Spawning Kokanee

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Kokanee Spawning.

Many of us are familiar with the spawning salmon. We’ve seen, on TV, those spectacular leaps made by the salmon as they run up the river to spawn and die. The Atlantic salmon in Scotland are always shown, along with glimpses of spectacular scenery and enchanting music. We wish we could be there.

In Canada it is the Pacific salmon and David Attenborough gives us a dialogue exploring the drama as the salmon run the rivers and sometimes leap into the mouths of waiting grizzlies. It is all very atmospheric and creates the picture of the epic struggle for these fish. They may travel hundreds of miles from the sea to spawn. Once the job is done they die. They are, however, dying as soon as they hit fresh water. Do they know this ?. Perhaps that’s why they are so driven.

There are the stars such as the big Atlantic salmon and the Pacific Chinook salmon. There are also the fish we know of in cans, the Sockeye. From the Pacific there is also the aggresssive Chum salmon which seem to make shorter runs up river, the numerous Pinks and the beautiful Coho.

Now spare a thought for the little guys, the Kokanee. A land locked salmon, related to the Sockeye. Kokanee are small, about 1lb on average, and their struggle is every bit as great as the "lords" of the sea. Some Kokanee are driven by the urge to climb rivers and small streams which enter a large lake, while others will spawn along the lake shore.

The picture shows Kokanee waiting for the moment when they will "jump" the little weir. Migratory salmon in miniature.

Kokanee Spawning

It’s a wonderful spectacle to watch and is every bit as dramatic as the performance of larger salmon. The Kokanee wait and slip up into the next section to find a spot to lay eggs, but the end result is always the same. Death comes to these little fish as their bodies change from the beautiful silver of lake life to a bright orange and then the decay after breeding.

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The cycle is inevitable as much of the stream life needs the nutrients that the fish provide. " Dust to dust "  that is really seen in action here. The ducks dig up the redds and get the eggs, the bears sit in the pools and eat the fish, while out in the lake, ospreys, bald eagles, sea gulls, otters and any other fish eating creatures wait their turn.

Some fish may grow bigger. I have seen a kokanee of 4lb and the record I think is about 9 lb. I have never seen fish of that size in the stream, perhaps they come from the lake shore variety and perhaps they have an easier life than their stream relatives.

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Blue Anchor

Note And photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Blue Anchor.

We travelled  from Watchet, Devon, England  and came across this bay. A great place to play beach cricket or football. The sands seemed to stretch for miles. People were walking the beach, but the wind from the sea had a "bite". Posts in the foreground were a testament to man’s attempt at contolling the water and the road I was walking along was protected from storms by a decent breakwater.

Naturally behind the road there was the usual seaside shops and a caravan site where the happy holiday makers would spend a week or two of the well earned English holiday. Long may it all continue.

Blue Anchor

When the sun shines and the day is warm theses are the places to be. There’s something to do at little expense and there are always new friends to meet. We all exchange names and addresses, with promises to keep in touch. Usually we forget and return to our former lives and daily duties. So enjoy the moment of freedom while it lasts. Perhaps one day we might stop a little longer and think more carefully about those things which really are importent.

Until then, long live the beach, the sea and all the dreams they give to the " kids ‘ amongst us. I love to paddle in water, however cold it may be.

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Sea Spray

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Sea Spray.

This is England. For me it captures everything about the seaside. There are the waves crashing at the breakwater , the "beach huts" in the distance and the "tourists" sitting on the stone steps. Perhaps they are dreaming of warmer places. Maybe they are just absorbing the "atmosphere". I know we could add deck chairs and ice cream and perhaps later I may show some of that.

Sea Spray

There was a wonderful aroma of sea spray in the air. I like the lonely figure standing in the background. Just what were his thoughts as he stood for ages looking out at the sea?

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The Misty Sea Front

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

The Misty Sea Front At Sidmouth.

When I lived in the UK this was often the scene which greeted me on a trip to the sea. It never seemed to matter as the promenade was the place to walk. Well wrapped in the appropriate clothing what did the mist matter? There is that "smell" of the sea which enters the memory like a "dart".  It’s never forgotten and is often longed for when you are far away. A friend once said, " If you’ve lived by the sea you can never leave it". I think he might be right.

The Misty Sea Front

We parked in a small car park at the back of some shops and wandered along the shore enjoying the morning. Lunch time found us looking for the inevitable cafe. Luck was with us and there was a great selction as the "holiday season" had yet to begin. There was a small cafe tucked behind a little shop and accessed by a narrow "alley". Food was excellent and "homemade".

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1959 Shoreham Harbour

Note And Photos From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Shoreham Harbour.

Shoreham Harbour, East Sussex, England.

In 1959 life was very different to the present day. Pleasures seem to have been so much simpler. As kids we would go down to the harbour and walk by all the boats which had come in from far away places. Like Newcastle or Sunderland. If a boat came in from Norway or Russia then it came with all the romance that we youngsters could muster.

