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Record reporter’s fishing experiment finally yields a catchAugust 28th, 2013 at Wed, 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by benwatanabe
Salmon beware, I caught one of you, and now I’m coming for the rest.
I finally caught a salmon, a beautiful, trophy-worthy silver about 100 yards offshore at Bush Point on South Whidbey Island. It was everything I hoped it would be: exciting, heartbreaking, focusing. In short, catching a salmon with fish leaping all about our small raft was magical.
Fishing remains a maddening hobby for me, and the most recent experience did little to dampen that attitude. We landed six salmon, including a 10-pound coho caught by Kevin Lungren, vice president of The Fishin’ Club. However, we lost eight – yes eight – salmon. A couple broke off the line, including a wise salmon that went around the buoy our raft was lashed to, and a couple that jumped off the hook as I tried to net them onto the boat.
Now, fishing is all I can think of, and all I want to do. I want more, and I want the mythical experience of “limiting,” that is catching my daily limit of four pinks or two silvers and two pinks.
I began the story to see if the sales pitch for pink salmon season was true, that ANYONE could land a humpy. That remains elusive, I have yet to catch a pink/humpy. But I no longer have a blank Department of Fish and Wildlife catch card.