins this one. But the smart money is on the snoozer line. Take the under 42 1/2 point total and watch this punt-fest unfold.

Not so much in the Detroit at San Diego game. Both teams have stacked offenses and should rack up the points under the sun. Detroit is getting three points, but remember that Mathew Stafford is 0-18 on the road against winning teams in his career.

But San Diego isn’t yet a winning team, so back away from that table. Still, the 44 1/2 total looks easily attainable, possibly as early as the start of the fourth quarter.

BOOK IT!

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HAIKU MONDAY: 99 Problems, Whackin’ Fish Ain’t One

Fish Hack, left, and dinner

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the Fish Wrap after spending Saturday in the mobile office on the lower Rogue Bay, turning eyes into X’s on one fine fall chinook in tidewater before they start heading en masse upriver.

Gotta love them bay fish. Troll all day for one bite, then head back with a 24-pound chromer.

Hack’s newest slogan:”I got 99 problems/Whackin’  fish ain’t one.”

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever else comes to mind, with a few forms of bad Japanese poetry stuffed in as the schtick.

This-here schtick ended up in the bay with Hack’s bud Brian Winkler on the motor trolling Hack into a chinook just to validate that Hack really does investigate and truthify all that crap in the weekly MT Fishing Report.

Hack says troll a large anchovy with a chartreuse Rogue blade, Hack trolls a large anchovy with a chartreuse Rogue blade.

Took a while, but Hack finally stumbled into this-here chromer thanks to a quick net-job by B-Wink.

Then the work began.

Spend a bit filleting, portioning and vacuum-sealing the carcass and pulled the belly straps for the smoker. Also took some trims for some salmon tacos.

Gotta love chinook:./Bite hard, pull strong, taste awesome./Try that with golf clubs.

But the chinook are on the move out of the bay, and that means the August “spike” of water from Lost Creek Lake into the Rogue River to help those fish get upstream and out of the lower Rogue’s hot summer water.

That’ll put fish in the Lower Rogue Canyon and into the Merlin-Galice area by this weekend.

But they never taste as great as they do plucked right from the bay.

Bay chinook perfect./Sea lice, puny eggs pure chrome./Great place to whack ‘nooks.

 

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HAIKU MONDAY: On The Perfect Chinook Pyre

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is holed up at the Fish Wrap waiting for the smoke to clear enough so rowing the home waters of the Upper Rogue won’t feel like suckin’ down a pack of Camels as Hack did half a life ago.

Too much smoke to row./Steelhead gettin’ a respite/From hack’s plugs, worms, flies.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors, with a few bad forms of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

This vast morass of smoke may be choking Fish Hack and plenty others off the water. But it’s providing a much-needed thermal cover over the Rogue to help migrating wild fall chinook survive otherwise lethal water temperatures in the lower Rogue.

Water temps at Agness were forecast to hit 82 degrees last weekend, but the smoke helped reduce the thermal load on the Rogue, and temps are hovering around 77 degree instead.

Still high, but at least the chinook have a shot.

Poached ‘nook not for Hack./Hot water bane of chinook./Stay in the bay, chill..

Fish Hack wants most fall chinook to stay in the bay this week for two reasons.

One, it’s cooler and they can wait another week before augmented flows cool the lower Rogue and improve migration conditions.

And two…Hack’s headed to the bay to turn some chinook eyes into X’s before the mass exodus occurs.

If the ‘nooks are gonna die, it’s best to provide that primo funeral pyre called Hack’s bbq.

Time to hit the bay./Troill ‘chovies, whack two chinook./Better’cued than poached.

 

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Upper Rogue Double-Dipping

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is livin’ the double-dipping life on the upper Rogue River, which happens to be Hack’s home waters.

Should Hack fish for spring chinook or summer steelhead? Yes.

Can’t choose between fish?/Then target steelhead and ‘nooks./Plenty of both here.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style aboutt the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind while sprinkling in some back versions of old Japanese poetry as the schtick.

Lots of apers out there in the bogosphere, but Hack was the first to marry haiku’s with Northwest fishing, and Hack writes that as if it’s a good thing.

Take blame for haikus?/Hack’s got to stick out somehow/In dumb blogger-sphere.

July is a special time in the upper Rogue because it’s the overlap of two precious runs. The spring chinook run is starting to peter out, but there are late pulses of hatchery fish moving through so it’s generally the time when the percentage of fin-clipped fish in need of seeing their eyes turned into X’s increases.

Plus, the early-run summer steelhead are hanging around. They’re a mix of smallish fish around 19 inches, plus decent numbers of the 8- to 10-pounders.

Target one you can end up catching either. Or both.

That’s why fishing Mag Lip 3.5 plugs is quite the ticket right now. They’re the right size to entice either big summers or bigger chinook when fishied in the deeper runs of the upper Rogue.

Get your Mag Lip on./Pop both chinook and steelhead./Good time to go Rogue.

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Catch with the Kid and Steelhead FD Memories

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack’s spent a summer solstice that didn’t include a three-putt that didn’t include three-putting the 18th.

Stayed out late chucking the football in the dark with Tax Deduction No. 2, perfect Father’s Day ending.

“Wanna throw the ball?”/”Sure, Dad. Just like we used to.”/Miss those simple times.

