FishOnLine: Salmon fishing

Fishonline was born from an idea that can change the way anglers interact with their environment. Our YouTube videos have reached 194 countries around the world and we are just warming up. Please help us and spread the word about fishonline to ensure that future generations also enjoy the sport. Now, my take on salmon fishing. Salmon takes the number one spot in popularity among most fishing enthusiasts. When you hook your first salmon and it takes forty or fifty feet of line off from your screaming reel, you’ll understand what the excitement is all about. This uncrowned species of the fish kingdom is built to swim with incredible speed especially in short bursts of energy that it uses to gain speed before jumping and swimming up waterfalls. This turbo charged speed and energy can snap lines, break rods and bend hooks that’s why you have to have the right gear and learn to use it properly. You will find thousands of pages of advice on the internet about salmon fishing; please allow me to share some of mine with you, including one that Les Stroud, otherwise known as survivor man shared with us. The most important tip is to set your drag of your reel according to the water conditions. If there are no snags in the river, lake, or the ocean you can let the salmon take off even a hundred yards of line or more until it gets tired and you can land it. If there is a logjam in the river fifty feet in front of you, you have to stop the fish before it reaches it. This situation usually means a medium heavy action rod, thirty pound braided line and a focused effort from your part to turn the fish around. I don’t advise to adjust the drag on your reel while the fish is running, but that’s exactly what we had to do when the run was getting the fish dangerously close to submerged structures in the river.

If you decide to try spinner baits, crank baits, jointed Rapala; vary their size and color according to weather and water conditions. Silver colored spinner baits are easier to see in muddy water. If you see that the local anglers use a certain type or color jig; you should try the same. Your local fishing supply store can give you some good advice and if you see that they are almost sold out of certain bait, you should buy the same. If you are working with rapalas, vary the speed of your retrieve, therefore the depth of which your jig is swimming. Sometimes it takes hundreds of casts to hook a salmon, for the luckiest ones it only takes one. I have made all kinds of mistakes while salmon fishing, most of them are mentioned above, some of them are captured on video. The last advice by survivorman, Les Stroud is that you should be patient. Yes, that’s all he said when we were asking him for fishing tips, and he is right. I have been fishing for almost fifty years, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded.

I remember when we wanted to catch carp on the Nottawasaga River and chummed the place with corn and cooked cornmeal in hopes of attracting the fish to a certain spot. We never really had the time or the patience to stay there for four or five hours and often went home without landing a single fish. Once we stayed for a whole day, we realized that sometimes it takes carp four to five hours to find your bait following the scent-trail your carp feeder left. When we target carp in the same river that salmon is swimming up on to spawn, we are helping the salmon population to grow, because carp is feeding on salmon eggs and even young salmon. Finally, here is how you can train for salmon fishing and get ready for that big run after you hook it.

How to train for fishing

You can also check out how you can train for fighting and landing big fish from shore. Some of this training looks like just fun and games, but this is exactly what helped Peter land a twenty six pound carp, when he was just eleven years old.
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Canoe trips sound adventurous even romantic, until you overload your boat and almost capsize on rough waters. That story is coming up later. Handling your rod, hooks and jigs safely is the first thing you should teach your kids, while you are enjoying the family trip. Instead writing about it, we are planning to create some videos.

Tips for a safe fishing trip:

A jellyfish stung my son, Peter while we were vacationing by the ocean in North Carolina. My right foot was stabbed in seven places by razor sharp seashells and blood was pouring out from all seven wounds for all the sharks to sample around the island. My wife Judit has dislocated her knee, while setting the hook for a twenty pound carp. My son Tomas was fishing in an unsafe manner, but managed to catch more fish than the entire family. We are going to share the secret on our pages soon… When my daughter was eight years old, she was fighting a fish that was nearly half of her body weight and created a situation that we had to learn from. I know these are just teasers, but we are writing a story about each of these adventures, so again… Check back soon. You can even request which story you are interested the most. Thank you for visiting and reading my story. The best way to keep in touch with us is though our YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please don't forget to take your kids or friends fishing after watching our videos. Thanks agian for stopping by.

Salmon Fishing




You know you are a redneck, when your kids use their Ipod to catch worms and you are proud of them.To be exact they used the light from their Ipod to catch worms.You can see the action here: How to catch worms with your Ipod.

Crayfish - Under rocks or other shelter in lots of cold-water ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.

Crickets - Outside under rocks or maybe even in your house!

Frogs - In swamps, ponds and other areas with still, shallow water.

Grasshoppers - In fields of tall grass.

Grubs (insect larvae) - Sometimes they live in your lawn.

Hellgrammites (dobsonfly larvae)


Mealworms (insect larvae)

Minnows (including different species like chubs, dace and shiners) - They can be tough to catch, but you'll probably find them in the same bodies of water you fish.

Night crawlers and earthworms - Down in the dirt, probably in your yard or garden.

Salamanders - In swamps, ponds and other areas with still, shallow water.

Sometimes you can find them on marshy land underneath logs.

Salmon eggs

Wax worms (moth larvae)



My first fishing rod was made from a flexible branch of a willow tree, my line was a thread from a mosquito net, and my hook was made from a pin needle.

 I caught hundreds of fish with this equipment and I can tell you from experience that there is more to fishing than having the best gear.

Would you like to make some of your fishing gear?

We are planning to show you how to make some of your own jigs, flies, carp feeders and other rigs.

Partnership request:

We are planning to test brand name fishing gear during our trips; if you own or manage a manufacturing company dealing with any type of fishing equipment, please drop us a line. We would love to work with you.