This huge King Salmon is our biggest of the season!
And one of the nicest looking Salmon I have ever seen come out of the Fraser River!
One Lucky Italian angler!
Andrea from Italy is proud to display his massive 42 pound Fraser River Chinook salmon he landed on the morning of September 28, 2016. Andrea and his 2 fishing buddies had travelled from Italy to experience some Fraser river Salmon Fishing and White Sturgeon Fishing on a 5 day Fraser River Fishing Package. They achieved their fishing goals and perhaps a bit more.
On the morning of September 28 we were bar fishing with spin-glows on one of the many gravel bars that line the Fraser river in the Chilliwack area. Rods were cast out with 18oz of lead to hold the spin-glos in the faster current where Chinook salmon travel. Bells are attached to the rods to warn patiently waiting anglers of a strike.
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“As hard as Andrea could pull nothing seemed to budge!”
After less than 10 minutes a bell is going off and a rod is buckling over. Andrea grabs it and sets the hook. The rod buckles under pressure. Almost immediately the salmon is seen ripping along the surface creating a wake as it cuts out into the middle of the river. The big King then showed us how much power he really had. It hunkered down like a bull and held in the middle of the run for 15 minutes. We were convinced that the gear was hung up on a snag. As hard as Andrea could pull nothing seemed to budge! Then it finally started to move. Over the next 10 minutes it was a stressfull battle as each time we thought we had it close enough to net, it ripped 10-20 yards of line out. We were hoping the hook would hold through this long battle. As each second passes the big Gamakatsu hook can work it’s way out with all the force of the head shakes. But fate was in our favour this day. The landing net finally did its job and hollers of joy were ringing from the Italian group!
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