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Name: Top1SG Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Put the boat in around 8:30 AM at Redondo Beach. Headed south towards the cliff and put in one crab pot with chicken drums. put in around 85 feet on an outgoing tide. Left it for about 2 1/2 hours. Dabbled at trying for salmon, but it is still too early and wrong time of day. Brought the pot out and had 15 Dungeness. 4 Keepers, one 7", had two other small males, put them back with the females, and the rest females, that felt loaded. It was a very pleasnat trip out on a beautiful day in the Northwest.
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Name: gfakkema Date: July 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Well, after not being able to locate a pot that we dropped on Sunday, July 13th, we went back out to try and locate it. Got to the launch around 1630 and on the water at the pot around 1700. It must have been kelp or something else dragging the buoy under because the pot was EXACTLY where I had marked it on my GPS. We pulled it up and it had 2 nice sized keeper dungies inside (along with 5 or so females). We didn't really want to deal with just 2 so we just threw them back for next time. While we were out on the water, we figured that we would wet the lines for an hour or so before we had to get back.
Dropped lines in the water around 1730 and started to make our troll. I went with a similar set up that caught me fish during the weekend (green/glow flasher and "hootchie killer") and my buddy used his "old standby classic" for blackmouth (green/mylar flasher and a cookies and cream kingfisher light). Of course I started laying into the sand dabs right away, with 2 on in the first 20 minutes and my buddy got one as well. Made sense that we were catching them because we are still in "blackmouth mode" where we stay within 5'-15' of the bottom. Basically, we drop balls til they hit the deck and troll from there. The blowback always seems to keep it perfectly off the bottom and in the zone.
After 20 minutes of trolling, we hit a little shelf and my buddy started dragging his ball. He brought it up 20' to keep it off the bottom and as soon as he did, the rod started dancing. We thought that maybe he was still hitting bottom, but the rigger wasn't moving an inch, and we knew what that meant. The fight was on, and this little guy had some power to it. We got it to the boat and wouldn't you know, it had that pesky extra fin. After a quick pic, we sent it on its way. We didn't measure it because we wanted to get it back as soon as we could, but if I had to guess I would say that it was keeper sized. After we released the cookie nookie, we trolled for another 30 minutes or so. We each got one more dab and called it a day.
So, overall not a bad day. We were able to get our pot back (over $150 saved!) and were even able to lay into a fish. Not bad for fishing less than an hour.
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Name: rythefisherman Date: July 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished around Browns point and didn't get a hit except for a flounder and a dogfish. Moved and did a pass at Point Defiance and no hits. Moved to Gig Harbor and caught a flounder. Saw lots of fish on the fish finder but no strikes. How do you catch the Chinook? Also trolled between 90 and 130 feet.
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Name: rythefisherman Date: July 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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Used brined herring to try for flounder but instead caught several Red Irish Lords, a few sharks, and a NICE ROCKFISH!
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Name: rythefisherman Date: July 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught seven crab using chicken parts, and one pot was so full my dad and I couldn't lift it out of the water.
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Name: gfakkema Date: July 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Report is for Saturday and Sunday, July 12th and 13th. Went fishing and crabbing both days.

Saturday: Got on the water at about 0500 and went to drop pots. Haven't had much luck lately at my normal depths (80'-130') so I put a little extra lead line on the pots and dropped to about 180'. While I was waiting for the pots to fill up I headed down to QMH in hopes of a chinook or two. Got the rod in the water at about 0600 and started to troll with the outgoing tide. It was a constant battle with jellyfish salad in the water, but checking and cleaning the gear consistently paid off. I was fishing at 143' (probably 135'ish after blowback) on the wire in about 145' of water. About 30 minutes into my troll I was hooked up with a little cookie cutter chinook. After a brief fight (wanted to get it in quickly to avoid all the furbags) and an interesting one handed net job, I had one in the box. Measured just over 25". Not the biggest fish, but one in the box. After all the commotion, I got my rod back in the water as soon as I could and circled back through the area. Less than 10 minutes later I was hooked up again, and this one had some weight behind it. It ran on me a few times, making the reel absolutely scream. Little did I know that it was fighting so hard because it was probably out running a seal. All of the sudden, light got super tight, held for a minute and then went limp. Ended up breaking my leader off. Trolled from QMH back to the crab pots without a hit, but marked a bunch of fish and bait. When I pulled the pots, I got 3 BIG keeper dungies and a bunch of females. Putting the pots deeper was much better fishing than the shallower pots I found. When I got home and cleaned the boat, fish and crab... Just barely enough time to take a shower and head out to the M's game (we won!).

