Everyone wants to catch a big Tyee, and with so many 30 pound salmon being caught here this year there's no better place to come than Painter's Lodge. We've had two Tyees caught in the last three days, so there are certainly lots of big ones out there. But, assuming you do hook one, how do you make sure it gets into the boat? This week Dwayne gives you a few pointers on how to make sure that big fish doesn't get away. Enjoy!
Jack Nicklaus was once asked, “What are the three most important things to remember if you want to have a good golf swing?” He replied, “Number one, keep your head down. Number two, keep your head down. Number three, keep your head down.” These instructions will not help you land a big fish, but the philosophy behind the words is important to remember; especially at this time of year when Tyee salmon can be lurking everywhere.
Now, many people will tell you that they don’t care how big the fish is, as long as they catch something. These people are called liars. No one has a framed picture of themselves holding an eleven pound Chinook. Most people will get very few opportunities to fight a big fish over 30 pounds, and fewer yet will land them. So, how do you make sure that your encounter with the fish of a lifetime ends up as a framed photo on your desk rather than a story of “The Big One That Got Away?” Just think like Jack Nicklaus and substitute the words “Keep your tip up, keep your tip up, keep your tip up.”
Many people mistakenly try to fight a big fish with the reel – they fiddle with the drag, they try to winch the fish in – but they should let their rod do the fighting. Whether your rod is graphite, fiberglass or even bamboo, plant the butt in your belly and pull back hard on the cork. Get that rod bent over into a big rainbow so it can act as a shock absorber and smooth out monster head shakes and sudden changes in direction.
When the rod tip starts to stand up reel the fish in, and when it starts to dive let it run. Eventually the force of your rod trying to straighten itself out will tire the fish and he will show you the white of his belly and beg for the net… at which point it is all up to your buddy not to botch the net job.
Unfortunately, Jack Nicklaus has no words of wisdom regarding the netting of someone else’s once in a lifetime fish.
Until next time,
Tight line and keep on fishin’