Salmon is one of the dream fishes to catch for any fisherman. If you are a fish eater, salmon may also be one of your favorites. It is an oily fish, rich in high protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. It is good food for the brain, helps minimize chronic inflammation, prevents cancer, improves vision, aids cardiovascular health and locks in moisture in the skin cells.
Salmon is from the family of Salmonidae. Its close relative is the trout. The difference between the two is that the salmon is more adventurous, it migrates, whereas the trout does not. Salmons are birthed in fresh water, but travel to the ocean. When it is time to procreate, they return to fresh water. Some of their species, though, stay in fresh water.
Salmon can be found, in large number, along the coasts of North Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. But some are found in lakes around North America. They prefer dark spots, which is why they like cloudy skies, with water temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Or you can do your fishing early in the morning or in the evening. Over the years, there are now established salmon farms where these fishes are bred. When you charter a boat for sport fishing out in the sea, check with the Captain if there is a salmon fishing guide in the group. In most cases, the crew or the Captain himself would be knowledgeable where the best fishing spots are.
A salmon may be easy to find, but it takes some skill to hook it. Experts suggest using colored lure, preferably green. Blue and black also work because these colors pop up even in deep waters. To get the salmon biting, use rattle plus or flashers. The sound and scent will lure surely attract the salmon. Hooks have to be sharp, and baits of good quality.
Here are some more tips in hooking a big one:
- Try drift fishing if you are in a river. Cast your line in a quiet spot and let it drift. Then slowly reel it in, and repeat the process. Use some weights so your lure would bounce at the bottom. This technique can hook you Chinook salmon or pink salmon.
- Try plunking, which is almost like drift fishing, except that you cast your line in a migratory path, where the salmon pass through from or to the ocean.
- Try bobber fishing, also known as float fishing. It uses a 12lb test line, a bobber stop, a bobber, a lure, a bead and a barrel swivel.
- Try boat fishing or trolling. Don’t anchor your boat in one spot. Instead, move it up and down stream. This is a good technique since the salmon move with the current.
While you may already be thinking of the best recipe for your salmon, many who do sport fishing practice catch and release. So the next time you hook a big one, catch nothing but the memory; have your picture taken for prosperity.