This is a great photo of two anglers who found out their catch was too big to fit in that mid-size car, and reminds me of how I used to see hunters coming down I-90 back in the day hauling away a prized deer from the forest to their home.
Hopefully the catch made it from the John Wayne Marina in Sequim back home to be filleted, and didn’t fly off somwhere on Highway 101.
Halibut fishing in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca has been fair to good since it opened on May 5.
“They did pretty good out here around Port Angeles, and that was despite the minus low tides and the angler counts were down from last year’s opener,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait.
The largest reported caught came from the John Wayne Marina on Thursday (May 5) that was 63 inches long and 111 pounds.”
Bennett says there are lots of fish in the 50 to 90 pound range.
Here are the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca checks:
Port Angeles West ramp — May 5: 47 boats with 107 anglers caught 13 halibut; May 6: 32 boats with 68 anglers caught nine halibut.
Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — May 5: 70 boats with 151 anglers caught 32 halibut; May 6: 116 boats with 259 anglers caught 39 halibut; May 7: 68 boats with 154 anglers caught 23 halibut and two lingcod.
John Wayne Marina, Sequim — May 5: 51 boats with 117 anglers caught 21 halibut; May 7: 71 boats with 184 anglers caught 17 halibut.
Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina ramp — May 6: 16 boats with 36 anglers caught three halibut and four lingcod.
(Photo courtesy of MIke Schmidt)