Gabrielle and Richard Morrison had never been salmon fishing in their lives, but yesterday when pondering how they would spend their time in Campbell River, they made a last-minute decision to take a shot at it. Needless to say, Gabrielle wound up bringing in the largest catch of the day, and the 2nd largest Chinook of the season thus far- a beautiful 26.7 pounds! It just goes to show that with a "can-do" attitude, anyone can catch the big one. That's the moral of the story in this week's Fishing Report:
There are plenty of folksy little fishing sayings in the angling word, most of them are clichés and a few of them drive me crazy. The most hated fishing saying of all time has to be, “You should have been here last week”. I refuse to say it and I loathe hearing it. It is a bit of defeatist attitude because, as any angler knows, “Fishing can turn on at any time.” Which, of course, is another cliché, but at least it is an optimistic cliché.
And, whoever came up with, “A bad day fishin’ beats a good day at work,” obviously never worked as a fishing guide. For us, a bad day at work is a bad day fishing and usually is accompanied by two very sad faces in the front of your boat. No amount of tall fishing tales will remove the look of disappointment from a young boy’s face when the fish just refuse to bite. Thankfully this doesn’t happen very often because every guide wants to catch as many fish for his guests as is humanly (and legally) possible.
This brings me to the third saying that I absolutely detest, “That’s why they call it ‘fishin’, not ‘catchin’.” Usually this saying follows a story about “The big one that got away”, or a tale about how all the boats around you were knockin’ ‘em dead while you were busy gettin’ skunked. I hate hearing this cliché because it has an air of resignation to it, like you’ve accepted and are happy with the fact that you are just fishin’. Do not settle for this, fish can sense negative vibes and will steadfastly refuse to bite your hook. Keep a positive outlook, put on your lucky fishin’ hat, turn around three times at sunset, throw a loonie into the ocean over your right shoulder and the fish won’t stand a chance, because “Victory favours the brave”, “Nothing succeeds like success” and “God hates a quitter”.
Until next week,
Tight lines and keep on fishin’