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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 17, 2009 at 9:56 PM

For now the fish won in my quest for Five Fishing Trips on 10 Days

OK so I’ve come to the conclusion of my quest of Five Fishing Trips in 10 Days, and the score ended something like this: Two successful trips for me versus three fishless days.

The fish won or so to speak I banged my brains out trying like heck to catch fish.

My Westport trip was fouled by bad weather and a lack of salmon, and now fishing is hot as ever. I scored cutthroat on Lake Washington. And then got skunked on the Lower Skagit River searching for big kings.

Yesterday I got skunked at Point No Point, but scored two Dungeness crabs and now this:

We headed out to Point No Point again this morning from the Shilshole Bay boat ramp at 4 a.m. We stopped off to check the crab pots and had only one keeper-sized Dungeness crab in the two pots.

This morning there was only 30 boats compared to 60 the day before, and well the fishing was just as bad today.

We hung out through the low tide change at 7:21 a.m., and I had one 20-inch chinook that we released in our boat, and didn’t see any other nets fly.

It looked just as fishy today in the fish finder as it did yesterday, but the kings were still a no show. We decided to move south after the tide change and headed down south of the Edmonds oil dock near Richmond Beach.

I talked with Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle, who was fishing nearby and heard there was just a couple kings caught.

We called it quits early today and were back at the ramp by 9:15 a.m.

I know tomorrow is the 11th Day and doesn’t count as part of my quest, but I am headed WAY north to Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend where I heard there was a good bite on the Thursday opener and another 125 boats showed up this morning. I also heard there was some fish caught off Foulweather Bluff too.

Seems like the kings are still hanging up north in Area 9, and the first wave of kings that were in the San Juan Islands off Rosario Strait have also moved on because it slowed down there too.

That’s the way it is with king salmon fishing. Here today, gone tomorrow.

I’m banking the bank will pay off tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned…

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