Dad and I had been out a couple of early mornings in search of those elusive Puget Sound kings. Since the quota of almost 2500 fish was already met with just the season open for 2 weeks we knew it would be difficult but we were up for the challenge.
We had a Heartbreaker loss of 1 nice fish that we never got a visual on but it’s fight, and eventual pop off from the hook haunted me. When I inspected the hook it was bent open. Dang sickle hooks?!?! Usually they are strong but I should have replaced it out with a Gamakatsu octopus instead.
We did also land a nice keeper sized coho, but set it free event though we could have kept it. It was an unmarked or intact adipose finned fish. Hopefully she grows and learned her lesson to escape the lip pain again.
We also hooked a couple of pinks but lost them at netting due to soft mouths or user error. They are just a concession are fish and I didn’t mind as well one way or the other on if we killed those or not.
The really nice part of the three days was my sister visited and decided to join us for the last day. She brought us some action and even before I could get the second rod into the water hers was dancing and she was able to land a pink salmon. Dad would also get into the action and also landed a few fish. We saw porpoise, harbor seals and lots of diving birds as well. Lot of people banking it at point no point and also mooching and working the tide rips, but we saw only a couple of nets flying the three days with mostly pinks being caught. We feel fortunate to have good health and enjoy a great family time together fishing.