Post By: JimmyRig Posted: 9/6/2012 7:17:45 PM Points: 252
Went up today and did some snagging. As soon as I got there I hooked into the biggest Koke I've ever seen, actually took me a bit to get him in. After about 5 hours and 25 hooks later I got 2 more and took off about 1PM. They are starting to turn pink and get the hook jaws on the males but still very thin packs, not really running. The inlet is super low compared to last year but the fish are much bigger than last years batch.
Due to the water being so shallow this year more snags than usual are expected. Lots of boulders and trees in the water where the fish will be spawning. Good news is a lot of ppl (like me) walk the inlet after it gets more shallow and pick up and polish the hooks for next season.
Also agree about the meat. Was very nice and pink. I'm getting much better at the filets also. Got all 6 off perfect with no skin (well very little).
Reply by: JimmyRig Posted: 9/18/2012 11:35:06 AM Points: 252
I went back up on Friday and it was super slow still. However, about 7PM they were hoping out everywhere.... go figure. Most of my luck has been right after lunch time when the other people leave. And I know I've said this 100 times but please use heavy braid and not that cheap junk mono. I swear I lost more hooks on other peoples broken walmart line than actual snags. I use 20lb braid and if you tie a double clinch not with a square knot above it, it will break off at the hook and not leave 20ft of line in the water and I can still almost bend the hook before the knot breaks. Friday I saw 1 salmon pulled that was red and hook billed so maybe 2 more weeks to be fired up good.
Reply by: JimmyRig Posted: 9/18/2012 11:40:25 AM Points: 252
And in response to tonar, I lose so many hooks because the area I fish is rather shallow with lots of boulders but I get more hits there and less people. If it puts your mind at ease there are a lot of us that go back after and before season in waders and pick up all these hooks and polish them up for next year and I usually spend about 30 mins picking up garbage and hooks every time I go out there.
Reply by: JimmyRig Posted: 9/21/2012 9:47:08 AM Points: 252
fish the inlet. You'll see the other 50 ppl... I'm taking my fiance up to stay at the melody cabins for the weekend and hopefully get her a first salmon snag. I'll give an update after I get back Sunday.