I had a couple of days off after guiding Chuck and Linda and I was told by other guides that Friday was the best day of the season to fish kings. Good numbers and the size improved. And of course, that little flurry disappeared by the time I had a trip on Saturday. But the day was eventful and several firsts happened to me. In my morning trip, I had Reed, Jeff, and Sandy out. Sandy, keeping with the ladies catch the most fish theme, had a tremendous bite, with a very positive hookset. Unfortunately, after a short minute, her line went slack. When she reeled the line in all that was left was the planer, a swivel, and about 2 inches of the leader. A 50lb leader had just snapped on this fish. What the????? That was a first for my boat. I'm very particular about my gear and retie my leaders and redo my knots before every trip. The way I see it, I can't control the fish, whether they want to bite or not, but I can control my gear. If my gear fails, I failed you. I almost wish the knot gave out and the blame would be squarely on me. But, this was the line. My only conclusion is that there had to be a nick at that spot and under pressure it snapped. Maybe it was a world record king, who knows, but thanks for being understanding Sandy. I guess stuff just happens.
For the week ahead: I started my report by saying this past week was transitional. Historically, the upcoming week should be the peak of king and red salmon numbers. High numbers do not always mean the best fishing, but it's definitely the time that the whole community (and beyond) looks forward to. I can't wait to get out there.
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