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Name: Dreamerstu Date: November 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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So I get off at work at 11:30 Pm and head straight to rodonda after work so about midnight very cold this of what I like to call banana.....(big squid) also about a week before on a wed day tons of banana......so it pretty much hit or miss right now....but with you hit it.....big squid and east to reach your limit......good luck!!!
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Name: obryan214 Date: November 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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2 shakers this morning, the first while trolling a green Ace Hi Fly with a herring fillet. the second took a Shimano Butterfly jig in a blue and chrome. the trolled fish was near the slag pile, the jigged was near Owen Beach.

should've been out yesterday I hear. one guy got an 11 and 13lb blackmouth jigging the clay banks while his partner got a squid, flounders, rockfish and just about everything else.

probably be back out later this week.
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Name: gfakkema Date: November 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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October was a life changing month for me. I took and passed the equivalent of my journeyman test, bought a house, got married and went on a honeymoon. Needless to say, fishing was out of the question with so much going on. With everything done and out of the way, I was getting the itch to get out and chase some fish. After some serious consideration, I decided to hit Area 11 to see if there were any blackmouth around.

I got to Redondo at 0700 and got an instant reminder of what November 1st means….the docks were in the parking lot and there wasn’t a soul to be seen. Perfect. Launched and beached the boat and was on the water by 0715. The tide was incoming from 0600 til 1313, so I just headed toward Dumas Bay with the tide. Found the 120’ mark and bounced the ball off the bottom all the way down and got nothing. With no signs of life, I decided to move north past Robinson and hit up Point Beals. Made the 15 minute cruise and was line down around 1000.

I was glad that I made the move because I was marking fish, bait and even saw some herring surfacing. I found the 120’ contour again and pounded the bottom. I was able to catch 3 shaker blackmouth around the point in about an hour, so I knew that there were signs of life. 2 were smaller (around 12”-18”) with one larger at about 20”. I kept trolling south with the tide and had a few more takedowns, but all smaller fish.

When the tide changed at 1313, I turned around and headed back north toward Beals again. I decided to give the shakers a break for a bit and try for some coho in deeper water. I kept seeing fish surface out toward the shipping lane, so I wanted to see if any of them would play for a bit. I had nothing but a small shaker coho after an hour or so of trying. By this time, I was already back to Beals, so I decided to go back to blackmouth mode.

I dropped my ball to the deck and was pounding that 120’ contour again. Within minutes, I got a hard hit. The rod dropped but didn’t pop. A second later the rod dropped hard and popped. I absolutely love to watch a clip pop and a rod just load up. I grabbed the rod and it took just a bit of line with a couple short hard runs. After a brief fight, I had a decent 24” hatchery blackmouth in the boat. I marked my card and quickly got my line back in the water. I circled back through the area and within another 5 minutes, I had another takedown. This time it didn’t feel as big, until I got it close to the boat. It tried to give another quick burst to get away, but I was able to get it into the net. This one was a little bigger than the first, but with the extra fin, was released quickly. I once again quickly put my line back in the water. I was a little excited and tightened the reel down too much and it popped the clip. I let it sit for a second and then gave it a light reel. Sure enough, on the pause, I got a takedown. I got quite a few headshakes and a bunch of resistance, but 30’ away from the boat the tension was gone and so was the fish. I circled the area for a bit longer, but was unable to coax anything to bite.

Overall, it was about the best day I could have asked for. There was constant action from shakers and flounder, and a few decent sized fish mixed in. Most of the time, blackmouth fishing is pretty boring without much action. It is always nice when you happen to be in the right place at the right time and you find yourself in the middle of a hot bite. It’s also nice when the weather cooperates and you can stay dry.

All the bigger fish toward the end came in 120’ of water while bouncing the ball off the bottom every few minutes. I was using an Irish Flag Tailwagger behind a Glow Red Racer Flasher with a little bit of Herring (Salt) Smelly Jelly.
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Name: aquaking Date: October 31, 2014 Rating:
 
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Squid are in and reaching full size around 8inches. Smaller gear which you cannot find at the store are best. I use glow paint on bullet weights with squid hooks. The lighter the better so you can feel the hookup. I caught 6 in a few hours and lost alot more. The veterans on the docks were over the honey hole catching more consistantly than me. Best time is high tide and no moon/cloud cover. I use a couple HO LED offroad lights and a deep cycle battery. They tend to attract towards green more.
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Name: rythefisherman Date: September 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed out of point defiance to catch some coho. Cruised over to vashon and didnt get anything. Went over to the slag pile and didnt see anything. Not even a shaker. Marked some fish on the Fishfinder, but they were few and far between. Didnt see or here anyone catching anything.
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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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