fishing for Pinks a waste of time?

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  1. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

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    - they are slimy
    - they don't freeze well in a raw state
    - they are small
    - they rarely jump on the fight (odd since they jump more than others on their own)
    - less fat= less flavor (taste being subjective)
    - perhaps something about traditionally the runs being smaller
    - did I mention they are slimy.


    these are a mix of things I've heard since my transplantation here some 25 years ago and things I've simply deduced by listening to folks who salmon fish much more than I do.

    - oh yea AND they aren't steelhead so aside from ripping them open to harvest their eggs to catch steelhead they like all OTHER fish have little to no value.;)
     
  2. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    Let me take a stab. 1.) Pinks taste like crap unless you saturate them with smoke and salt. 2.) They are not nearly as thrilling on a fly rod as silvers, cutthroat, or chinook. 3.) Generally speaking they take less skill to catch due to their large numbers and eagerness to bite flies and hardware.

    That being said, fishing for pink salmon is something I enjoy, and in odd years I dedicate a few trips to the beach and lower rivers to target them while they are still brite. They are a great "starter" fish to get you excited about flyfishing for salmon. However, I'd rather catch and eat a silver any day of the week than choke down a pink (unless it is salt caught and skillfully smoked).
     
  3. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    What are you smoking? Load your pipe again..... You need a new pair of taste buds son! :D
     
  4. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I've grilled, broiled, smoked, and made tacos (get it? pink tacos? i really did it just to say i did), and i don't understand the talk on them being inferior table fare.

    This past weekend, I caught countless pinks on what I would say was one of the most ridiculous string of fishing outings I've ever had. Catching fish on almost every cast, having multiple fish take off down river, cartwheeling, jumping, putting me into my backing, and doing everything people say that these fish typically fail at.

    Over the past month, I've also helped a couple fishing buddies, my brother in law and my fiance (who had never even fished before) catch their very first salmon they had ever caught. That alone is worth it to me.

    I'm a fan
     
  5. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

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    personally I think smoked chum tastes better than smoked pink..
     
  6. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    brine: 1 part apple juice to 1 part soy sauce. soak overnight, dry for a few hours on a baking rack. smoke over applewood at 200 degrees.

    smoked salmon doesn't get any better
     
  7. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    i also need to add that the puyallup run fish are not the same as the north rivers fish. the fish in area 8 and 9 are much larger on average, and have a whole lot more fight in them. there's almost no comparing the puyallup fish vs the other ones, they're night and day difference.
     
  8. I bought a 25 lb bag of Brown sugar at Costco, and now have less than a third left. The Big Chief served its duty very well. I am also a fan of the Pink. I enjoy Chum eggs Ikura style.
     
  9. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

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    The pinks are great, it's rare to see a a biomass like that in Puget Sound in this day and age. I'll be honest, I get burned out on them, but in a couple months I know I'll be longing for an odd year summer.

    I like to fish for whatever is fishing good. Enjoy it while you can! Those searuns and coho will be around when the pinks aren't.
     
  10. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    to the original poster, if you feel fishing for pinks is a waste of time, it is. it really is that simple. if you would rather spend your time fishing for silvers and sea run cutthroat, then spending fishing time fishing for pinks is a waste of time.

    for me, pinks were a pain in the ass out at neah bay. when you have large numbers of coho that you are having trouble reaching because you cannot keep the pinks off, and you prefer catching coho... then pinks are a "problem".

    even our beloved coho can become a "problem" for some. i remember back in 2002 fishing next to a friend. there were silvers all over the place, resulting in silly fly fishing. occasionally i would hear my friend cursing. later i found out he was cursing the coho because he literally could not get his spoons down below them fast enough on his downriggers to access the kings below. so on that day, i was enjoying fishing for "trashy" coho. some people's treasure is other's garbage.

    chris
     
  11. Peter Pancho

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    Funny stuff. Just like the gear heads at the Cowlitz that HATE the SRC cause they get in the way of the Steelhead. Oh YES, 2002 was my best year EVER, funny you mentioned it.
     
  12. Don Freeman

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    I kind of understand what you're asking. I don't get excited about the runs, and seldom spend the time to drive north to where there's a zillion of the fish. I have friends that try to get me excited about the fishery, but always seem to end up doing something else.

    It could be the lack of challenge, they are so thick, and they bite anything. I did go to Hoodsport early in the run, and caught one on a new pattern, but that was it. I can't really put my finger on what's lacking, but apparently, pink fishing is not for everyone. I'm glad to hear it's not just me.
     
  13. PT

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    I've never considered fishing to be a waste of time. It's up to each of us to pursue whatever it is that turns our crank. Some folks enjoy catching 5'' brookies from a tiny creek and others like to step, cast, retrieve, repeat, while wielding a rod that measures 15' on a river 1/2 mile wide with a fish run that numbers in the hundreds total instead of 1000's per mile.

    Figure it out and enjoy.
     
  14. Jake Bannon

    Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

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    My first salt humpy outing was a blast with my 5wt as I caught bunches. Pinks are fun the first few times you fish them but get old the after a few times out. Then its back to coho, chinook or steelhead. The few good things that slime rockets are good for IMHO for bringing to the table are eggs (for us gearheads and baitchuckers), take pressure away from the "other rivers", and are a great fish to take beginners out for catching. Remember this is all MY opinion. Im not a snob by any means...I like fishing for chums ;)


    Jake
     
  15. urbnfly

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    Maybe my perspective is different because I fish from a boat, but I actually enjoy many aspect of pink fishing over every other species in the sound. In particular, I think the visual experience is far better than that of coho, kings, or src’s. I love watching huge schools of fish swimming right on the surface; then watch six or so break off to chase the fly; then to watch one open his mouth and eat is awesome! True there is nothing special about the fight after the hook up, but everything before the hook up is a unique experience in the sound. I almost never cast unless I see fish rolling. Whereas coho fishing to me usually involves a lot, sometimes too much casting without seeing fish. When you’re hooking them it’s great, but when you’re not it can wear on you. I don't have a lot of patience, so when I don’t see fish I get discouraged. It is also nice to be able to go out and know that your rod will be bent....all day!