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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Autumn chinook action off Jefferson Head in central Sound as good as it gets with some topping 20-plus pounds

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(Photo courtesy of Pete Sergeef with the nice 34.8-inch hatchery chinook he recently caught and released at Jefferson Head.)

Central Puget Sound has been open for blackmouth fishing this month, and for those who haven’t heard the action has been some of the best seen in a number of years.

“It has been good at Jefferson Head, but I know of folks doing well at other places like Kingston for chums and blackmouth (a term used for chinook for their distinct black gumline),” said Pete Sergeef with the state Fish and Wildlife’s test fishery boat.

“There are quite a few chum around, and I’ve never seen it where sport guys are getting multiple hook-ups,” Sergeef said. “It has been a good month of us in Area 10 (central Puget Sound), and better than the last couple of years at this same time.”

The state Fish and Wildlife fish checker on Saturday at the Shilshole Bay boat launch saw a pair of chinook that weighed 20- and 18-pounds. The largest fish she weighed measured a fat 30.3 inches.

A few days ago Sergeef fished Jeff Head and scored a chinook that taped out at 34.8 inches.

“I’m curious to know if it was a late king or an oversized blackmouth, but it sure had the purplish look of a resident fish,” Sergeef said.

The abundance of chinook also bodes well when northern Puget Sound reopens for blackmouth on Nov. 1.

Anglers at places like Possession Bar off the south side of Whidbey Island targeting chum and late coho were also releasing a good number of chinook.

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