I was out enjoying the opening day of salmon fishing with a friend, we were in his boat and we jumped to a few different bars, we hooked and landed 5 chinook, only one was under the size limit as we thought, we use a stanley tape measure and while holding the fish in the air we measured it, it was 77 cm on the dot. So we had a 3 pack of conservation officers approach the boat, well they didnt throw out and bouys and decided to tie off to his boat, well there jet did a good number of damage to the side of the boat, and then the newbie officer reaches into the boat and grabs the chinook and throws it into his boat, the female officer starts to give dirty looks and the old officer says licences, so after looking over the licences they said " we will be back" the took the fish to the shore and took some measuerments and pictures, when they came back they said the fish was over the 77cm it was 80 cm, we we asked for them to show us the refused to, they were being unreasonable, so they handed my friend a 150 dollar fine and left him with over 500 dollars in damage to his boat. So my question is if the fish is held in the air and measured the girth wont affect the measurement but..... when you lay the fish down on its side and you push the girth out from the otherside u get a large length. as the officers were leaving the female officer had the nerve to hold up the fish in the air and yell to all the other boats beside us " let this be a lesson to you all" what lesson the fish was 77cm. we are both upset that we were treated like criminals after we attend river cleanups and are a part of the semiamoo fish and game club and help put back to our rivers and streams. Dont worry we will see you in court on sept 7th, and we wont be the only ones attending !!!!!