After 3 weeks of lackluster fishing on the Nisqually river in September of 08, My fishing partner Robin and I, were determined to catch some nice fish. Having been pretty much skunked for the previous several trips, I was really starting to wonder if I had lost my touch. This particular morning started off pretty much the same.... with fish jumping around us and not being able to get a good hook-up. finally, after a couple of hours, Robin yelled," FISH ON ". I turned to look, half expecting to see him hooked up on a snag. To my surprise, he was fighting a really nice 10lb bright chrome king. After successfully landing the fish, I was feeling happy for Robin, but a bit dejected as I don't like to be outfished. A few minutes later, my bobber disappeared under the water, and I proceeded to set the hook in a really nice 12lb male king salmon, which we promptly landed. Shortly thereafter, I hooked and landed a 15 pounder. I was joking with Robin that they kept getting bigger, and "wait and see how big the next one will be". Finally, just after noon, my bobber once againg disappeared, and when I set the hook, one of the biggest salmon I have ever hooked doubled over my rod and came immediately to the surface to display its majestic beauty with a tail slap and a jump. I realized rather quickly that, with the gear that I was using, I was a little out gunned. Every time i would gain 10 or 15 yards of line back, the fish would strip out 30 yards. Finally, after 45 minutes and several close calls with the Indian gillnetters in their jet sleds who seemed determined to run over my line when the drove past, Robin did a fantastic job netting the fish with a net that was entirely too small for the fish that was being landed. At this time, we had our limit of adult Kings, and we were both pretty tired, so we loaded up the car, cleaned up our fishing area, and headed for home with salmon in the trunk and smiles on our face. All in All, it was a pretty bad run of fish we had this year, but that one day definitely made it all worth the effort.
Great day on the Nisqually
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