Yes, they are the definitive Rodney Dangerfield of the salmon world, with most anglers sorting thru scads of them in search of more "glamorous" species.
Having just spent the past week carefully releasing literally hundreds of these spunky little tidewater salmon on the lower Kenai, it was discouraging to see so many boats handling them with such apparent disgust and disregard.
I witnessed many anglers, guides included, literally lifting entire fish out of the water with the lure as if suspended on a meat hook. Then shaking violently until the thrashing weight of the fish ripped the hook loose, tearing out half the fish's mouth in the process. Is this really the best folks can muster?
With the river under single hook no bait regs, how difficult can it be to carefully remove ONE single pokey piece of metal from a lip-hooked fish?
Regardless of whether it's been caught with a spoon, spinner, plug, or fly.... with a simple homemade de-hooking device.... ANY salmon can be brought alongside the boat and instantaneously released, usually without ever removing the fish from the water.