Amazing Ocean Coho Fishing Awaits Us
The early reports from Alaska and BC are poiting towards an amazing coho season filled with lots of big fish.
I hear reports from Sitka daily (where I will be the first week and a half in August) and the coho fishing has been amazing. 50 fish days for 4 rods have been common and the amazing part is the average size of the fish-10 to 13 pounds with 15 pound fish being caught daily. Given that these fish put on an average of a pound a week, the middle of August should see these fish pushing an average size of 20 pounds.
...and this leads to where I come in. :) I will be up in Sitka the 3rd of August through the 13th to deckhand but I will also get my share of fishing in. Big coho have been seen crashing the surface everywhere and most people are jigging at an average of 30 feet. Since many on this board have alot more experience then I do when it comes to this type of fishing I want some tips, tricks and any secret flies you wouldnt mind letting me in on.
Ive got the basic techniques down but was just intrested in some tricks that might help me out. Thanks!!
BTW-I am running three differnt groups and one group of 4 cancelled because a family problem came up so if anyone get get together a group of 4, I will be decking for that trip. $1300/person for 4 nights, 3 days of fishing, includes everything except airfare and dinners.
Anyways any tips tricks and fly info would be appreciated. THANKS!!
You have no idea how badly I am jonesin' to do this trip! The price w/ airfare is a little out of my league this year, but man that would be incredible. Maybe we'll get a sponsor to help cover costs for me and a lucky member to experience this! Yeah, that's the ticket! <VBG>
Seriously, I have a lot of info from years of saltchuck salmon on a fly that has yet to be put together into an article, but this gives me a good reason to put it together...
Its great being being young, footloose and fancy-free enough to head out on an excellent adventure such as the one Ryan is about to embark upon. Record it well for future memories.
Our local Washington South Sound newspaper reported the following fishing report (paraphrased) yesterday, 7/4/01. I thought it might be the needed catalyst to get Juro to write that article on "Saltchuck Salmon On A Fly." ;)
- Charter Captain out of Ilwaco says salmon fishing has been "fantastic" since the 7/1 opener...Chinook to 37lbs, but typically 12-15lbs. Coho mostly 5-6lbs. Good fishing at Buoy 1...boats return early with limits.
- Charter operator out of Westport reports fishing is "...excellent, couldn't be any better...most boats back by mid-day..." half coho (6-7lbs), half kings (mid teens.)
- Neah Bay resort operator reported 8,670lbs of halibut, 137 chinook and 830 coho caught Sunday, 7/1...similar numbers for Monday, 7/2. Lots of kings 18-20lbs with a few 25-30lbs. Coho averaging 6lbs with several up to 8lbs. He says he says he thinks the 1,700 king quota will be met very quickly resulting in a short season..."people who know how to catch them are catching them left and right...."
- Resort operator at Seiku says fishing started out slow but got better by Tuesday, 7/3. Coho 4-10lbs, chinook to 35lbs. Lots of limits and pink salmon starting to show as well.
- A popular sports center in Lynwood reported the North Sound to be slow although several chinook to 29lbs have been taken.
- A boathouse operator in Tacoma says fishing at Pt. Defiance has slowed since the heavy minus tides. Chinook 8-22lbs are being taken but you've got to work for them.
- Marina operator around Johnson's Point in the South Sound reports a few chinook coming in from around Anderson and Ketron Islands in the 6-12lbs range.
I live in the Gig Harbor area...yesterday looked like an extension of the Point Defiance Zoo at the Clay Banks....seems as though most folks believe that's the only place in the Sound to catch fish. Easily 100 boats out there when I came back in at 10:00 a.m. I chose, instead, to launch at "0-dark-thirty" and FF my way along the shores of Colvoss Passage around Point Dalco and then over to Point Evans...C&R'd 3 decent resident coho along the way and LDR'd a blackmouth that hit at Point Dalco in about 60 feet of water (LC-13 and a white/peacock Clouser - #2 hook) - unpinned 3 minutes into the battle. I had a good time fishing it my way without crowds! Eagerly looking forward to those big ocean fish working their way down here. By then, I actually might know what I'm doing. :)
This is going to be a killer year for salmon in the PNW. but have heard a Biolgists repot of massive Amts of sea lice incrusting a lot of the salmon returning now into our Northern waters. This is similar to European reports on damage caused by the Salmon Farming Industry?
I have never seen so many sealice on striped bass on the atlantic either...
Sitka is a trip you will have to make sometime in your lifetime. The captain I am decking for is good freinds with my boss and although he is one of the best captains in the Sitka area he has little experience with the bug rod.
If you are serious about a world class salmon fishing trip on the fly check out www.anglingunlimited.com. Tom Ohaus is a well known author and used to be the best charter captain there was in Wa. State untill he moved up north years back to still do what he loves. He runs a first class operation and has the likes of JD Love as captains. He specializes in motor mooching herring but is the area expert on fishing the Sitka area with the flyrod for both coho and kings. It isn't uncommon for the jiggers to catch kinds at depths of only 30 ft...between 4 guys on a boat, 80 kings to the boat isnt uncommon and many of these fish are caught in 30 to 60 feet of water. These fish are reachable with the flyrod.
Its the best salwater salmon fishing in the world. One of these days I would love to travel up there in the middle of June with only my flyrod in hand...one of these days. :)
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