Scatchet Head is best defined as the cliffs to the west of the green can on the west side of Possession. It is a little different than the west edge of Possession Bar.... Scatchet Head is not the west ledge of Possession Bar.
What many people don't realize is that Possession Point is like an intersection for salmon. Salmon either stream into southern Area 9 via the west side of Whidbey Island or the west side of admiralty inlet (MidChannel, Point No Point,) or through the middle via the shipping lanes... Coho and Pinks can be found anywhere, in fact many people overlook fishing for them out in the middle of the shipping lanes, whereas Chinook tend to follow structure on their migration southward into the Puget Sound.
Just about all fish that move onto Possession have to pass through the Scatchet Head area/west side of the bar. From here, the fish break off into one of two directions: They either continue southward to the south sound rivers via the Edmonds side or Kingston side of the channel, and the other option is the fish head east than northward to the Snohomish system, which is likely where all these Pinks staging on the west side of Possession are headed.
One word about Scatchet Head: Fish don't particularly hold well here. Salmon do however hold on Possession. Chinook and Coho can hold quite well on Possession (it always depends on the time of year/species/conditions) because of how much bait there is @ Possession. Pinks are a bit of a head scratcher this year, with the higher flows and colder temperatures, they don't seem to be holding in their usual haunts for very long so this school Matt found could likely be further east/north at Humpy Hollow/Shipwreck/Mukilteo or even out front/in the Snohomish. They could also very well be in the same spot, all I'm saying, is these fish can move a lot within a few days.
There's the old saying among fisherman, "You should have been here yesterday" and this applies 100% to salmon in the Puget Sound. Sometimes if you wait around for reports you'll be a day or two late and the fish will have moved on. So who knows where to find them come this weekend..
If you just look at a map you can visualize where the salmon are coming from. I've never seen any point in joining the crowds at Humpy Hollow when you can fish the many areas that are just to the west of it (ie midway in channel between south whidbey/shipwreck, possession, scatchet head) that are the exact routes that the Pinks must take to get to Humpy Hollow and ultimately the Snohomish. There are many people who don't really know what there doing so they just fish around the other boats because they assume that everyone else knows what they are doing. Sometimes you get these huge clusters of boats who for whatever reason feel secure about fishing around all the other boats. Fish where the fish are, not where the boats are. Sometimes the other boats are on the fish, and many times they aren't.
Last edited by A9
on Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
Don't chase reports...Be the report others chase....