Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nephew Joey Catches The Biggest King Salmon Of The Year In The Queen Charlotte Islands

That is a 66.2 pound King Salmon my nephew Joey's fishing partner, Nate, is holding. It took a 30 minute battle before Joey was able to get a net around the monster fish. (scroll down for picture of Joey holding the King Salmon soon after it was caught)

Joey sent me news of his big catch via email this morning with the subject line "Joey Jones is in another blog."

The other blog is the Queen Charlotte Lodge blog, which might lead you to correctly guess that Joey's big fish was caught in the Queen Charlotte Islands zone of British Columbia.

The blog is called The Kingfisher Report, with the blog post about Joey's big fish titled Catch of the Day - June 25.

The Catch of the Day post in its entirety is below....

Fishing an anchovy/flasher combination down 40 feet just off the kelp forest at Yatze Bay, Nate and Joe hooked up with the fish of a lifetime! “For the first few minutes I thought I had a halibut!” said Nate Schwartz, telling his story of the big one that didn’t get away! (That could be because QCL guests have been catching a lot of nice halibut in close to the kelp this month as they feed on abundant needlefish in the area.) “But when it started to move and come closer to the surface we could see the silver flash and then I knew we had a big salmon on the line!” Nate managed to hold the powerful fish out and away from the safety of the kelp as it sounded. After a 30 minute tug of war Joe faced the daunting task of getting this giant into the net. But the two buds, fishing on their own without a guide, had their system down and successfully slipped the net around the 34 inch girth of the massive salmon. They called Fishmaster Matt Burr over to do some measurements and quickly estimated the size to be close to 70 pounds! Upon arrival back at the QCL dock to much fanfare and many curious onlookers, the big beauty was finally recorded at 66.2 pounds to become the largest salmon so far in the 2013 season which is shaping up to be a classic! That’s a great fish lads – Congratulations!

UPDATE: Joey's big brother emailed me the below photo of Joey holding the giant King Salmon, soon after it was caught....

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