Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Eighty two year old Olin Fisher of Springfield handled some discouraging news about the expected lifespan of some of his health-related electronics in a way that would be unexpected by most of us. He decided to do a number of things that he had been putting off for years. One of those was going salmon fishing at Winchester Bay. Olin chose to fish with skipper Scott Howard of Strike Zone Charters and he was not disappointed. He ended up landing a jack chinook salmon and adult chinooks weighing 22 and 34 pounds. In other words, he was lucky enough to land 60 pounds of salmon on his first salmon trip in more than ten years. The largest salmon managed to spool Olin and Scott’s 13 year old son Alex stepped in to get the line back on the reel as Scott pursued the fish and then Alex returned the rod to Olin who managed to land the lunker. Olin definitely plans to undertake another salmon fishing trip, but admitted that it will have to be done around the deer and elk hunting trips he has planned.

Olin Fisher and Alex Howard show off the 34 pound chinook they combined their efforts to catch. Photo by Casey Howard.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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