I'd say on that particular year, the fishing was so tough that after hours and hours of fruitless backtrolling, the first fish to the net was destined for a generous application of "wood shampoo" out of sheer frustration and carnal instinct. There were plenty of fish in the river but no more than a handful of boats below Riverbend, and most of those got blanked out. We boated three kings in four days of hard fishing. Because of the "no bait" regs in effect at the time, catches did not pick up until the water cleared the following week. FYI 2001 was slightly above average for run size at 16.7K, but well above average for escapement at 11.1K. There was no conservation concern at the time, but the run was managed for an escapement of 7.2K - 14.4K... no bait allowed until they could confidently project that the escapement would exceed 14.4K. My, have things changed.Marcus said:Golly willikers, md, what are you saying — that the harder the fish are to catch, the LESS likely anglers are to practice catch-and-release because they might not catch another or that the harder the fish are to catch, the MORE likely anglers are to practice catch-and-release out of concern for the fish? Sorry to sound like a dummy, but I don't fish the Kenai.
And why does the Killey dump "pure mud"? Is that normal? Is it glacial mud?
A K16 Kwik measures just shy of six inches in length... yeah, it's a pretty big plug!Marcus said:I dunno . . . if that's a big fish, that's one helluva big plug!
That particular K16 is rigged from the tail screw-eye with a split ring to a barrel swivel to a 7/0 Gamakatsu Siwash. The whole works stretches back about three inches behind the butt of the plug! All I can say is it's pretty good insurance against the leader getting chewed through.wildog said:Doc,
On that last image of the hen, it appears there is a distance between the Kwikfish and the hook. Is that a trailer hook? I mean do you have a small leader, or just a long hook, or what?