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Sep-26-2010, 12:03 AM #1
MA-5 Sekiu Coho
As previously reported by others, Sekiu was a zoo. Maybe its always that way during the last 2 weeks in September, but this was my first time at Sekiu. My belief that some people not only shouldn't own boats, but they shouldn't be allowed breed either. This was confirmed on numerous occasions over the course of 4 days. However, this is a fishing report and not a rant.
My buddy Todd and I planned, executed and completed our mission with successful results.
Our mission? To hunt down and kill our limit of Coho Salmon in MA-5 which is open for wild and hatchery fish, no minimum size limit.
We arrived Wednesday noonish 22 Sep. Checked in, parked the RV, launched the boat, found trailer parking, started our hunt. Being in a new location, we looked to see where other boats were at. Seemed all the boat were split to the right or left. 3/4 were going NE and 1/4 were heading NW. We headed towards the larger group NE just outside the green buoy in 400-500 ft water. We managed to scratch out two 10 pounders. Reports were that the bite was on early in the morning and very slow in the afternoon.
Day two, we intentionally headed NW with the smaller crowd, most were still heading NE, just to avoid the zoo. We started trolling at 245 ft with 35 ft on the wire heading out towards the shipping lanes. Within just a few minutes we got our first Coho in 260 ft water. We circled back and started getting several shakers and ocassional blackmouth. We varied the downrigger depths from 49 to 75 and narrowed the search to 260-300 ft trolling West to fill out the rest of our two limits.
Day three, we head straight to our previous marks. 45 degrees and 49 ft on the wire, green hootchies, spoons, and UV flashers. The first 5-6 minutes of trolling was kinda slow.... then,,, BAM! BAM! Doubles! Okay, now what? We each net our own fish. Back on the troll. BAM! Single hookup! 3 in the box. Back on the troll.... BAM! BAM! DOUBLES AGAIN! Ahhhhh,,, hey, who's got the bigger fish? Mine turns out to be about a 6 pound King so its a no brainer. Todd's goes in the box and we head back to Olsens at 8:30 am. After lunch, we got bored so we drove to Neah Bay..... in the boat,,, almost, but not quite. We did find some nice black rock fish at Hump Rocks before heading back.
Day four, this should be easy, go to the same area and be done by 9:00. NOT SO! The wind, waves and boat traffic were all cranked up. Sloppy water, brutal wind and boats going every which way. We trolled for over an hour with nothing - not even a shaker. Where'd they go? Radio talk was almost non-existant. Our buddy boat calls on the cell and says go deep - 500 ft. We head North. Our first Silver comes shortly after in about 350 ft of water and 49 on the wire. Thanks Mike! We loop back and resume our heading. Nothing. We continue out to about 550 ft and hook up again for our 2nd Coho. We decide to back track to our first mark and make the same run again. A couple shakers and finally another Coho. We bring the boat around and make another run between our marks to find our final elusive Silver about 10:00am. It was a slower start and we figured it was probably because of the later tide.
We wrapped up the day, broke camp and headed home for a day of reel-axation before work on Monday.
Final death toll: 14 Coho Salmon
Thanks Todd, I had a great time and I'm pretty sure we'll be back next year for the zoo even if alot of morons are there too.
By the way, fresh salmon on the grill is mighty fine after several days on the water.
Last edited by fishchasr; Sep-26-2010 at 12:21 AM. Reason: added picsMoney talks... Mine always says "Goodbye"!
Sep-26-2010, 10:19 AM #2
Nice report and nice pictures.
Sep-26-2010, 11:03 AM #3
Well done guys. I heard its been up and down and you have to be there for a few days to get into them. I just got a report yesterday that the bite was hot.....Good job.
Sep-26-2010, 11:28 AM #4
Sep-26-2010, 11:43 AM #5
Great report! Congrats!
Sep-26-2010, 01:13 PM #6
Great report. I was there last Monday through Wednesday. Same thing, good one day poor the next of course I was just starting to learn the downrigger, flasher, lure type of fishing. More of a fly fishing guy.
One thing about the "zoo" or your comment about some people shouldn't be allowed to have boats is right on. Tuesday morning was pea soup fog for a bit and I mean pea soup. I had my limit by 0930 and headed in. Because of all the boats in the area there was no way in hell I was going to crank it up to any sort of speed. One guy went by me doing at least 30...must have had a death wish or was just plain stupid. I think the latter. Like myself he didn't have a radar but unlike myself being in a center console and in the open he was in a house which probably had worse visibility. NUTS!! Even with a radar a guy shouldn't be going that speed in those conditions.
Sep-26-2010, 01:24 PM #7
Damn nice catch. Them some big hoho'sWHY SACRIFICE YOUR HONEY HOLE BETTER YET WHY SACRIFICE MINE
Sep-26-2010, 03:04 PM #8
There are some real morons out there. We were there on the weekend it opened for wild fish. Zoo doesn't even come close to describing things. Wow!! Each morning heading out into the dark and thick fog I found numerous boats with zero lights on!! I was sure happy to have my radar. Idiots!! What the hell are those people thinking leaving the dock in the dark, in heavy fog, with no lights!!!!
Sep-26-2010, 03:24 PM #9
Great report, thanks for taking the time to share with us!!God Dammit Elaine!
Sep-26-2010, 07:26 PM #10
GR8 report! Didn't get much done at work after your txt/spot report Thursday. Spent Friday trying to figure out how to get up there--no joy. My son fished in the NE group Sat & Sun--I was stuck fishing local. He limited within 1 hr. both days (8 fish total/between 10-15 lbs)--I chased shakers & wind waves at Jeff's Head. Plan to fish the Q Wed/Thu this week.
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