Chum Love

October 29, 2014

in Alaska West, Fish

Chum Salmon Release at Alaska West

The underdog, aka chum salmon.. Photo: John Wilkin.

We haven’t thrown any love towards the underdogs (pun intended) of the Northwest in a while. So, today we’re coming at you with nothing more than a cool photo of our good friend, John Wilkin, releasing a swung up chum salmon from Alaska West.

Thanks to Dr. Oncorhynchus keta for the aggression and willingness to eat that made this post possible.

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