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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

State fisheries test boat surveyors hook into some nice Puget Sound chinook

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(Photo courtesy of Toby Black)

I got off the phone this morning with Pete Sergeef, who is a state Fish and Wildlife employee that has the luxury of working on one of the state’s test fishery boats.

Yes, their job is go out and fish and fish and fish, and gather important data from what they catch and interview anglers on the water.

Sergeef had nothing but good things to say about his recent trip on Monday up into northern Puget Sound on Monday where he and state fishing partner Toby Black started off at Pilot Point on the Kitsap Peninsula’s eastside where seals hammered every fish they hooked, including one that all they managed to bring into the boat was the fishes head.

“Everyone was working Pilot Point and doing pretty good, but the problem was all three boats working it all got their fish taken by seals,” Sergeef said. “It started out well when we dipped into Pilot Point and then we had one taken by a seal.”

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(Photo courtesy of Toby Black)

With little time left as Black had a commitment to get back to on dry land, so the pair decided to head just north at Point No Point where they got into a very good bite around 1 p.m. with the low tide, which is usually the most productive time of the day to fish at PNP still a few hours away.

“We got five keeper-sized fish in an hour at Point No Point, and hooked two back-to-back that were in the 15 pound range,” Sergeef said. “These fish were definitely mature adult spring kings, and a banner day of fishing.”

One fish measured 31 inches long with a girth of 32 inches, and the other taped out at 31 inches with an 18 inch girth.

Sergeef also had good reports for chinook at Possession Bar near the Spanish House when the weather allows anglers to fish the exposed underwater shelf. Other fair to good areas include Hood Canal; Port Townsend; and Double Bluff off the south side of Whidbey Island.

Salmon fishing from Sekiu to Port Angeles is open through Thursday, April 10; the San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, and south-central and southern Puget Sound through April 30; and northern Puget Sound through Tuesday, April 15.

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