I’d been out several times last week chasing the reports and fish in the sound. It’s been tough fishing, we either heard ‘you should have been here yesterday…’ or only connected ethanol sublegals and or shakers.
The original plan today was making the run down to Inner Elliot Bay to target the Duwamish kings. This fishery hasn’t opened up in years as I believes been 9-10 years since it was last open.
Tommy Boy aka Joe H. has been having a banner season and putting lots of blood on the deck chasing kings. The last two days he’s been fishing Kingston with good luck. Last night I decided to nix the run south in favor for going where its been consistent and where there is bait.
I got up at 03:30 and made coffee, had some cereal, packed a few snack and lunch items and was out the door by 04:15 heading to Edmonds. Joe met up at 05:00 and we pushed off for the quick run west.
It was nice and calm and we were the 3rd boat out there among a total of 4 boats working the bank. The flood Tide change was at 07:30 and we decided to work the 90-100′ contour in a north to south drift as we were marking lots of bait.
We first started atop the bank in 60-70′ of water before the sun came up, but want marking much activity. A slight change up of direction proved to be a good one and then Joe’s rod went down. Shortly after a cookie cutter king of about 10# came to the net. Good sign!
Joe had the hot rod, getting not only the next fish, but also the 3rd and the last fish of the morning. I struggled with the dogfish, shakers and sublegals, 20″, 19″, 20.5″….
As we were elated with having three fish in the box when the bulk of the fleet showed up including charters we had one more to make it a solid limits for both.
As the tide switched directions I knew of a hole that holds bait on the outgoing tide. The change up to that proved t be a great decision. Within moments of seeing a bait bait ball Joe’s rod bounced and he had a hot fish that was pushing 20#. After the rubber band cat and mouse chase a monster king came to the net. 37″ and estimating to be 25#, the Hatchery hen was a great way to cap off the otherwise stellar morning.
What worked, was to suspend the offering higher up to avoid shakers and dogfish. The larger fish were up higher! While we found a 5″ herring in one stomach, mostly the fish were devoid of any fresh bait. Why a coho killer works isn’t a match to the Hatch but believe that the action of it provokes the strike.
The king fishery was a great one and with 4 more days left on the keeper king season I’ll leave it on a good note as today was hard to beat. Two experienced captains, and good Intel made for excellent fishing.
Red racer moonjelly flashers and herring aide coho killers got the job done. Joe likes to rig the coho killer with a swivel and sharp Gamagatsu 5/0 hook. Now if the pinks will ever show up, it’d be nice to get them on a light spinning rod. At least we have the coho to look forward to….