Thursday, October 22, 2009


I'm not talking King Henry or George here. I'm talking king salmon, also known as chinook. They are the prize salmon of Alaska. Kings are the largest salmon in the Pacific species. Usually the moms and dads weigh around 25 pounds. But some super-duper derby winners have been over 100 pounds. And it's also not too unusual to find a squirmy fifty pounder on the other end of your fishing rod.

Lots of salmon are caught, but only about 1% of them are royalty. Kings are easy to spot, once you wrangle them up on deck. They're greenish-blue on their back and silver on the side with little black dots along the top. They're usually about a yard long, but occasionally you might see a five footer.


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