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Rockfish on the fly with Drifter2007

Topic: How to not take photos  (Read 1758 times)

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  • Perch
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  • Location: Eugene
  • Date Registered: Apr 2021
  • Posts: 70
missing the nose
missing the tail
move farther away end up focusing on leg

other lessons from earlier this year: hold tight so two don't flop out of the boat,  make sure you're not on selfie mode so you get a picture of the sky,  don't take the picture when the fish curls it tail,  when photographing a big greenling make sure you include the tail

This is great I'm getting to catch all my fish twice.



Old Town Sportsman 106 PDL


  • Salmon
  • ******
  • Location: Lebanon
  • Date Registered: Mar 2017
  • Posts: 761
Well, I guess that is one issue I don't have simce I am always stuck at work.
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2004-2005 OIF (US ARMY)
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2016 Retired!


  • Salmon
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  • Location: Newport, OR
  • Date Registered: Feb 2017
  • Posts: 795
Haha, I remember that struggle when I competed in NorCal's AOTY. It's all part of the game!

Nice mack!
aMayesing Bros.


  • Salmon
  • ******
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Date Registered: Jul 2020
  • Posts: 642
Been there, done that!
A day without fishing probably wouldn't kill me,
but why risk it?

3rd Place AOTY 2023

3rd Place ORC 2023

1st Place Team Event BCS 2023
12th Place Individual BCS 2023

2nd Place AOTY 2022
1st Place Tiny Fish Slam 2022

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  • Lingcod
  • *****
  • Location: Central Oregon
  • Date Registered: Jul 2014
  • Posts: 431
My most painful photo was a 24Ē rainbow that I caught on a fly.  I took my time and got a good photo.  I put the fish in the net and reviewed the photo on my phone.  I could clearly see both ends in the photo, so I thought I was good.  I released the fish.  It wasnít until looking closer at the photo that I realized I had a water droplet on the lens when I took the photo.  Everything was clear except the numbers on the board.  I learned to zoom in while verifying.
The two best times to fish is when itís raining and when it ainít. -Patrick McManus

Being retired, they pay me when I go fishing, therefore I am kind of a professional fisherman.


  • Perch
  • ***
  • Location: Eugene
  • Date Registered: Apr 2021
  • Posts: 70
Thanks guys I feel better now.

The trouts are the worst.  They squirm like no ones business and are so slippery.

This is what would have been last years biggest cutthroat headed for freedom


Old Town Sportsman 106 PDL


  • Sturgeon
  • *******
  • Location: Cornelius, OR
  • Date Registered: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 1484
Thats a great action shot!  I've had more than a few camera shy fish avoid my lens over that last few years of doing AOTY.  Now I just use my gopro that I have on my head and pull photos from it later. 
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2018 Native Titan 10.5 "Battle Barge"
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  • Rockfish
  • ****
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Date Registered: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 153
I have a video on my phone of me trying to take a photo of my first ever walleye AOTY entry a few years back, then the sound of a fish hitting plastic and then the water, and my friend laughing manically and yelling "you should have bonked it!" So yeah, when you're trying to take a photo and you're in video mode - not a good approach, do not recommend. As brother Clayman noted - part of the game!


  • Salmon
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  • Retired!
  • Location: Wyoming
  • Date Registered: Jun 2020
  • Posts: 523
Nice Mac BTW Kemfish.
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  • Lauren
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  • Sturgeon
  • *****
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Date Registered: May 2013
  • Posts: 3307
That's a tough run of luck on the photos! The true trophies are certainly a pain - not that I would know!  ;D

One tip I have is to leave the fish hooked if possible, so that if it flops you have a little bit of backup and might not lose it. I also try to position the board over my net if it's in my lap. I've preserved a few fish when they jumped by "catching" them in the net.


  • Perch
  • ***
  • Location: Eugene
  • Date Registered: Apr 2021
  • Posts: 70
I don't get too bummed about any of them.  I'm more disappointed in myself for the pictures that just aren't good than I am the fish that escape.  The picture is just for a game I play with a bunch of guys on the internet.   I know I beat the fish and so does it.   I'll remember that first kayak lingcod even though there's no picture and its still terrorizing greenling off the Winchester Bay jetties.

It is interesting how excited you can get when you catch the crappie that's only 1/2 an inch longer than your last one, but it gives you 7 points that slides you past SDOR2 into first place, however temporary that might be.


Old Town Sportsman 106 PDL


  • ORC_Safety
  • Salmon
  • *
  • With a But like mine, you'd want to flaunt it too.
  • Location: Vale, Oregon
  • Date Registered: May 2014
  • Posts: 901
This was my first chinook submission. Denied :D  This is what happens when you have someone take the pic for you and you don't check it immediately. Even when you ask them twice if they got a good pix and they say absolutely. Did I mention the person taking the pic was also a moderator that approves submissions hahahaha. Foul play was suspected waaaaayyyyyy too late.


  • Rockfish
  • ****
  • Location: Klamath Falls, OR
  • Date Registered: Mar 2016
  • Posts: 116
bruh... so many times..
1st Place at your moms house 2022
3rd place to your sisters prom 2019

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