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  1. EJ Swanny

    Boat Cover Help

    Hey Guys/Gals - Need a new boat cover. There are so many sites and prices my head is spinning. I have a 2005, 21' Proline walkaournd (pictured). However with the anchor sponson and the out board on the back, it measures in at about 25' total. Anyone have a solid place or cover they would buy...
  2. EJ Swanny

    Double Ooops

    We were heading out squidding this afternoon and found two boats washed up on the beach. This was between Des Moines and Saltwater State park. I was just out there a couple days ago and they were not there. We had some brutal winds/seas the last couple days. Weird to see two boats. The...
  3. EJ Swanny

    Pour Concrete Driveway Work?

    Hey Guys - Anyone know of someone that can pour a panel driveway? We have a 4 panel driveway and need one replaced (or two) and need a drain installed on the front of it. Yes I know I can rent a mixer and do it myself, but want a professional, as we're selling. I know it's a long shot, but I...
  4. EJ Swanny

    Free "aged" Appliances

    Tearing down and remodeling. Have a stainless steel fridge, lower bottom drawer is cracked. Great beer fridge. "Classic" Jen-Air range with all the attachments (griddle, grills, and drip pans). Microwave as well, if one wants.... Jen-Air available now, fridge in a week or so. Going to...
  5. EJ Swanny

    New 20-21 Regs Out

    New regs are out with a new format. I like it better, you don't have to wade through 300 pages of crap to get to a certain MA. Fish'em up Guys...and Gals http://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing/whats-new-2020-21/
  6. EJ Swanny

    Best Roofing Company in South Sound???

    Crap, when it rains it pours. After the last rainfall, I just noticed a small water stain on an interior ceiling. I knew the roof was getting "aged", but thought it would last longer. Anyway, if any of you all can recommend (by personal experience) a solid roofing company for the South Sound...
  7. EJ Swanny

    WTB - Scotty Riser Pedestal Mounts and/or Gimbal Mounts

    Broke a gimbal mount last year on a hung up shrimp-pot, and someone walked away with my other while moored at slip. Looking for 6" or bigger pedestal mounts to help the old back out. Thought I'd throw out a hail-mary, before paying retail. Any info appreciated. Thanks, Swanny
  8. EJ Swanny

    COVID-19 Facts & Real Experience

    Hey Brothas - I want this thread just to educate and help people really understand the facts/risks of this issue. If you want to add, you are welcome, if you want to disparage, people have died fighting for that freedom of speech. The more "real", accurate info we can post the better for all...
  9. EJ Swanny

    WTB - 9.9 Yami/Merc/Honda Elec Start/Trim

    Hey guys - Looking to buy a 9.9 (or 8) hp Yami/Merc/Honda. A newer zuki could work. Needs to have electric start/trim. Body is starting to break down a bit...huh, never though it'd be me :cheers:. Been looking alot, tested one Merc that seemed to have a wood-pecker in it, and a zuki, that...
  10. EJ Swanny

    Free Upright Kenmore Freezer

    Free freezer with crab bait (if wanted, vacuum packed sockeye, about three years ago..probably still smokeable)....U pick-up....Redondo area.
  11. EJ Swanny

    Surprsing at CQ

    Hit CQ last week for the first time since 83..was there for 4 nights. Brought back alot of memories...walking to boat, fog, fishing grounds within 100 yds of dock, etc, etc. Went with my Dad, and a very close cousin. I had pre-concieved expectations based on other reports. I figured the...
  12. EJ Swanny

    Try this again...CQ roll call..07/31 - 08/06

    OK - Adapt and overcome. WDFW cancelled our trip to NB, so back to good ol' CQ. Haven't fished the cave in over 35 yrs. Love that morning fog. Hopefully our Northern neighbors will cooperate on 08/01. Anyone heading that way? Goodluck all...be safe..
  13. EJ Swanny

    NB 21-27 Roll Call....Anyone?

    Hey Guys - Hitting NB next week, anyone else going that week? Never hurts to have a buddy boat out to Swiftsure. Also to share intel, let me know. Thanks guys...
  14. EJ Swanny

    Bad News....Another lost..

    CRAP - I'm sure some of you have heard about this. https://q13fox.com/2019/06/18/body-found-floating-in-strait-of-juan-de-fuca-presumed-to-be-missing-olympia-fisherman/ Anymore news on anything???? I guess "Larry" his golden retriever was with him. Those, like other water dogs, are very...
  15. EJ Swanny

    Best Jump Start Power Pack

    Hey Guys, probably should have done this years ago. However with dual batteries, you sometimes take "turning the key and it starts" for granted. Not alot of $$$ for some extra insurance, plus the ease of charging cell phones, I-pads, etc. Looking at this model...suppose to be top-rated by...
  16. EJ Swanny

    Fess Up....I'm sure some can relate?

