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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Reel Time Trivia winner hails from Seattle

Congratulation to John Murphy of Seattle who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

The first clue might be a dead giveaway to this trivia question, but this fishing locale we’re thinking of in Marine Catch Area 9 produced the best hatchery king bite this morning on the opener (Monday, July 16).

This expansive underwater plateau is trolled by salmon anglers, but the preferred methods are mooching a herring or candlefish or simply tossing a jig over the side of the boat. There is an island located to the south and just west is one of the larger towns in the Olympic Peninsula area.

Summer is a popular time to fish for salmon, but winter is another great time to catch feeder chinook digging their noses in the sandy bottom looking for schools of candlefish.

The correct answer was Midchannel Bank.

Murphy is new to the sport of fishing, but has plans to try for kings in northern Puget Sound by mooching or jigging.

“I’ve caught a few silvers throwing buzz bombs from shore, and a few humpys throwing lures and flies but that’s about it for me as far as chasing salmon,” Murphy said.

“I come from trout fishing, mainly with spinning gear and lures but some fly fishing,” he said. “I grew up in Colorado always bugging my poor dad to take me fishing and have kept messing with it since. I’m now 67. I’m looking to get into salmon on the Sound, and salmon and steelhead in rivers soon.”

Murphy just signed up for a guided fly-fishing 1/2 day float trip for steelhead with Dickson Flyfishing.

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 23. Winners are announced the following Friday. Winners must respond to notification via email by Thursday to be eligible for the prize.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

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