Area 10 Beach report & SRC

Nutty Squirrel

Says: Smoke Salmon not Crack
#1
Fished my local Area 10 Seattle beach this morning with stiff North wind & first coat of snow on the Olympics. I was targeting Silvers but ended up catching and releasing a large 19"-20" SRC using Leland's Popper (my first sizable SRC)! I have caught some smaller Cutties but nothing like this!

The experience was textbook just as Leland has described it in his posts & articles. The leader had just hit the end rod guide at the end of my retrieve when all of a sudden a bolt streaked toward the popper and hit it hard just 8' away from my feet. After two or three lighting fast runs parallel to the beach I got it on the reel and the fish ran a few more times in slightly deeper water. At first I thought I had a small silver on due to it's size and was suprised to see it was a large cutt. Good times indeed! The only thing that could have topped the morning would be catching those elusive Silvers to take home for BBQ.
 
#2
NS, good job and actually you probably had more fun with the large SRC than you would with a silver. I have landed and hooked quite a few and besides an initial surface thrashing, I don't get much of a fight out of them. I can't wait to hit a 17lb one, vs the 3-5lbs ones that I have caught.