How to connect braided line to mono: The Double Uni Knot

I use this all the time to connect my braided mainline to my mono or fluorocarbon leaders: The Uni Knot. It takes a little practice, but it is easy once you get the hang of it!

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The Salmon Cannon: Could this help migrating fish get over dams?

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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.

You can read the whole story here

Underwater Photos: The Rejection

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 Dolly Varden makes his  move...
The Dolly Varden makes his move…
But something just isn't right…the close proximity of the camera perhaps?
But something just isn’t right…the close proximity of the camera perhaps?
Even that milky goodness seeping out of the bait wasn't enough for this guy!
Even that milky goodness seeping out of the bait wasn’t enough for this guy! Why do you think he didn’t go all in?

The World Record Halibut…that Wasn’t

Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn
Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn

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!

El Nino may send Exotic Species to California

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing
Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

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.

Underwater Photos: Dolly Varden attacks a glob of eggs!

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!

He's hot on the scent trail now!
A dolly varden lines up on the scent trail of the bait…
At the last minute, he rejects the bait…perhaps the camera scares him off.
At the last minute, he rejects the bait…perhaps the camera scares him off.
Check this guy out, though…coming out of the pack to attack
Check this guy out, though…coming out of the pack to attack
No turning back now!
No turning back now!
Going in for the kill!
Going in for the kill!
Tastes good!
Tastes good!
Full commitment!
Full commitment!