    Gotta love the tenacity....hanging on like a pit-pull on a pork-chop....interesting boat....some Australian brand.....be safe all, and chalk those tires....
  17. EJ Swanny

    Is it just me or my eyes?

    The text I'm writing and reading seem to have increased to "mega" font, is it just me or did the site do something????
  18. EJ Swanny

    Shorelines of Stone

    Hey All - KBTC recently ran a show on "Northwest Now" titled "Shorelines of Stone". If you can set aside 20-30 minutes, it is an interesting program on the salmon decline. It covers things like global warming, fish on meds, the usual suspects, etc. However, I never really thought about how...
  19. EJ Swanny

    Re-Spool Time...

    Gentlemen - I use that term loosely...time to re-spool all my reels with fresh braid. Just curious what you guys use, and the best place (affordable) to buy?? I like to run braid with ~30' of mono topshot. Gives the DR clip something better to hold, and gives you a bit of stretch, or shock...
  20. EJ Swanny

    Worst Shot Ever..

    Hey guy/gals...to alleviate this winter's boredom(unless you water-fowl), I'll start..I have made some amazing shots, and some miserable ones. Let's hear some epic failures...I'll start... Opening day, watched a legal buck for about 5 minutes, decided to take it.. 50 yds broadside, I was...
  21. EJ Swanny

    Alberta Deer

    My son and I flew up to Alberta to take part in my Dad's Alberta Deer hunt. He's been going to this outfitter (Grease Creek Outfitters https://www.albertadeerhunt.com/) for over ten years now. His group rotates a moose tag between them every-year. This year it was just Mulies/Whitetails for...
  22. EJ Swanny

    DR Clips...

    Hey Guys - I love the ease of the Scotty clips, but either their tension springs or the pads lose their grip. I always have a top-shot of mono, so I'm not clipping to braid. I have a ton of them laying around that seem worn out (will not hold the line, keep popping out). I was thinking maybe...
  23. EJ Swanny

    Good Luck to all, and to all be safe..

    Well men (and hunter women), another modern season is upon us. Overall, weather is looking marginal/good. The east-side got a some rainfall (in my spot) last few days, so it should help keep the dust down, and the ground forage less crunchy. Will definitely freeze in the higher areas...
  24. EJ Swanny

    New Rain-Gear Advice

    My crew and Ma Nature went head 2 head in a few battles this spring/summer. I got my ass kicked, soaked to the bone, my frog-skin gear took a shit on me. My Dad, with his blue-jeans (bill-fold always in back right pocket of course) didn't do so hot either. He's old school, blue-jeans for...
  25. EJ Swanny

    Need to Read....Crazy fishery ideas/myths

    I know it's easy to quickly gloss over some of the sub-forums on this site, but I think all need to read this post on the "Fishing Rights" forum. Very troubling..... As Fish_kid pointed out..."it should be pointed out that the author of the post on PSA is well connected and on the task force...
  26. EJ Swanny

    WTB - Lowrance Radar Dome Only

    Hey all - Looking for just the dome unit of the radar. The boat is plumbed with everything else, just need to duct-tape on a dome unit........these are the days of heavy fog, especially in the straights..thanks for any info, appreciate it..
  27. EJ Swanny

    Hard Fishing / Beer Fishing

    One week of hard fishing, then about 16 days of relaxing fishing....nothing huge, nor epic, but a good month or so of life. OK, hard fishing first........6/30 to 7/6 at NB. For the most part got are asses blown off the water most days. Blowing 25+ first 4 days or so, then got manageable...
  28. EJ Swanny

    Possession...Fresh vs. Processed

    Hey Guys - With most of us heading out for red meat, just want to make sure everyone is set on the rules. It has been debated on this forum before. I have been checked, going home from NB in the past. They make you empty all coolers and count out every fillet (vacuum packed or zip-locked)...
  29. EJ Swanny

    NB Salmon Roll Call

    Time for some red-meat boys..........Be there the 30th through the 5th. Staying at Hobuck...middle loft cabin. Will split time between Swiftsure, and some other "local, near-shore" spots. Had to take a hiatus for a few years as that nasty C word ravaged our family. Quick question??? How...
  30. EJ Swanny

    Got (Good) Gas??

