Anyone hitting the Bush Pt shoreline? I've typically had tremendous action there during October. Fish are often within 50 feet of the shoreline from the point all the way to the bluffs, and the scenario is changing with every shift in the tide rips.
10-04-2001, 01:56 AM
Im still relatively green to the Whidbey Is. beach fisheries and havent fished Bush as Casey has more room, less people and plenty of fish and strong tide rips.
I think there are still many unexplored beaches on the Is. that could rival the fishing at Casey and Bush.
My experience at Casey, although so nice and close to the ferry, was that the rip is so fierce that it's not easy to flyfish in it. When I fished away from the rip, it would seem like I was not in the fish (and the gear guys would hookup again to prove that to me).
I guess I didn't have half the knowledge of working rips that I have now from striper fishing on Cape Cod and I might think differently now about that riptide corner south of the Fort - but Bush Pt has an even current that lets the fly work deeper in the column in more of a swing than an eddy, and the stretch between the lighthouse and the bluffs to the right of the launch (emphasis on the curved gravel beach leading toward the light) has pods of fish swimming within 50 feet of shore this time of year.
But if I knew Casey like you do I might have the opposite opinion!
One thing great about all these spots - they change every two minutes except during slack. Without taking a step the character of the spot transforms itself into something different keeping things really interesting.
New guy to the board but as pacific coho is what I spent 90% of my time chasing I am glad to find this list. Based in Seattle but fish the beaches from Tacoma to Everett and fish the peninsula when I get the chance.
My 2 cents on bush point is that I won't fish it any longer. Too many gear guys around putting the fish down. Head up the island a mile or so to south whidbey state park. Work your way east down the shoreline until you find the kelp beds. Low tide can be productive. Also not many people fish that area as they are all down at bush point. Had a few really good days there this year.
On a side note did well at point no point last weekend. My partner and I landed 4 coho with the largest being 7lbs. The run aint over yet....
That's awesome Sean! Are you working the drop off by the point, the backside rip, etc? It's also a good winter blackmouth spot although you work hard for them from shore.
Have you tried Leland's beach popper in the kelp beds yet?
Worked the backside rip just off the point. Usually where I like to fish on an incoming tide. The key was big flies. Well big flies for us are 2s and 4s but there were others throwing candlefish patterns that were having no luck at all. You needed to have something to imitate the herring on that day.
I am an acquaintance of Leland and have had the pleasure of fishing with him a couple times. You can't really fish with him for longer than an hour or so without falling in love with his popper pattern. When conditions are right it is the most fun I have ever had with a fly rod. Also they work wonders on sea-run cuttthroat off the beach in late winter though summer.
I was completely amazed at the absolutely crazy response that a popper gets out of coho salmon as Brian (Doublespey) demonstrated along the kelp beds at Sekiu. They work on diving birds too! ^_^