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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Reel Time Trivia winner hails from Seattle

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Congratulations to Ray Spencer of Seattle who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

This beautiful bay in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca offers salmon anglers plenty of chances to go fishing during many times of the year.

It is protected during the winter (and open right now for hatchery chinook fishing) from southerly winds and during the summer it provides small boat anglers an ideal place to fish with a firm sand and gravel area at the primitive boat launch.

Anglers can troll in this bay, but drift mooching a cut-plug herring or jigging a metalhead for kings along the kelp beds is the way to go. Most of the salmon action takes place from the western end of the bay to the mouth of a salty (not the real name) creek. Some of the biggest halibut are caught each spring between the bay and the mouth of a river.

The correct answer Spencer gave was Freshwater Bay.

“I transplanted myself to Seattle from Ohio 30 years ago, Spencer said. “I was first introduced to fishing for coho in the Straits by my lifetime fishing partner Ron Lawrence. Back “in the day” I’d head out from home after dinner on Friday evening, and drive to the Whiskey Creek Campground in Joyce 17 miles west of Port Angeles.”

Spencer began fishing with his daughter Katie when she was about 7 or 8 years old.

“One of my favorite photos of Katie is her holding up two hooknose coho in front of the Whickey Creek boat launch pilings,” Spencer said. “In those days, I remember the overall length (of a coho) was almost two-thirds of my daughter’s height.”

“The entire stretch along the Strait from Freshwater Bay to Seiku became our favorite fishing place,” he said.

Spencer 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, Dec. 31. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of Ray Spencer, and pictured is his daughter Katie Spencer with a pair of nice coho she caught off Whiskey Creek in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca.)

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