    Just curious about what your favorite (Non-Ethanol), easy-in, easy-out, gas stop you guys use on the way to CQ/NB? Maybe it has just been coincidence, but I have had bad luck with the fuel at BS. Now that I have a tank that I can put some volume in, I would rather not trailer that volume all...
  31. EJ Swanny

    Traveling Boat Detailers?

    Hey guys, anyone know if there are any boat detailers that will travel to the boat (house)? Or anyone looking to make some extra $$$. Life is getting to be nuts...so not alot of time on my hands. A basic scrub-down inside and out, basic but good. No wax, or buffing...unless it's relatively...
  32. EJ Swanny

    HMMM...Looking like kicker thieves

    My wife recorded this on one of our video cameras yesterday. The guy gets out of his minivan and seems to point to both boats (one is in the side yard, the one in the driveway is for sale, yes shameless plug) and he seems to say "Two Boats". Then he is fidgeting and scratching (like most...
  33. EJ Swanny

    Great Starter Boat - Does it All

    1998 Maxum Cuddy Cabin, 1900 SCL Olympic Edition - $6K Reduced to 6k - Someone has to know someone that needs a great, inexpensive, do it all boat..... Hey All - After many years, I finally upgraded. This is a great boat for someone to look to not spend alot, but it can do it all. It has...
  34. EJ Swanny

    WTB Lowrance HDS 7 (Head Unit Only)

    Hey Guys - Looking to buy a Lowrance HDS 7 head unit only to put on the new ride. Previous owner transferred the head unit to his new ride. While I'm at it....looking to buy a Lowrance radar unit (Dome Only). Boat is already plumbed/bracketed for the radar, just need the dome.... Been...
  35. EJ Swanny

    Hungry Mountain Deer???

    Hey Guys - This year, me and my Dad's hunting plans/trips (along with all our fishing trips) are derailed due to family illnesses. I was thinking maybe, next year, I may take my Dad back to Hungry Mountain (a bit south of Methow). One of his (and his Dad's) favorite place to hunt back in the...
  36. EJ Swanny

    Free National Park Weekend

    Hey BD'ers - Just wanted to remind everyone that 8/25 through 8/28 ALL National Parks are free..No Fees!! Get out there and see some cool sites... Swanny
  37. EJ Swanny

    Friendly Reminder - Sportco/OE

    Hey Guys - Just a reminder that Sportco and Outdoor Emporium are having their annual tent sale starting today. Lot's of good deals on already good deals. Hunting is just around the corner as well...... Be safe all, Swanny
  38. EJ Swanny

    MA7 Crabbing

    Hey fellas......Unfortunately, due to family health issues, this is my first time on the water this year!!! Had to cancel many planned trips, but hey, family comes first. Anyway, just curious how it is going up in MA7????? Shrimping just closed (seems my luck is consistent right now...BAD)...
  39. EJ Swanny

    HELP-Neah Bay Lodging Available (Maybe)

    Hey Guys - Me and my Dad were heading down Saturday for our annual trip to Neah Bay for 4-5 nights. We have lodging reserved at Hobuck (Loft Cabin #19) the 9th through the 12th, however it is also available a day before and a day after those dates (not reserved yet). My Dad just left my house...
  40. EJ Swanny

    Whose into juicing?

    Hey Guys - This day and age I try and take EVERY edge I can to help turn the odds on these bleak salmon runs. I'm usually running a hootchie (though sometimes a spoon, plug, or fly) on the DR. I got a tip (6-7 yrs ago) from a guy that kills them on hootchies, and he said to tie a piece of...
  41. EJ Swanny

    C'Mon Brothas, Need More

    Yeah - I'll get shit for this, but I don't give a shit..... A fellow BD'er is begging for our help, I'm not thinking about it as shilling to win a Bieber contest....it's more like.. a Dad has a love for his child and would do anything to make the child happy. Whether it is a new fishing pole...
  42. EJ Swanny

    Pull the Plug???

