12-26 SS Chum
I will never forget going salmon fishing up in the San Juan Islands one early morning. A buddy of mine and I set out early in my father-in-law's boat. He had fished successfully the night before and left all the gear in the boat. We fished for five hours and didn't get a thing. We heard a couple of Native American fishermen saying they had a lot of luck on the radio and so we asked them if we could buy one of their salmon. We met up and we bought a huge King and took it home. This story is about my friend Chad Hood and you'll see what I mean about everything being relative. "And the other fishery which a lot of people down here don't understand is for chum salmon, in Alaska you can legally snag fish out in the salt water. There is a fishery there where the chum come in and we will take big heavy duty fishing poles with heavy line and then we get weighted treble hooks and you can literally just go out there and snag chum salmon. They are not my favorite to eat but they smoke up very good. So we would go and catch our limit of King Salmon in the morning or when the tide was right and then we would just go snag chum for the rest of the time. I think between the three of us, we each brought home about 120 pounds of fish from that trip. Goodness gracious. And you eat it all, right. Yes. I don't have any left right now. All I have is smoked salmon." You see what I mean about relative? One man's chum is another man's King.