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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM

King bite tough to come by in Puget Sound, but Elliott Bay had some glimmer of hope

Under pre-dawn darkness we headed north toward the Edmonds oil dock at 4:30 a.m.

The water was calm and you could already feel the warmth of another hot day in Sea-Town.

I had high hopes that this area would be the place for some salmon action as I got word that the day before some kings had been caught right around daybreak.

We started off motor mooching with cut-plug herring at varying depths of 20 to 40 feet in water 90 to 100 feet deep. There was herring bait schools everywhere from top to bottom, and it definitely looked fishy.

There must have been about 40 boats in the vicinity, but nothing was happening, and then I got word that the baitfish had moved south near Richmond Beach.

We quickly bolted south and started off at a depth of 140 feet and the bait was everywhere although so were the dogfish as we neared the high tide change.

We kept at it until 9 a.m. and saw only one small chinook caught by a nearby boat.

I called Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett who was fishing among the fleet of other charters at Jefferson Head.

“I haven’t seen a fish caught and heard of none caught by any of the charters,” Krein reported at around 8 a.m.

While the fleet went bite-less by that time it wasn’t until around 9 a.m. on Friday when the bite turned on at Jefferson Head for mainly coho.

I heard from some other boats of a fish here and there from the Edmonds Marina area, Possession Bar’s west side and Point No Point.

Down south in inner-Elliott Bay, the fishing reports seemed to be best I heard about from Pete Sergeef, the state Fish and Wildlife checker at the Armeni boat ramp in West Seattle.

“I checked 15 kings for 61 boats and the biggest weighed 26 pounds,” Sergeef said. “There was four kings caught off [the Seacrest Boathouse] pier [this morning] and the biggest was 22pounds. There was also a 23 pounder caught off the bulkhead near the boat launch.”

On Friday, Sergeef said he saw19 kings and eight coho for 78 boats on the morning watch along with two that weighed 30 pounds and another that tipped the scales at 26 pounds.

He the afternoon checks showed 67 more boats with 19 kings.

It might be wise to try the bay although I still plan on heading somewhere north on Sunday morning.

See you out on the water!

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