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Name: gfakkema Date: August 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit the water around 0900. Launched at Redondo and was surprised at how many boats were out fishing. Must have been 50+ boats fishing just south of the launch. Haven't seen it that busy since pink season last year. I wasn't planning on fishing Redondo anyway, but seeing all those boats re-affirmed my decision. Made my way over to Point Robinson and dropped lines around 0915. There were probably 10-15 boats around the point, busier than I have seen the last few weeks, but bearable. I made a few passes by the point and marked fish, but couldn't get anything to hit. There was still about an hour till low tide at 1030 so I decided to head to Beals. Got to Point Beals and lines in the water around 1000. Instantly I was marking bait and seeing it rise everywhere.
I trolled for a few minutes and right in front of the point my rod started to dance. I picked the rod up and the fight was on. It took a bit of line to start off and I knew that it was going to be a decent size. It made a few runs, followed by me gaining line. After a 5 minute fight, I had a 9 pound hatchery hen in the boat. Not the biggest fish, but still fun. I fished for awhile after that looking to fill the limit, but it didn't happen.
Fish came on Mtn. Dew Flasher and Irish Flag "Kingspin" with a little flash tied onto the hook. Rigger read 117' in about 160' of water. Here is the Youtube video...

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Name: RiverDog Date: August 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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My friend and I trolled the Slag Pile to the Clay Bank several times with no success in the salmon department. Interestingly, a solo dolphin followed us several times. Then it would move off to another boat for a while. One boat with a family aboard had cameras filming while the dolphin leaped out of the water, dove and circled, then spy-hopped for them. This is the first time in over 50 years of fishing here that I saw something like this here.

A solo dolphin? Hanging with boats - not just trying to steal fish? Did anybody else notice this? Is this a multi-day event?

Thank you for any ideas,
RiverDog
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Name: hlindsay Date: August 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the slag pile area from 5:30 to 9:00 got one shaker smaller than the lure. Saw 2 go into other boats and the fish checker said 1 had come in.
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Name: hlindsay Date: August 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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Dropped the pots around 6:00 with a low tide just after that. Fished from 50 to 100 ft checked the pots around 9 and I almost couldn't lift some into the boat, only problem was all female or soft. We pulled and quit around 1030, with one dung and one big rock. We did troll for salmon around poverty bay and got one wild shaker.
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Name: gfakkema Date: August 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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I spent the last 3 weeks in California for work and not being able to fish was killing me. I got home late Saturday night and decided that I had to hit the water on Sunday to finally get my fix. High tide on Sunday was at 1152 so my fiancé and I decided to sleep in a bit and forego the early morning bite. Got on the water around 1100 and had pots dropped in Tramp Harbor around 1130. We started our troll heading north from Point Heyer toward Point Beals. The wind was a little stiffer than we had wanted, but it was bearable. With lines in the water, we patiently waited with eyes glued to our rods.
We fished for 6 or so hours with little to no action to speak of. There was an occasional flounder, but things weren’t looking too good. We marked a few bait balls too, but there wasn’t near as much bait around as I’m used to seeing. So after 6 hours of nothing, we decided to go pull the crab pots and see how we were looking on time and light. We pulled the pots, had a couple of red rocks and 1 keeper dungie and decided to put them back for a later date.
By the time we got done with the pots, it was 1800 and I decided that we had enough time to drop the lines one more time and try our luck at Point Robinson. We had our lines in the water and started our troll with the incoming tide. About 5 minutes into our troll, my fiancés rod started to do the dance. With such little action earlier in the day, she wasn’t paying much attention to her rod. I had to yell at her to get her attention, and I got it. She jumped up with a quickness, grabbed her rod and popped the clip.
As soon as the clip was popped, the fish made 2 short runs and made its presence known. Little did my fiancé know that this was only the beginning. After the 2 short runs, the fish simply TOOK OFF! I don’t know if I have ever seen anything like this before. The fish ran and took line like we weren’t even there. We started getting a little concerned because the line was just peeling off the reel for a good 2 or 3 minutes and it showed no signs of stopping. She tightened her drag a bit, but it made absolutely no difference. My fiance thought that there was no way that a fish could sustain that long of a run and had almost given up on it, assuming that she had just snagged some derelict gear. Fearing the worst, I pulled all my gear out of the water and turned the boat around. After we headed back to where the “snag” was, we realized that it was indeed a fish because it was still taking line. We chased the fish for a few more minutes and started to get some line back in between a few more short runs. It was 15 minutes of line peeling fury, but we finally got it close enough to the boat to see that it was missing an adipose fin. The fish made a few more runs at the boat but we were able to net it and get the 14 pound female in the boat. Success! The fish was a migrating hen that was FULL of eggs. More bait for river silvers!

