7/15/2011--Seattle, WA, USA.....Writer David Paul Williams (blue shirt) and his friend and fellow fisherman, Steve Bohnemeyer (yellow shirt) fishing for salmon in West Seattle's Lincoln Park...The smallest of the five Pacific salmon, pink salmon males average five pounds with the females tipping the scales a bit less. Like American teenagers, pinks are getting bigger. The Washington state freshwater record has been set and broken several times. The current Washington freshwater record is 15.4 pounds, a grotesquely huge fish. Old fishery research held the maximum attainable size was 12 pounds...Pinks run in odd-numbered years, and in 2011, perhaps as many as 10 million salmon, some bound for British Columbia's Fraser River system, the others for Puget Sound rivers, filter through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After negotiating the Strait, the Canadian fish break off north, while the US fish, expected to be six million strong, turn south, passing between Whidbey Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. From there, the fish move in close to the beach as they find their way back to their spawning rivers...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.