Sunday: Got on the water a little later this time, 0900, after such a long day on Saturday. Did the same routine, dropped pots and then put the lines in the water. Had action consistently all day, but not the kind that we had wanted. Sand dabs galore! I must have gotten 7 or so dabs in the first couple of hours, which was weird because we were trolling higher in the water column than I would have expected them. About mid way through the day I was able to hook up again with a fish, but it felt a little small, probably shaker. Ended up getting it too the boat without much of a fight and got eyes on it. It was a small fish, but hatchery and keepable (just over 23"). No more action for the rest of the day on fish so it was time to check the pots and head in. We ended up with 5 (again, BIG 7"+) dungies and 1 red rock. Unfortunately, we were only able to recover 3 of our 4 pots. I'm not sure what happened to the last one as there was plenty of line on it (250' of line in 180' of water). Could have been the current I guess but my pots are HEAVILY weighted and none of the other pots moved an inch. I'm hoping that some kelp or something caught the line and was just dragging the buoy under. Going to try and go back on Monday to see if it magically appears.

Not a bad weekend on the water though. Ended up with 2 fish and some crab. Both fish hit the same flasher/lure combo. Wish I could say what the lure is, but it is homemade and I am not quite sure how to describe it. I am going to make a thread on the forums and post a picture of it for those that are interested. Area 11 is starting to heat up. Hopefully the coming weeks will have many fish and clean waters (sick of jellyfish and seaweed fouling up my lines).
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Name: hlindsay Date: July 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Big difference in a week, last week we were culling dungeness this week we couldn't find any legal size that weren't soft. We ended up with 4 red rock. Bait was fish parts, pots were in 50 to 100 ft. dropped in at 7, checked them after about 1 hr and reset deeper, still did no good when we pulled them at 10. I don't know if it was the tide deference or they were pick clean last week. I hope the tide. Tacoma Marine officer said they were deep do to the heat. He said go around 200 ft.
My big motor quit showing water flow so we were using the 8hp kicker and knew it would take some time to get in so we quit early. When we got home I blew air back thru the discharge hole and that seemed to clear it out, flowing good now.
Got checked at the launch Tacoma PD nice friendly guys they pointed out I had forgot to renew my registration. Don't know how I missed it but I have it now. They said on the water it would have been $240. So I am glad they told me where and when they did. Everything else was fine.
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Name: rythefisherman Date: July 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished Les Davis Pier from about 1pm to about 3pm. Got one good bite on herring. Any suggestions on what to use and/or how to fish it?
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Name: salmonbarry Date: July 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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I was so excited to finally get a chance to hit the salt that after getting home from my disappointing day on Lake WA, switched out all my gear for the 'big boys'! Had a cool looking ace hi-fly tied up with a glow dodger and the other rod set up with a bait bomb and a large Brad's cut plug to start out with. It was fun changing things up a bit and made sure I didn't forget anything which usually happens on the 1st trip of the season! All loaded I contacted Danny and Alycia and we chose a 5 am meeting time at the Pt. Defiance boat launch.

Had the coffee pot timer set for 3:45 am so when my alarm went off at 3:50 the house smelled like fresh brewed coffee which always makes it a little easier to get up that early!! Filled the thermos after a couple quick cups and went outside to be greeted with a most peaceful of mornings yet with no wind at all and already felt pretty warm.