    HMM..So WTF to do??? Based on the info presented in the threads thus far, it sounds like two out of the three options have no salmon fishing from July on!! Do we "punt" and cancel (if we can) already made reservations/moorage/plans and scramble for some fishing with our bro's up North??? OR...
  43. EJ Swanny

    Free Upright Freezer

    Taking my upright freezer to the recycle center tomorrow, already in the back of my truck. I would guess it is 30 yrs old...not frost -free, but does work great.... I can keep it one more day if interested. I can meet or deliver anywhere within 15 miles of Boeing Field tomorrow or next...
  44. EJ Swanny

    2005 12' Valco & 15HP Merc - Need to Sell

    Hey Guys - My Dad has finally decided to move into a more urban area due to age issues. He's selling his home in Allyn and everything he does not sell before January goes to an auction and my Dad gets low-balled. Here's the deal...the boat is about 2005, 12' Valco, limited use, great shape...
  45. EJ Swanny

    Shrimp Opener.....MAY 14th

    Holy Shit....they actually used some of that grey matter between their ears...“We’re pushing the season opener to May 14 to allow shrimpers to get the most out of the limited number of days that many marine areas, including Hood Canal, are open each year,” Mark O’Toole, shellfish biologist for...
  46. EJ Swanny

    CQ Reservations

    Hi Guys - When do the popular CQ joints (Van Riper's, Olson's, Curley's) start taking reservations for mid/end of September, or am I already out of luck?? I grew up fishing silvers there and have a lot of great memories. My kids are now big enough where we can go out in shifts like I did when...
  47. EJ Swanny

    NB (MA4) Totals

    Hey guys, we hit NB again same time as last year (6/28 - 7/3) and did not do as well. We finally caught onto this years trick the last evening and morning (for fishing NB proper...from Wahda to Scagway and all places in-between). Fish shallow water and shallow on the DR line. I know the outer...
  48. EJ Swanny

    New TV Show - Last Man Standing

    Yeah - I just watched a promo on TV. They drop off 10 guys in Alaska with their own cameras (they have to document it themselves). The last guy remaining without "quiting" gets 500k. Shit, back in the day, I would have done that for free and enjoyed it. I'm sure the network (History...
  49. EJ Swanny

    FYI - Decent deals at the ol' Bargain Cave

    Hey guys - I was just checking out the Cabels Bargain Cave....they have alot of product for once, and some decent deals.....just FYI in case any are looking..... http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/bargain-cave/_/N-1102576 Be safe all, Swanny
  50. EJ Swanny

    Braid and Release Clips??

    Hey Guys - Thinking about going all braid on my salmon reels for DR fishing. I don't want to get complicated with top-shot braid and the base mono or other way around. Still have fluoro leader obviously. Due to the diameter of the braid, does any have any problems with the clips not holding...
  51. EJ Swanny

    These seem about right........

    Pay no attention to the last sentence...I could not delete it....I'm cool with immigration and a chance to change your life for the better, as at some point we all arrived here at one point, but it seems to have gotten out of hand ....here is another good one.. Amen Brothas...Swanny
  52. EJ Swanny

    Swarovski Binocs Help??

    Hey Guys - My Dad is turning 80 in May. Still actively hunts/fishes etc....actually we're going up to Alberta in November for a Moose hunt. Wanted to get him a special gift. He has never had a "quality" pair of optics. Would like to gift him some Swarovski binocs, but not keen on dropping...
  53. EJ Swanny

    BD Points?????

    Sup Guys - What the hell can we do with any of our "points"? Can we get discounts on BD swag or is it just some worthless gimmick?? Searched around the site to investigate if one can do anything with them...NADA.... Anyone know??? Be safe all....Swanny
  54. EJ Swanny

    Bad Ass Mule

    These suckers are smarter than we think>>>>> ONE MEAN MULE!!! This may be a first... A couple from Montana were out riding on the range, he with his rifle and she (fortunately) with her camera. Their dogs always followed them, but on this occasion a Mountain Lion decided that he wanted to...
  55. EJ Swanny

    8mm vs. 8mm Mag

    Hunter Dan and others - I have an old 8mm Mauser with hand carved stock handed down from my Uncle to me. Had it re-blued and gone over extensively a few years ago. I think it would make a good, heavy caliber, brush gun (no optics), wondering if it would make sense to re-bore the receiver for...
  56. EJ Swanny

    What are your 2015 plans/intentions, let us know?????

    Hey guys...a new year is upon us. We are all thinking, planning, deliberating, and calculating how much dough we have, and how much time we have to fish/hunt this year. Just curious about all your intentions and maybe this will help us all hook-up somewhere.....these are my plans: Hit...
  57. EJ Swanny

    Neah Bay Catch Records (made easy)

    Hey Guys – Obviously it’s a down time for fishing (except for BM’s). I’ve been thinking about next years plan for a while. I like to do research on the places I want to fish. We plan on heading back to NB again, as last year was a great experience and memories for all. For my Dad, who used...
  58. EJ Swanny

    Best Crab Cake Recipe

    Hey Guys - We usually gulp down fresh crab on the spot or soon after. This year, we decided to vacuum pack some and try and enjoy it during the winter blues (MA10-11 void of winter crabbing). Still looks fresh and time to restart the crab IV..... Crab cakes sound like the best way to do this...
  59. EJ Swanny

    No NB Love????

