A good pink year usually indicates good Coho fishing. We had experienced great Coho fishing in Neah Bay this summer and it was a good indication that the fishing close in would also be stellar. First day, I fished with Rob D. on the Valco Bayrunner as we trolled Westpoint to Meadow point in 300-500′ of water running 50-80′ of cable with a combination of Ace Hi Fly’s, Coho Killers, B2 Squid, Kingfisher spoons. Best action was on the white hootchies and Ace Hi inserts with short leaders 30″ running at 3.5-4 mph. We had doubles, and the action kept steady through the falling tide exchange. A hour after the change things slowed and 2 hours after it was dead. We explored more locations but didn’t have as much luck as we tried to find any stray pinks as it was open season for them. We landed 4 keepers and released a few more.
Day 2 with Thao T. and my dad would be a foggy one, some 3 weeks later, things would come to a slow start and day for the trollers. Only a handful of boats actively fishing, but it was tough to scratch out a fish. We plugged 1 for 1 Coho on the Ace Hi at 80′ but that was it. All in all, great to be out on the water with the boat pulling gear. Now the Coho are in the rivers, I’ll give it a rest and pursue Summer run steelhead.