Were there any pirates? We hoped there would be.

1959 Shoreham Harbour 1

There was timber, coal and petrol in abundence brought in by little coasters.

1959 Shoreham Harbour 2

The quayside had a distinctive smell of tar, oil and the sea which crashed on the shingle at the southern side of the harbour.

1959 Shoreham Harbour 3

I’m sure it was dangerous to play around the industrial area, but we were never driven away. There was a road which ran along the southern side of the harbour canal and it was the evocative smells of the industrial units which drew us. The old gas works would have it’s great piles of coal and the power station worked generating electricity and warm water.  Warm water, which was pushed  along a pipe and out into the sea behind the power station. This warm water outflow gave us good fishing from the beach and again it must have had inherent dangers, which would give modern parents heart failure.

The timber yard and stacks gave a distinctive smell which one can still detect if you walk around any lumber yard.

In the harbour canal there were always crabs to be caught from the walls. We would lower a small piece of fish on the hook. As the bait went down the side of a wall the crabs rushed out and grabbed the offering. They were never of great size, but they added to the excitement of any day out.

There were huge mullet swimming along the sides of the harbour wall and close to the lock gates. These fish were elusive, but they managed to raise the heartbeat as they swam close to the bait. They never played fair. Somehow they knew that the offering was dangerous.

I remember there was an old man ( or so it seemed to us ) who used to row us accross the canal so that we could  run through the "alley" by the gas works and down to the sea. What a joy at the sight of the waves if the tide was in or the marvel of the sand at low tide when we could play football or cricket.

There was always some form of life that inspired the naturalists. There were butterflies, lizards, fish, birds and people.

Shoreham harbour was a great place for kids.

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St Leonards Seafront

Note And Photo from:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

St Leonards On Sea.

We arrived in April and went along the coast on a warm, sunny day. It seems hard to believe that the following weeks would see floods in some parts of the UK. Sitting at Pasta Pasta on the sea front we were able to watch the coming and going of busy people.

 For some reason East Sussex County Council were digging up the road. I’m sure this is really a national pastime which all sorts of groups enjoy  once the membership is paid to the club secretary.

If only the sun always shone and the sea was tranquil. There would be no point in taking a holiday anywhere other than at some UK coastal resort.

St Leonards Seafront

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Fishing At The Seaside

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Fishing At The Seaside.

I stood on the shore at Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, looking out to sea. It’s always therapuetic and reminds me of home.

The sea brings a characteristic smell of salt and sea weed.  Waves make a sound upon the shore which cannot be emulated by the waters of  a large in-land lake. The tide was going out as I stood and watched container ships heading for the Pacific and the ferries passing along between the mainland and the island.

I could have stood for hours just watching the mesmeric action of the waves. As the gulls flew past with raucous call I spotted this fellow trying to get a meal. He walked steadily and without taking his eye off the water. Suddenly down went his beak and as he held his head under water it made me wonder at the success he might enjoy. Probably 2 out of 3 stabs was about right.

A heron at the seaside, something I had never seen.

Fishing At The Seaside

I had no idea what fish he was catching and it’s always a cliche to say that one will see something new everyday, but I was glad to have had this opportunity to see him fishing at the seaside.

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Getting The Catch

Note And Photo:- From Audrey,BC

Getting The Catch.


On a visit to Vancouver Island, BC Canada, we had gone to see Port Renfrew and the salmon boats.  We sat on the porch outside the pub/cafe where the locals told us that bears came down to get the fish from the shore. Also, the previous week, a cougar had been seen in the high street.

All of this came to mind last week when a black bear had run down the jetty at Port Renfrew, jumped in a fishing boat attacking the owner. Luckily other fishermen came to the man’s aid and the bear succumbed after a violent struggle. An autopsy showed the bear to be old and thus, very dangerous in these conditions. The fisherman suffered a few good bites, but survived.

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Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC

Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC (Photograph and Article submitted by Audrey, BC)

We stood on the Spit at the entrance to Sooke Harbour on a very warm & hazy afternoon, watching a man fishing for salmon. He stood on the beach casting into the narrow entrance to the harbour, a thing he did frequently when the time was right.


Poole Harbour, England

Poole Harbour
( Photograph and Article submitted
by F. Sutton, Bournemouth, UK )

Once the second largest natural harbour in the World. It was behind Sydney, Australia until the Sydney Opera House was built and land was reclaimed from the sea. That loss of water put Poole where it belongs on top.

Poole Harbour

Now you can wander around the harbour and take in the view from the Park or the road around he eastern side. There is the Quay Side where you can enjoy wonderful fish and chips whilst you watch the harbour at work or the ferry as it leaves. If solitude is what you seek then cross to the western shores and walk around the heathland and the Country Park.

For the sailor or fisherman your choices are endless and only require an input from you. If you like to see the unusual then cross to Brownsea Island and spot the Red Squirrel.

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