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Lining Salmon with Jeff
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 28 2006
Hi folks,

Well, the secret is out, apparently!  Lining salmon.  It is possible to line just about any type of fish in Alaska except, perhaps, a whitefish.  That little tiny mouth... sheesh.  How embarassing to have a mouth that small...  what's a fish supposed to do with a mouth like that, swimming around looking like an O-ring or something.  Silly fish.  Good grief.

Years ago I saw a friend of mine do this with kings.  No, not REAL kings from Persia or somewhere, the FISH, you idiot!  Now, I'm not mentioning any names, but his initials are Jeff Varvil, and he can catch 'em on most anything.  That guy can catch kings on red yarn, blue yarn, green yarn, telling a yarn... it makes no difference.  Bare hook, circle hook, J hook, Captain Hook... doesn't matter.  Catches 'em on a roll cast, back cast, side-saddle cast and even a leg cast... seems to work every time.  In the boat, on the bank, on the way to the bank, under water (but never walking ON the water, lemme tell ya), next to the water, and making water.... he catches 'em allatime.  He does it with a cowboy hat, no hat, hip boots, no boots, no shoes, no shirt, no service, and at least on one occasion that I heard about, no clothes at all.  Yep, he caught a salmon completely nekkid, lemme tell ya.  Hey there, watch that back-cast, now!  The dangers of fishing Alaska...  and proof once more that you can hook 'em even when they're not biting.

-Mike

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