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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2019, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Atlantic Salmon

Anyone see this, holy crap what a toad!


Tight lines! B K Paige
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2019, 02:48 AM
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Nice fish!

Why when I was a kid we used to pull smelt from the Swinomish Channel boat docks in LaConner that were only slightly smaller. Took two or three to fill a large bucket. Now those were the days. Of course I was pretty little and that was a long time ago, but yeah those were really nice smelt. We must have over fished that race of giants, that bloodline, because them smelt are just little buggers now. What else could explain it but over fishing.

Then we would take the ferry to the islands and go net rabbits. Why we could fill up a truck bed in one night's haul with them pesty rabbits. Then they brought the foxes over and ruined that. Seems all the fun stuff is gone.

And there was a friend up along the Skagit east of the town of Concrete that ran a cedar mill and owned a stable of Belgian draft horses I believe they were. Why he roped a bear from a pickup once. Those were wild times. True story.

When you get old you drift sometimes. Don't need a boat either. Sometimes you even do it on purpose.
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Jet sleds/boats destroy redds in the spawning grounds with their turbulent jet wash, scouring the bottom and further burying some of the eggs while ejecting the rest into the stream flow to be eaten. To protect fish, these boats must be restricted from the spawning grounds.
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Wonderful fish, I think you could have landed it much faster. That boy had lot's of stuff to do. I hope he got a chance to do his job.
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Amazing beasts those Alta salar. Unbelievable size. Thanks for sharing that video. Those anglers are fortunate.

Maybe I am out of place having never landed an Atlantic and I hate to be negative, but it sure made me uncomfortable on how long they held on to that 1st salmon while telling their story. Tough to watch that grand beast gasping on the bank after a long fight. I was relieved to finally see it swim away.
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The Alta must be pretty awesome both the fish and scenery. Like Adrian mentioned it was a bit difficult watching him hold the fish that long in that shallow of water. Not sure why he just didnít pull it out into a little deeper water. Figured a fishing celeb like Mikael Frodin would use a net these are huge fish and you are fishing from a boat and are camping right there. Oh well at least they released the fish too many of these are bonked on the head by the locals.
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When I was young I used to dream of catching a fish that size! Now, any Atlantic on my line gives me a heart stopping thrill.

Amazing river. I am a bit disapointed on the fish handling thoughÖ Especially for such an exceptional specimen (exceptional even for the Alta). Oh well...

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The good thing is it was released, they could have killed it!

Tight lines! B K Paige
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