Got to the launch a little early so went ahead and put the Tin Cup in the water and went up to the first parking area to drop off the truck and trailer when they were just parking so perfect timing so far! We got out of the marina and enjoyed a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier just as it was starting to get light. Low tide was at 6:38 so we chose to fish from Owen's beach to the clay banks and try and work through the slack tide. Started out in about 120 feet of water and put the lines down at 55 and 75 to start. Not much action so soon we were trolling back towards the ferry in a little deeper water and saw one boat land a nice king probably in the 150 to 160 depth area. It was getting lighter so changed out the brad's cut plug to a cooler looking new lure Jensen flash fly I had just picked up and headed it up with a red racer flasher. Dropped this one down close to the bottom and worked the area hard until about 8:30 with out seeing any other fish caught; even trolled through the jiggers at the clay banks but didn't see a single net fly. Next time though will bring some jigging gear as have heard it can be pretty good in this area. There was a ton of jelly fish that kept fouling up our gear so had to keep pulling up and cleaning it off. At 9:30 headed in for a potty break and stretch our legs a bit and come up with a plan for round 2!

We headed over to Dalco passage to work the area on the west side of Vashon island towards the girl scout camp with the incoming tide. Quite a few of the boats had made their way over there but as we passed each boat, got the same shrugs and empty arms meaning no fish! But as we were making out way south passed a boat going north that had just got 2 in a row about 16 and 18 lbs and said he got them right off the bottom. Alycia asked to help with the down riggers and soon was working them like a pro while Danny drove the boat so felt a little spoiled watching them do all the work while I enjoyed the scenery but was kind of nice! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day with sun shining and hardly a breeze in the air; what would really have made it perfect was a screaming reel but none so far for us today. She worked the gear near the bottom but still there was a lot of jellies over here too and was really making a mess of the line and gear. Saw a cool site as a couple porpoises were riding along a boat as he passed us and I got a cool video of it but a poor picture which I will try and upload later. Heard of a few more caught but definitely not hot fishing by any means for sure. Still was a great day to spend on the water with a couple of cool people and one thing about fishing with a foodie is you get to eat pretty good! I had made a couple of Ahi tuna sliders with wasabi sauce on sweet Hawaiin rolls and a southwest salmon burger with chipotle bbq sauce; so we enjoyed a nice lunch on the boat before packing up and heading back in.

Back at the launch the fish checker said 8 fish had been checked in and there weren't too many boats left out there so at least it wasn't just us! Still felt good to get some salt water back on the boat and look forward to some future success soon out here! Thanks to Danny and Alycia for hanging out with me today and helping with all the boat chores!

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Name: Fish Dawg Date: July 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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What a great way to spend Independence Day!

Took the Fish Princess and a friend out for some fishing and crabbing in MA11. Stopped in at the Pt. Defiance Marina tackle stop for a bait jar and a dozen fresh herring and then launched at about 0615.

High slack wasn't until about 1030 so we started out with a run to Dash Point and began trolling toward Brown’s Point with high hopes to hook-up with a Puyallup-bound chinook. It was a very fishy looking morning with bait jumping numerous times and lots of bait balls and fish marked on the finder. Used a scale/green hotspot flasher with chartreuse Ace Hi Fly with a herring teaser strip, a black/white hotspot flasher with cookies and cream tail wager spoon, and a purple haze flasher with purple/chrome coho killer fished at various depths from 40’ – 120’. With all the surface activity and some trouble with my electric downrigger, I even switched up to a chartreuse delta diver and plug cut herring at one point. Despite our best effort we did not manage to find any biters.

