I wanted to get my dad out to give squidding a try since he’s never been before and was eager for the invite. Jason T. was able to join us for some dock action back at Edmonds.
The crowds were thick by the time dad and I arrived at 16:40 and luckily we found one spot near the end of the dock to try. The action would be alot slower than the previous evening, but we managed about 13# between dad and myself. It was fun to catch up with Takayoshi.
Note the Germ X hand sanitizer, aka goldfish bowl bucket that Jason was using. Unfortunately, his Lamiglass rod snapped in half, but he still managed to nab about 7# of the tasty critters.
I’ll freeze a bunch for halibut bait and give the rest away to friends. Squid on!
I had a meeting in Seattle and figured it’d be worth a drive up to Edmonds to check out the action. I pulled into the parking lot at 15:15 and there was a crew assembling their lights and gear along the pier.
The more desired spots were the second and 3rd shelters and cleaning stations. There wasn’t any action happening, but it was nice to get my spot and prep for the evening. The tide change was at 19:09 and the action started getting hot right at 17:00.
Almost every cast would yield squid on the jigs. With several doubles and even two triples on the tandem jig set up. I had rigged up a new squid rod and reel. A Lamiglass North West special steelhead rod along with a vintage made in Japan Shimano Bantam bait caster.
I had found the Lamiglass lower section on the Nisqually River many years ago and had the factory replace the tip section. I forgot about it, but turns out it was the ideal length and action for squid jigging. At 8’6″ in length it was nice to be able to reach and cast over my dock neighbors.
I lined up the Bantam with 20# power pro braid and top shot it with 15# Maxima ultra green down to the tandem squid rig. A big green cigar float for visibility and two store bought jigs from outdoor emporium. I like using a stiff gang leader between the top and bottom jig to help prevent tangles. 40-50# maxima does the trick nicely and the stiff rig doesn’t tangle.
The sunset and evening light was pretty and always amazes me that we live in such a beautiful state.
I have to admit that when I first started jigging, it wasn’t my thing but it’s definitely grown on me and this banner year has given me reason to respect the sport as it brings in anglers from all sorts of backgrounds for one common goal. Yes there are crowds, but I’ve met some nice folks on the docks and knowledge and community was nice to experience along with the camaraderie of all the squid jiggers.
Ika Sashimi snack!
David wanted to get out for a few hours. The weather was un-seasonably warm setting a record at 61 degrees. We have a pineapple express from Hawaii bringing the warmer and wet skys.
The day before Thanksgiving brought a break in the rain and it’d be nice to get back on the water to chase some blackmouth while we soaked pots.
We dropped pots at ship wreck in 80-90′ of water and then made our way to Kingston to troll for some winter blackmouth. While the north Puget Sound is closed for fishing Area 10 remains open. However, there appears to be as many sub legal sized fish around that it’s probably good idea to let them grow.
The run wasn’t too far from Edmonds and fun to filter through the shakers and 20-21″ fish. It was pretty non stop action fishing the outer bar and inside the horseshoe.
Best lures were the coho killer in the orange, green and white glow color and red racer flasher fished off the bottom.
David pulled his son Charlie out early from school to fish the afternoon tide change. Low was at 13:38 and Charlie loves to be on the water. We picked up 6 keeper crab for a 3 hour soak along with a 23″ blackmouth.
Back at the dock we passed by the Edmonds pier and it was already packed with squid fishermen. Charlie and I decided to walk over and give it a try and we did very well.
15 minutes of jigging yield about 4# of good sized squid. A puget sound trifecta! We have alot to be thankful for, don’t we?
Success! After all these years and mostly very scarce outings, we found limits. I’ve never been that excited about standing on a pier in the dark and cold with a bunch of strangers jigging a squid lure for hours.
The reports have been ‘on fire’ this season for squid for whatver reason. Maybe global warming, or other ocean conditons that have brought the swarms in by the hundreds and thousands. After Joe H. reported some very good success the night prior, I had to give it another try.
I met Joe at 8:30 in Edmonds and despite the windy conditions I wanted to give it a good try. I couldn’t find my jigs, but borrowed a couple from him and tied on a tandem rig. The glow pink color seemed to do best with sometimes doubles being the norm.
