Editor’s Note: Adventures on the Southern Oregon Coast is the product of the South Coast Partnership which includes the towns from Brookings to Reedsport and all the wonderful fans in between.

My wife and I moved to Bandon, Oregon in 2002 after touring the entire coast going to all of the lighthouses. We were amazed at how friendly and welcome everyone made us feel in the town of Bandon, we felt like family.

Along with my love of lighthouses I also love boating, crabbing, fishing and really doing most any outdoor activity. For the past few years I tried my hand at trolling for Chinook salmon but always snagged the bottom or twisted my lines. The salmon really had nothing to fear!

This year all of my asking questions and persistence paid off. I was trolling one foggy morning by myself and was slowly coming around a bend in the river when my rod slammed back. I thought to myself great I snagged the bottom again and lost another set up.

I put my boat into neutral and went back to fuss with my snagged lines. I grabbed my rod and gave it a couple of tugs and then I was able to start reeling in my line without any resistance. Cool! I saved my gear then when my flasher was about ten feet away from my boat it turned around and started rapidly peeling line off my real and then I realized I had caught a salmon.

The salmon ran maybe thirty yards away like it was nothing. I then reeled it back in and to my surprise it jumped a foot or two out of the water. This went on for thirty minutes and then the salmon tired and came alongside of my boat.

With one hand holding the rod I grabbed my net and attempted to net the salmon with my other hand but to my surprise the salmon was to big for my net.

I was able to get the salmon scrunched up a little in the net and I dropped my rod and grabbed the net with both hands and with a mighty tug managed to get the salmon over the side and into the boat.

I measured this huge salmon and it was 46 inches long, almost four feet! I had never caught a fish of any kind this big before. When I got back to dock I weighed it and it was just over 36 pounds.

Dave Schradieck
Owner: Bandon Beach Vacation Properties, LLC

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