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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Reel Time trivia co-winners hail from Mountlake Terrace and Freeland

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Here is a first for the Reel Time Trivia contest.

We have co-winners this week so congratulations go out to Mike Saskor of Mountlake Terrace and Craig Holman of Freeland.

The trivia question of the week was:

This area has always been a well-known hotbed for coho action off Whidbey Island, and during the late fall and winter many anglers will cast from the shoreline for winter steelhead passing by.

It used to be the home of an old resort, and now has a one lane boat ramp. There are two other popular fishing spots to the north and south of this area, which feeds into northern Puget Sound.

The correct answer Saskor and Holman gave was Bush Point.

“I grew up on the East Coast and started fishing for bass in local lakes when I was 10 years old,” Saskor said. “I became an avid salmon fisherman after moving to Seattle in the early 1990s, and love to fish for salmon, steelhead and tuna.”

“I prefer fishing with spinners, or floating/drifting eggs, and primarily fish off the river banks,” Saskor said. “My favorite river to fish is the Sol Duc. Other places I like to fish are the Hoh, Bogachiel, Skykomish and Samish rivers.”

Our other winner Craig “Windmill” Holman used to be the owner of Bush Point Resort located right on the spot where our trivia answer comes from.

“I started fishing on the western shores of Whidbey Island since I was knee high to a Dungeness crab,” Holman said. “My parents leased a cabin year round on Shore Meadows Resort on Mutiny Bay starting in the 1950s though the 70s.”

“When I was able to handle a salmon rod, I would go out with my parent’s to the “Windmill Hole” (that’s were my nickname Windmill comes from) mooching for king salmon with candlefish,” Holman said. “My memories out there was a wooden fish box over flowing with king salmon. My mom was one of the best fishermen out there in a total male dominating sport at the time. There were a lot noses bent out of shape when she would hook up. I owe my bait fishing skills to my mom.”

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“I moved back on to Whidbey in 1979 and got back in to my second childhood with the many fishing grounds on the western shores,” Holman said. “I settled in at Bush Point and used my mooching skills from my mom.”

“I have always been a bait fisherman and now the dogfish are a big problem out there,” Holman said. “After three years of this frustrations I broke down and put downriggers on my boat this year. I made news up here in our small community because I always told my fishing friends I will not put or fish downriggers on my boat being brought up a die-hard bait fisherman. Well It did pay off this year with five nice kings on the tail end of the season at Craven Rock straight across from Bush Point.”

“The silvers are in now at Bush and will be drift mooching the rip for them and trolling White Rock and the Slide into October for those teen plus flashes,” Holman said.

“Growing up as a resort rat and having an opportunity to co-own Bush Point Resort in the late 1980s and early 1990s was a childhood dream,” Holman said. “It’s too bad the resort had to go the way of the dinosaurs because of the mismanagement of the fisheries. But with a strong community effort we were able to get the state to purchase part of the old resort, and install a boat launch with parking.”

“This will keep access to one of the historical place in Puget Sound fishing,” Holman said. “Its places like Bush Point where drift mooching was developed.”

Saskor and Holman both win 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, Sept. 17. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photos courtesy of Mike Saskor and Craig Holman.)

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