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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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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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