Best action was to cast out, let drop and swing while twitching back. Also when the squid were close, a vertical drop and suspension was good as well for one after the other. Looking forward to trying some for dinner tonite!
They say you never leave fish to find fish. How true it is… Normally mid channel bank is the hot spot for winter blackmouth. After fishing it twice without much success and small fish we opted to stick close by and hit our standby locale, Skunk Bay.
After the dismal outings around Area 9, we ran into a neighbor that was fishing Skunk Bay. He had indicated stellar fishing, with 30+ releases. Small undersized fish and a few keepers. I had to give it another try and asked Chris M. to join me since I’d soaked the crab pots overnight just north of Olele Pt.
While the crabbing was poor, I remained optimistic to find a few keepers in the pots. However, the primary focus was to hit the tide change for blackmouth. Chris knows Skunk bay and he was right on the money with fishing the 100′ contour
When started seeing bait balls the action was good for many sub legal sized fish. 19-21″ was the norm for dozens of released fish. Chris finally landed a nicer fish which was 23″ and had released a couple that were right on the spot at 22″.
I bad good action with the 2″ cop car and herring aid kingfisher spoon, but Chris was getting good action once he changed up to the white lightening coho killer. It was a good sign seeing all the black porpoise feeding on the herring as well. A positive indication of salmon nearby.
After I released a keeper fish to roll the dice on a bigger one, a few minutes went by and Chris’ rod was pulsing with a better player. A chunky fish! Back at the ranch, my wife made some fantastic crab stew, we baked the salmon. Life is good!
After the lackluster weekend of boat fishing I needed a little redemption. Fall never really felt like it came in as we’re in full winter mode complete with wind, cold and snow in places.
I called Dov Y. and wanted to get out for some bull trout. While we didn’t find any, we did get our fill of whitefish and chum. The river was up to 1440 cfs and running high and silty. I decided to bring along two rods, both the fly and the center pin.
I had it spooled up with braid and it was just the right ticket for landing those hard fighting chums. The winds were howling while we got suited up and the cold was bone chilling. That didn’t break our spirits as it was nice to get out for a few hours. We never saw another fisherman, that was nice, like having our own private fishing hole.
The whitefish were hungry and plump from gorging on the chum eggs. The chum appeared to be about done, but we did manage to land a couple with no defects versus the skin lesioned Brothers and sisters.
We drifted egg patterns and it fished well, dead drifted, swung, twitched and sometimes even stripped.
Hoping to get out this weekend for some blackmouth and salty chum action if the weather lays back down. In the meantime, was a good fix for the lack of derby fishing from Sunday.
Wdfw announced the temporary closure of the blackmouth fishery in 8-1,8-2, and 9 starting on 11/13. The weather and seas were a go for fishing today.
I needed some redemption for the lack luster day last weekend and the monster winds on derby day.
I fished with Joe H. and Chris M. and our sights were directed back to mid channel bank. We left at 07:20 after baiting the crab pots at the dock. The plan was to soak them north of Olele pt. as that was where it technically is open. It’s a bit of run, but I was craving some crab, so decided to drop a shop.
We took the Oak bay cut passing Port Hadlock and then on to Pt Townsend. It was concerning not seeing many boats, birds or bait. It was nice to see Tom Nelson (ESPN) who showed up for the incoming tide. However he didn’t stick around too long and left after a few drifts. That was probably a good indication that we should have done the same.
We pounded the water without much luck. No shakers and as we finished the day as we pulled up the gear Joe was dragging a blackmouth around. No wonder why it was so poor.
We saw one large bait and fish marks around 30 min. prior to the flood, but couldn’t coax a bite.
David K. fished the east side of Possession and the nailed a nice keeper. My friend Thap was fishing mid channel in his new boat and landed a small fish on the white spoon and green dragon flasher. Other than that it was very slow with only 2 nets we saw flying nearby. Both those fish were small.
Probably good for these fish to grow a little more to make sure we get a decent season. When we got back to the marina we noted that a neighbor did very well and limited out. They fish Skunk Bay and indicated they had over 30+ fish landed. Not sure if that includes shakers. Since we moved the pots slightly south of the original location I’ll give it another try. Hopefully, nail a fish or two.