On my third cast, as the jig was exiting the fast currents, I felt a thud. My line tightened, I didn’t even have enough time to react, when my reel started to scream.. almost ripping the rod right out of my hand. This fish took off like a lightning bolt and jolted into the depths of the swift current. My heart was racing as I was eyeing my spool, it was peeling so much line I was afraid a tank of a fish would out-spool me. I held on to dear life, rod fully bent over… reel still screaming. About 100 meters out, the fish made a huge airborne jump.. unfortunately releasing and dislodging itself from my jig. The sheer excitement came to a sober halt as I was left there holding my limp line.. the fish was gone.
After losing and missing many fishes, I switched my jig to a wiggly tail. Fishing is also about trying and learning new things, I had never seen anyone use a wiggly worm tail other than for bass. So I figured why not? On the 3rd cast I felt a tug followed by multiple head shakes. The fish ran and peeled the line, however this time I did not allow it to run into the swift currents. I tightened my drag and forced him into calmer waters. I was able to turn its head by shifting the tip of the rod to the opposite direction. After battling this beast for 10 minutes, I was able to finally land it. It was a large 15lb male Chum salmon. I was exhausted but thrilled.
Today I learned I have learned a new technique for jig casting and that trying new lures can sometimes surprisingly produce fish when you least expect it.