We were feeling pretty deflated after coming up short changed by the wishy washy pink run in the south sound. After a late drop of crab pots into deeper waters I made the call to venture north torwards the west side of Whidbey in search of pinks on the fly. Once we arrived at our destination it took a while to figure out their travel lanes but once we did, it was consistent action for me. A pink marabou with large hot head bead.
This was fished with a Rio Outbound short intermediate 6 wt line on my 10′ 6 wt GLX classic rod and Feathercraft CLA reel. The fish picked it up on the drop, the strip, the swing, and on troll. The action was much more typical of pinks and not like the south sound fish.
My 3 year old even got to reel in a pink and loved being on the boat and also pulling some nice size Dungeness crab. The weather was a bit volatile with ESE winds and some 2′ wind waves and choppy water but the Arima held steady and ran the Admiralty crossing fine. The run was my first and took about 20 minutes from Foul weather Bluff and once we got to the west side of Whidbey island found a sheltered cove that was perfect and well suited for throwing flies on the drift.
Next time, I’d like to anchor up and fish it, swinging and stripping flies in the travel lanes, which was between 20-45′ of water (FOW).
I was experimenting with deep water crabbing and prelim results after a few hour soak was good. I tried a spot near twin spits but wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped. We then pulled all the pots and moved them back down near Port Gamble and Salisbury Park. Hopefully some better pulls for tomorrow.