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08-11-2005 09:05 AM
juro After much wishing, this will not be the year for me. I'm teaching a class this weekend, got the clave and teaching next weekend, Denver coming up early Sept, then a steelhead or atlantic salmon trip sometime in September.

If my fall sortie is in PNW then I will assuredly incorporate a saltchuck outing in the schedule if the quota holds up.

Thanks for the generous gestures everyone has made. We will not be denied in 2006!
08-02-2005 04:36 PM
Moonlight
Camp is set up.....

I have my Airstream set up in stall 207 at The Cape RV. From the looks of NZ TB site I will be bringing my firewood to his site much more proper for relaxing than where I have been placed .
Now all I have to do is get them to finish the installation of my new Outboard and I will head back out.
The Ocean was flat calm out there but the "Fog" was pea soup all the way in past Twin Rivers. Good GPS weather
08-01-2005 12:17 PM
NZ Trout Bum
Weekend report

Well, They are Baaaack. Good numbers off Tatoosh and the Whistle Bouy. Still pretty modest in size. Out of 20 or 30 landed the largest was about 7.5. Still, great grabs and some hot little fish. Sunday was a "rock fish" day but those pesky coho kept stealing the fly from them. Did have a monster ling grab a rock again but, as usual, I lost the battle. Didn't catch a single pink but stayed off colors that they like.

The areas both to the south (area 3) and east (area 5) are still open daily for salmon but you have run about six miles south of Skagway past Umitilla (sp?) Rocks or east to the mouth of the Sekiu River. Once you go there and kill a salmon you can not stop in area 4 (Neah Bay) and fish rocks again.

Camp is on station in space 103 at The Cape Motel/Campground. Nice fire pit and lots of room to sit around. Bring a chair and some firewood. Moonlight will be there on Tuesday PM so look for an Airstream and you probably found him.
One other thing to consider for later trips. The Hood Canal bridge will be closed over at least one weekend. Just heard it on the radio so will check on the web site. I think it is www.hoodcanalbridge.com.

See everyone there.
TB
07-30-2005 09:21 PM
topwater juro,

i wouldn't count on neah bay being open that late in august. it is unlikely that southern ports will allow fish to be moved north (even though they cannot catch them) and neah bay will be shut down.

maybe this isn't the best year, but i am still up for meeting up with people and helping as much as i can.

chris
07-29-2005 04:05 PM
SalmoGairdneri
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Originally Posted by juro
I am locked out of anything but August 26-28th due to conflicts.

The question is what's the likelihood that the quota will be hit before then?

Will I be pigeon-holed into Sekiu only by that time? That's not a bad consolation prize but...

I will likely commit to a ticket very soon -or- plan for a different steelhead trip later on in the fall.

Decisions decisions
I'm going to be out there all next week, will know more after that. By all accounts, the ocean conditions have made it tough to get out.

It looks like smaller swells are predicted for early next week... but who knows.

I haven't had a decent day at Sekiu since 2001 and I was able to fish out there for most of July, Aug, Sept. 2001 was insane good all season long. I've fished there a couple times each year since, but it hasn't been very good at all.

Cheers,

-tony
07-29-2005 12:13 PM
NZ Trout Bum
Quota and things

A quick guess is that the quota may fill prior to that but I will have a better idea after this weekend. The shop is still messing with a new hydrolic steering system in the Whaler so will not be there until tonight but have to work part of next week so will email back with a more current report first of the week.

I am excited about the new steering system. Have always had the old cable style and at the end of a ten day trip my right arm feels about 4 inches longer than my left and I have a constant pain in my neck. They say with this system you can run flat out (on calm seas) without touching the wheel. Of course it is a long way from cheap. Oh well, as my old skipper (Moonlight) used to say "it isn't money until you spend it". Hope to see you in late August.

NZTB
07-29-2005 10:28 AM
juro I am locked out of anything but August 26-28th due to conflicts.

The question is what's the likelihood that the quota will be hit before then?

Will I be pigeon-holed into Sekiu only by that time? That's not a bad consolation prize but...

I will likely commit to a ticket very soon -or- plan for a different steelhead trip later on in the fall.

Decisions decisions
07-28-2005 03:51 PM
topwater if anyone needs information from me about the clave, please contact me via phone. 360-460-7479

it's tough to get anything done via the computer when you get on it once or twice a week.
07-21-2005 03:44 PM
NrthFrk16 will provide good company for boat ride...gas money as well. ...or whatever else anyone wants as long as it doesnt require knee protection.

i think i've given up on Sekiu....havent had a good trip in a couple years but every attempt i've made to rent a boat at big salmon has ended in failure.

my august is open except for the 13th and the weekend of the 27th.
07-19-2005 10:46 PM
Moonlight
Has there been a sign up...

I am bringing my Airstream and Chris has his Trailer there all season, NZ Trout bum has (usually ) a Pop Up that sleeps half the population of Guadaljara. Lots of Lanterns and cooking stoves are available, the only thing that is lacking is commitment to places aboard the boats!(this is key) I am going to be alone for the weekend ( so as to avail myself to someone from the board who is without a ride). I too have several tents that will accomadate 5 to 6 adults each, bring your own pads and bag (set it up yourself I'm a host not a flunky) Juro, food is not a problem (as you stated) there are so many good chefs in camp that the only problem will be trying to determine "who" gets to help with the prep and clean up!
Time is "Marching on" if you are going to be there it is "time to cement your intent"
07-18-2005 08:17 AM
OC Had a friend pick up some big Coho late last week in big seas offshore. Also hooked into a few big Black Bass while fishing on top or close to top. They were all good size and fought better than the Coho. Anyone else picking up non target fish out there. With water temps warmer it won't be long before a Marlin or mahi mahi comes to the boat. Hows the bait situation?
07-17-2005 09:09 AM
topwater the fishing is slowly picking up. the fish are smaller this year, although we did get an 11 pound hatchery fish on thursday.

it is fairly typical early july fishing, spotty. there are certainly more fish around now than when i was casting that popper at your boat (if i'm fishing rockfish, salmon is beyond slow)

offshore is spottier than i'd like to see. the mackerel are about two to three weeks early, and the number of coho feeding on the bait we saw was disappointing.

of course, there have certainly been years like this before. four years ago the coho fishing was terrible (with a few spurts) before the fish showed up in force in late july (like the 31st) and then the fishing was as good as it gets.

i know it's going to pick up, but it's tough fishing choice water with few fish. it feels fishy, but the fish aren't there.

chris
07-15-2005 02:48 PM
SalmoGairdneri
Quote:
Originally Posted by topwater
either of the August dates work for me. september is imo a poor choice due to a likely closure due to a smaller coho quota this summer.

chris
Hi Chris,

Has the silver and/or pink action picked up out there? It was slow for us on salmon 5-8 July. My wife and I were the jokers in the blue-sided alumaweld (and an unpainted one in past years). We were fishing with Dick & Nate this most recent trip.

Some spotty reports that it is picking up out there.

-tony
07-15-2005 02:45 PM
SalmoGairdneri
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moonlight
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....and changed Hypoid oil in the outboard gear box (for you guys with jet sleds thats the fluid in the gear box just in front of the propeller ).
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That thing holds oil too? I thought it was just for breaking off to warn you that you'd gone too shallow...

-tony
07-15-2005 12:48 PM
topwater either of the August dates work for me. september is imo a poor choice due to a likely closure due to a smaller coho quota this summer.

chris
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