The marine forecast was calling for 10-15 knot winds and 1-3′ wind waves from the south and shifting to 20-25 knots in the afternoon. We still made a go to drop pots in the Tornados Peninsula near fisherman’s harbor.
It was a choppy and rougher ride out to the location some 15 nautical miles away from our marina. We got to the drop zone at 08:45, and assembled our pots and bait for the 09:00 opening. We had some trouble with keeping our lines straight and ended up losing a pot, but got three limits before calling it around noon.
My brother in law was feeling pretty sick due to the lumpy seas and having to look down while setting and baiting the pots. That was an expensive day, hopefully I’ll recover the lost pot tomorrow at low tide and try again for Monday the 30th, the last day for prawning in hood canal.
Not much fishing but did some sight seeing and got to share the love with my boys and wife. Pounder flounders on mini hootchie skirts tipped with herring.
Good times for the Memorial holiday weekend!
I decided to give the ling cod another try since we had a small
window of good weather and low winds. We launched around 10 am and made our way to the reef and worked it pretty well. The winds weer almost too calm, dead calm as was the fishing. We could barely coax a strike and only had a couple of drive bys.
There was an Indian crabbing boat picking up pots along with a Proline cc with two anglers working the bottom with live dab. They did end up with a 26″ ling as verified by Jeff the fish checker back at the boat launch.
We moved locations to another reef and worked that methodically with only two small rockfish to show for the efforts. We also witnessed a pod of orcas crossing through along with a few harbor porpoise and a watchful golden eagle.
Perhaps it was the big tide swing, or the barometer that threw off the feeding clock. Still a bad day fishing is better than a great day at work.
I’ll wait it out a few days and fish up north next time as I need to explore some water that hadn’t been hit so hard.
I am figuring out the prawning game: location, depth, bait, and proper equipment. The first day was pretty good for 7 licenses, we were able to scratch out 6 limits. Today my goal was to limit for 5 licenses.
Browns Bay in 300′ of water on a nice contour was the key for success. A prawn bait mixture of Super Prawn pellets, black label herring, fresh ling cod carcass, soybean oil, and Friskies cat food.
Ching W. and Tom E. would join along with my sister and dad. We met at Edmonds at 06:00 and assembled the gear, loaded the boat and motored out for the 3 mile run North. Once we found the right depth, we dropped pots at 07:00 sharp and gave them a good 45 minute soak.
The first few pulls were good yielding 3.5 limits, but we had to keep working the depths to finish strong. We even caught an octopus in the Kufa Ladner pot! I called wdfw and confirmed that it was OK to keep at the location we were prawning. Bonus!
The crew all did a wonderful job moving, packing and cleaning up the boat once finished and back to the wash down area. I need a nap!
What a fabulous day on the reef as we roped in several very nice fish. Winds, tides and weather were just about perfect for a bottom fish outing. Jeff and I had some time to spend on the fly bench developing patterns using skull heads and large barbell eyes to help out flies develop the jigging action these fish crave.
We had two sets of doubles immediately and my first drift I hooked and landed 4 very nice rockfish up to 6#.
We were dredging bottom with our customer built Rio lines. I’ve added small piece of heat shrink tubing at 20′ intervals so I can know how much line to strip out in order to achieve the proper depth and presentation.
The winds were calm from the North Northwest and was just the right speed for us to achieve a 45 degree angle with our fly lines. This fishery keeps getting better ad the crowds die down and the pressure for Ling cod brings out those active hunters.
Jeff and I were high-5-ing the 4-hours we spent on the water. What a great day on the water!
After the previous years mishaps it was good to get the spot prawns dialed in. New Kufa Ladner style pots and getting the baits just right was a nice reward for my family.