Monday, October 24, 2011

Zombie King Salmon

My final trip to the SR this year was a good one.  Trevor & I made a day run with father & son , Bill & Will.  This was a plan that was born at a couple of scout meetings throught the year.  Everyone was pretty much a novice salmon angler so I wanted to make sure everyone got to fight a fish.  Mission accopmplished. 
Bill with a hefty spawned out hen.  He is admittedly not much of a fisherman and hasn't done much fishing.  Welcome to your new addiction Bill.
Here is his son Will fighting one of 5 or 6 hel landed throughout the day.  He got the nack of things only after a couple of hours toutering on spotting fish on proper presentation.

My son Trevor fought several kings today and finally got this male to come in to get his picture taken.

The salmon season is winding down as you can tell most of these fish are spawned out and headed out.  We saw lots of guys fighting steelhead today.  It should be a great chome season .  I have a couple of friends in Oswego County now and I should be getting reports from them soon.  More to come.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Al, Greg & Derrick joined me in Pulaski this weekend for some salmon fishing.  Great to get together with old friends for some time on the water.  Saturday proved beyond expectations with comfortable and sunny weather for most of the day on the DSR.  Saturday night was like hurricane conditions off Lake Ontario.  The awning on the camper made a great sail that rocked us all to sleep.  Sundays weather was nice again until we left and it rained all the way home.

Being sucessful at King salmon fishing takes a lot of practice and you gotta pay your dues.  It's a totally different game than trout.  I have put in enough time in the Pulaski fishery to learn the way to do it right.  Legend has it that Kings do not bite during the spawn.  This picture is proof that they do.  If this fish had been lined/flossed, the hook would be stuck from the outside of the mouth in not from the inside out.  Obviously this fish "took" the fly.

THE REPORT: I limited out on Saturday with two males about 24" and a spawned out hen in the 12 to 14 pound range.  I caught 2 more and released them.  The real heart breaker was a 25 pound hen that came unbuttoned.  Sunday I was in the right place at the right time to land a 20 pound hen just upstream from the Tressile Pool.   My buddies are getting closer to payday with every trip.  They all were able to get a tug and understand more about spotting and presenting.
Now the work begins.  Filleting and preping for the smoker and canning.