We all enjoy being surprised when we go fishing, and there’s something about pulling up a fish from the briny depths of Puget Sound and seeing what was tugging on the other end.
Take for example Jay Murphy a member of the Puget Sound Anglers Sno-King Chapter when he hooked something heavy while salmon fishing in the club’s Blackmouth Derby last Saturday out of the Edmonds Marina.
Much to Murphy’s surprise he caught and released a 50 pound halibut on the bar, but also took home a big Dungeness crab that measured 9 inches.
As for the salmon fishing those who participated managed to find some fairly good fishing, and the weather was well a lot better than what were experiencing right now, and gives us hope that when it calms down there will be some winter chinook out there to catch right after Thanksgiving.
“We had 46 anglers weigh in 22 fish, (and) it was a spectacular day on the water,” said Stumpf. “Most of the fish were caught in Area 9 (northern Puget Sound) although fish were weighed in from 8-1, 8-2 (both in the Saratoga Pass area) and 10 (central Puget Sound).”
Woody Woods who took first place and Joe Pa who placed third both caught their fish on the southern end of Possession Bar. Gordon Ruh who took second caught his fish near Onamac Point in Area 8-1.
The hatchery chinook fishery is open in North Sound (Marine Catch Area 9), south central Sound (11), Sekiu (5) and the east side of Whidbey Island (8-1 and 8-2). Central Sound (10), South Sound (13) and Hood Canal (12) also are open for salmon.
(Photo provided by Tim Stumpf, vice president of the Puget Sound Anglers Sno-King Chapter)