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    Default 50 lb Kasilof King !!! (with pictures)

    They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so here goes.

    After fishing the Little Su for two days and getting



    I decided to head down to visit my friends in Soldotna and fish the Kasilof because that's where the internet says "they're really biting down here".

    I hooked up with http://guidekenairiver.com/ and Scott did a good job, but once again on day one I got



    Day two I was fishing with Nigel, right off the bat I hooked into a small trout and while reeling it in a bald eagle swooped down out of nowhere and tried to snatch it. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen (or so I thought).

    I was in the boat with a nice couple from North Carolina and their daughter. (sorry, no pictures of the daughter)

    Tom said the biggest fish he ever caught was a 5lb trout, until WHAM!! His rod went down like a ton of bricks.

    He fought this thing for a good 15-20 minutes. At times he and Nigel thought he lost the fish and was snagged on a rock because no matter how hard he pulled his line wasn't moving.

    After a while when the fish finally jumped the entire boat including Nigel said, "Holy crap, that thing's a monster".

    After a few more minutes we had it in the net. 50 inches long with a 28 inch girth. Nigel said he thought it was about 50lbs. Here's the pic, what do you guys think?



    Just kidding, that's a 20 pounder I caught.

    Here's the big fish.



    P.S. who says there's no big fish in the Kasilof?
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    I have personally caught a few fish over 60# in the kasilof and have seen a few more caught from my boat.
    I have also seen fish from the kasilof that had to be over 70# in ADF&G test nets they were running out of their power boat on the upper river.
    All these fish were released due to them being caught in the upper river during silver season.
    Even running silver gear we used to get a couple over 50# every year on our silver setups. 2/0 or 1/0 hook with a very small cheater/spin-n-glo and eggs. we often times caught silvers in the same spots.
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    Sweet fish --------right at people's hole ,too.Very nice.

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    Hi Mark,

    I'm not sure what "people's hole" is, but based on your location I'm guessing you do. You guys are lucky to live there.
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    You almost had me with the first pic of the 20#-er.... my BS meter was about to hit red-line with the 50 x 28 comment.

    But the second pic says it all! Definitely in the 50-plus category.

    That's most likely a mainstem spawner rather than a Crooked Creek fish. Special fish, indeed!

    One more for the gravel! Nice job!
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    Super Fish! nice job on the release. Based on my limited experience I would agree and easy to say its at least 50 lb class fish.
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    Nigel is the man! Nice work on the early Tustamena fish, which looks to be an easy 50 in my opinion... so jealous
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    ysr_racer,
    People's Hole starts right where Crooked Creek joins the main stream Kasilof.The stretch from Crooked Creek to below the white 2 story house in your picture (on the hillside) I beleive is refered to, as people's Hole.
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    Nice fish! Like the animated picture post very entertaining.

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    That's a nice fish for the Kasilof,,,I'd say right at fifty,,,There's not many left like that,,,that you's to be the norm... not any more
    Good job on the release.

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    King runs seem to be down all over AK. Is it a combination of over fishing, dip netting, and commercial fishing?

    If they don't do something soon, there won't be any fish left.

    No fish equals no fisherman. No fisherman equals no fisherman $$$$. You guides, lodge, and B&B owners need to put the pressure on Fish and Game to manage the resource better.

    I don't want my grand kids to have to go an aquarium to see a king,
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    This was in todays paper.http://www.adn.com/2011/06/21/192892...ns-marine.html
    Nice King!

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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    This was in todays paper.http://www.adn.com/2011/06/21/192892...ns-marine.html
    Nice King!
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    my buddy caught one a bit bigger on the little su a few years back, it was quite rewarding to put the big guy back in the water and watch him herding the hens a bit later. Great stock for future years points at you for releasing the big guy
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