Thank you very much everybody for the kind words! Really happy I caught those two fish... I needed every hour to do it! SculpinKing and ReturnoftheFish, I think the fishery is a little stalled up this year due to cold water. So just as an FYI I bet there'd still be plenty of cats into early July. Maybe next year a few of us can boat buddy up or something to reduce costs. It was about a $200 trip, and $130 of it was the gas. Yeesh. Even hauling a small boat is killer on the gas mileage.
As Augwen said Lyon's Ferry KOA is a really nice place to stay. Very reasonable, like $20 a night-- free place to park your boat too. Even the camp store is reasonable given the location, and has about anything you could need. After staying there, I wished Jim and Angela (husband and wife co-owners) ran the Parks Department!
Quadfather, here's a link to the thread: http://www.rapala.com/9300-030-0085/9300-030-0085,default,pd.html
. Some salmon anglers use it to tie a herring fillet to their kwikfish lures. But it does a great job of keeping sand shrimp and liver on a hook too. There are a couple different brands of it, it's not just a kwikfish thing. I got mine at the Wholesale Sports in Lacey. I think any big fishing store will have it. I'll try it the next time I go surfperch fishing. If you try it before I do please let me know if it works!