This year’s coho run in area 12 has been pretty good despite the poor returns everywhere else. Jeff and I explored some new water and found a few willing players. While we didn’t find coho that day we did find a spot that unexpectedly held some nice rockfish and ling cod. Jeff hooked what he believed to be the largest fish he’s ever encountered with the fly rod.
A fish so large we never got a look at it and one that doubled over his rod like a Carne asada street taco. It was downright hot and we both got a sun tan.
The next day I set out to find some coho and came up fortunate to find a couple of willing hens. The largest about 12#.
The neighborhood hosted a pig roast potluck too. We are really eating and living well off the fat of the land and sea!
As summer winds down, the crowds and fishing usually heats up. This year was a bust for coho fishermen due to the poor ocean conditions that led to closures on the ocean apart from area 1 (Ilwaco) and area 12 (Hood canal). With the short 2.5 week king salmon selective fishery that came and went were left to make lemonade with the lemon that the state and tribes handed to us sport fishermen.
I wonder what the future holds for the next generation of anglers. Will they even be able to pursue salmon and steelhead? Or will it be about flounder and ratfish? Might as well make the most of it and share my passion with my loved ones. The kids had a great couple of days: crabbing, clamming, swimming, and mountain biking. It was a perfect evening to pull pots with the water as calm as glass!
Area 12 Coho action is heating up and I’ll try to salvage the salmon season with chasing these silvers of the sea. They were the best coho that I can recall. On the smaller side, but packed with flavor and oils.
Marinated with a little sea salt, garlic, old bay seasoning, and pan friend in lemon butter. Simply delicious and the kids love it!
Nigori sake manillas with basil. Life is good, and even though it’s lemonade. It still quenches the thirst. Life is good!
I love the seasons of summer leading into the fall. It’s been a great weather year so far, even a bit too warm for my comfort. However, no complaints here as it won’t be long until the boys are back in school and the carefree days on the water and time in the swimming pool will be captured in a blog post.
I found a good clamming beach close to the house and it’s yielded some very nice sized Manila clams. My wife is an excellent gatherer and had a knack for finding the tasty and plump bivalves. We devoured them under a garlic and black style steam. With red, yellow peppers and white onion. The bonus ingredient was lots of fresh baby dill. Oh my goodness, its shellfish nirvana!
The crabbing has picked up as well and the larger ones have been seen in about 50-60′ of water. The secret bait is crushed horse clams crushed and thrown into the bait cages. The dungeness go nuts for the scent of a Clam. Once they enter the pot they were treated to some sockeye carcass before yielding to the cleaning table and an hot bath.
Summer is about Al Fresco dining with family, friends and some time in the swimming pool.
With the end nearing for the Puget Sound king salmon fishery we had our sights on some Crab and Clams. Luckily, we live in an area rich with diversity. While the crabbing for me has been lackluster as compared to last year, we managed to wrangle a few crab along with finding a new beach for some nicely sized manilla clams.
Even though I never had the opportunity to eat any of these crab or clams, it brought pleasure to my friends, family, and neighbors all whom enjoyed the fruits of the sea.
Another beautiful evening as the sun was setting, looking towards the Olympic mountains and Hoods Head.