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09-06-2005, 10:00 AM
Hi All,
I just wanted to share with you, a great time I had with my kids and friends on a local river here in WA over this past weekend.

We walked out onto the river's edge at 6:00am on Sat. There were a few fish moving through and only a few early bird anglers.

I hooked into a couple fish throughout the morning, but didn't land my bright hen until about 1:00pm. Then, a few minutes later, my oldest son Derek hooked into a toad of a fish. Once other anglers realized he hadn't lost the fish and the general consensus was that it was a "big'un", we all were cheering and coaching him in hopes of landing this old buck. About ten minutes later, I managed to dip the net under his nose and surface the battle-worn bruiser.

Derek's salmon weighed in at just under 25 pounds. Although this fish likely lost weight in the spawning phase, he was visibly much larger than any fish some of the old-timers had "ever seen caught on the river."

Hunter then picked up my rod and within about 8 casts hooked into and landed his very first King salmon. This was a 14 pound buck that also had my chrome hen looking pretty small. After a solid 7 minute battle, Hunter was holding his prize.

I'm a proud dad and was so glad we could share this experience with one another and our close friends. A huge thanks goes out to Mike Norman (Olympic Kings Guide Service) and his family for being such great friends and excellent sportsmen.



The gear we used:
Rods: 8.5 - 10ft, medium to heavy, baitcast rods
Reels: baitcast reels with 14-20lb line
Tackle: salmon drift gear, consisting of slide weights, barrel swivels, 2-5ft leaders, various sized corkies, single, size 2 to 1/0 octopus style, barbless hooks

09-06-2005, 10:10 AM
awesome trip Shane! boy that is nice memory that you will have. congrats and thanks for the report http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif

09-06-2005, 02:12 PM
Hey Chris, thanks much! It was just beyond great.

Derek and I head out tomorrow for his first archery elk hunt and I just know we&#39;ll have a blast together.

Take care and good luck this fall.