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Lake Washington: part 2, 2/10/2013

After last weeks outing with Rob D. on lake WA I needed to figure out my failing kicker motor stat! When things aren’t working as they should be when it comes to my fishing gear especially my boat I am right on it. It took me a couple days to figure out the kicker motor issues but in the end it works and hopefully it won’t be of issue anymore.

The problem was a nasty clog in the water pipe uptake line just below the power head where it should enter the engine block. There must’ve been some residue from the salt water season. Nothing like a good catheterization to clean out the lines follow by a heavy steam of air water mix to unclog and unroot the deposits which prevented water from entering into the block to keep it running cool.

I had rebuilt the water pump last season but initially thought it was the upper water pump housing that went bad as the interface between the driveshaft was eroding due to the heat from last seasons episode of running it dry for 10 minutes causing the impeller to explode. After a new housing replacement it was still not peeing correctly?!?!

A thorough check for leaks or blockages throughout the engine block revealed a little residue blockage at the pee hole which was removed but still didn’t resolve the issue of lack of flow. I removed the thermostat, cleaned and tested it for normal operation. It all checked out fine, so the last area which I couldn’t see was the uptake pipe and interface below the power head. Since I couldnt get into the space I used some surgical tubing and a double action air pump that is typically used to inflate pontoon boats or float tubes. Filling the hose with water and steady but consistent pressure finally knocked free the clog and soon vaporized air/water steamed from the exit port tubing. What a relief as I saved a few hundred bucks from having to send it to the marine mechanic.

Now the fishing report which I’ve pre-drafted since I wasnt able to sleep very well the night prior as I was making a mental checklist for this mornings outing. I had lined up two spinning reels with new 10 lb Power Pro spectra and also filled up an old Penn level wind reel with 15 lb Maxima. I found a couple of good spinning rods which will work for cutt trolling along with a Shimano TDR 8′ medium duty rod that is perfect for the antique Penn reel.





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Obsession with Possession: 7/19/2012

After the dismal opening day outing my hunger for area 10 salmon turned into a pursuit for area 9 kings after reading the reports from John Martinis and crew. I also had good reports from fellow members who fished it with All Star Charters with good success on the 17th.

Today, not a single charter boat would be seen and there was a strange feeling that it was going to be a tough day to scratch out the salmon. It would prove to be costly as well…

Ching W. and I met up at my house and left at 3:30 am to make the easy 30 minute drive to Mukilteo to ready the boat and launch under the dark and cloudy skies. I’d never fished possession bar before, so thoroughly read up on articles that would brings up to speed so that I could fish it like a pro. I know I was fishing it well but it was devoid of the big bait that guys were claiming and we had an unfortunate incident with a couple of guys who came too close behind us and as a result lost some gear. They had no clue! I was at least able to recover my flasher and spoon but also ended up losing a downrigger ball, my attaching hardware, snubber and 60″ clip, grrrrr!

After a few hours it was evident that the place was devoid of salmon. I know we were fishing it on the bottom as recommended but the only taker was a Ling Cod that wanted the blueberries and creme spatter back UV tail wagger spoon, go figure!?!?

I decide to pull the gear up and head to Point No Point to see if any signs of bait and salmon might be found. When we pulled up to the lighthouse it looked like a floating armada of moochers armed with 4 oz banana lead and cut plug herring. We trolled through without any luck but immediately noticed that there was a ton of bait and the graph was going bezel with Coho slashing at the 4″ herring with reckless abandon. The bait would run 20-30′ deep and at times ran solid from just under the surface to a few feet off the bottom. With our enthusiasm crushed I remembered that I built a make shift Sabiki rod after hearing about this from Nelson Goodall. The Sabiki rod is a hollow rod that has no guides but serves to hold the 5 or 6 hook jigs which are used to catch smelt or herring. I thought I’d give it a try to see if it worked and low and behold Ching was catching herring left and right. If never fished with bait since I was a kid so it’s a bit foreign to me and Ching. I thought it’d be worth a try since I had a few 4 oz. banana weights and some pre-tied double hook leaders. I even had a Folbe herring miter so that the appropriate angle for the bait

I made a cut plug, secured it into the hooks and sent it down to the bottom and jigged it hard. We’d see some of the largest flounder or perhaps the smallest Halibut :), and the dogfish of PNP ( point no point) as we drifted the tide rips we noted two guys in a Alumaweld free drifter with Yamaha VMAX motors just ripping the Coho one after another until they had their limit. They weren’t going to the bottom bit suspending their herring about 50 short pulls down. We noticed they were using long leaders about 8-9′ this might have helped give the right action and keep the dog fish off the bait. Watching this gave me some ideas about mooch fishing and believe it or not I would like to explore this a bit more since you’re using what’s available in nature to intercept the fish. I never thought I’d turn into a bait fisherman but when it means the difference between success or failure it should be an option in the toolbox.

Final tally for yesterday’s outing: Paul and Ching 0, salmon 2.

The casualties from yesterday:

1. 12 lb finned downrigger ball, $25
2. New Scotty braid $30
3. Snubber $10
4. 60″ release clip $10
5. Q-cove quick release assembly $5
6. Sampo ball bearing swivels and downrigger hardware $5
7. Rod swivels and hardware $5
8. 1/4 tank of fuel to and from Mukilteo $20
9. $10 launch fee.
10. $20 in fuel for the boat.

So it was an $130 day with no salmon to show for the efforts. However we had a blast discovering how to jig for herring using the Sabiki rod and then cut plugging the live Herring in hopes of catching those Point No Point salmon. We definitely got schooled by these guys in the Free Drifter. It was worth the lesson in fishing technique and hope when the opportunity presents itself again we’ll be better equipped for success.











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