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Salmon Fishing

Although it's already one of the most popular fishing sports, salmon fishing is
still growing. Salmon come in a number of varieties, and each is a bit different from the others.

Since there are so many types, fishermen usually have a favorite one or two they like to pursue. Chinook is the granddaddy of Pacific salmon, growing to as long as 40 inches and weighing up to 100 pounds.

They only figure in at about 1% of the yearly salmon harvest.

Sockeye Salmon

The Sockeye, from Alaska, is the most valuable of all
salmon. It grows to 24 inches in length and weighs between
six and nine pounds. It makes up 25 to 30 percent of
Alaska's commercial fishing. During spawning season, the
males turn a beautiful red, and therefore are often called
"red" salmon.

Coho Salmon

Coho's are the next (third) most valued fish. These
"silvers" as they are called, because of their bright silver
color, are popular in the marketplace and often sold whole.
The Coho runs to about 29 inches and weighs on an average of
nine pounds. The favored ways of processing them is smoking
or canning.

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon aren't as good to eat as the other varieties.
Consumers tend to avoid buying them when they see the pale
yellow meat. Therefore they aren't considered that valuable
to the fishing industry. Their average weight is 8 pounds
and they can be as long as 30 inches.

Pink Salmon

At the bottom of the Pacific salmon list is the Pink. They
are small and used primarily for canning. They average 22
inches and 4 pounds. They are found in greater number than
the other salmon.

There are many fishing charters along the northern Pacific
coast that are very popular among sport fishermen. If you
are an avid fisherman you may want to think about
chartering a boat to take you to the finest salmon fishing
places along the coast.

Many of these charters also offer whale watching tours which
is a great way for you to combine your fishing vacation with a
bit of sightseeing.

Take your time finding the right charter for you as there
are many different packages that you can choose from,
including one day excursions to week long trips. You will
want to join a charter that doesn't have too many people
booked with it, since the smaller the group is the better
your salmon fishing trip will be.

Choose carefully and you can enjoy some great fishing - and
some great tasting fish!

Flipper Thomas is the webmaster for The Fat Salmon, the #1
source on the internet for information about Salmon. For more
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