Cabin fever usually sets in about this time of the year, the rains and weather unpredictable and the season only open for a month in area 9. The stars aligned today in order for us to get out to Possession and have a try for the resident King salmon also known as blackmouth. These are local fish that don’t migrate but feed in the sound and around the San Juan Islands.
The reports were positive from opening day, Nov. 1st with some nice fish being caught with little pressure. While the weather Tuesday wasn’t as nice as today, the forecast and reports brought out the armada of trollers hoping for a chance at a keeper fish. We met at Edmonds at 07:00 and went out on David’s Olympic hardtop. It would be the three of us aboard including his friend Mike.
We were concerned with a marine layer or too much fog, but the visibility was excellent and as sunrise approached this cloud layer burned off quickly.
Once the sun was up it was a beautiful sight, with downrigger rod in position and Mt. Rainier in the distance. The winds weren’t too bad, until later when it picked up a bit and made fishing a little tougher.
Mike had the hot rod with a green flasher and Irish Flag Coho killer combo. The above fish would have been a keeper for size, but included the adipose fin, so it had to be set free. Mike had to work for this fish as the seals were relentless and one was in hot pursuit for this fish. Hopefully, it got away once we released it from its fight.
Little too small was the name of the game this morning. A day late and an inch too short! Mike released a few in this size class and a few other shakers.
Where is the resident Orca population when you need them? Seals, seals, seals, they love blackmouth season as well. Its an easy lunch for them including this sorry head that came up on the Coho killer.
Other boats were having good action including this solo fisherman in his 16′ C-Dory. A couple of old timers in a 17′ Glasply did very well, with a double that resulted in both legal sized fish to their cooler box. Appeared to be in the 8-9# class, but a nice treat to have fresh fish on the dinner table.
Unfortunately, we left with this on the deck, or rather on the sound floor, good for the flounder and crab. Regardless, was nice to be outside, get some sunshine on our backs and faces, and reel up a few fish. I’ll take it over a day in front of the computer!