For you Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad versions of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Caught the first summer steelhead of the season Sunday morning on the upper Rogue River, Hack’s home waters. And it came about a month after hooking the first one.

That first summer of the year typically marks the start of Hack’s year. Two years ago, the June summer steelhead started a 12-month string of catching a steelhead somewhere on a 15-mile stretch of the upper Rogue. Pretty astonishing feat, but the Rogue is special and so are steelhead.

Especially after being deftly sick of trying to get a Rogue hatchery spring chinook to unlock that welded-shut mouth and bite a bait.

Changing of the guard./Chinook are the enemy./Steelhead are your friends.

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Free Fishing Sit-Out and Early Cocktail Hour

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the saddle and happy for American Pharoah for nailing that Triple Crown in Secretariat-ish fashion.

Watching the Belmont is the only way Fish Hack spends Free Fishing Weekend.

Free Fishing Weekend./One day left to amateurs./Fish Hack sits it out.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors, with a few forms of bad Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Free Fishing Weekend and Graduation Weekend have a few things in common. Mainly, though, it’s that neither Fish Hack nor his brood partook.

Tax Deduction No. 1 still has another year left in that great daytime babysitting institution known as the Medford School District. and TD#2 just put the knife in freshman year.

Free Fishing Weekend, despite Hack’s distinct lack of sharing good water, is a good thing for Oregonians who want to test-drive fishing without having to tell a pint of plasma for a license and salmon tag.

Tap blood for license./And it’s going up next year./Expensive hobby.

Still, you’ll see Fish Hack back on his favorite haunts on the upper Rogue River on Tuesday, plying the pools for spring chinook salmon on cocktail hour.

Missed that missive? Check it out HERE.

Sand shrimp cocktail hour./5 a.m. chinook bite starts./Great way to start day.

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Less Fish Blood, Clearer Videos

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back adding new media to the cyber version of the Fish Wrap now that a little iPhone cleansing has occurred.

Who would have thought fish guts on the phone would ruin cause blurry videos?

Clean off the fish guts./Shoot vid: “Nugget Falls Rafting.”/ Finally in focus.

Don’t believe Hack? Check out Hack’s summer rafting preview on the Rogue River, including draft water-release strategies from Lost Creek Lake and the rad phone vid at Nugget Falls HERE.

Watch the video./More clicks keep Fish Hack employed./Can’t do honest work.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes into mind, with a few forms of bad Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Water woes on the Rogue will continue through the summer, but enough supplemental flows from Lost Creek releases will keep your boat afloat…as long as you know how to row.

Some of the rapids will be awfully skinny and other will be easier from the lower flows. To see what to expect, read the story.

Hack looks out for you./Just keeping your boat afloat./Just avoid the rocks.

Hope you liked the short video. Guess Hack wiill be wiping those lenses more than once every change of data plans

 

 

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Springers and the One We Let Go Away

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack helped break the ice on the upper Rogue’s spring chinook salmon season by stumbling into what might be the first upper Rogue springer of the season.

Twenty-five pounder./Hit plug meant for a steelhead./Still an epic catch.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins still out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind. The bad versions of old Japanese poetry is the schtick that keeps on schticking.

So got best bud Jeff Barnard in the front seat of the driftboat Saturday on a steelhead float downstream of TouVelle State Park. The fishing was far more prevalent than the catching for everyone, and I opined aloud that hooking the first sprigner of the season would erase the ills of the day.

Been rumors of a couple caught earlier but no photographic evidence. Besides, there were just two in Cole Rivers Hatchery, so it’s not like their are many of these somewhat rare critters out there.

Fish in a barrel./Talking springers, big barrel/And not many fish.

So we got one steelhead released when we pulled into the old First Chance hole. It was the spot where the Rogue flowed into the Gold Ray Dam impoundment for 106 years before that dam was jettisoned from the Rogue in 2010.

Barnard lets out one plug then gets obsessed with changing out a hook on a plug destroyed last week by Eric Winkler’s first steelhead that anchored Friday’s Oregon Outdoors story about how there’s so many winter steelhead in the upper Rogue that even one-armed rookies can limit out. Check it out HERE.

Fresh steelhead abound./Break an elbow, catch two fish./Wince the hero shot.

So I tell Barnard, why don’t you let that other plug out before you fart around with that plug?

So he lets out the hand-painted K-9 Kwikfish and starts to dissect said hook.
Uhh, you gonna get that?” I say.

The rod is pulsating but the fish on the other line isn’t running. Just swirling around in the deep hole.

“Dude, that’s a springer.” Hack says.

Yadayadayada, after four times trying to net the damn thing (it was 5 inches longer than the net ON EACH SIDE!), Fish Hack finally put the corral on this-here bad-girl.

35 inches. Maybe 25 pounds. Chromer than a new truck bumper.

Wild.

One too many fins./Released 200 bucks worth of/Primo ‘nook fillets.

Woulda turned Fish Hack’s Fish Camp into an impromptu fish party if that adipose fin was gone.

No prob. Still made the trip.

And the opening salvo on what should be a primo springer season.

Stink out of the boat/Earliest springer Hack’s got/ Great sign for the times.

 

 

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