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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 16, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Giant kings found off Westport, and salmon fishing remains good coastwide

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There have been some pretty big-sized kings caught off Westport in recent days where anglers have reported fish exceeding 50 pounds, including many from 30 to 40 pounds.

Kevin Lanier, vice president of the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers spent last Friday through Sunday at Westport, and got his father Danny Stovall of Fairburn, Georgia into a monster king on their last day.

Lanier fished on his boat “Fishin Luhrs” about 18 miles off the mouth of Grays Harbor in 330 feet of water when they hooked multiple big kings.

“According to the tape it weighed 53 pounds (44-inch length by 31.5 inches girth),” Lanier said. “We put it on the scale at Westport and it weighed 47 pounds, 10 ounces, and we got another that weighed 38 pounds.”

That also went along with fish they caught on Sunday that weighed 23 and 12 pounds, and an 8 pound hatchery-marked coho.

It took Stovall about one hour to land the king. He was trolling with a downrigger using a whole herring with a Fish Flash, and down at a depth of 50 feet.

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Johnny Teuber of South Seattle was also in the big king zone this past Sunday.

Teuber caught a 50 pound king about 12 miles out of Westport in the ocean while trolling a whole herring. He was fishing in 320 feet of water and set the downrigger at 60 feet down.

They also landed three hatchery coho that day of 6, 8 and 17 pounds,and two other kings that were 16 and 22 pounds.

(Photos taken by Cyndi Lanier and Robert Vert)

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