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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately, many who fish for Chinook and Sockeye pure for food, use barbed hooks...... C&R anglers ( Steelhead and Chinook) are very meticulous out using barbless hooks.

So, when I hinted in the previous post barbless hooks, I was thinking that anglers who will "fish for Steelhead" may "forgot" about it.....
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You are quite correct Sazan. There are many cheaters out there. Almost half the hooks I find have barbs. Buying barbless hooks is much better than pinching barbs as well. If you don't file them as smooth as a newborns skin, you stand a good chance of having a bad day if the fish cops show up.

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For Steelhead I like ( for stingers flies) Owner #1 SSW hook. Even if initially barbed, it is a mini-barb, which when squeezed with pliers, give a very smooth surface. The worst are big bite hooks with a monster barb which is often used by food hunters.
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cohan commission?

I seem to look at things a bit different than most. It strikes me as more than coincidence that the year the Cohan Commission Report was issued on the Fraser River sockeye is the year the Fraser sockeye had excessive returns and the Skeena fish started to decline. I think that this is a deeper issue than lack of feed or global warming.
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I think ( could be wrong ) Fraser Sockeye is naturally spawn fish, where major portion of Babine Fish comes form Fulton Channels, which were created artificially after native fish has been decimated by gillnetters.

Allegedly back, before Fulton Channels were created, native Babine Fish were no more then 1-1.2 million.

Some fish biologist, who cares for fish population , not a packet of Jimmy Pattison who owes most of processors ( DFO in Prince Rupert ) think that Fulton Fish smolts in they first few months in the salt ( most critical for survival) have higher mortality.

Last year, based on Babine fence counting by early August, it was obvious that run is 20-25 % lower then estimated based on Tyee approximation. While fish may come 7-10 days later or earlier form salt, specially with low water like last year, they do not travel in Skeena/Babine 7-10 days longer, actually faster. And that was exactly DFO management idiotic explanation. They even tried to blame Babine mud slide for slowdown, the mudslide which did not exist.

The main reason was, that they underestimated by 20% 2015 run, so they needed to manufacture 2016 run by 20-25%.

They number of fish at Babine was exactly 20-25% less in 2016 then Tyee indicated.

This type of "tweaking" create problems. It is not as bad as prior to 2008 where with good run like 1.5 million + exploitation rate was 60-65%, with many openings in August, still DFO often try to increase exploitation rate from 10-20 to 20-30% if run looks a bit better.
The only way to do it right, is to curtail non-selective harvest and rate of harvest, restore native fish which typically run in late July and in August and slowly over years close Fulton Channels which produce fish running mainly in June-late July timeframe.
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One of my co workers was out on the river yesterday. Just before dark they ripped up the mainstem skeena across from exchamsiks to see a fire on the bank and when they approached they were waved off so as not to run over the gill net in the water.
Long story short 1-800 report line was called and the somewhat stunned individual on the other end of the line didn't even realize there was a closure.
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