Fish ladders have long been used to help salmon and steelhead migrate up over dams, but some dams are too high and ladders just aren’t a feasible solution.
Well, now thanks to a new technology called the Salmon Cannon, migratory fish may be able to get over some previously impassible barriers.
A company called Whooshh Innovations looked at their own existing technology used to transport delicate produce, like ripe tomatoes or apples, without damage using vacuum pressure. They were able adapt their system to safely give fish a boost, and thus, the salmon cannon was born.
Sometimes everything can be right…the cast, the drift, the bait…and still the fish don’t get hooked. Here’s an interesting scene I shot on a tributary to the Togiak River in Alaska, where a nice Dolly Varden does a fly-by on roe cluster but doesn’t commit to the bait.
The massive 482-pound Pacific halibut that was caught in July near Glacier Bay, Alaska, won’t be recognized as a world record. Despite besting the current all-tackle record of 259 pounds, the fish was shot and harpooned boat side (which is the safe way to get a huge halibut aboard), thus disqualifying it from IGFA record consideration.
Still, angler Jack McGuire of Santa Ana called it a “catch of a lifetime.” All 92 inches and nearly 500 pounds of it!
Check this video out from a few weeks back when a massive school of anchovies showed up along a Southern California beach! Looks closely in the holes in the bait and you can see leopard sharks prowling. Also, the second half of the video has some cool underwater footage!
While NOAA has backed off on their predictions of a huge El Nino headed our way, there are already signs that we’ve got warm water moving up the California coast. Only time will tell, but exotics are already showing off the coast, including fish like dorado, tuna and hammerhead sharks!
Click HERE for a list of the Top 10 Exotic Fish we may see this fall.
Okay, more from my Alaska files…Here’s a cluster of roe drifted down a run on the Togiak River loaded with Dolly Varden (some rainbows and jacks were in there too). I always cut the points off the hooks while filming (if a fish got hooked, it caused too much camera shake). This sequence is cool as one dolly rejects the bait and another comes out of the pack to eat it!