We only fish for Wild King Salmon also known as Chinook Salmon. Ever get a chance to play tug-of-war with an ocean fresh salmon? You will never forget it once you’ve landed one of these fine eating and highly prized fish.
The way we fish is unique (well it was until others tried to copy us). This was one of Captain Tom’s harebrained ideas from commercial salmon fishing. The commercial technique for salmon trolling was refined in 2007 (by Tom) to accommodate fishing rods and off-the-shelf fishing gear which when combined makes MEGA-BITE the top salmon producing charter boat on Monterey Bay. We troll (boat is constantly moving forward) from two to four miles per hour depending on the bite. The trolling gear consists of 500 feet of 900 pound test stainless steel cable connected to a shear plate and 35, 50, or 60 pound lead ball with “double stops” every three fathoms (18 feet) on a hydraulic powered gurdie (a super sized downrigger).
We troll with up to eight rods. When we hookup with a fish the quick release automatically releases the “hot” fishing line from the gurdie cable and the angler is now connected directly to the hooked salmon. All the remaining rods continue to fish and often, one or two other rods will pop their release with fish on! We have had multiple triple and quad salmon hookups using this technique. It’s controlled chaos and it’s wild and it’s fun. Now the angler fights the fish and with a little luck and coaching brings the fish to the boat where we scoop it up with a net.
To ensure we maximize our time on the water, the boat doesn’t stop moving until we get back to the dock at the end of the day. Which means, you hook into a fish and we’re still fishing with all the other rods while you fight and land your fish. Quite exciting. Quite effective. Exhilarating!
MEGA-BITE is the pioneer in this fishing technique. Others often imitate our technique but they can’t duplicate our success nor run as much gear simultaneously.
Each angler is allowed two salmon
Salmon minimum size 24 inches total length (April 3 to May 15)
Salmon minimum size 20 inches total length (May 16 – September 30)
Salmon vary from 4 to 30 pounds (our biggest on a charter was 42 pounds)