About 0915 we pulled in our trolling gear and made the run over to the entrance of Quartermaster Harbor. Splashed a crab ring in about 50’ of water baited with herring heads and a couple of cutthroat carcasses. Splashed one pot in about 65’ of water with some sardine chunkss soaked in Pautzke crab/shrimp fuel in the bait jar, a big cutthroat head hanging from the top of the pot and some cutthroat and kokanee carcasses in the bait box. The final pot was splashed in about 90’ of water with a similar bait arrangement to the second pot.

While the pots soaked, I decided to put on a mooching rig and drop down to bottom in about 120’ of water to see if we could scare-up a salmon or at least some bottom fish to keep the Fish Princesses busy. This turned out to be the best decision of the day. We didn't manage any salmon, but it was our guest’s first fishing trip ever and she was totally thrilled to be reeling in 12” flounders and super excited to catch a dogfish shark. At first, I was dropping plug cut herring down to bottom and working them until I got a fish on, then handing off to each of the girls in turn. Eventually, I taught them how to drop down and work the baits and each of them caught a fish on their own. We tried a buzz bomb for a little while as well with no takers. Our guest even managed to catch two flounder at a time on one drop. We all got a kick out of that.

At about 1100 we pulled the pots for the first time. The ring had just one crab – too small and female so that rig stayed on board. The first pot was much better with about 10 crab of which 2 were keepers. This pot went back down to bottom and we stationed the ring nearby. The last pot also had a good load of crab in it and we added one more keeper Dungeness and one keeper red rock crab. This pot went back down to bottom in about 105’ of water.

As we finished with the crab pots, a nice current seam was forming in the harbor and we could see bait jumping again so we put out a mooching rig and the delta diver/bait combo and alternately trolled and motor mooched along the current seam. Again no takers so we resumed playing with the small flatfish and sharks. We managed one flounder of about 15” that went into the box for our guest. Our last pull on the pots yielded another 4 keeper Dungeness crab. We discarded our bait and stowed the pots then headed for Commencement Bay with a plan to troll our way back to the marina for take-out. Final tally on crab was 7 keeper dungies and one red rock with numerous females, smalls, and a couple soft shells released. I'm confident we could have managed a limit for each of us had we put the pots down first thing in the morning before starting our fishing adventures.

The idea to fish Commencement Bay proved to be a questionable decision. First, it was approaching mid-afternoon and there was quite a crowd of boats forming for the evening festivities. This made trolling a challenge. I decided to run the Ace Hi Fly down to 150’ on my manual downrigger and just fish that rod to minimize the chance for tangles as I dodged in between pleasure craft and crab buoys to keep my troll going. I finally broke clear of most of the boat traffic and went just a short way when I noticed line was slowly peeling off my downrigger - #&*%! First thought was that I had gotten in too shallow and dragged bottom but a quick check of the fish finder revealed I was still fishing in well over 200’ of water. Next thought was there may be something wrong with the brakes on the downrigger, but that was not it either. Turns out the downrigger ball grabbed the line of a long-derelict crab pot. I struggled to winch the damned thing up 150’ with my downrigger. At last the flag appeared and not long thereafter a heavily sea-life encrusted rope, snagged in the clip between my trolling snubber and the ball. I managed to grab the rope and haul another 100’ feet or so of rope with every form of sea creature imaginable into the boat followed by a barnacle encrusted pot and the float. Chief among the plentiful sea life squirming around the messy rope was pounds and pounds of krill. I swear I’ll be picking the darn things out of my boat for the rest of my natural life! Some of the sea-life came loose and those went back in the drink. The rest of it came ashore with us for disposal. The girls we amused with a small sea star that was on the crab pot and examined it for a few moments before they set it free. The good news was that while I was struggling to deal with the derelict pot, the air show started so the girls were well entertained with acrobatic stunts by everything from biplanes to jets.

We had a great day together out on the water and even though the salmon didn't cooperate on this occasion, we made our guest’s day and enjoyed a crab feast for our July 4th dinner. Couldn't ask for anything better than quality time spent with my kiddo and her friend.

Thanks for taking me out to play again Fish Princesses!
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