The fish came at 60 feet on the rigger in about 200 feet of water. The set up was a red and glow flasher with a home made Irish Flag tailwagger with orange hootchie dipped in a little bit of Herring Smelly Jelly. The fiance was happy because she had picked the lure/flasher and depth. Normally I set everything up for her, but she made all the decisions on this particular occasion and it paid off. We have had a number of fish in the 5 to 10 pound range in the last few times out, but this was the biggest to the boat this season so far. Would have rated it a 4 if there was any action earlier in the day, but I chose 3 because it was the only hit of the day. I’m loving it now because I usually have to coax the fiance to go out fishing with me, but now she wants to get out as much and as soon as possible. Gonna give it another shot later this week and hopefully next weekend. Good luck out there…
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Name: gnuesse Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Launched at Pt Defiance and fishing by 5:30am. I fished the Slag pile area with probably 40+ boats. At about 7:30 I caught a 14lb hatchery king that was almost lost to a seal. Fishing 120' on the down rigger with a flasher and green glow
squid. It was my only bite and I seen no other boats with any action. I was fortunate to get one. My 3rd trip out and finally got the skunk off my boat.
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Name: Dillarb Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got on the water about 5:45am and had my line in the water 15 minutes when I got this nice 20 pound female chinook. Trolling a cut plug herring behind a flasher. 100 feet of water and 115 out on the downrigger. Put up a nice fight. Caught right out in front of the picnic area of Owens beach. Good luck!
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Name: bruceka49 Date: August 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Glad to hear that the threatening thunderstorms were gone. I launched at 6am and headed directly to the slag pile area where all the early rising fishermen were crawling through the fog.
Two passes at 100' down in varying depths of water. Saw one 20# plus fish caught before 7 and heard of one large fish lost. All good news, there were going to be some exciting reports in the near future.
I dropped another 10' lower and hooked a 9# keeper as I was approaching the ferry lane. I have to say she was a little passive until she saw the boat. She made several runs and after a 10 minute battle she was in the net.

I moved over to the clay bank area with the majority of the boats but didn't see any more fish landed.
I gave it up by 10am and believe firmly that the best opportunity is at the break of dawn.

Good luck to all..
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Name: gfakkema Date: August 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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After a decent day on the water on Friday with a wild fish and a few shakers, I knew that I just had to get back out there. Did the same routine as the previous day (dropped pots by Robinson around 1100 and lines wet by 1200 by Point Heyer). Just as the day before, there was bait surfacing everywhere and it was showing up all over on the finder. I started my troll and headed north, eyes fixed on my rod. It took 30 more minutes before I had anything, but it ended up being another shaker (right around 20"). After a few more rod checks and re-scents, my rod finally started to dance. Before I could even jump up and grab the rod from the holder, the clip popped and the fish started to take line. I finally got the beast under control, but it was a battle just to gain any ground on this one. I took the boat out of gear (nice not having any other people or rods on the boat) and was finally able to get some line back. After what seemed like an eternity (probably only 5-10 minutes) I was finally able to get eyes on. I could see from some distance that it was a brat. This is when the fight got really interesting. Every time I went to dip the net in, the fish would run and get just out of reach. After I made the net attempt 5 or 6 times, I was finally successful. It was a valiant effort my little chinook friend, but unfortunately for you, I won.
The lure of the day was again the "Kingspin" (if you are curious, look at my previous report for Area 11). The fish came on 100' of wire in 130' of water. I only fished for another hour or so after I caught this guy, but it wasn't fruitful. The fish measured right around 27.5" and I guestimated that it was 8 to 10 pounds. I was really surprised when the fish checker told me that it was 10 pounds. Biggest nookie of the year for me yet... (hint* it's only gonna get better!)
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Name: Fish Dawg Date: August 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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PSA DERBY 2014 - A FISH PRINCESS ADVENTURE

Fished the South King County PSA derby with the Fish Princess. BIG thanks to all the PSA volunteers who put on another GREAT event!!

