I’m fishing Salmon in the ocean off Vancouver Island using your Mini Squid – great bait by the way. The salmon range in weight from 10 to 30 pounds and are relatively plentiful. In the past I’ve threaded leader through the squid to a hook at the back, but I wanted to try your swimbait hooks to see if the squid might perform a little better. What size swimbait hook would you recommend? The Squid is rigged at roughly 24” behind a Hot Spot Flasher and trolled at about 4 knots on downriggers. What do you think?
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I spent a few years guiding for salmon along SE Alaska, using that experience as a reference, I would recommend using a large, single Siwash hook with the hook point exposed for the best hookup ratios.
We offer a 5/0 VMC Siwash that’d be perfect. It has an open eye, I’d crimp it to a small barrel swivel to help alleviate any line twists. Then tie that barrel swivel to 50lb Fluorocarbon leader. For King Salmon, I always preferred a longer leader (30″ – 40″) This gave the trailing bait a wider sweeping action. For Silvers, I’d shorten to 24″, they seem to like a bit whippier action on the baits.
Trolling speed wise, My best king speeds were 1.7 – 1.9knts, Silvers seem to bite just as well at faster speeds 2.2-2.6kts, allowing me to cover more ground.