A week later, the tides and bar conditions looked favorable for another try, but would the fish be in or would it be another rough ride? I had some items to fix on the kicker and with the boat, always something… and then re-group and re-gear up as I lost a downrigger ball from the previous week and some hardware. This day would bring my dad as the good luck charm and Ching W. as the deckhand. The bar crossing going out was un-eventful and we joined the rest of the fleet at buoy 8 as there was a bunch of bait. We didn’t see any nets flying and of the two that we did were either Coho or undersized blackmouth. We got hits on the center rod that was set up with 4 oz. diver on the cut plug herring but only to find that it was Coho which were out of season and had to be released. After pounding the mouth we headed south in 45′ of water, picked up two wild fish which had to be cut loose. We even trolled up north towards the Casino in 60-70′ of water, tons of bait that was marking, but no fish! We ended up packing it up around noon and rinsed the boat out at Twin Harbors State Park RV section, its nice to bring a hose and some mufflers!
To cap off the skunk I blew two trailer tires near the Puyallup exit on I-5 as we motored in the left lane at 60 mph. I noticed something in the rear view mirror and was confirmed by the guy pulling up next to me pointing back to the trailer. Two hours later with two new tires installed, thanks to the guys at Discount Tire which was just 5 miles away. I don’t want to go through a tire blow out again and thankful that it was near a populated location and the tires were in stock and able to turn around in a fairly quick manner.