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How To Grab Chinook Salmon???

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Where and how can you grab salmon to land them--be they fully in water or partly out of water. 

 

I was thinking a boga grip could do the trick but I don't have one, and don't want to carry one. 

 

If the salmon is obviously a keeper, can you grab gill plate? 

 

Obviously sticking lipping a salmon is a non-starter!

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Thanks fishjerk. All right I heard about that with Atlantic salmon...didn't know you could do it with chinook. 

 

I could try the tail grip in a pinch. But I think I want to grab somewhere on the front because I will be guiding fish in via leader naturally. 

 

I "caught" salmon in July on a rocky ocean cliff with mild surf and no place to land fish except kind of swim it's head up on edge of rock for a short period to grab it. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Otshawytsha said:

Thanks fishjerk. All right I heard about that with Atlantic salmon...didn't know you could do it with chinook. 

 

I could try the tail grip in a pinch. But I think I want to grab somewhere on the front because I will be guiding fish in via leader naturally. 

 

I "caught" salmon in July on a rocky ocean cliff with mild surf and no place to land fish except kind of swim it's head up on edge of rock for a short period to grab it. 

 

 

Chinook yes, coho and steelhead not so much as the base of the tail is thicker and the tail itself is less rigid. If just guiding in to be released, a boga type would be useful to control the head. I would not gill grab unless you were planning on keeping the fish, as it’s too likely to cause serious if not fatal damage to the gills. 

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On 9/15/2018 at 8:02 AM, Otshawytsha said:

So if I had wanted to keep fish I could have grabbed the gill plate? No danger there of slicing hand open anywhere?  

Yep. Nothing sharp in the gills.

Lingcod on the other hand.....

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On ‎10‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 6:32 PM, Ray Yee said:

Just gaff em

Can't unless you want a ticket. I always try to beach them where possible, but in deep haunts use a net where legal. But if I didn't have a net or partner I would go for a tail grab, once you control the tail the fish can't really go anywhere and after it's initial shake, is easy to slip the other hand under it's belly and lift it up for a pic or to dispatch it. Where if you go for the gill plate not only could you injure the fish, but he will still be able to use his tail to get away from you.

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