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: Inexperienced fisherman reels in whopper of a fish

10-28-2002, 09:04 AM
By Associated Press, 10/28/02

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Grant Martinsen's fish tale is a whopper.

The accidental fisherman reeled in a chinook salmon that weighed 71 1/2 pounds, a full 8 1/2 pounds more than the all-time record for fly-fishers.

"Golly, this is all quite a bit more than I expected," said Martinsen, a retired biology teacher and Grants Pass High School football coach.

A longtime fly-fisher of trout and steelhead but a rookie at salmon, Martinsen drove to the lower Rogue River last Monday for a day of fishing cohos only because a hunting partner was too sick to hunt chukars as planned.

Since cohos generally weigh up to 15 pounds, Martinsen used an 8-weight rod, small flies and a net suitable for cohos. Then, after spying a few chinook, he tied on a chinook fly and started casting for the bigger fish. Ten minutes later, he felt a strike.

"It rattled my rod and shook its head," he said. "I thought, 'This is a good fish."' Martinsen pulled his two small anchors in the boat and let the fish tow him around. Then the chinook breached more like a whale than a salmon.

"He jumped halfway out of the water with his face pointed toward me," Martinsen said. "You see something like that and it scares you."

Plans now call for the salmon to be mounted and displayed in the Rogue Outdoor Store in Gold Beach.

10-28-2002, 09:10 AM
Aaah, was not even fishing for chinnook but the smaller cohos that explains the 7 lb line. Incredible feat to land a 70 lb salmon on that. FYI, great lakes record chinook is only 47 LBs.

10-28-2002, 10:05 AM
Hhhhmmmm. That's a great fish on that tackle or any other fly tackle..... so what you are saying Sean, is that there is still an amount of luck in fishing? ;)

10-28-2002, 11:18 AM
"Luck is the residue of design" - Branch Rickey on baseball

Applies to everything else though including fishing IMHO. :devil:

10-28-2002, 11:41 AM
didn't want to leave the pool that it had just gotten into. Fellow was fishing out of a small pram and (use the same techq. on the lower Chetco for fly rod kings) the fish just towed him around until it came up on the surface.

A fishing buddy (also in a pram) from Santa Rosa, Ca netted the fish as it swam by his boat.

10-29-2002, 08:44 AM
Incredible story! It reminds me of a story were a guy was spooled at Wachusett Res. You never know what you are going to hook on too.