Chinook salmon are a prized and sought-after catch for a sporting angler. The flesh of a salmon is also highly valued for its dietary nutritional content. The Chinook – also often referred to as king salmon, Quinnat salmon, spring salmon, and tyee salmon – is native to the North Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America, ranging from California to Alaska.
In this clip taken on the Kenai River in the southern part of Alaska, this particular Chinook salmon was all too excited to get in the boat and become dinner.
The clip starts out looking like an ordinary fishing trip; a battle between a young boy and a huge fish with his dad helping him along. With the rod nearly bending into the water, the boy fights hard against the 66-pound, 50-inch salmon. Almost as a last-chance effort, as the fish gets gradually closer to the boat, it suddenly jumps out of the water and hurls itself directly at the fishermen. It knocked over two people, broke the rod, and just as the video comes to an abrupt ending, you hear one of the men on board – right on que – let out a “WOAH!”
A dramatic ending to what appeared to be a leisurely fishing video, but in the end, the fishermen were victorious and were able to land the eager salmon.