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.