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    Default First Silver, and in May

    May 29th, first Silver, way early for us. We tucked into a bite off Perry after setting our shrimp pots; we wanted to do some hiking. My wife saw fish jumping and said, “I think they are salmon”, “no way” I said. So we went for a hike and decided to troll with the tender when we got back, the water was like 9 to 15 feet. I hadn’t brought my salmon trolling gear but had a couple of Coyote lures. So when we returned, sure enough salmon were jumping and they looked like silvers. So we took one of our Halibut rods and I tied on a Silver Coyote 5.0 with a couple of oz. or lead and off we went in the tender with the 2 hp Honda. Didn’t have a net, just a 4 gal bucket. The wife took the pole and I motored around, she let out about 150 feet of line and we trolled. About 15 minutes into this exercise she hooked into one, man was she excited. With the halibut rode it didn’t take much to bring it to the skiff, than up and over the side. I didn’t have anything but my Leatherman to bonk it on the head and that didn’t do much, blood everywhere. Finally shoved it head down into the bucked tell it lost some fight than ripped a gill. If we had the time I am sure we could have caught our limit but were happy just to catch an early Silver, a nice addition to our Sunday night dinner along with fresh butter clams and shrimp.
    We did ok fishing the slack for rock fish also, and nice weekend.
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    Default That was a day...

    You will treasure and remember! Let's hope that early silver was a good omen, they were way late in PWS last year, east side anyway...thanks for sharing that fine story

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    Great looking mess of clams ya got there? Didn't realize there were enough clams to dig for out near Perry.

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    Sorry man, but its not a silver. Look at the forked tail, thin tail wrist and big pupil. What you got there is an early chum (should still taste fine, looks nice and chrome).

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    I was thinking the same thing ak char. The tail and head say chum. Doesn't matter though, a bright chum is every bit as tasty as a coho.

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    Yep, the chum return early to Lake Bay, which is just across the way from Perry Island. We were seeing chum jump in Lake Bay two weeks ago, and the day before yesterday the seine fleet was out in force around Esther Island.

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    We got a chum off Culross Island on Saturday as well. At one of the coffee shacks they had a few other chum pictures posted. Mine was definitely a chum though it was super bright. The roe was actually fairly well developed which surprised me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak char View Post
    Sorry man, but its not a silver. Look at the forked tail, thin tail wrist and big pupil. What you got there is an early chum (should still taste fine, looks nice and chrome).
    Dang, I guess you can fool some of the fisherman some of the time but not all. Hay, it jumped like Silver, and fought like a Silver. The first mate was sure it was a silver from her days sorting for the processer down on the Kasilof, who am I to argue with the boss.
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    No doubt an ocean bright chum is plenty tasty. Hard fighting suckers too. Some of the old timers around southeast swear that bright chum is the best eating salmon. I hold spring king in that spot. But there's worse ways to spend an evening than grilling up a dime bright chum.

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    That silvery tail is a dead giveaway, soon as i looked at the picture i knew something was wrong with that "silver". I've picked hundreds of thousands of pounds of 'em out of my gillnet through the years.

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    You guys sure know how to ruin a guy's story.

    The pic is definately a chum but I'll call it a silver
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    Default OK, well the chum run...

    never materialized at all where we go last year, so it is STILL a good omen

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    Default silvers

    We just picked one up off culross island as well

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    We got one "out there" last weekend as well - ate him last night. They are okay when they're bright and fresh like that - kind of trout-like. Nice to eat fresh salmon after a long winter.

    Saw lots of jumpers out and about - they all jumped out of the water and flopped onto their sides. I think chums do that.

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    I think it is a Silver.... A very bright silver chum

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    Nice job with the clams. I was just talking to the wife while we were out this weekend about trying to pick up a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak char View Post
    Sorry man, but its not a silver. Look at the forked tail, thin tail wrist and big pupil. What you got there is an early chum (should still taste fine, looks nice and chrome).

    took me about .5 seconds to see that wasn't a silver... Good call.

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