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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. I spent 11 summers of my life working on my Dad's gill net fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska catching mostly sockeye salmon. I've seen schools of hundreds of thousands of salmon bunched up, jumping like crazy as they got their first nose-full of their home waters. So believe me when I tell you the folks with Cooke Aquaculture were way off on their initial estimate of three to four thousand Atlantic Salmon escaping from their collapsed net pen. The pen held over 300,000 and after witnessing the massive number of fish jumping along Cypress Island near Secret Harbor over the weekend, I can tell you that most of the 300,000 escaped. My Dad and I tried catching a few of our own and even though we were using the exact same bait as our neighbors, we didn't get a single bite. But we watched those around us boat 20 to 30 fish. There were reports of boats taking over 200 salmon. Mark Yuasa Tweeted the DNR reported 119,500; 20,000 by the Lummi Tribe; and who knows what the count is up to by anglers? If you go, try a Dick Nite. Until next time, Good Fishing!