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I am goin to the charlottes and then the kitimat area and i am just wondering how I can catch some chums in the ocean. I have caught many in rivers but my mom got mad at me when i brought one home for dinner. She said it wasn't edible so we used it for crab bait. Anyways I was wondering if there is any certain method you use to catch these fish in tho chuck.
 

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Man, that is harsh. Unless the fish had already turned it is edible. Not as nice as a spring or acoho, but cooked properly it can be a nice meal. Especially if there is nothing else offered! To good for a crab trap in my opinion. Maybe your mom just needs some encouragement to try! Panfried filets in butter with lemon sizzled into it, a little salt and pepper..Easy!

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The chum that I have caught in salt water have all been pretty shallow (like 30-50 feet). Most were caught with flasher and a trailing cut plug herring trolled pretty fast. I can't say I've tried to many other techniques. I caught them while fishing for coho. My experience is that in the salt water they are in great condition. They fight very hard and are great to eat. Typical size is 8-20+ pounds. Probably fight harder than any other salmon of a comparable size.

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If you want to fish for chums, plan on going up to Brown"s Bay in October, 1st or 2nd week is the best. Use bubble gum hootchies, with a very slow troll at about 30 to 60 feet.
 

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This is consistent with my experience. I know that in late September and October the Chums are running near CR. I don't know about farther North but it should be earlier. I have BBQed them often and they make great eating. Some people think they are best as "smokers" but I don't agree. Chums aren't as delicate as humpies but I still bleed them and clean them right away. I've started doing the same thing with springs and coho but it probably isn't necessary. My wife has caught one salmon in her life and it was a sockeye. I've never caught on - go figure. I think they might be the best salmon for eating but I just haven't been there when they are. I have been out in Johnstons Strait when the commercial guys are targeting them but I really don't know how to fish them.

Anyway, Chums are great and come late (September and October).
 

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Pound per pound.......Probably the best fight!
 
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