Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puyallup river silver salmon

So...about a month ago, a reader e-mailed me pics of a couple silvers he'd caught in about 30 minutes....he'd used eggs, while everyone else was using corkies & yarn, and spinners.
I though I'd give it a try.... No :( I had't been saving eggs during the pink run....in fact, I'd given quite a few away, because I had no intention of drifting eggs.

So off to sportco I go. What! NO EGGS! I couldn't find eggs anywhere ( i tried - BELIEVE ME!), so I finally ended up ordering online from  www.sunrisebait.com. Really had no hope of it working, but thought I'd give it a go this morning.....

I used 5 foot leader because the water was soooo clear; casted up river, and a the end of my drift felt a good little tug....set the hook.....yeah! fish on!




You might get a chuckle out of this other video....my brother had "the big one on" about an hour before I hooked up....you can tell I was pretty excited :-)


30 comments:

  1. You "bought" eggs? I'm surprised that you haven't been curing your own with all of the pink hens you caught this year?

    What'sup with that?

    Anon

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  2. yeah...i know... I had never even considered using eggs until a reader sent me pics of his fish, that he caught on eggs....I tried buying some at sportco, but they were out....so was everyone else.

    Two years from now I'm gonna need some help with some cures, cause I'm gonna be storing up a lot of eggs.

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  3. Pauztke cure is good. Sportsman warehouse in puyallup has eggs as well. I caught a few on the carbo while others had Corkies.

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  4. Were you fishing under a float or were you fishing a standard drift rig set-up? Any corkies or yarn? I've been trying to float some eggs I cured a few weeks back and haven't had any success yet so I think I might try bouncing some down river instead.

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  5. Good to hear flyin...was that yesterday? I'm sure I'll have more questions for you next pink season here, when i attempt my first cure.

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  6. No...I wasn't under a float. Just exactly like my other video setup, but i had no corkie, and eggs in my loop. I wan't using any yarn, but i'll probably start, because it should make it easier to find my loop.

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  7. Hey bryan, If you have a pic of the silver you caught, I'll post a pic...just go to the fishing reports page & e-mail me.

    THanks

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  8. Nice looking fish IF...anyone going out today/

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  9. I'm heading out to 5th st in a couple minutes...maybe see if I can change my luck some how. Possible hit up 116th if 5th isn't doing anything. Say hello if you see a bearded man swearing a lot with no fish on his stringer. :P

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  10. I heard reports of chum being caught up at the white/ puyallup fork, and saw some nice silvers and chum being pulled out of the nets today

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  11. I stopped by the Puyallup bridge right there at the creek and one of the guys was nice enough to show me there catch, about 25 silvers and "on only 1 drift setting" One weighting at 12 lbs!!! Ive never been so bummed on not catching anything. But I'm slightly confused about were the tribal fishermen s borders are for there nets? Possibly someone could set it straight for me as I thought it was from 11th st bridge up to the Fred Myers Bridge? Only I seen today drift and stand still netting being done past 5th st bridge.

    Anyways after I went back into the river at 5th st for the second time today I was stunned to hear no one had caught anything?!?!?! I mean how can this be when 25 HUGE silvers are being netted in one single setting??!??!!? Sorry for the slight rant...just very eager to land...ANYTHING! lol

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  12. Sucks to hear still slow fishing, but i need some advice. Looking to buy another rod/reel setup. using fairly inexpensive abu garcia spinning reel and 8' rod. Looking to spend $200 or less for complete setup, should i go with casting reel or stick to spinning, and is there that much of an advantage between 9' and 10' length. Want something to use for salmon and steelhead. anyone got any advice? thanks
    Bryan

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  13. I'm with you Bryan.... I'm not spending big $$$$ on a pole and reel. The reel I love is a spinning reel made by penn, about $60. I have a link to it on my gear page...It is super super sturdy, and has a high gear ratio, allowing me to get about twice the retrieval speed as other anglers around me which results in more casts.
    ..as far as poles go, Ive only had one, and it's ten feet.....I like it, but I cant compare for you.

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  14. I hear ya Dan.... Im not sure if I should be encouraged, or discouraged seeing those nice fish down there......I went down myself. I will tell you, if you go down in about two weeks, you'll be blown away by how many chum come out.....and huge!

    I hope someone knows how far up the netting is allowed. I havnt been able to find anything online :(

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  15. I've seen them netting up by the white puyallup fork, didn't think they were aloud too. Are we aloud to fish the lower while they net??

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  16. I know there are no closed waters to fishing because of the netting.....but this is the way i look at it....- what's the point...I doubt you're going to have a bunch of biting fish with nets & boats ripping thru....

    Remember....wether we like seeing the netting happen or not, the fact that this is part of the Native American's livelihood, ensures that there will be fishing for us for years to come.....they won't let the runs fail....
    That's how i tend to think of it :-)

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  17. Thank you for the feed back fellas. Its my understanding that pole fishing is ok up stream from the Fred Myers bridge were myself and around 5 other pole fishermen were fishing. I asked a couple of them "are we in the right place?" and they said yes we can fish here. Only there were drift nets everywhere so like I.F. said not to much of a point for me to keep fishing but after seeing those nice silvers I just had to go back and keep trying.

    I 100% respect what tribal fishermen do, its they heritage and have been doing it that way since before anyone else dropped a line in from a pole (I think) so I cant really be to negative about the netting. Cant say I enjoy having a 1 foot wake getting by back pack all wet on the shore but it wasn't the end of the world. If anything I was super exited to see that there are fish in the river being caught.

    Couple of the gentlemen that showed me there drift catch said to wait a couple weeks give or take and after a good rain and the chum will be hitting...one said black corkie and green yarn. Ill give er a go. Talk to you all soon.

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  18. I hear the chum love green, so I set up several green combos. I'm thinking about giving it a try up by my apartment at mamas today(white/puyallup fork)

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  19. The chum do love green....i've also caught them on pink corkies... cant wait to have a 15lb-er on the end of my line

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  20. Had a nice silver on at the white river fork a few hours ago but was so excited i forgot to make sure the hook was set. It jumped and spit my lure out, man was i pissed. had it on #3 pink vibrax. anyone make it down and see what got netted?

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  21. I didn't make it down today. Too bad on that fish ! Aaaah! I hate it when that happens. Good luck next time.

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  22. Was wondering if you would mind showing some pics of your egg set up.
    BTW, Thanks for all you do

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  23. I also wanted to ask, are all eggs created equal?

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  24. Yes...I'll take a pic next time i setup my eggs....might be able to do that tonight after work. Not sure about eggs, and differences between them...Im still learning

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  25. What pound line would be appropriate for chum fishing, mainline and leader?

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  26. Hey fellas...just got back from 5th st and no luck for me...also tried out Chambers creek for an hour or so with no luck there either but it was a really nice place to fish. I will have to keep trying there as its right near the bay.

    Also I called the tribal fin fishery place and they said the tribal netting boundary's are from the fork of the Puyallup and white river to the mouth of the Puyallup (11th st bridge)Just thought I would fallow up on it since I made the call. Anyone going out tomorrow?

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  27. Fished the carbon at 116th street this evening , several people there trying a variet of methods with no luck. I was using a pink corkie and caught a fingerling rainbow trout.

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  28. fished at the 512 bridge, behind blue glass building and caught 2 silvers, one 9 pounds and the other was 6. used #3 pink blue fox spinner. gonna try it again tomorrow morning
    Bryan

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  29. Going on Thursday at soccer fields on river road with 253, if we have no luck we will move up river.

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