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Hi all been a long while thought I would slip in and share some fishing with you. As always you are more than welcome at the Fireside.
Please find a seat, beverage of choice and of course if you would drop a note at the end of this....Hugs to all.
Well the first thing you see is I still had hair, a moustache, long sideburns. This was supper for two later that evening. Eat all you want and two would struggle eating that much fish. The next day they became fish sandwiches. A little mayo, salt and pepper and you feast like a king or Queen.
This particular one was a 23 pound Northern Pike is called various different names but the most well known is Northern Pike. Other names are Muskie, Alligators, Jack Fish or some not nice are Slough Sharks.
Call them near anything but once you lay into one be prepared as pound for pound they are all likely to be feistiest. This particular on I caught was on a #4 fly rod. That and the most ugly fly you have seen. The more colourful the better as Pike are predatory and have been known to bite on near anything. He took me near 15 minutes to land.
This fellow was even bigger and came in at just under 27 pounds. His size is reflective in size when you compare his head to mine. If you know your fishing tackle you will recognize the reel as a Zebco Cardinal Four with 4 pound test breaded Spider Wire. I had married up with a 6 foot Eagle Claw rod. I can tell right now these reels are virtually indestructible.
I have the complete Cardinal series that runs from 2 up to the Cardinal 7. They were virtually the last reels I bought. If you look them up on eBay they are running in the hundreds. Mine were purchased in 1966, Zebco had become a well known name and they moved part of their operation over to Aba Garcia. They began to skimp on quality and from what I have learned Zebco restructured all of their company. They began to climb back into the assurances of the fishing public.Today they are once again one of the best quality reels available.
Notice the lower inside of his mouth nearly all of the surface is row after row of razor sharp teeth. The same will be found starting at the back of the roof of his mouth to the edge of upper lip.
There have been some horrible injuries over their years. I speak from personal experience after I attempted remove a hook without my haemostats. It was near dark and I was in a hurry. I was not nearly as fast to get my fingers out, The thumb and forefinger were ripped as your first instinct is to pull back. Either it is a reflex of the fish sensing there is something in his mouth and he clamps down.
The following morning I had to attempt some to cover the wound. Even with two rather odd looking attempts I was still able to continue on fishing.
West Coast Salmon
For the average fisherman in Alberta I think Salmon Fishing off the West Coast is a must. The scenery and such and lure of catching the big one is overpowering. A fish such as this will provide you with many a fine meal.
They are illusive but once the bite is on you loose track of all time. They are an amazing fish and are very clever.
They are a deep running fish, 60-100 feet deep. To get your line and bait down to that depth a down rigger such as this is normal. Roughly 10 feet above the 22 pound weight there is a snap to place your line in. The bait rides above far enough and about 25 feet back that one swift snap of the line and you are fighting the fish without the heavy weight. Large flashers are attached 10 feet up from the bait to attract the Salmon.
Note the bend in the fishing rod, in having it it allows you to have a loaded way of setting the hook should you lay into a fish. The indicator a fish is one comes at watching the bobbing rod tip.
The down rigger has an electric winch on it to bring in the addition line as to not get tangled with the fish. You allowed two lines so it is advisable with getting the other in as well as these fish will run.
If you ever have the possibility of going after these river monsters by all means go. The Fraser River in Canada has some of the largest. Records were broken last year with an 1100 pounder measure close to 12 feet long.
They are a bottom feeder and they are very heavily regulated by Fish and Wildlife. All are to be released back with as little handling as possible. There be nothing better than having a picture taken with a monster, but sadly they like any fish if over handled can takes its toll on the fish.
To catch these you must know the river. They like to sit in the deeper areas, you move your boat 50 yards ahead of the spot. Attached to the line is 14 ounces of weight to hold the the line and bait on a large single hook. Attached as bait is salmon roe wrapped in a strip of a nylon. Thank you girls for giving up your dainties for such a good cause.
Once you drop anchor and get your bait out there it is a case of waiting. Often only minutes. Patience is the key while you allow the fish to take the bait into its mouth. If you attempt to set the hook to soon you miss your chance. Once there is a steady tug on the line you must be fast and very definite of setting the hook.
A good boat operator will drop his anchor attached to a buoy and hold the boat ahead of the fish. It is that sideways pull that will result in some rather scary times of being tossed all over the boat or overboard.
They often will give you an hour plus of straining muscle and thrill. Some boats at have seats that you are strapped in as you fight. The standard line strength is 1000 pounds with very expensive rods and reels.
Again once you have experienced it and having your knuckles drag on the ground after an eight hour day, rest assured you will find muscles you never knew you had.
Always a Bounty
This like many of the rivers of Alberta is a prized trout for the fly fisherman. I live close to the Bow River which winds it way throughout this great Province. The river is not for the faint hearted as it is very fast and does have some rapids. The Bow has been touted as one of the 4 world class trout rivers.
The journey I travel is approximately 65 miles long and takes me roughly 14 hours depending where I stop. The pontoon boat is the boat of choice, I have the Bear Cat model and it is loaded with storage space. I call it my River Hot Rod...
Lake trout are the fish of choice in Northern Canada. This picture was of a days catch in a few hours. It is also a down rigger system but less elaborate. They generally run in the 30-50 foot range in depth. When they are surfacing you can catch them on a fly rod.
By the end of the day these were in my smoker preparing for a winter supply of special treats.
I have loved and enjoyed fishing all my life thanks to my dad and his teaching. Not only did he give me the love of fishing but he gave me the true appreciation of knowing and understanding nature. It is to be respected. I can recall times being very far back into the wilderness away from all mankind. Maybe not the smartest thing to be doing but it gave the courage and strength to defeat my addictions. Dangers are many in the isolation I chose. It is with the greatest love I take in all nature has to provides, maybe being more wise with pushing the limits.
Share with me.
Have you experienced the fullness of nature?
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