It was day 2 and after the weather from the day prior we were ready for it to lay down and push offshore. Today, I had my sights set on a location about 8 miles from the SWC, which would add time to the equation. The seas weren’t very friendly with 5-15 knot winds, occassional 1′ wind waves and 6 second rollers 6-8′. The area between Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island was especially volatile churning and causing some puckered up moments while pushing through carefully west. Once got to the outside it seemed to lay down some however, boats were being cautious and watching their pounding.
While we had this sunrise at a distance it was a bit rock and rolly. Pegasus handed it like a champ, cruising at 3800 rpm she just sliced through the crude and we passed many boats heading to the SWC. About 20 miles out our path veered 210 degrees West.
The first location was a bust, nothing but some smaller sized lingcod. We worked the spot but the radio chatter from beyond would suggest lights out action abuot 3 miles away.
We decided to pull up and push towards the canyon face and the little change up was good choice. We started connecting with big ling cod, including my 35# beast that took a tipped squid Copper pipe jig in 571′ of water.
Jason T. and his crew showed up for the games just as we were finishing up. We had all our ling cod and halibut, enjoyed watching the other boats tussle with their fish and leading the pack was Tommy D. with his 290 Guadalupe Definace with twin 300 Verados.
What an awesome way to end the last day of the trip, with limits of fish. We were actually about 5 fish short on the rockfish, but that didn’t matter much as we were ready to pack it up and head back to clean the boat and get back to our homes.
My Monday appointments took me to Pike Place market where I snapped a photo of the whole halibut at $18.99/#. Thats probably like a $380 fish! I gave my parents some fish, and mom was quick to make some Korean style ceviche and we had a nice dinner of pan seared garlic butter Ling Cod and Halibut Steaks.
While we’re a little wiped out from the last few days, it was all worth it. Nobody got injured, we didn’t have any major mechanical failures, we didn’t break or lose too many pieces of gear apart from my Google Nexus 10 tablet that decide to zap out. Good thing I had a second backup tablet with charts that I downloaded. Amazing fishery and one of my favorite eating fish. Hopefully the season will be extended as the WDFW fish checkers were reporting less than 1 out of 3 boats were coming in with halibut.
The surveyors measure and record the size and once the 113,XXX quota is met, the fishery is then closed. Many anglers we spoke with that didn’t venture offshore came up empty handed. Although we did see a few big ones that were caught in shore at place like the garbage dump or near tatoosh, the idea of waiting around for a bite for hours wasn’t my cup of tea.