Honestly I was so beat up after yesterday’s almost 12 hours on the water, lack of sleep, and being disappointed by the lost fish that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the idea of getting beat up by the wind and waves.
After a hearty dinner at the Teriyaki Time we had a hot shower and crashed out with the sound of rain on the deck of the boat. While the winds kept a steady clip when we woke it was flat calm inside the marina and my energy levels and enthusiasm returned as I was pumped up and ready for another day in the San Juan’s.
The plan was to stay close as our sights were set on Lopez flats as it’s about a 30 minute run from the marina. High tide was at 5:03 am and when we got to the south end of James island the water was moving pretty good south in the Rosario straights. When we arrived there were at least a dozen boats within sight and the tide was moving pretty good from the north to the south. Most boats were trolling with the tide south towards Kellet Ledge. Lopez flats is a bar that comes up from 80-120′ and extends from the northwest to the southeast. On a good tide exchange, bait and fish are flushed from the west end of James Island toward the Rosario straight. We had all our bases covered with a Flasher and herring rig on the starboard rigger, straight herring on the transom rigger, and flasher spoon on the port side rigger.
Rob picked up his fish, a 24″ blackmouth of 5# 20 oz. on the Polar Ice flasher and Irish Flag spoon with tail wagger. Guess it was the luck of the Irish today. We were hoping that it would be a mystery fish as we were far off from yesterdays leader with a 20.24 King. However an even larger King was landed this morning in the same location that we were fishing, it weighed in a 24.62 and was caught by local resident Bill Robillard of Anacortes. He was fishing a cut plug herring and got the fish around 9:30 am.
All in all we had a fun time and enjoyed the sights, scenery, camraderie, food, and festivities. Cap Sante marina is top notch and the boat sling is pretty slick with the port crew working with high efficiency and precision to get all those boats loaded and off loaded to the marina. We hope to do a repeat next year with a better knowledge of these spots, tackle, and techniques. Thanks to John Martines, Lance Anderson, Jason Takayoshi, for their wealth of information and help.