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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Anacortes

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Congratulations to Keith Paddock of Anacortes who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

While the tiny smelt (euchalon) returns have dwindled to the south in the Columbia River to a point of despair there is a place in Puget Sound that continues to offer anglers a chance to jig up some of these tasty fish.

This pier is located in a state park, and is near a channel that can often resemble a whirlpool to boaters making their way out into the marine areas. The best jigging time is on a flood tide and you can also get a decent number of herring while jigging.

Paddock’s answer was the: Cornet Bay Fishing Pier.

Paddock grew up in northern Illinois on the Wisconsin border fishing for bluegills and bass on the local lakes, and for salmon on Lake Michigan.

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“I somehow made it up to the Northwest, and spent 17 years commercial fishing all over Alaska, mostly for salmon,” Paddock said. “Since I live in Anacortes now, my favorite type of fishing is prospecting around the San Juan Islands for secret rockfish and lingcod hotspots and with swimbaits.”

Some of Paddock’s favorite places to fish are the Canadian side of Swiftsure Bank, Sekiu over Labor Day and of course the San Juan Islands.

Paddock wins a nice outdoor book.

This will be an ongoing weekly trivia contest where the winner who answers the question first will receive an outdoor prize that will range from books, Berkley bait, lures and other nifty items from the outdoors gunnysack.

The next trivia question will posted on Monday, Dec. 26. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photos courtesy of Keith Paddock with a nice batch of salmon caught and an up front view of killer whales this past summer off Eagle Point on San Juan Island.)

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