In early summer 2015 Ronald and myself were lucky to visit Sacramento River, which was featured on our best fishing places to visit. It was a cold 6am drive for 3 hours to the famous Sacramento River and boy was it worth it! This blog post we talk about our entire day visiting the beautiful river and trying to catch the famous fish everyone has tried to catch, The great Salmon!
Sacramento River is known for its Salmon and has its on Salmon fishing league. Not only is it famous with the fishermen it is also famous with tourists for its beautiful rivers and the famous Barge Hole. The largest river in California is stretches for over 600km from the huge Klamath Mountains to Suisun Bay. Visiting in early summer is the perfect time as it was breeding season for the Salmon. The record breaker Salmon that was caught was 88 pounds by a local fisherman who goes by the name Gerald Houlier, our aim was to beat him!
Arriving at 10am we set our lines and patiently waited for our line to bite and within the first hour we had over fish already! We were using the GoPro fishing rod that we purchased from our local SeaBass store, SeaBass are a reputable brand when it comes to fishing and we were recommended their fishing rods by some of our friends that compete in events. However in the first hour of fishing we only caught small Salmon that were only babies, 20 pounds in weight, so we put them back, as every fisherman should do. During noon we started to catch the bigger fish weighing in at 50 pounds and around this weight but still no record breakers! We did not let that put us down and so continued.
There were a number of steelhead, trout, sturgeon and other normal fishes to fish in this area, however we were only after one thing, a Salmon that weighs over 88 pounds. As it struck 2pm we had only caught 50 pound Salmon and some nippers, it began to daunt on us that we may not catch the record breaker, that’s when we knew we had to bring our A Game. We upgraded our fishing rods, changed bait and positioned our boat further down the river 2 miles in where we were away from locals. We had a hunch that the big Salmon were hiding further away in the depths.
We changed our fishing rod and pulled out our container of the smelly bait (fish guts), which was stored in airtight containers from G Force Europe and gave it the final push. It was 4pm and we had roughly another 3 more hours of sunlight until we would call it a day, we had to catch a record breaker of a fish!
As we started to give up and loose hope Ronald felt a jolt on his fishing line. It almost shook the boat; we either had caught the loch ness monster or a really powerful Salmon that was angry with us. The reel started screaming, as it was pulled lower and lower into the depth of the river. My father always told me the scream of the reel a good fisherman knows what type of fish they have on the other side of the line and from the screaming of the reel we knew we had a huge Salmon on the line that was not giving up without a fight!
It was 6:30pm and light was falling fast, but what we had on the line was not giving up and was pulling with it’s teeth or strong nashers! Ronald battled to stop the line screaming and finally when the fish started to tire he began pulling in the line. 300m, 250m, 200m, the fish was slowly being pulled in. We were like little kids, excited on what we had caught, could it be a Salmon over 88 pounds!? It took a good 15 mins and we had finally got 10m from seeing our catch. As Ronald pulled I started to see the shadow of the fish and by chance it was a Salmon! It was one of the biggest Salmons I had see in my life, it’s teeth were snarling at us as almost like it looked to rip our line out.
As Ronald pulled it closer to the boat I pulled the net and grabbed the beast in the boat and boy was it heavy! I almost stumbled when grabbing the fish onto the boat but we had done it, we had caught the biggest Salmon in our life but the question was, was it the record breaker we were after?
Ronald pulled out the scales from underneath his seat and as we placed the net down with the fish in, our hearts sank; we didn’t know what to say. It weighed 80 pounds, 9 pounds of being a record! We were gutted! Gutted is an under-statement, our hearts sank. After spending time pulling this fish in to the boat it was not the record breaker we were after it weighed 80 pounds. We looked at each other surprised but as it settled we knew what we caught was a beast! Yes it was not the record breaker we were after but it was a record breaker for us that we caught a Salmon this weight.
As we headed back home we finally realised that yes we did not catch the beast of the Salmon we wanted, but still we caught a huge sized Salmon that only game fishers dream of. Two local chaps who caught an 80-pound Salmon in a day of fishing, I think that’s great going, don’t you?
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