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
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Tips for a safe fishing trip:
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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.
Wax worms (moth larvae)