We launched a little after 8 am and headed out. Following seas aren’t that bad, and with the winds coming down off the mountains there wasn’t much fetch, so about a 2’ chop. I tried to match up my gps chart with the paper chart to figure out my neighbors shrimping spot. I dropped 3 pots, then realized his spot was a bit further out, so dropped the remaining 2 pots there. Then the 2 hour run to the fishing hole.
I tried drifting over the hole, but the tide was ripping too strong, so we anchored up. We jigged and soaked bait for a bit, and other then the occasional bite, no fish landed. So we pulled anchor and tried s a slightly different spot.
It’s a pity the photos don’t do justice. Not only did we have a rare sunny t-shirt sunburn day, but there were whales spouting in the distance, and we were surrounded by mountains. The water was pretty darn calm, now all we needed was some fish. We did manage a few, 4 halibut to be precise, but kinda disappointing for five people fishing.
So after a few hours of slow fishing, we pulled anchor and decided to give some of my rockfish and lingcod spots a try.
That also proved lackluster, I did manage two yellow eye rockfish and my son got a quillback. There were silver salmon jumping all around us, but nobody could get a hook to stick in one. One of the yellow eyes was pretty decent. With a high speed reel, they come up pretty fast from 300’, and needless to say the decompression is a bit much on their swim bladder
After a few hours of mostly fruitless fishing we headed back. We tried the tip of one of the islands for some silver salmon. I managed to hook a small one, and pulled up a few flounder off the bottom. The clouds started to roll in and the wing picked up so we figured it was time to call it a day.
We motored back to where the shrimp pots were dropped and pulled them. The first two pots yielded my best pull over, about 3 gallons of shrimp for the 2 pots.
The last 3 pots brought our total up to right about 5 gallons of shrimp. The only bummer was splitting that 5 ways. Still, enough shrimp to make for a nice stir fry with the yellow eye on Saturday.
Need to head back and play Bubba Gump before the season closes September 15th.
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