High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
[quote]Originally posted by Mike Valhalla
Kayak fishing is becoming very popular ! Last August we were fishing off Bamfield when a gentlemen paddled by us with a down rigger mounted on the deck of his kayak trolling for Salmon. I could only imagine the fight of a 25lb Spring in a Kayak. Like has been said before prepare for as much as you can before you go. You don't want to be wrestling around trying to figure out how you are going to land your catch with the inevitably cold lakes you will be fishing for Rainbow.
Just think of what would happen if you jigged up a 100 + pound halibut? Most people hand jig with 120 test line, since it's comfortable on the hands. Some people in small skiffs, fishing for halibut, tie a few 3/4 inch rings along their jigging line and have a "Scotchman" type bladder ready to clip to a ring, in case they get a big one. Once the bladder is clipped to the line, the fish can sound, but will be dragging the float down and will eventually get played out. Then the big fish needs to be towed ashore and cut up into stowable parts. It's not good enough to gut a halibut, as they can muscle spasm hours after they are dead.
As a young deckhand, I watched a 3 hour dead & gutted halibut, iced under a two foot layer of salmon, flip the whole works up and out of the hold pen. Salmon bonked on the head usually are out cold, but many bottom fish "revive" later. Keep this in mind when you're fishing from small boats.