You might say “well that ain’t a big salmon, that ain’t big at all Dennis”, and to that I’d say, takes a big man to catch both the biggest and the smallest salmon for the boat on the same trip:
Bes’ respect dawg! But yea, I’ll take a limit of salmon thank you verrrry much!
Before I go & forget, let me stop to mention that I’m also starting to create all dem social mediars pages now, so ya’ll best follow/add/subscribe to keep up!
Getting back into it, I went out on the Ankeny Street in April, last weekend even! Yea, I’m not as far behind in updates as I usually tend to be! d= We left Pillar Point Harbor around 7:30am and headed out about 9 miles off shore to our first stop. Somewhere west of the military globey thing. Honestly, even if I were the kind to give exact coordinates, I couldn’t do better than that. I literally have no idea where we went. Everyone seems to know exactly where though:
Anyhow, we got to the first stop to set up for some trolling (salmon ball, 2.5 lbs cannon ball + bent anchovy so it spins). Important to note here: always get the 2.5 lbs ball.
I was fishing the rail, and Chris dropped my rig in for me (Was not yet really comfortable with the whole dealio). If memory serves he had me down around 30-32 pulls (1ft = 1 pull generally when talking about salmon fishing).
Wasn’t even 3 minutes into the first stop that my rod goes off, fish on!
^video of the whole trip :]
First fish of the day was the smaller one from above, taped out to 26″. Skinny, but no skunk! I’ll take what I can get, lucks all I got!
Things slowed down for a bit so I wandered around taking pictures, here’s the highlight:
Awhile later the boat got a double hook up!~ After a short fight, they were both landed:
That was generally how the day went. Learned a new phrase, the “poke and tickle”. Apparently its when you try to net something, shove the net forward, then barely miss, so you just graze the fish. That’s the tickle part I guess. I bring this up because boy did we ever do it!
Miraculously we never lost a fish (only missed two bites that never hooked). All fish that were hooked came in, and some we couldn’t even get the hook out of! Definitely a lucky day indeed 😀
There were lots of interesting moments too, like cutting open a full belly to find:
I know what you’re thinking, but dennis, that’s only ONE salmon. Well fine, here:
I didn’t even know we had pompano up here in Norcal. Maybe with the whole el nino thing…?
Anyways, its getting late, so Imma have to wrap ‘er up:
Some back story is necessary for this gif. Chris doesn’t believe in using flashers. Michael here added a flasher and caught two salmon! He also convinced a few others to use it and this is the result… d=
At the end of the day it wasn’t quite 50/50 for flashers vs straight bait, but it was close. Skewed a bit towards the flasher side, but that could just be randomness. So yea, flasher or not, as long as you’ve got a twirling spinning anchovy, you’re set!
Toooons more pictures at http://imgur.com/a/bNjtc
Oh also! One last note before I hop off here, since today was the opener of rock cod season, here’s an update to my most popular video (how to tie rock cod rigs):
Good luck out there!