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ReleaseIT
 I have not seen this many fish this early in 33 years - Jun 10, 2011, 09:19:48 AM #1

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I have not seen this many fish this early in the 33 years I have been fishing this great river. I can only hope it continues. On May 27th I lost a bright Salmon in the 12-15 lb range (broke my 6lb test) and landed one nice grilse around 23", I also rose several other fish which hit my fly but no hookup(this could have been the same fish rising several times). On May 28th also landed a nice fish 32" long.
On June 4th I arrived at the pool at 8:15 pm and at 9:25 hooked and landed a 32-34 inch fish.
On June 5th I hooked and landed the 3 Salmon the smallest 32" and the largest 35".
I would just like to remind everyone to please get these fish in as fast as you can put these beautiful fish back as gently as you can. Make sure you hold on to them to make sure they fully recover. Please don't hold them out of the water too long for picture taking. Thanks

Here is a link to a video I shot of me releasing a 35 inch fish. Look at the sea lice on the back.
http://s174.photobucket.com/albums/w88/weedfeed/Videos/?action=view&current=b259fdaf.mp4
 
campbells
 Re: I have not seen this many fish this early in 33 years - Jun 20, 2011, 06:29:58 AM #2

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Release IT - after some very tough Junes on the Main SW for most of us that are located below the mouth of the Cains, this year we are back to the way it was , or even better. Every day that the water is at a fishable level we are contacting fish, and they are holding quite well, even though we are not down to anything close to summer fishing levels.

There are plenty of good fish, but what is amazing too is the number of female grilse. If we see a few early female grilse in most years that's quite a lot. This year our catch is better than 50% female grilse.

A poster on another forum says that a biologist told him that a good early run is important because it just indicates a bigger bell shaped curve. If male grilse are 4.5 times as numerous as females, the river should be full of them once they start to come in.
 
ReleaseIT
 Re: I have not seen this many fish this early in 33 years - Jun 22, 2011, 22:24:36 PM #3

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Campbell's thanks for the Info. I did hear we are expecting a good number of grilse this year but never heard about the ratio's between male and female. I just always figured the norm was way more males with very few female grilse.
 
campbells
 Re: I have not seen this many fish this early in 33 years - Jun 23, 2011, 05:32:34 AM #4

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Release IT, according to Mark Hambrook, a salmon biologist, and head of the MSA, 75 to 90% of grilse are males. For some reason or another most of the hen grilse come earlier in the season than the males.
What's really great to see is that the heavy grilse run validates that the record amount of smolt counted last May - some 2,000,000+ - apparently did okay in the sea last winter. This could mean an equally large run of 2 MSW in 2012 as the rest of that year class returns.
 
Steve Corey
 Re: I have not seen this many fish this early in 33 years - Jul 02, 2011, 14:22:57 PM #5

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This is a great year for salmon (and salmon fishermen) everywhere it seems. Over 3,000 fish in the Penobscot and the Narraguagus just went over 100 fish so far this year. Considering there were several years recently with fewer than 10 salmon counted on the 'Guagus, this is outstanding. Conditions at sea appear to be ideal.
 

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