Since we got the cobwebs dusted off, I was anxious to give it another go. Thao had to get back to Seattle but I still had the some crab pots soaking. Tomorrow is always good opportunity to get back out and try again.
I invited local legend Chris M. aka Fish Whisperer to join me to help get the skunk off the boat. We limited on some nice winter crab and left under flat calm skies and really beautiful seas.
The plan was to hit Pilot, Point no point, and Norwegian points again. A few more boats joined in the mix, but no visible nets flying. Winter blackmouth fishing can be related to steelhead fishing. Cold, brutal, and a test of your nerves and psychi.
We weren’t as limited with time as the day prior and we kept at it trolling through. While we marked less bait we pressed on believing in the tide change. Just as we were at and hour prior to the exchange Chris’ rod started bouncing and a keeper sized blackmouth came to the deck. After some wood shampoo and blood on deck the skunk was off!
First fish of the new year aboard, we were giving high fives and yelled in victory. We quickly put the hardware back down and within 10 minutes later both rods were dancing again. Chris’ fish was sizable as it ripped free from the clip and drag was peeling off. Then my herring stripped hootchie ignited. Chris’ fish came off, but I landed mine, however too small to keep so it went back to grow some more.
It didn’t matter, our hearts were elated and the conditions were fantastic. The photos tell it all and couldn’t ask for more in January.
Local legend MCM hammering down
Just legal Puget Sound blackmouth to the deck.
All smiles for Chrome salt caught fish. I’ll take this over steelhead any day!
My sub legal fish, grow bigger for another day.
Back at the cleaning table
Before and after. Old Bay baked blackmouth, Dungeness crab cakes, mixed organic field greens with Asian peanut dressing and brown rice. Dinner of Champions!