If anyone has the secret combo this year please share.
Thought I already did, but here you. go.
All things being equal, the go-to MA10 rig is the Jelly Crush or Cracked Ice HotSpot flasher. Green UV Ace Hi on a 30" leader. 60# leaders with with a pair of good 5/0 sickle type hooks. That will get you coho and kings.
If the fish are keyed on spoons, generally it's a 4 or 3.5 Silver Horde spoon. Irish Cream, herring aid, etc. Run that about 42 or so inches behind a green/red flasher. 40# leader. Keep the CohoKillers in the. box for the MidChannel or Possession fishery up in MA9.
Lastly, don't be afraid to run the 603 Tomic Plug tied directly to your mainline. I run 20lb. Stren ExtraStrong....ExtraBeefy line. Works great. If you purchase 10 603's, you'd be lucky if half were true "swimmers". Once you find one that consistently catches fish, watch in "swim" in the water. Takes good notes. Swim your other plugs and if they are not exactly mimicking your known swimmer, smash them with a hammer in front of the rest of your Tomics and tell them to either "Swim like this, or die by the hammer". Some will listen to you.
Run your plugs 30 or so feet off of the clip. Run 'em way back and generally fish them close to the bottom. 130' seems to be a good number out at Jeff.
I only run known "swimmers" until I lose it on a sunken crab pot or get it cut off by some dumb-ass in a Arima that is trolling directly behind us. Fish will always come right up to the surface with a plug. Boats trolling behind you are not your friend and are mostly clueless idiots if they are following you. Beware of these boats.
No scents or bait is needed. Learn to fish without using a crutch.
Put your hours in. Can't catch fish sitting at home or being a weekend warrior. You have a limited time in MA10 and I highly recommend you all capitalize on it.
You're welcome and completely happy to help and give up information. I'd rather have you all catch these fish than have them go to waste. Kill them all. Please.