After spending the day with the family and celebrating his birthday, it was now 10:00pm and the ladies were toning things down. Since it was James' birthday, when he asked to go fishing he was met with absolutely no opposition! We grabbed a couple poles, my Frabill net, and a small tackle box I had prepared just for this circumstance.
Within 15 minutes we were casting off the break-wall at McKinley Marina in hopes of tangling with a giant King Salmon! It didn't take long for me to hear James yell "I think I got one!" I instantly knew he was hooked up, as I heard several violent splashes and watched his Ugly Stick double over!
Despite being fairly prepared to actually catch a Salmon, we were still caught off guard and had to react on the fly to figure out how we were going to actually land the fish. I crouched over the wall and reached my fully extended net towards the water only to find that I was still 2' from the surface! I then began walking down the wall in search of a ladder to climb down, since all break-walls must have built in ladders on them for safety. I found one about 100' from where James was fighting the fish so I yelled for him to guide the fish my way.
After a solid 10 minute battle, I skirted down the ladder and was able to net his huge Salmon and hand the net up the ladder! This fish was even bigger than we realized, going 39 inches and weighing around 25 pounds! The fish still had good color, and was still tight with skein. After a few pictures and high fives we were right back at it!
The fish hit my lure on the third crank, and immediately began screaming line! The fish had my spool of 8 pound Power Pro on the mono backing twice, but eventually I was able to gain on this fish and guide it into the net along the ladder. This fish was nearly identical to the last fish James had caught, going 22+ pounds easily!