My recent rotator cuff surgery put me down for the fishing season, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drive a boat. Joe H. and I were discussing how the reports were and his previous evenings results were dismal at Possession Bar.
‘Too many shakers… ” said Joe. He proposed a run to Mid channel bank as the reports have been consistent for the hatchery king season. I agreed to go, but my ability to fish wasn’t possible, so I opted to drive the catamaran and navigate through the minefield of other boats that would show up to the party.
The gear just got down, Joe photo-bombed the selfie.
Plenty of folks connecting with their fish.
Many landed them…
Including these guys….
But this is a lesson on what not to do!
Our first dish on the deck came an hour after the flood happened at 8:00. Good tide rips were forming as we trolled the NW-SE race circuit with all the other boats.
The fish took the herring aid 3.0 spoon and red racer flasher on the bottom. 100′ of water with 105′ of cable out.
Small Sand Lance of 2″ were reveal in the stomach samples.
Nice 14# fish that took the Skinny G cop car spoon would wrap it up and it was literally our last drift when it happened.
I once heard that ‘A cut plug is the last herring that a king salmon will eat’ so is a well offered flasher spoon combo.
Stomach contents revealed lots of omega rich krill and thin 2″ Sand Lance.
BTW… There were zero signs of pink salmon. Nobody discussing or reports from the community on their run timing to hit the sound.
It might be a bust of a season for them due to the horrible drought and then subsequent floods of 2015.
I’ve included Joe’s report:
We got a strike at the beginning of the outgoing tide change in the morning. Then had to wait to the beginning of the next tide change for our next strike. We saw some lucky guys catch right next to us between our strikes.
The hot bait right now is coho killers because the sand lances are the same size as them. Paul said to gut the fish and we saw sandlance the size of the coho killers. Match the hatch deal. I have plenty of coho killers and I rigg them with extra swivels and change the hooks to a bigger size. That could have ruined the action of the lures. Trial and error. I was rigging 5o big river gamagatzu hooks on my 3.0 spoons that have been killer. All my kings in the puget sound were caught on that herring aid 3.0 spoon.l and switching those hooks to a 5o is deadly. Switched my coho killers with the same hooks. My hook to land ratio has gone up with that change but not with the coho killers. This is my steelhead mentality always fine tuning and paying attention to little details to consistently catch fish. When the bite is hot anything works when it’s not you got to have the right action and color combo. They may be too heavy for the coho killers. Going back to a 3o hook or not tampering with them out of them. Skinny G can handle the bigger hooks though so we got our last fish on that skinny G. Gonna re rig all my coho killers. Still learning this king salmon deal the more I learn the more fish in the box. I’ve learned lots just fishing with Paul the other day. My boat is going to have good mojo like Pegasus. We saw an old man slay the salmon yesterday but playing catch and release. He had it dialed! You can’t beat experience and time on the water.
Still putting fish in the box considering I’m just learning to king fish. Finally got something to pull on my Abel and islander reels.