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It all happened so fast ! We were trolling for springs in our favorite local spot, and it was unusually slow. We pounded this spot hard for 3 hours, throwing back a dinker and I lost a nice fish, probably close to 20lbs. I had to horse him in because there was so many seals in the area, and lost him. An hour after that with no luck we decided to fast troll about a km to another shelf we fish as plan B usually.
It was funny cuz we were talking about how when the big ones roll in in the summer and doing this, we always seem to hook into a bruiser on the outside rod after tacking. Well, 15 minutes later we were in 250 feet of water, our riggers were at 225, we were both fishing a flasher and an anonymous hook and we had another rod 20 feet up with a spoon and no flasher. We hit a pretty nasty tide line and had all sorts of crap runnin' down our lines so as we were about 200 yards from the shelf we wanted to fish, we started bringing up our gear to check it, top rods first obviously.
As soon as my buddy tripped the release and a couple rotations of the reel, his line went heavy. He's like "yeah theres a shit load of salad on this one" And then the "salad" shook its head, and turned and ripped out about 30 yards of line and started coming back, fast. It was coming up too. When he caught up to it it made easily a 100 yard run and then sulked for a minute, head shaking and then another 50-60 yard run. We were both bug eyed. The springs shouldnt be over 20 lbs yet, but this one easily was. He had caught a 32 on the same rod and reel last year and it was WAY smaller than this. YES way smaller.
I was reeling all the rods and reels up, trying to get the riggers up too and he was like damn I'm into my backing we have to chase this thing. SO he tunred to crank the wheel over, the rod was braced against the length of his forearm and his hand was firmly gripping the forebutt (like we all do)and the fish decided to take off again, bending the rod 3/4 tip to butt and then straightening his arm and ripped it right out of his hand ! A 1.5 second pause and he superman dove off the stern into the ocean trying to grab his rod, he said he felt the very butt of it between his ring finger and middle finger and lost it, as it went down. Well by now I'm probably 50 yards away from him and he's yelling pick me up, so I come around and pull him up on the deck (we are in a 22 foot campion, grady white style boat) and he's just wired with adrenaline. Neither of us realize what has just happened and look like we saw ghosts. I decided to drop both riggers to bottom and motor in the direction the rod went and zig zagged, hoping to at least get the rod and reel back, as it was a $500 MR2 and a nice lamiglass rod. It never worked. At first he was just choked, but afterwards all he wanted was to have had a glimpse of that fish ! Now, we've both fished a long time and have had plenty of fish over 30 pounds and he KNOWS this is by far the biggest salmon he's ever hooked. Including all the trips to Nootka, bamfield etc.
All I had to say was there are salmon caught upwards of 90 pounds and before they get that big they have to be 40,50,60 so it's anybodys guess how big it was. Our first summer run spring arrived at the hatchery April.6, so that's obviously what it was, but who knows with the temperature and climate changes now-a-days, it's anybodys guess. Curiousity killed the cat but it keeps us going out there time and time again and man am I happy we live where we do ! We're goin out first light tomorrow, he wants revenge. ( Already went and replaced the rod and reel lol)
 

