The year long planning all come down to this trip, Neah Halibut 2017. We assembled the gear, put the final touches on boat repairs and had a do a laborious switch out of the Raymarine transducer. But we got it done, and hitched up ready to push off at 06:00 and heading west 3.5 hours to Neah Bay.
The drive was great especially the road that parallels Lake Crescent just outside of Port Angeles. This photo was taking while driving 40 mph, but I had a few other shots taken, but this picture came out the best.
We arrived a little before 11 am and put the boat into the water, got our moorage assignment into B34, but was prepared to push off for a half day of inshore Ling Cod and Rockfishing which didn’t take long to limit out. The Lancer jigs works great in 50-90′ of water and the ling cod came willingly over the gunnel and into the fish box. Ching had some hot action with the Rockfish using a short 1′ leader with Shrimp Fly tied near the cod weight.
Back at the dock, it was so much nice to have the fish cleaning guys fillet the catch. No time, no mess, no fuss! Day 1 was successful and in the books. We’d get the boat tied up, and have a great homemade Lasagna dinner and off to bed for the early roll call for the Halibut opener.