Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association dipped his boat into the waters off Westport on Tuesday, and latched into some good king fishing.
“It was pretty incredible, and it doesn’t matter where you fish,” Floor said. “They are right out in front to north and south in water 55 to 60 feet deep, and there is so much food (anchovy baitfish schools).”
Floor says none of the king are huge and all “cookie cutter” size fish in the 10 to 18 pound range.
“Eventually these fish will move, and it is going to change, but the weather has been fantastic with no wind or swell, which is unheard for the ocean,” Floor said.
Floor’s boat hooked 10 kings, and he fished two downriggers on each side of the boat with whole and cut-plug herring.
Retired state Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer Curt Smitch fished in the middle of Floor’s boat mooching a herring and out fished the two downriggers.
“Here I am trolling 2.5 miles an hour, and that is a disadvantage to (Curt), but it worked and the fish were taking his mooched bait on the fall,” Floor said.
Here’s the catch per unit effort by anglers this past week at all the coastal ports, and virtually the entire catch was made up of kings peppered with just a smidge of coho:
At Ilwaco it was 0.80 fish per rod; at Neah Bay it was 0.68 fish per rod; at Westport it was 0.75 fish per rod; and La Push it was 0.36 fish per rod.