Paul, BTW great salmon pictures a few pages back. Do you see any really large ones or are those pretty much representative of the run size? Also, are you catching them on streamers & wets?Yes, they are.
Size for size they're more fun than striped bass in my opinion.
The ones in those pictures are about as large as the usually get. There are bigger ones, but rarely.Paul, BTW great salmon pictures a few pages back. Do you see any really large ones or are those pretty much representative of the run size? Also, are you catching them on streamers & wets?
Wow that’s one hell of a silver. Like you, I didn’t realize that I was anywhere near the state record, so I didn’t think to document anything or even look into it. It wasn’t until I showed a friend that pointed out that it was damn close if not larger than the record. Oh well, it will always be a good memory to see a fish of that size. Based on their life spans, he’s probably a decade or more older than I am.You should have figured out how to keep him alive while you learned where to have it certified. You may have caught the state record fish.
Don't be like me, I killed and filleted a 26 pound Silver salmon in 2009 because I didn't realize that I will never see another one like that in my lifetime.
Here's a picture, the small fish weighed just under 14 pounds.
That rod is a 9 foot 7 weight and you can see how far past the butt and stripping guide the fish was. Far as I can tell from the old image is that the tail reached the ferrule and the nose appears to be an inch or 2 past the butt. That would make that a 40 - 41 1/2 inch silver salmon and the girth was incredible.
I never realized what I had done until about 4 years later. I was king fishing and made a remark to myself that the kings I was catching were not as big as that silver I caught in western Kodiak on a remote river.
I had a scale but it only weighs up to 22 pounds and when it bottomed out I had shrugged and muttered "must be 23" and then I butchered the fish. It was years later that I learned the state record was caught in the ocean down in Icy Bay back in 1978 or something like that on ocean fishing gear. I caught the fish pictured on a pink white and blue marabou streamer on a 15 pound tippet. I caught so many 12 to 16 pound fish during that trip that I had become numb to seeing big fish. That's how it happens, you just shrug and say it looks a little bigger than average...............