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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 3:33 pm
salty nick


Posts: 1111

Caught: 21 lb. king salmon
Lure: Mepps #5 metallic blue/silver blade
Rod/Reel: 8.5' Pflueger Trion rod/daiwa Regal 4000

Finally got my first river salmon of the season!
Started out at a spot north of Freeport at around 7am. Weather and conditions were beautiful, but fishing was slow. Not too crowded, about 20 people or so fishing from the bank. Helped net the only fish I saw come up around 7:30am. At 9am decided to move south to Freeport.

Fishing was slow at Freeport, too. Saw a couple fish come up in the boats that were jigging, but I asked the guy next to me - nothing from shore. I donated all four of my favorite Mepps #5 pattern (ham n' eggs) to the shallower shoreline at Freeport - moving to 3 different spots, trying to find a relatively snag-free zone. Was getting frustrated losing so many rigs/spinners. Decided to go with metallic blue/silver blade - thought it would be subtle compared to all the chartreuse people around me were using.

As I was reeling in my lure around 11:30am, I noticed a big, light blue houseboat - and it was literally a house. I don't know if the owner made it with his tongue-in-cheek - but it was complete with 2 stories, the second story being a small A-frame roofed compartment, which housed the console. I think it might have even had a white picket fence around it, but I could be remembering wrong. While laughing to myself at this, I suddenly felt a big TUG on my line and my heart dropped in my stomach! My spidey senses went off and I felt a heavy pulsing weight on the other end of my line.
The fish took off on several long runs, then stopped. For awhile, I couldn't move it, but with constant pressure it started giving a little and I was able to slowly pump in a little line. It went downstream, then upstream and generally gave me a hard time - forgot how fun it was to catch a salmon on the river! After a hard 15-20 minute fight, I was able to pull it to shore. Nobody around me wanted to help net the fish. I was thinking of reaching for my net, but the fish looked spent - so I guided it into the rocks and grabbed it by the gills.
It was a 21 lb. hen (roe - yes!), not dime bright, kind of grey, so not sure how the meat will taste. Glad to break in my new setup (finally, I'm 1 for 5), it handled very smoothly, and it's light and easy to cast. Happy to get the skunk off!

Salty.



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:00 pm
fakefisherman


Posts: 569
Location: Redwood City, CA

Beauty!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:44 pm
pinfish


Posts: 2131
Location: Vallejo

yeah! i think that's the rod i have. it rules!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:48 pm
songslinger


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Location: Where Common Sense Presides

Right on, Jeff!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:08 pm
leony


Posts: 35

Wow wow wow! A fish of 5,000 casts!!! Nobody deserves it better than you do!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 11:57 am
frozendog


Posts: 1611
Location: SLO County

Handsome fish and I am sure a major adrenalin rush.How many salmon recipes do you have?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 12:29 pm
salty nick


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I think it's been about 2,000 casts, but then who's counting? The meat on this one was orange, but not bright orange - so I'm smoking it as we type. That's the only recipe I have, FD - my wife has all the other recipes. Curing 2/3 of the roe for whatever.

Salty.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:51 pm
mel


Posts: 2349

Very nice looking fish Jeff! I'm going out Saturday to see if I can hook into a salmon. I'll be doing the party boat thing out of Emeryville though. Way to hang in there for the first of the season! I know what you can do with roe too. ; )
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:11 pm
east bay fisher


Posts: 126

Way to go beautiful salmon. Gonna try next weekend on the American hopefully.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 9:36 pm
red fish


Posts: 2545
Location: Berkeley Pier

That's allrighttt Salty Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 6:59 am
rock hopper


Posts: 828

YES!!!

You da man, Salty!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:41 am
grammar police


Posts: 441

Nice haul Jeff.

WTG on the first river king for the year.
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