Monthly Archives: September 2012

Baby Coho: 9/26/12

I needed some fresh air so decided to take my youngest son out to the park and hit the high tide for a chance at some Silvers. I could see fish boiling just yards away, sometimes it’s nice keeping things simple. No waders, one box of flies, a spool of Maxima 10 lb tippett, a rod and reel with Rio Outbound and you’re set!

Just as I suspected, the incoming tide would bring the bait and fish would be on the move. The water clarity was excellent with little salad in the water and a rip forming at the point. Sometimes you don’t need a boat or too much gear to get it done, just a tide chart and a box of flies. I’ll be back tomorrow for another shot!

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A thing of beauty: 9/24/12

I made a final run out for OP Coho and think the run is on its last legs. It’s been a fantastic few weeks of sleepless nights, many miles on the road and a couple of broken rods later. When I stopped and admired at the beauty of the Coho it serves as reminder that each one of the fish we punched was a thing of beauty.

I may look towards beach combing and exploring some new locales for some willing takers and small Clouser minnows. Or I may take a couple weeks off and spend some time at the vice to tie up some chum patterns in preparation for the next run. Thanks Coho, it’s been a wonderful season!

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Coho Mojo: 9/20/12

Just because I’ve been offline for a few days doesn’t mean I’ve not been fishing. It’s been a great week for a few of us as we fished the OP for returning Coho on the fly. Sad to say this but I’m so tired of Coho it’s hard to keep any more fish. It’s great eating, but a lot of work, processing and preparing for the dinner table. I’ve made a lot of friends however and they’ve enjoyed all the fish that I’ve been giving away. One thing that I cannot stop is all the fun I’ve been having finding and fishing for these fall Silvers.

After an all evening outing and back for a few hour nap my son was up at his normal hour so off to school he went and then I had a wild hair to rig up the boat and head out. I called my neighbor Koji with whom I’d invited out fishing and he was thrilled with the possibility of heading out since he recently got some Scotty electric downriggers and needed some help and tips with the operation and general handling of Salmon. When he suggested we take his boat I grabbed my flasher bag and lure board and made a B-line to his house. I’d invite dad to join as he always enjoys the salt air and the scenery of the sound.

We found many boats working the outgoing tide change at Westpoint and after a couple of laps I abandoned the conventional thought and wanted to troll towards Edmonds since the fish would be following the bait. ‘Find the bait and you’ll find fish’… Around Richmond beach we picked up a nice reel screamer at 500′ of water with 90’ of cable on the green dragon flasher and white lightening Coho killer. I hadn’t even tied down with shorter leader or use dodgers. I feel that keeping the right angle and tide makes a bigger difference with these fish. This was the first fish for Koji’s new boat and even though he didn’t land it, he got some valuable lessons and tips which should help him with future outings. Koji missed a couple of other take downs as he was putting too much slack in the hook set, one rarely needs to set a properly trolled flasher lures. Most times the fish will set itself, so never jerk or lift too hard, this will cause some fish to de-hook.

The marine fog layer never really burned off and we definitely appreciated having GPS on our way back from Edmonds. I’d say we did we compared to the lack of flying nets we saw and especially having made it out so late, fished from 10 am until 2 pm. We did make it up to the oil docks and then trolled back with the incoming tide but needed to get back and process more fish and pick up my son from school.

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Headlamp Rocket Run: 9/4/12

Had a wild hair and needed to get back out for some Coho action. We loaded up with my dad, Ching W. and Tom E. into his mini van to head out to the Oly-Penn for some nighttime fishing. We were hoping to find fish on the tide drop but the incoming tide was really when they were pouring in with consistent action an hour after the tide change.

It was a great way to ring in my birthday and to have some fresh silvers to hand out to my friends and family members. I reported my crab catch card but didn’t realize that I am just 5 fish away from being full. Coho season has indeed been excellent so far and hoping to hit it one more time before I convert to roaming the beaches or trolling for them with the boat.

Our beloved Chum are around the corner and some locations will start showing good numbers by the end of the month. Definitely going thin these days with the lack of sleep but I can grin and look back with great satisfaction that I was able to spend these days on the water, thankful!

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The First and Last day: 9/1/2012

Having a limited day dad and left after a hearty brunch at the Fort Worden Commons and set out at 10 am with the tide flats in mind. Hoping that it was going to be a repeat of yesterday we we just wanting to get in and out with our Coho, but we found out that it took a bit of work to locate and sift though the 1-2 fish and the 40-50 other anglers which showed up in force with the same intentions.

Since our time is precious, when it was evident that the fish wouldn’t make the run, we high tailed it out towards the bay to intercept them versus stand and wait for the possibility that they’d come. Tom E. made it out around 10 am and was already hiking out and I saw him and made the same plan to hike it downstream. The wind was blowing pretty hard and caused the water to get stirred up with silt. This put off a murkiness in the water, that coupled with the white caps made it more difficult to view the fish but I was able to pick off a few fish with one nice hen of 9 lbs.

Even with the tide change and incoming tide it was evident that it wasn’t going to happen so we packed up around 12:30 to make the hike and drive back up to Port Townsend to pick up my wife, boys and mom. We ended with 4 keeper Coho with 1 that was fouled an released. ¬†What a fantastic three days in the Olympic Pennisula with great food, wonderful sights of some decent fishing.

The drive back home was easy with a little bottle neck traffic in Tacoma but otherwise it was 60 mph all the way. A dinner pit stop in Federal Way’s Palace restaurant hit the spot with assorted grilled meats and side dishes, Korean style!

Rod: Sage RPLXi 9′ 8 wt

Line: Airflo multitip

Fly: Pink Hootchie Hooker

 

 

 

 

 

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What a difference a day makes! 8/31/2012

Based on our poor showing yesterday we got some redemption as dad and I were able to wrangle out limits of bright Coho. Dad is getting a little more comfortable with the fly rod and the presence of more fish definitely helped us out versus the weaker showing yesterday. I counted 32 anglers on the tide flats but it wasn’t until the hour before the low tide that all the action happened with schools of 4-6 fish consistently pushed up river. I used my pink hoochie hooker and it worked like a charm. We got 6 females and 3 males, snagged 5 fish but the remainder were fair hooked and averaged 4-6 lbs.

Rods: Sage RPL 9′ 8 wt. 4-piece and Redington Pursuit 9′ 8 wt.

Lines: Airflo multi tip and Scientific Anglers floating line

Flies: Pink hoochie hooker

 

 

 

 

 

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