Blue Friday for seahawks means Silver Friday for feltseoul. Joe H. wanted to get out and try for coho and we met up with Sonny L. and got to ride in the 230 Fisherman.
We pushed off at 6 am and made our way west and dropped under calm seas while the sun was rising.
We ran three rods with a deep 6 diver on the center position with a whole herring strip. Somehow Joe’s side was the hotrod with ace hi fly along with the center rod.
The bite was brief for about 40 minutes, and we lost two off the diver rod. That’s fishing… At least we didn’t get skunked and landed two cookie cutter fish.
David K. hosted his neighbor and father for a day on the water and ended up with 5 fish to the box. Winning colors were white and green along with his Old Goat lure.
David K. invited us out for another beautiful day on the sound. We met in Edmonds at 05:45 for a prompt push off the dock and motored over to the shipping lanes.
It was pretty dark out but once we got our gear dropped we could see a couple dozen boats already working their trolls.
Dov had the first fish on with the deep 6 diver, flasher and white hootchie with ace hi insert. A decent hen of 6-7#.
The bite would come quickly around 7 am and we put 4 fish into the box. David and I even had a double!
We pounded it trying to scratch out our last two, but only ended up with one more. The Heartbreaker was David’s lost fish which appeared to be a large hook nose that was peeling line like mad. We never got to see it, but it was one wild and crazy fighter.
We’re gonna try and ride this as long as we can. Good times, close run, and sometimes the fishing can be very hot and heavy.
Rods: Shimano convergence 10’6″ and Okuma Blue Diamond 10′
Reels: Shimano 2000 GT, and Islander Armr2, and MR2LA.
Red racer flashers and purple haze
With hootchies in green, white and splatter back with ace hi inserts and salted herring strips. Yummy coho goodness!
David offered up an open seat this morning but I was a bit under the weather. Phil ended up taking the seat and it was good choice as the morning action was pretty hot for unclipped coho.
They ended up with 5 keepers for 3 licenses and landed 8 wild coho and one very plump wild king which of course was released.
We’ll done Korean Koho Katchermen!
David invited me out for another try with the coho bite. Today Chris T. would join us for the morning bite. We started at 05:45 and motored out in the dark.
Once we got south of Pt. Edward’s and gear was down, David had fish on! He should have played it out, but was being nice and handed the rod to his buddy Chris. Bam, fish off!
After a rebait, he sent it down and within minutes, double fish on!
We had a center rod rigged up with a deep 6 and red racer, ace hi fly and herring strip. It was a good bet as the center danced a couple more times in the next hour.
We quickly put two limits on the box in short order of less than an hour.
Once 7 am hit the bite turned off and we had to work a harder to find the last two fish, but an hour and half later of pulling flashers we were rewarded with our efforts.
Fish came between 30′-120′ of cable in 500-600′ of water. We were all running larger squid with ace high fly inserts.
Back at dock and plenty of time to go to work!
We even got to witness a single resident Orca feeding amount the hoards of fishermen. The word I out, must’ve been 100+ boats today.
While the kids started school yesterday the Puget Sound coho reports were very good for schooling fish. David K. had an open seat and we decided to give it try.
While area 9 closed down for shore fishing on Sept 4th, area 10 remains open for hatchery clipped coho and pink salmon. We meet up at Edmonds at 06:00 and pushed off the dock around 6:15. It’s nice being convenient to the fishing grounds as we didn’t have to motor very far to drop our downriggers.
I set mine at 66′ and David was down about 80′ when my rod went off and started shaking violently. I had a tinsel insert green splatter back hootchie with a salted herring strip and red racer flasher.
A nice 25″ buck to hand and our morning just started!
David was using a hootchie wobble with mini green flasher but kept getting sublegals shakers. I told him to go big or go home! He switched up to the ace hi fly and larger flasher purple haze flasher and that seemed to have broken the curse.
We were done by 08:40 and the first boat off the water. We noticed a couple chatters working the shipping lanes as well. About 50+ boats, quite busy for humpday on the water.
The coho fishing should get hotter as September rolls out and October rolls in.
The new Okuma Blue Diamond 10′ downrigging rod performed flawlessly along with the Islander MR2LA reel. Very smooth drag and nice action. I was so impressed with the $58 rod that I ordered two more to go along with the rest of the Islander fleet.
I changed up hootchie rigs as I wanted to ensure sharp hooks and went with a Gibbs white glow hootchie with green and blue dots. That was good move as it took down several other bites but all we needed was one more fish to limit the boat.
Heres our track for the morning, all the charters and fleet were working it hard, the word is definitely out that the ocean fish are in, get em while it’s hot!
Heres a report from Mike Carey on his NW fishing reports page.
He was finding similar action with the additional Deep 6 option.
I was crazy enough to want to get back to Cypress for another shot at the Atlantic salmon. When would you get a twice in a lifetime opportunity to target these fish in our Pacific waters?! I can sleep when I’m dead.
Today Phil K. would join as he couldn’t make it out on the Fridays bonanza. There werent as many boats as two days prior but the nets were out in force and even one gill netter managed to nose in between us and dragged us off anchor.
Phil did managed to land his first Atlantic salmon and I got 6. Since it was mostly devoid of the larger schools we decided to call it quits around 3 pm and left for home.
The best lure were 3.5 oz Pt. Wilson darts in white and 1.5 rotators with upgraded 3/0 Matzuo sickle hooks on a 150# stainless swivel.
I haven’t had a chance to try any of the fish but my parents have and attest that it’s better than any of the other salmon I’ve harvested. I’ll be smoking up the majority of my share and looking forward to even trying some poke and sashimi after a nice hard freeze for a few days.
The view from Washington Park Boat Launch. Cypress Island is located about 4 miles north.
Joe H. would get some rest before the slay fest started.
On arrival you can see the damaged net pens and line up of anchored boats in the north part of Deepwater Bay.
First hook up, they were amazing strong fighters. Imagine the strength of a king and acrobatics of a wild coho. That is the Atlantic salmon. I can’t even imagine what it’s be like to target them in their natural element.
Pretty typical fish with no warping of Jaws or bashed fins as we were led to believe.
Strength! Enough to bend these hooks!!!
Ching W. does battle with a hot Atlantic. Reel screaming runs and acrobatic leaps weren’t uncommon for these brutes. We saw fish into the 15-17# class with the smaller ones being the 10# variety.
Just getting them into the net was an endeavor, not easily succumbed and powerful and thrashing water.
David K. showed up with his son Charlie and they managed to catch a couple as well.
Lining back up to retrieve the boat with classic San Juan views in the distance.
Back at the ranch with our bounty, 23 landed chrome bright fish.
There were times between the better fishing that was around the tide changes. We fished the whole day and between two tides. We did best in the afternoon when the bay felt like a river. Drifting and jigging 1.5 darts was most productive in 30-40′ of water.