Fishing continued to be good to us with the rack of large fish. The Capt. and his guest Bob could hardly hold up the 100+ pounds rack of fish to pose for photographs. We had an early start at 3:30 am and motored out to the fishing grounds. We were set up before dawn when the first fish was on and we finished the day back at the docks by 9:00 am.
You always know its a good day fishing when you can’t even close the lid to the cooler!
The weather reports suggested that the conditions were going to be dicey; and ironically they were right…
Strong south winds kicked up the waves early, but the crew wanted to fish…. It was a bumpy ride from the beginning and it got bumpier as the day went on.
With all of the days challenges, we managed to put together a nice full cooler of King and Coho Salmon. All of the Kings that were captured weighed in well above 10lbs. The highlight of the day was pulling in this 20LB brute who put up one heck of a fight. The battle lasted nearly 20 minutes and we finally got him in, we discovered that he had swallowed TWO baits! Talk about greedy!
We called it quits after this guy came in… By then the seas were starting to pick up again to the point where it might get dangerous.
The fish are BIG this year. Not only the Kings, but the cohos as well. I have seen a few 10LB cohos and there was one that was 15lbs! What ever the DNR did to create this season, I hope they keep up the good work! This is a great King bloom this year!
This is another monster fish hauled on on Popeye Fishing Charters. This 22.5 LB King (Chinook) Salmon put up a heck of a fight and took more than 20 minutes to land. Needless to say the guest who hauled her in was exhausted! I believe this fish was set aside for possible mounting.
We found this chunky female Rainbow Trout down 65 feet deep in cold water. We were fishing an area that was 175 feet deep and was holding cold water half way down. We were on the look out for large bruiser Chinook when this mama hit the line. It was a bit of a surprise find because the Rainbows typically prefer warmer water than we were fishing and do not mind being towards the top of the water column in the mid day. Nonetheless she put up a fair fight stripping or yards and yards of line from the reel, but we got her home anyway.
They say that if you follow a rainbow to the end you will find a pot of gold… Well there was no gold here and it look like I still have to keep my day job.