Rough opener: July 16th, 2012

The adrenaline was pumping as we geared up to make the O’dark thirty run in marine layer fog from Shilshoal to hit my beloved fishing grounds at Jeff Head. I was optimistic that we’d find feeding fish as there was bait around but scattered. At times the dig was so heavy we couldn’t see 30 yards in 360 degrees making for some eery conditions around.

Ching W. and Brian S. would join me for the darkness launch and motor out with the windshield open as we planed out spotting for freight ships and debris that would do a number on Hewey. We picked up shakers and even a couple of flounder. The heartbreaker of the morning was a marked king of about 10 lbs which krackered off as it neared the boat. It took one more run before the net was opened up and the barbless hook in seated itself from its mouth.

That fish will haunt me this week as I replay that over and over in my head on what I could’ve done to have kept it on the end of the line. I played it right, the Cookies and creme Q Point flasher with 3.5″ yellowtail spoon was the ticket to nab that fish but it didn’t want anything to do with a boat or net that morning.

I got other reports from John Martines of Johns Sporting Goods, they whacked the Kings at Possession and I suspect my next outing will be hunting them down with a heat seeking missile when I venture out next.

From John M. “July 16, opening day for Chinook, I am fishing with Wayne Kruse, Trey Jacober, Captain Gary Krein and Deckhand Jim Windham. We boated six Chinook by 8:08AM on Possession Bar. The next series of pictures below are all from today while fishing with my good freinds. Awesome day! The pictures say it all.”

John’s Sporting Goods Tackle we were using: Hot Spot Flasher Red Racer, Hot Spot Flasher Purple Haze, Kingfisher Spoon Cookies n Cream 3.5, Kingfisher Spoon Red Racer 3.5 and Tomic 602/603 5” Plug.”

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