Aboriginal Hook & Line Troll
Trolling is a slow and selective method of harvesting salmon. Vessels have a small crew who are often family members. Some skippers even fish alone. The most distinct feature of a salmon troller is its long poles secured to its mast by a crosstree. When fishing, the poles are spread apart forming a v-shape. The poles and four floats prevent the many fishing lines and lures from tangling while trolling at about three knots (5.6 km/h). Smaller dories might only use two lines with hand winches.
This Aboriginal fishery provides socio-economic benefits to local Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations communities. Vessels range in size from small dories with outboard motors to 45-foot wooden, fibreglass and steel vessels. Fish harvesters targeti King Chinook salmon, but can also keep Keta Chum and Pink salmon if incidentally caught. Harvesters are also permitted to keep a small amount of Pacific halibut for sale.