King Salmon - KENAI RIVER species
David's brother Shannon has this recount of the fishing trip that produced this genuine trophy.
"We were back-bouncing eggs with a white and pink snoppy and an 8/0 gamagatsu hook from my dad's boat at the Rock Garden by Swiftwater around 8pm. The rod was an old Lamiglas with an Ambassador reel and 25# test Stren. The fight was about 25 minutes and we knew it was big once it headed up river for about 5 minutes. It was hard to turn this guy but once we did it didn't take too long to boat it. We had to constantly move the boat around the rocks once we drifted in the current with it. Several times it appeared we had lost the fish, only to find it was still on as the line tightened back up. Once we netted it we realized it was just barely hooked and one more pull or run and we would have lost it for sure. The fish will be mounted at American Trophy Taxidermy before it finds its final resting place on David's wall."
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