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LSUintheNW
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Landed another King Salmon
First decent rain we had was yesterday/last night so I decided to walk into a hole that won't be accessible by foot the next good rain we get. It's coming which is good.

I spent 2 hours waiting for someone to hook up. I changed to a different recipe of cured eggs I had with me and 2 drifts later I had a bobber down.

Very slow though, I thought I just got my trailing hook into the trees under the surface. I popped my rod up anyway and I was on.

It had an adipose fin making it a native fish and under this years regulations it had to be released. Fun but bonking it for the dinner table would've been nice.

If you are curious here's the setup I use. Which a lot of people use. You just have to have smooth drifts/good presentation in the zone, good eggs, and willing fish.

Hi vis 50 lb braid. 50 because it's stiffer and makes mending easier. Braid because it floats making it the best float rod line. Hi vis because seeing in the very 1st or last light isn't easy and these fish aren't line shy once they commit.


I pulled my top bobber stop down just to put it in the pic. The stop sets your depth. I use a stop below my bobber for when you eventually snag up. You'll lose your mono leader and possibly the weight but that stop saves your 3 buck float from going bye bye. The orange corky is an indicator. If sitting on top my bobber while drifting I know everything underneath is ok. 1/2 oz bobber with a 3/8 oz inline weight. My leader then ties onto the inline weight. I have a split shot on my mono leader about a foot above my egg hook. It helps the buoyant eggs get down in the zone. Inline weight plus split shot equal 1/2 oz which it is important to match your bobber weight.


Eggloop knot on my 1st hook (4/0) on about a 30" 30lb fluoro leader. I use a double clinch knot to tie on my trailing leader which I have a single 12mm pink bead 3 fingers above my 3/0 tied with a Snell knot.




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dream fish

Congrats and thanks for the education


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LSUintheNW
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re: Landed another King Salmon
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dream fish


Hope your dreams come true.

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Congrats and thanks for the education


Thanks, it felt good to hook up. Not many did.

You're welcome.


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Tbonepatron
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re: Landed another King Salmon
I wanna eat that.


RickfromArizona
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re: Landed another King Salmon
Do you highlight your hair Baw?


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When is snell called for?


LSUintheNW
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Do you highlight your hair Baw?


No, never have done anything like that. I'm almost 50/50 salt and pepper.


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LSUintheNW
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I wanna eat that.


As much as salmon isn't my favorite it sounded good as I let it swim away.


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Gtmodawg
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That's a nice 'un! That thing acted a fool in that water. huh??? Not a lot of room to escape so they turn to all sorts of pranks to get away. Nothing like big fish in skinny water!


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Gtmodawg
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Congrats and thanks for the education


It is a very technical fishery....it looks relatively simple but it is not. To be consistently successful (I ain't LOL) the presentation has to be near perfection. Very technical and difficult to maintain your composure when there are huge fish nearly at your feet taunting you. It takes a VERY good fisherman to consistently catch them.


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LSUintheNW
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re: Landed another King Salmon
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That thing acted a fool in that water.


They head for 1 of several underwater woodpiles every time.

Controlling them, or trying to, on spinning gear is a blast. You lose fish but we usually get a few chances. I only got 1 chance today but I only fished 3.5 hours. Luckily I landed it.

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Nothing like big fish in skinny water!




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LSUintheNW
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re: Landed another King Salmon
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When is snell called for?


You're asking the wrong baw. I use it for herring/anchovy leaders for trolling. It's quicker than the mooching knots others use and just as strong. Don't know the technical name.

For float fishing I only use them on bead trailer leaders. All the other leader setups incorporates bait/yarn so an eggloop knot is required.


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JetsCoach
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Landed another King Salmon


It was one of my "Bucket List" fish. Caught a 35lb King Salmon 5 weeks ago in the Gulf of Alaska. Tarpon is next!



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When is snell called for?


When you feel like taking forever to tie on a new hook.



Just kidding, I actually cant tie them very well so I'm being a hater. In super clear water it can hide then knot better, as I understand it. In Louisiana no real need unless you like fancy knots. For offshore fishing I am worried about teeth cutting the line if it is snelled and prefer a palomar in almost all circumstances. Fast and strong.



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LSUintheNW
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re: Landed another King Salmon
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It was one of my "Bucket List" fish. Caught a 35lb King Salmon 5 weeks ago in the Gulf of Alaska.


Beautiful!



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re: Landed another King Salmon
man I like that weight, may put that on slip corks down here. Ever had those swivels on it give out?


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Not on a fly?
Oh

Nice fish!


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CarRamrod
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Offshore, all I tie is snells.


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LSUintheNW
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man I like that weight, may put that on slip corks down here. Ever had those swivels on it give out?


No, never.


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