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Name: gfakkema Date: September 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a later start than I would have liked, but we were on the water and fishing by 8. High tide was at 1010 so we ran up to Des Moines from Redondo and trolled back with the incoming tide. We were marking fish from 30’ down to 100’ in anywhere from 200’-400’ of water. We used a variety of tackle from coho killers and hootchies to brad’s cut plugs and king fisher light spoons, nothing was hitting though. We followed the tide down to Dumas Bay and turned around. We had a couple of shakers, but no takers yet. After 3 hours, I finally had a drive by. I was a little nervous that maybe my hook wasn’t sharp enough, so I pulled my gear, sharpened the hook and turned around to hit the same spot that I had the drive by. On the next pass, I finally had a hit that stuck. The fish head shook like crazy and started to take a bit of line. I got the fish under control, but I could tell that this one had a little size to it. After a brief 5 minute fight, I had a 26", 6 pound hatchery hen silver to the boat (had lots of sea lice to boot). We made a few more passes around the area that I had a drive by and a hook up. I got one more drive by that didn't stick but it was getting close to 1200 and we had to get off the water to watch the hawks. I talked to the fish checker and there were 27 boats checked in with 24 fish. So, it sounded like our 1 fish was par for the course today. Fish checker also said that all other fish were in the 3-5 pound range, with my fish being the second biggest of the day and the biggest fish of the day being checked in was 12 pounds. It sounds like most fish are smaller, with some of the bigger boys just starting to show up.
The fish came on a clear/UV 11” flasher with a white lightning coho killer/purple haze needlefish/000 gold blade “Kingspin” at 55’ on the downrigger in about 200’ of water.
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Name: bruceka49 Date: September 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Launched at Pt Defiance at 6am. My original target was the slag pile for kings. The fish and game agent said that he had counted 21 coho at Redondo the day before for 14 boats so off I went. A dozen boats were there with the same hope. We paraded back and forth with occasional success. It didn't appear to be as "hot" as the day before. I fished for more than three hours before landing this little buck. Purple and chrome flasher and a 4.5 coyote spoon, 55 down in 110 feet of water.
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Name: riverhunter Date: September 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught one small coho Jack on bannana weight and plug cut herring. Still slow hopefully it picks up real soon.
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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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