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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Expected pink fishing show turns to silver in central Puget Sound

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I kept hearing that the pinks were finally swarming all over Puget Sound, and leaping and rolling everywhere.

So this morning after getting some good intel on where to go salmon fishing, I opted to take my co-workers Jon Fisch and Christine Willmsen over toward the shipping lanes off Jefferson Head.

At first we started our troll close to shore, and then after making a quick phone call to my source I found out the hot spot was further out from where we had been fishing.

We quickly picked up our lines and moved out into water more than 300 feet deep. As we made our first pass I saw that other boats in the area were hooked up with fish.

It only took about 10 minutes before we had a double header on the end of our lines. I gave Christine one pole while Jon fought another fish on his line.

Christine’s salmon popped off near the boat, but Jon got his nice 4 pound coho salmon in the net.

After thinking pink earlier in the morning the day started to turn silver.

The brisk southerly wind pushed us into shallower water so we turned the boat, and headed back south over the spot where we had caught our first fish. It didn’t take Jon long before he had another fish on.

This one looked like the twin of the fish he had just caught.

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We continued to troll around the area, and less than an hour later Jon had his third fish of the day in the boat, which was a coho that was slightly bigger than the first two.

I jokingly said I guess that is why his last name is “Fisch.” After all he was the only one catching all the fish.

On each drift the bite seemed to improve as we glanced around and saw other boats hooking up too.

Christine had the only other hook up, and I had none to my name. Jon on the other hand was beaming from one side of the boat to the other.

As we neared the three hour mark on our trip, Christine finally got what she had come for, and her line zipped up and away from the boat. The coho made a leaping jump not once but twice, and then I slipped the net under the fish that weighed an honest 5 pounds.

Leave it to Jon to finally tag out our sixth coho of the trip to get us our daily catch limit of fish by 8:45 a.m.

I was amazed that we hadn’t hooked one single pink as this is nearing the height of what is expected to be a huge return of six million pinks in Puget Sound.

Oh well i’ll take silver anytime over pink!

(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa)

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