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It all happened so fast ! We were trolling for springs in our favorite local spot, and it was unusually slow. We pounded this spot hard for 3 hours, throwing back a dinker and I lost a nice fish, probably close to 20lbs. I had to horse him in because there was so many seals in the area, and lost him. An hour after that with no luck we decided to fast troll about a km to another shelf we fish as plan B usually.
It was funny cuz we were talking about how when the big ones roll in in the summer and doing this, we always seem to hook into a bruiser on the outside rod after tacking. Well, 15 minutes later we were in 250 feet of water, our riggers were at 225, we were both fishing a flasher and an anonymous hook and we had another rod 20 feet up with a spoon and no flasher. We hit a pretty nasty tide line and had all sorts of crap runnin' down our lines so as we were about 200 yards from the shelf we wanted to fish, we started bringing up our gear to check it, top rods first obviously.
As soon as my buddy tripped the release and a couple rotations of the reel, his line went heavy. He's like "yeah theres a shit load of salad on this one" And then it shook its head, and turned and ripped out about 30 yards of line and started coming back, fast. It was coming up too. When he caught up to it it made easily a 100 yard run and then sulked for a minute, head shaking and then another 50-60 yard run. We were both bug eyed. The springs shouldnt be over 20 lbs yet, but this one easily was. He had caught a 32 on the same rod and reel last year and it was WAY smaller than this. YES way smaller.
I was reeling all the rods and reels up, trying to get the riggers up too and he was like damn I'm into my backing we have to chase this thing. SO he tunred to crank the wheel over, the rod was braced against the length of his forearm and his hand was firmly gripping the forebutt (like we all do)and the fish decided to take off again, bending the rod 3/4 tip to butt and then straightening his arm and ripped it right out of his hand ! A 1.5 second pause and he superman dove off the stern into the ocean trying to grab his rod, he said he felt the very butt of it between his ring finger and middle finger and lost it, as it went down. Well by now I'm probably 50 yards away from him and he's yelling pick me up, so I come around and pull him up on the deck (we are in a 22 foot campion, grady white style boat) and he's just wired with adrenaline. Neither of us realize what has just happened and look like we saw ghosts. I decided to drop both riggers to bottom and motor in the direction the rod went and zig zagged, hoping to at least get the rod and reel back, as it was a $500 MR2 and a nice lamiglass rod. It never worked. At first he was just choked, but afterwards all he wanted was to have had a glimpse of that fish ! Now, we've both fished a long time and have had plenty of fish over 30 pounds and he KNOWS this is by far the biggest salmon he's ever hooked. Including all the trips to Nootka, bamfield etc.
All I had to say was there are salmon caught upwards of 90 pounds and before they get that big they have to be 40,50,60 so it's anybodys guess how big it was. Our first summer run spring arrived at the hatchery April.6, so that's obviously what it was, but who knows with the temperature and climate changes now-a-days, it's anybodys guess. Curiousity killed the cat but it keeps us going out there time and time again and man am I happy we live where we do ! We're goin out first light tomorrow, he wants revenge. ( Already went and replaced the rod and reel lol)
See stuff like that before. I think you had a barn door Halibut that came off the bottom and was crusing for lunch. Hali's do come off the bottom. The drag on your Islander musta been god awful tight....I've hooked 150 lb Halis like that and got them in...it's pretty wild...

Coulda been a salmon..but its takes weight to do that to your rod...a spring woulda broken your 25lb line like nothing..
 

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I'm in between campbell and courtenay and we have very few halibut here, so few nobody targets them really, and the few I've heard of were under 50 pounds. It was a salmon, we've caught salmon before and I like I said we were haulin ass as far as trolling goes, plus the last half of the battle when the majority of line was taken out was in the top 20-30 feet of water. I know you can get hali's trolling as we do that on the west coast with regular success, and often pick up bruiser springs unintentionally. His drag was set as loose as it went (hence the fact it already took 250 yards of line), so yeah its weird the rod left with such a tug. The only things we can think of is the fact it was a bucktail rod so it was very limber and the drag took a second to kick in again, or, there was a loop of line on the drum and it snagged for a second as he had never been that far into his backing before. He was running 30 pound maxima ultrgreen. Either way, it's a good story for the fishing journal.
 

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I don't disbeive you... the story maybe too big but stranger things have and do happen. Did you see the fish? Cause if you didn't I'm thinkin' - mostly for where you are Courtney, between Denmane and Hornby - it was a 6 gilled shark. They have a dive industry there to watch them and stories have been told about em'... sometimes caught, sometimes not. They are as big as 15' and that would break anyones drag.
Have fun, Jason
 

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Hey waterwalkin' by chance do you know when the beach casters start fishing the beaches around there for coho and springs? thanx CK
 

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Yep..coulda been a six gill...

if it was a six gill..I believe it's possible...otherwise..most likely a halibut moving off in a hurry...to pound the rod over like that...it takes weight....most sharks woulda broken the line in a hurry...and you probably wouldn't have had headshakes with a shark...so I'm thinking Hali.

I've had a similar experience...on a Medium-Heavy Shimano 10 foot 6 inch rod with an MR2 Islander...and it did something similar to what you had..but it spat the hooks somehow....
 

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Obviously we'll never know but we're pretty sure it was a salmon. Like I said we've caught enough of both to know. But on the side of error there is always an unfamiliar circumstance or situation to be had... I've never had a halibut take upwards of 150 yards of line in the top 40 feet of water, and not at that speed.
Today we hammered 2 beauty springs in the same spot, one 18 pounds and another 14. I lost another fish that fought way harder and stronger than the 18. We put in 9 hours though so that's kinda slow in my books.
 

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Just a suggestion, could it have been a big Sturgeon? We know they are around the area. I know they usually feed on the bottom, but who can know for sure if they pick up bait at other depths, as no one ever fishes for them at any other depths.
 

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Huge Rogue

WW, I am pretty sure it was that huge rogue over 100 pound Spring I have been trolling for the last few years. Now He will just have a little more character when I finally bring him to the boat. Good report. Nice work on the dive-in by your partner. Keep up the good work.
 
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