The seas were a bit bigger than first espected!... But we managed.. some beter than other.. I spent most f the time but that's the ocean!
We hookd 14 fish. landed 8 coho.. 2 wild and 6 hatchery.. and broke off one very nice chinook at the boat!.. It actually broke a Crane snap swivel.!! :depressed:
We also put three crab pots in about 50' on the way out.. all three were full of legal sized female crabs.. only two legal males..
And the bar was a bit bumpy coming back in..
But we were back by 10am.. w/ six nice hatchery coho!
Well we went out for tuna on sunday, due to the SST charts and they ended up being a fluke. It was showing 60-62 water at 30 miles. Lets just say they were more like 55-57. So we turned around to head back in for a salmon and blew a water pump. Thank goodness we don't make those trips alone, but 5 mph makes for a long ride back.
I heard a lot of people did really well this weekend in charleston. When we hit the docks finally people were trucking around coolers all over and I saw several nice chinook also. Had one buddy go to windy bay and he didn't fare as well. He also noted that he didn't see a whole lot caught around him, but other than that I didn't hear anything else from there. Guess I'll have to head out after work this week a couple of times.
We were at Winchester Bay for the weekend. We caught 6 Chinook and 8 Coho. Had our limit by 1:30pm Sat for 3 people. Sunday we had a limit of 8 for four people by 1pm. Lost several and returned 10 or so Wild.
Set out crab pots and they were packed full of females. We had a total of 4 keeper males out two days with 3 pots.
Was a great weekend for fishing and not so good for crabbing!
Could have had a BBQ at the fueling station when a boat caught fire while fueling. It was all under but the bow. Luckly no one was injured and the fuel dock was spared. Looked like a small comercial fishing boat. I guess the bilge fumes ignited. Had to have a crane pull it out.
We ended up with 1 male keeper crab out of 2 pots in Windy Bay, but did end up limiting out Sunday and running out of bait on saturday. Both days we were back by 9am. 3 Saturday, 6 Sunday. Couldnt find the big chinook, only a few feeders about 20" long. Most Coho between 8-10 lbs, but 2 12-14#. Got 4 native coho that were a wild fight. It was just nice to be out on the sea again.
We fished Winchester on Saturday. After diddling around for coho with the fleet for awhile, and losing bait and catching a few midget coho, we went back to the buoy line. In five passes by the red can, we boated four chinook, all in the 20 pound category. Wish I'd a had more people, because the kings were definitely in there. All were caught with plug cut herring on the bottom.