Thanks for the info Larry. Had caught another one in the Hurunui a week before around 3-4 lbs. Felt just like a kahawai except it didn’t jump. Hauled it up on to the rocks as it didn’t take any line even when I slackened the drag off. Will treat all fish with more care now.
Fitted diagonally in the hot smoker whole. Didn’t brine it or put any brown sugar on it. Scored it four times. Best salmon I have tasted.
Hopefully I will catch something over 10lbs this season.