After three previous outings without bringing a fish to the net today would be the day to break the spell for me. However it wasn’t a keeper fish as it had a third finger and had to be set free. We did have another violent takedown, but the hook didn’t stick and after a brief fight it was off.
Ching W. and my dad would join me to launch at 4 am from Shishole in hopes that we’d intercept the big bait balls that were reportedly around the Kingston area. We found the bait at Jeff Head, but we also found the fleet of guide boats and other sport fishers that were in search of the migratory kings as well.
I am not the type to follow a war path of the charters or other sport boats and like to do my own thing because too many flashers and spoons running through even the biggest bait balls will put the bite off. Even too much bait will throw a bite off as when I’ve fished a caddis or tricorithydes hatch it’s really about timing, presentation, and matching the hatch. Since we didn’t have a fish to sample the gut we had to go off the bait that we got from Point no Point and it was small. I started off with a UV purple haze and blueberries and cream tail wagged with no success. All the action was coming off the green dragon Q point flasher with white lightning coho killer. Even though the were shakers it was action.
I decide to retire the 3.5″ spoon in favor of the cookies and creme coho killer which was responsible for both takedowns on the port side set up. Although we didn’t get a fish to qualify us for the derby it was a nice day, although a bit windy it was nice to find some of these migratory fish in our local waters. Surprising that the best action was from. 10:30-11:30 just a couple hours before the outgoing low tide.
Although the photo doesn’t do the fish justice since were trying to keep it in the water for release I would guess between 13-14 lbs? As a concession we grabbed an almost three limit of Dungeness crab for the dinner table.