Re: This was a Shock!
I know that few members here, if any, have ever fished for Atlantic salmon. Because of that there is no separation in their minds between Pacific salmon, which die after spawning, and Atlantics who do not. The tendency to refer to both as "salmon" is understandable but traditions of the two as to how they are fished are vastly different. In the world's Atlantic salmon rivers they would castrate anyone who lifted fish the way it is done in Pacific, and/or Pulaski Pacific salmon. These are not my sentiments. Rather, it is the way it is, the way it has been since the advent of sport fishing, I merely report here the way that it is; I don't rule on it, nor advocate policy. None of what salmon fishermen do -- Pacific or Atlantic -- has ever been influenced by me in any way.