Just had a quick question, or more of something I noticed that I was hoping would start a discussion.
I went down to Seward early this morning because of the reports of some coho being caught from shore. Did not catch or see any.
Anyways, I was casting spinners at the mouth of Spring and I hooked into a few fish. A couple of Chum, a couple of pinks and 3 dollies.
THe thing I noticed immediately about the strikes from the salmon was that, they were so subtle. Sometimes I only knew I had a hit because the blades would stop spinning. I would think I had weeds on so I would jerk the rod, and all of a sudden, I felt weight and the fight was on.
Also, they would only strike my lure about 5 feet in front of me. This made me think maybe they were following the lure for a while, then decided to just mouth it a bit before it got away.
With the dollies it was very different. I would cast out 30-40 yards and they would hit all the way out there and would start fighting immediately.
This year, I am lucky enough that I am gonna be around for coho season. Ive read soooo many posts about fishing cohos so Im really excited about it. But the events this morning made me wonder; Do cohos just mouth the lures as well?
Is this a normal thing I experienced this morning? Perhaps its just those fish, and on another day, maybe they smash the lures?
When I fished the lagoon back in May, I hooked 2 kings in 3 casts with a #6 vibrax. Well thats not true, I fished friday to sunday and only got 2 hits all weekend but they happened one after another.
Anyways, the hits were so violent, I actually felt embarrassed when people started staring at me. It was really weird because everybody looked at me like I didnt know what I was doing, because, well, I just wasnt prepared. My drag started going 'zzzzzzzzzzzzz' and I just didnt reel in or know what to do. I could not believe how violent that strike was, but that is what I love about fishing lures. That take. That strike. When that hook set is just a formality because you know that fish just stabbed the crap out of his own mouth!!
So I was just wondering, when the silvers arrive in the local streams, or if I manage to do my trip to Kodiak and get into silvers over there, should I expect a subtle nibble? Or a violent strike where I might drop my rod? or the in-between?
Just trying to get some feedback and also some stories about some good hard hitting fish you guys may have gotten into in the past.