salmon fishing from a canoe
Posted by: ppine on Oct-20-13 1:08 PM (EST)
Recently we spent 5 days on the Sacramento River, CA during the fall run of chinook salmon. Our group managed to hook several fish in the 10-15 pound range. With a 4-5 knot current it was very difficult to land the fish, trying to control the canoes and keep from having the rod yanked overboard. Even the snags were exciting with 14 pound test line that doesn't break unless you cut it.
I envisioned fishing from shore from camp, but casting to rising splashing fish while underway is what presented itself. It is the most fun I have ever had without getting a single fish in the boat. Next time we'll bring large nets and "set the hook 3 times" as the old saying goes. King salmon have very hard mouths and are expert at using the current and spitting out hooks. Great fish and great times camping on sand bars.
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Posted by: Big_D on Oct-21-13 10:35 AM (EST)
I've twice hooked a king salmon. The first time I hooked it on a 6 weight while fishing for coho. It headed for Anchorage and that's all there was to it. I couldn't turn it and before it spooled me and I lost my whole line, I broke it off.
Posted by: ppine on Oct-21-13 4:21 PM (EST)