The punch card is almost filled and coho are doing a good job of filling the void of a lackluster pink salmon run in the south sound. Today Phil K. and I wanted to try our hand at trolling the tide change. We started at Westpoint and moved up to Richmond beach and then back towards Meadowdale. I did manage to get one keeper coho on the troll, however the bright sunshine, lack of bait and slightly earlier run timing was the reason why we didn’t have more hookups. The fish weren’t as cooperative, but decided to give the waterway another try after a poor effort with Tom E. the week prior.
As usual, the snagging crew on Spokane street were bringing up the fish sideways and backwards, plump sea lions were working the schools and devouring and spooking what remaining fish were swimming around but the schools were noticeably larger and around 14:00 were at least finning, and porpoising.
Larger silvers and kings could be seen jumping as well. We anchored in 30 FOW and casted towards the pillings. I experienced some difficulty trying to coax the pinks until I slowed the retrieve down greatly. This isn’t silver fishing on a beach, its urban pink fishing at it’s best. Not the serene PNW scenery of evergreens and Olympic mountains but skyscrapers and container ship cranes. We didn’t have much competition with other boats unless you can blame it on the sea lions and the snaggers. Of the pinks we did land were fun fare on the new rod.
Sage has produced an awesome rod. I recently picked up the Salt 890-4 and it is every bit as good as the reviews and may be my favorite rod in their current line up. Effortless casts, tight loops, and light in the hand could be some phrases that describe this power stick. Coupled with the Rio Camolux line was a perfect set up for getting into the strke zone.
Bonus was the coho that exploded after my pink marabou hot head fly. Sometimes these fish aren’t as lockjawed as people make them out to be, just slow down and enjoy the ride.