Archive: Remembering 2007 as most difficult angling year

Posted: February 3, 2013 by Hellcat in Fish Reports



Brandon Lobey, Rob Hammill and H3llcat

2007, A Year In Review

By Christopher H3lllcat Heller

2007 will turn out to be the toughest year of fishing in my life. I’m not saying this as a, good, or as a, bad, thing. I’m just saying. I mean it is what it is. There were some pretty cool things accomplished as well, but again, I’m just saying; I’ve got buddies all over the board with blanked tags for both Salmon and Steelhead.

In fact, my only King of the year, Spring or Fall, was lost after an epic battle on the ***** river from my drift boat in high water. One King. I used to fart ‘one King’. I just don’t get it.

I mean, it seems like each year, there is something more tragic that happens to sportfishing. Either it’s a monumentally shitty run for one reason or another, or the timing is off or something. As I said, I just don’t know. I suppose the fact that I caught my first Winter Steelhead from a Washington river in 2007 is notable. B Dog (Brandon) and I scouting out several new rivers in 2007 may prove to be the best use of time down the road. We like Washington.

Banging out a fifteen pound nickel bright Winter out of our new boat nearly a year ago is also something to talk about. But other than a very few stories such as these, there just hasn’t been the consistent fishing we’ve all come to know and love here in the Northwest.

I imagine that’s a good portion of the reason why my website has fallen off so many of my friends’ radars. Can’t blame them, I guess. If you ain’t ever catching anything then there ain’t much to talk about, some would say. Anyhow, I hope that we start to see some more consistent returns here in the near future.

My gut tells me that my up river coastal fishing days with five to ten Kings hooked and half as many landed are long gone. Something else tells me we’d better start warming up to Sal so he can start taking us on his trips across the nation and abroad. He does pretty GD well. Come on Stripers. I’m down for Stripers.

Anyway, thanks for coming by my website and taking a minute. I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

Your Commander In Chief, H3LLCAT


  1. B Dog says:

    That was a tough year for fish caught but like you said a great year to scout new water! To me that’s half of fishing for me. Just to be out on a beautiful river with good friends is my meditation. If a fish comes my way then even better!

  2. REEL LIfestyle says:

    Well the comment about” people falling off the radar” ( para phrase) is a thing of the past..You sir have accomplished so much and you have alined yourself with the fish Gods. We at REEL Lifestyle absolutely LOVE this site ..We admire your dedication , especially with the family and ventures..It takes so much for me just to follow FB …..You ,H3LLCAT , are a rock ..thank you for all you have done for us and yourself>>>>>>>>

  3. Hellcat says:

    Rod I absolutely cannot wait to fish beside you, Sir.

  4. REEL LIfestyle says:

    Me either… My FRIEND

  5. Strick says:

    Pretty sweet looking back for you I bet. Seeing the changes and growth. Much repect. Ive been a huge fan since the day I stumbled upon your site.

    Your friend,


  6. Mr. Sockeye says:

    That was a horrible year in California too. In fact, it was the beginning of the collapse on the Sacramento River. The Sacramento has always been reliable. Every year, 300-800,000 kings would return, and fishing was always consistent. By 2009, 90,000 kings returned for the whole Sacramento Valley, our seasons were closed, and fishing sucked. In 2007, I caught 2 king salmon. Both of them were taken on the same day on the Sacramento River. That was it for the year. This year, I put 79 kings on my boat. Hopefully the runs keep going up and up.

  7. Hellcat says:

    As always, Mike, you continue to raise the bar with your level of participation. Thanks for being such an oak. You’ve been around some years now. And you’re a certified slayer.

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