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June 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Reel Time Trivia winner hails from Seattle

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Congratulations to David Panteleeff of Seattle who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

This is one of those last chance marine salmon fisheries that blossoms in September through October, and is located in the southern region of the coast.

For the first time since 2007, this harbor will have a one-chinook daily limit during a brief three-weeks fishery beginning in mid-September where it isn’t unusual to see some kings weighing in excess of 40 pounds caught.

This shallow water fishery (15 to 30 feet) is fished with a dropper sinker, fish flash and cut-plug herring mainly on the south side along the channel markers. These fish are all destined to three huge river systems to the north and east of the harbor. A strong coho return of almost 200,000 will also boost this fishery in the fall.

The correct answer Panteleeff gave was Grays Harbor.

“I started fishing at a young age with my father,” Panteleeff said. “The earliest trips I can remember occured with my uncle and dad fishing for sea-run cutthroat on the west side of Puget Sound. Lots of action for a little kid.”

Panteleeff says another memory from childhood was plunking for steelhead at the Ballard Locks.

“As I got older, dad would take me out in Puget Sound chasing blackmouth, mature kings, silvers and true cod,” he said. “By then I was hooked and loved all types of angling. I started tying my own flies and worked for several summers in La Push. Those days on the coast started my love for the Olympic Pennisula. After that, I spent my years chasing chrome on the rivers around Forks.”

“My favorite type of angling is salt water king mooching and trolling,” Panteleeff said. “There’s nothing like an early morning wide open king bite to get the blood pumping! A close second would be river fishing for steelhead and salmon. I love the challenge of trying to land a big hot chromer in skinny water with all the current, boulders and snags. Another favorite is shallow water bay fishing for redfish and speckled trout.”

Some of Panteleeff’s places he likes to fish are Puget Sound, Sol Duc River, Lake Sammamish, Willapa Bay, Sitka and the Laguna Madre in the Texas coastal bend.

Each place offers a unique experience and a chance to “recharge one’s batteries,” he said.

Panteleeff wins a nice outdoors prize.

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, July 2. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of David Panteleeff)

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