After seeing all those big coho streaming through the Strait of Juan de Fuca this week, I just had to see if any had reached the turning point on the southeast side of Possession Bar this morning.
We launched the boat at the Everett ramp by 6 a.m. and motored our way south past Mukilteo in the dark.
After a 20 minute kick we reached the area near the Shipwreck but more out toward the middle of the channel.
It didn’t take us very long to get our first hook up in 38 feet of water.
My rod twitched and then jerked down as the breakaway flasher and glow squid laced with a strip of anise scented herring headed up and away from the boat.
Set the hook my friend said and I made two hard jerks and reeled up, but found that it spit the hook just as quick.
We made a few more trolling patterns east and west from the mainland and then toward the southeast side of Whidbey Island when my friend had the next chance and landed a nice 6 pound ocean coho.
I got the serious jerk of the rod again, and this time too I never saw the fish.
We continued the program, and finally I had the takedown at 53 feet and this fish made a run for the surface and jumped a few times before we landed the 13 pound coho.
Once again my friend got a hook up and landed another 8 pound coho.
In between bites we did manage to also hook about five small undersized salmon.
Our last fish came at 8 a.m. and this one grabbed the bait and jerked so hard we had trouble getting the pole out of the rod holder. After a quick fight we boated another coho that was nearly 10 pounds, and had our two fish limit.
For those planning hitting the water for coho Marine Catch Areas 8-2 and 9 are the places to be as the majority of thse fiesty fish are headed for the Snohomish, Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers.
(Photo taken by Mark Harrison)