Launched at Pt. Defiance at about 0500 and ran across to QMH to drop a couple crab pots. Saw an amazing sunrise set against partially cloudy skies.

Ran around Pt. Dalco to start our troll and figured it was a good sign that another boat was just landing a fish as we arrived. Things looked very fishy with bait scattering on the surface and bait and fish marked on the sonar.

Started with a diver and herring with about 65' of line out while I rigged the downrigger and and set-up our other rods for fishing. Fish Princess said she thought we got bit but we had no further action on the rod so we kept at setting the downriggers.

Used a Short Bus rotator (UV/lime) with one of my favorite Northern King lime/chartreuse on nickel spoons on one side smeared with the slime of a fresh herring.

On the other side I ran a green splatter/glow Silver Horder flasher and one of Toni's Wannafishalure salmon hoochies (the one with the purple haze body and light blue/green UV Mylar insert over soft glow beads). This one was paired with a herring teaser strip. Fished the port side deep (close to bottom) and the starboard line with a little further set-back and anywhere from 20' to 50' shallower than the port rod. Fished in water from 90' to about 175' deep and frequently adjusted the depth of one rod or the other to chase meter marks.

After I set the first downrigger rod I pulled in the diver rig to set the second rod to find that the Fish Princess had been keen on spotting a bite as our hooks were missing form the leader. This obvious signal of dogfish proved ominous. As we fished through the mid-morning tide we hooked 3 or 4 more dogfish. I would have expected this on the line with the herring teaser, but for some reason the seemed to key in on my spoon. At least the couldn't bite through all the metal on the spoon and were mostly hooked straight through the snout so releases were easy and my lines were not messed-up.

We finally managed our first chinook of the day just around Camp Sealth. Right species but wrong size at around 9"-10". It was a hatchery brat so good to see the next generation out getting fat! Of course, this little guy was released and sent back to grow bigga!

Eventually we worked out way out to a tide rip out in the bay and a bit toward Gig Harbor. Here I used my black/white e-chip flasher paired with cookies and cream tail wagger on one rod and green racer flasher with Ace Hi-fly and smile blade combo on the other. The black/white set-up got some anchovy gel and anchovy oil in a scent chamber while the green rig got some tuna or garlic tuna scent in the scent chamber and a garlic herring teaser strip. These attracted another dogfish or two and our second chinook of the day about the same size as the first. This one was also a hatchery fish and was released like the other. While he swam away, I'm not sure of his survival as one hook appeared to have penetrated his body cavity and he had wrapped himself in the leader making the release more difficult.

We said hi to Salmonberry and checked with him on a couple of passes. Also enjoyed visiting with him for a moment when I went to go get my trailer from the parking lot when we landed.

With nothing more than dogfish and shakers to show for our effort by about 1130, we decided to go haul our pots to see if the crab were any more willing than the fish. First, pot had five crab so we were hopeful. However, turned out to be 4 nice large healthy females and one undersize female...HMMM. Left this pot in the boat and off to the second pot. This one was blank (as in no crab and not a crumb of bait left) as one of the doors had stuck open - even though they're weighted).

We decided to reset our pots over on the other side of the harbor entrance where we had better luck on July 4th and beat-up on some flounders. This proved to be a good idea on two fronts. Ultimately, we discovered a bait that seemed to entice a particularly large crop of red rock crab and the Fish Princess found the constant action of mooching for the little flatties to her liking. I figure it's good practice for salmon mooching which will be one of the next techniques for her to master.

Our final tally was 5 healthy-size keeper red rock crab and a bunch of throw-em-back dungies for the day. We got the boat out of the water and ready to go down the road just in time to catch the end of the derby awards ceremony. There were some door prizes for those who were not fortunate enough to land a derby fish. Salmonberry took home a nice tackle bag courtesy of Silver Horde and the Fish Princess scored a TICA downrigger rod to add to her blossoming collection.

It turned out to be a very sunny and warm day. However, in the midst of our morning fishing we had a couple of short heavy rain squalls move through that gave us pretty good dousing and even heard a few thunder claps that, thankfully, didn't amount to anything more than that.

While the salmon fishing was sub-par, we managed to enjoy a great day together out on the water. Of course, with the start we had to our day (see sunrise pics) we couldn't really go wrong from there!

Good luck and tight lines out there!

Fish Dawg

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