Salmon Fishing: Skill or Luck?

Map of Whidbey Island, WA (using CorelDraw)

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Like clockwork every two years the cycle of pink salmon engulf the waters of Puget Sound, swimming back to their home waters to spawn. Fisherman dust off their poles, magenta “Buzz Bomb” lures and head to their favorite Pacific fishing holes. The swarms of salmon moving through these waters turns the currents a shade of lively deep silver blue. Either by land or sea, lining the shores of Whidbey Island – from Bush Point in Greenbank to Ala Spit in Oak Harbor – fisherman can be seen dotting the shores and boats hovering close to the shoreline. The daily tide schedules are meticulously monitored as anglers share their methods and strategies for luring the salmon from their native waters. Telltale stories of a fisherman catching an elusive king salmon from shore and the fish that barely got away drift through town.

Is salmon fishing nothing more than a mere cast of luck or is it a science? If the finicky salmon snub their mouths at the alluring glimmer of stainless steel hooks is it the result of a slight hesitation in the fisherman’s method of reeling or is it perhaps nothing more than a well-fed fish, destined to be one of the salmon that makes its way up river to spawn and recreate this cycle of life?

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  1. Either by land or sea, lining the shores of Whidbey Island – from Bush Point in Greenbank to Ala Spit in Oak Harbor – fisherman can be seen dotting the shores and boats hovering close to the shoreline.

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