This morning started off with a lot of high anticipation as word spread like wildfire that king salmon fishing would start off hot in central and northern Puget Sound.
Well at least where we went it was more like a dud of a firecracker than anything.
We left the Shilshole Bay boat ramp at 4 a.m. with the morning glow slowly on the eastern skyline.
The water was calm on the 40 minute boat ride up to Point No Point with us stopping along the way to set our two crab pots amongst the mass of about 50 other pots around us.
We arrived at Point No Point a little before 5 a.m., and about 60 boats had already gathered with about 50 anglers lining the shoreline in front of the lighthouse.
Fishing was pretty slow right through the 6:21 a.m. low tide change although we did see one angler land a small king, and we had our chance at a nice fish that took out line on my fishing partner Rey Pastores.
We chased the fish around for a little while, but another boat trolling nearby got hooked up with Rey’s line for a moment and then the fight proceeded before the fish unhooked itself and it was game over.
We also saw one other boat hook a fish and lose it as well, and no sooner than that the bite ended, and all the boats began to spread out to other places.
We headed south to check on our crab pots which yielded two keeper sized Dungeness crabs and an array of other smaller ones.
Then we headed further south and tried our luck at Kingston, but there too the bite never materialized and called it quits for the day.
I had a talk with Slim Simpson, the head Puget Sound state Fish and Wildlife creel sampler and he had said it was mainly just a king here and there. Some came from Jefferson Head, Edmonds oil dock, Richmond Beach, Possession Bar and Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.
We’ll give the quest a go one more time in the morning as this will tap out the 10 days. We’ll check the crab pots that we left overnight and then will either try the Edmonds side or back up to Point No Point.
See you on the water!