Having to share the V-Berth with my dad was a little tight but we managed to get a few hours of sleep. We woke at 5 am to blistering winds and white caps coming from the south east. Some boats were heading out at 5 am in the cover of darkness but we decided to wait until 6:15 to push off since this was out first time navigating out of Cap Sante and fishing a new area. The plan was to head north towards Parker Reef on the north side of Orcas Island. We’d have a tailwind and the forecast was to soften up in the afternoon for our trip back. It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to make the run and it wasn’t one of the most pleasant journeys that I’ve had in my boats. Today was a particularly special day since it was the Arimas first trip in the salt. How would she handle? Were the modifications adequate that I had made?
Once we made Parker Reef, we weren’t alone as there were a dozen or so boats also there and covering the water pretty well. We had various combos of flasher spoons, herring with helmets, and plugs with little success. When tide change was near around 9:30 the rod with the Rhys Davis Anchovies head in Army Truck UV and orange label herring went off as we made a turn if the boat. While it wasn’t a big fish it was a tug. As I fought the fish and tried to get it close to the boat the horrible happened as the fish took a dive, line went limp and I grimaced in frustration as we lost our only blackmouth of the day. I did have a small king cod latch onto the white lightening coho killer at Parker reef however. After we pounded Eagle Bluff and Thatcher Pass we called it a day by 5:30 and headed back to the boat basin. So far the leaderboard was a 20.24 lb fish. Our hopes of winning the derby were fleeting, but we still have another half day to grind it out. Hopefully the winds won’t be as crazy as it was this morning but the Arima did great and she runs wonderfully in the chop, crud and is a stable and safe fishing and cruising platform.
NORTHERN INLAND WATERS INCLUDING THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS-
300 PM PDT SAT MAR 29 2014
…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…
TONIGHT…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING 20 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE EVENING. SHOWERS.
SUN…SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.
SUN NIGHT…SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT…BECOMING SE 10 TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.