Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: What kind of salmon have I been catching?

  1. #1
    Member scampman85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Elmendorf AFB
    Posts
    12

    Red face What kind of salmon have I been catching?

    I know this maybe a very stupid question... but here it goes!! I've been fishing on base at Elmendorf AFB, and have been catching what I thought were Reds, but what some of the wildlife conservation guys told some friends of mine that I work with were catching, were pinks. Now I am somewhat new to salmon fishing, I started last year, but I thought I knew what pinks looked like, in fact I caught two my first day out fishing here on base. But like I said, I am still somewhat knew, and would like everyone elses word on what I caught, I have added some pics of me and some friends with what "we" think are reds, and then the last two links are the pics of what "I" think is a pink! Someone said that pinks have spots on the tail fin, and reds don't... well the fish I thought were reds have spots on the tail, but they look different than the fish that I thought were pinks, the reason I thought the fish were reds, was because of the blue-ish color, and the larger scales than the fish that I thought were pinks... Could you guys please help me out here, and let me know if I am an idiot and can't tell the difference in these fish, or let me know if I am correct, and am catching what I think I am catching! Please help me out and tell me what kind of fish these are! Thanks a bunch, I know this is kind of a rambling on message, but I appreciate any replies, good or bad! Thanks again!

    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...08sockeye1.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...08sockeye2.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...08sockeye3.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...85/Sockeye.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...oodsockeye.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ithsockeye.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...kinnyHumpy.jpg


    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...5/FatHumpy.jpg

  2. #2
    Member scampman85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Elmendorf AFB
    Posts
    12

    Smile color blind

    I also wanted to add, I am partially color blind, and that is alot of the reason I have trouble as well!! Anyways, thanks again!

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Las Vegas NV
    Posts
    121

    Default

    Looks like some fresh pinks to me.....

  4. #4
    Member Anglette's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Houston, AK
    Posts
    229

    Default

    looks like a variety of Pinks, slivers and Chums. Doesn't look like there are any reds in there. Hard to tell with the fluorescent lighting glare on the fish.
    But I think that is what you have Pinks, slivers and Chums.

    Anyone else have any idea?

  5. #5

    Default

    Yea I believe you have pinks. This link has a good description and pictures. http://www.fishingwithrod.com/fish_p...nk_salmon.html

  6. #6
    Member cormit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Tustumena Lake Road
    Posts
    355

    Default identify salmon

    Photo 1 ... is a female pink/humpy
    Photo 2 ... is a red/sockeye
    Photo 3 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 4 ... is a small red/sockeye
    Photo 5 ... is a red/sockeye
    Photo 6 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 7 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 8 ... is a male pink/humpy

  7. #7
    Member akhunter3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Eagle River
    Posts
    824

    Default

    Looks to be mostly pinks, looks like you have one or two reds in there. The spots on the tail are the easiest way to tell for me when they're nice and bright.




    Jon
    Nurse by night, Alaska adventurer by day!

  8. #8

    Default

    You will be able to tell when you filet them. Reds are, well red. The meat is quite red. The other varieties of salmon are lighter in color and flavor.

  9. #9
    New member AKDSLDOG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska/Las Vegas, Nevada
    Posts
    1,234

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cormit View Post
    Photo 1 ... is a female pink/humpy
    Photo 2 ... is a red/sockeye
    Photo 3 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 4 ... is a small red/sockeye
    Photo 5 ... is a red/sockeye
    Photo 6 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 7 ... is a pink/humpy
    Photo 8 ... is a male pink/humpy
    Yep, nailed it, agreed.

  10. #10
    Member scampman85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Elmendorf AFB
    Posts
    12

    Default Thanks again!

    Hey thanks again everyone for the help, good little learning lesson for me! I will be sure to pass this on to everyone else! As far as the meat goes though, when I filleted the fish, the meat with the exception of the last two, was a really dark red color, and the last two were a pink color, another reason I was assuming I had caught mostly reds! When I first started catching them, I was trying to identify them by the spots on the tail fin, but had numerous fisherman there on base tell me I was catching reds even though they did have spots onthe tail, I guess thats what I get for listening to what average joe has to say, rather than going by what I have looked at online, pictures, research, etc.... But anyways, thanks again everyone!!

  11. #11
    Member Huntress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Somewhere between here and there.....
    Posts
    1,173

    Default

    I don't know but I was sure distracted by the facial expressions!! Haha....
    "In the interest of protecting my privacy I will no longer be accepting Private Messages generated from this site and if you email me, it better be good!"

  12. #12
    Member RMiller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    1,736

    Default

    Number 2 might be a red the rest are pinks.
    "You have given out too much reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later".

  13. #13
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,318

    Talking

    I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that they are all Pacific Salmon!!!

  14. #14
    Member duckslayer56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Maryland...not by choice
    Posts
    2,058

    Default

    My rule of thumb on the back side of base is, if they have spots throw em back, if they don't have spots keep em.
    Some people call it sky busting... I call it optimism
    "Swans are a gift" -DucksandDogs
    I am a shoveler's worst nightmare!

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    wasilla
    Posts
    555

    Default Another thing

    When you cut in to a pink it's meat is light pink. A red has meat that is just that BRIGHT RED.

    Silvers have Orange meat.

    So if you cannot tell and you cut in to one you will notice right away by the meat coloring.

  16. #16

    Default

    #2 is the only red in the bunch that i can 100% tell you was a red. If I had a look at them in person im sure we could all tell ya what they were. Get a book and read up on identifying fish of alaska. Its purrrty cool to see the varietyof fish we have up here. That way when you go fishing and you pull up a burbot or a longnose sucker you say hey i have a blah blah instead of the " what the heck did i just catch "

  17. #17
    Member AK Tubes's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    122

    Default more...

    silvers have black mouths, kings have black toungues, reds have greenish, spot-free backs, and pinks have dinky scales and look pale to me. those are my basic rules of thumb that i start with. not to say i haven't been suprise when cutting a side off though, meat is a dead give away
    ...been on a search to top my 30x18 rainbow for 13 years now...I guess it's game time!!!
    13' Aire WildCat, 9' 7wt SAGE RPLXI, 10' 5wt SAGE XP, .300 RUM Zeiss 3x9 when all else fails

  18. #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AK Tubes View Post
    silvers have black mouths,
    I caught some pinks last night that had completely black tongues and mouths.

  19. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by chauvotsm View Post
    I caught some pinks last night that had completely black tongues and mouths.

    gums are an indicator if you're going to look at the mouth. and that's the gumline right up to and around the teeth. black right up to the tooth is a king. pinks aren't like that. it's dark but transitions to a lighter color up close to the tooth.

  20. #20

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •