August Pink Reports

Pinks are excellent on the table or in the smoker as long as they are taken care of immediately and put on ice. They have a unique flavor different from a King, SIlver, or Sockeye. Each is different but they are all good. I've never eaten Chum so I can't speak to that.
 

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
Steve,

Since I don't have a smoker I thought
I would try (again) to eat a pink. Hooked
gutted and on ice within 10 minutes.

Fillet and soaked in ginger, soy, brown sugar for
40 minutes. Onto the BBQ cooked well done.

The taste was ehhhh, metza metza, so-so....
not my cup of tequila. Tasted better the next day
when made into salmon burgers and refried with more
seasoning but still not what I would eat again.

I've eaten chrome bright chum that tasted
much better than pinks.

Differnt strokes for
fishing folks.

DK
 

skyrise

Active Member
kept my 1st one of the season yesterday. funny how some gear guys are amazed that salmon can be caught with the bug rod.
also have noticed a fair number of smaller hens showing up now.
 
man, theres tooo much oil in pinks, taste 100% better after a good 24hr brine soak for 5 lbs of fillet and dry in sunny air for 2 hrs, then brown sugar sprinkle on the smoker with mesquite wood for 2-4 hrs til preferred texture. I like a little dry on top and a tiny bit moist in the middle.
 
My policy in regards to eating Pinks. In the salt, no problem BBQ or putting them in the oven, even had people say its some of the best salmon they've eaten. In the river, the smoker they go.
 

Tool Fly

Active Member
Steve,

Since I don't have a smoker I thought
I would try (again) to eat a pink. Hooked
gutted and on ice within 10 minutes.

Fillet and soaked in ginger, soy, brown sugar for
40 minutes. Onto the BBQ cooked well done.

The taste was ehhhh, metza metza, so-so....
not my cup of tequila. Tasted better the next day
when made into salmon burgers and refried with more
seasoning but still not what I would eat again.

I've eaten chrome bright chum that tasted
much better than pinks.

Differnt strokes for
fishing folks.

DK
Sounds like you had it nailed up until overcooking. To each their own, but in my experience a more "medium rare" approach brings out the delicate flavor.
 
Man, I need to figure out where you live and follow you to your fishing holes :D
The spots don't always have everything to do with it... Evan Slater, another buddy, and myself all fished the same spot today. (the other) Evan an I each hooked around the same number. Other buddy hooked exactly 0. All using the same flies, throwing to the same pods of fish. If you don't nail the presentation, things don't always work out so well.