Okay, I have to admit…it doesn’t get much more fun than tossing bass poppers for silver salmon on the surface!
Here’s the latest underwater video from the “Bobber Cam” series — I got Lots of bites on film with my [easyazon_link identifier=”B00R8I6W5O” locale=”US” tag=”fiwijd-20″]Water Wolf[/easyazon_link] and you’ll be amazed at how soft some of these fish nipped at the bait!
Okay, you’ve seen my list of the 10 of the Biggest King Salmon ever taken so I figured it was time to have some fun and give the little guys a shot at being in the spotlight.
So, here’s my list of the Top 5 Smallest King Salmon Ever Caught. To qualify, the kings had to be of the sea-run variety. Landlocked salmon were ineligible.
Have you ever…er…topped any of these?
#1 He May be small but at least he’s dark!
I had a client catch this ocean-run king in Alaska while we were fishing for trout. I’ve see a lot of small jacks in my days but this one got high marks for being extremely brown too!
#2 Eyes bigger than his stomach
Well, you gotta admire this Klamath River micro chromer’s desire! For scale purposes, that’s a 4.5-inch long plug he latched onto. Could be that he thought it was his mama…
#3 Not much longer than a tube of sunscreen
You know they are small when they can be measured with facial product containers! We caught this brown guppy on California’s Trinity River.
#4 Fly-caught mini record
If they kept records for such things, Tristian Lund may have a plaque on his wall for holding the record for the smallest fly-caught king of all time. A natural born angler, the kid even has the classic fly rodder’s “rod in mouth because my fancy gear should never touch anything but skin or velvet” pose down pat!
#5 Crazy weight to length ratio
The kings on Alaska’s Nushagak River tend to be very heavy for their size, as evidenced by this 15-inch, 31 pounder!
This quick clip I shot with my [easyazon_link identifier=”B01MAWGG0S” locale=”US” tag=”fiwijd-20″]Okuma Water Wolf Camera[/easyazon_link] shows how incredibly fast a striped bass can go on the attack. It’s also interesting to note that he comes to the bait head on, but decides to eat to from behind…
With the 13th Annual San Crab Classic Perch Derby coming to Santa Cruz this Saturday, March 11, 2017, I figured it was time to help you brush up on your perch fishing tactics!
You can also check out my eBook, Light Tackle Surf Perch at Amazon
The derby is full for 2017 and is an awesomely fun even that gives money back to the Monterey Bay Trout and Salmon Project
Be sure to sign up early for next year’s derby if you missed this one!