    Hey All - The first selective fishery in 10 yrs at NB (I believe) and I hear that it's almost a ghost town. I fished silvers as a kid at CQ, and know the silves are thick at CQ towards the mid/end of Sept. With NB only a few miles North, I would think the same now. Plus, lings/sea-bass...you...
  60. EJ Swanny

    MA11 8/23

    Headed out with my Dad to the towers about 3:30 to hit the high slack at 5:40. I was fishing my old standby (green spatterback and green q-cove) and my Dad was on a army truck CHK and green q. Marked alot of bait...and a SHITLOAD right on the surface. Right at slack I got a takedown,,, the...
  61. EJ Swanny

    MA11 SLOOOOW

    At least for me....went out the last couple days for the evening bite. Hit Redondo, 3 tree, and Pt. Rob. I threw the usual assortment of artificials at them, just got one nice sole and a shaker. Probably should have kept the sole/flounder...probably about 20" (no visible worms)....oh well...
  62. EJ Swanny

    CQ Moorage - Help Please

    Hi Guys - Here is the deal....as I stated on my Neah Bay post earlier, this season instead of VCI or other destinations, my Dad and I decided to hit all the old "haunts" he used to fish when he was young, and myself, with him, when I was young. Well we started the search in January for an epic...
  63. EJ Swanny

    MA11..Hoping for Good Things...

    My Dad always used to tell me...wait until the first weekend in August, then start fishing hard for the Kings in MA11..(Redondo, 3 Tree, Robinson, etc.) Well last 5-8 years were a bust. This year there were some really optimistic forecasts for a bunch of salmon. This could be true for...
  64. EJ Swanny

    The Year of the Plug??

    Hey guys - I've noticed a big increase this year of plugs being used on the "Fishing Report" section. This device was probably one of the first artificial lures ever created. Some guys carved it out of wood/bone/ivory and made it wobble and Bingo.... There are a few ideas out there on how to...
  65. EJ Swanny

    Neah Bay Report - Late, Long, and Pic Heavy

    Hi fellow M's - I finally got all the video and pictures back from all who were there and have a chance to post. I would like to thank all of you throughout this past year that helped give me tips on where to stay, moor, fish, etc... Preface I would like to start by explaining a bit on "Why...
  66. EJ Swanny

    NB Kings Arriving

    Hey Guys - Been looking at some local NB blogs and it seems the locals are starting to get into some nice slobs. Anyone else hearing anything? I'll be there in a week and I'm praying to the Tyee Gods they shall arrive in mass, or at least in semi-mass. Whatever the count, me and Dad will put...
  67. EJ Swanny

    Ace Line Hauler "Brutus" Help

    Hey fellow BD'ers - My second shrimp season is in the books and my Brutus (or wiring) is less then stellar. I have my puller powered off a deep cycle "house battery" connected by an inline 30 amp fuse. I have a Blue Seas ACR set-up with a battery switch that charges both the house and the...
  68. EJ Swanny

    Best Fiberglass Boat/Hull Cleaner

    Hey Guys - Sippin on a cold beer after scrubbing down the old jug. I've used many cleaners mixed with water over the years....tide, simple green, palmalive, joy, and some brand name hull cleaners. I still have decent bottom paint, so it's mostly from the water line up......and I really can't...
  69. EJ Swanny

    Points??

    I noticed BD is now issuing points. How does one get points and what can one do with the points? Thanks, Erik J Swanson (EJ Swanny)
  70. EJ Swanny

    Any Shrimp/Prawn dates thoughts?

    Hey Guys - Hopefully we have zeroed in on the Hali dates in the Eastern Straights (from a previous post)...anyone know anything about the opening of shrimping in MA7 South & West? I'm assuming it will open the first Saturday in May....with shit-ass tides as well..... While we are at...
  71. EJ Swanny

    Help Please - Neah Bay Lodging

    Hi Guys - For a X-mas present to my Dad I would like to set-up a fishing trip during the first week or two in July in Neah Bay. Dad is getting up there in age (79 in May) but can still function great (minus the hearing). He used to fish Neah as a "commercial" when he was 16-17. He landed a...
  72. EJ Swanny

    Additional Shrimp Days

    Hi All - Just curious when we will know if there will be any additional shrimp days in MA8-MA13? Seems like the opener on 5/4 was hit and miss due to tides/wind/waves. Today was as good as it gets as far as weather...Any ideas if you think we may get one more day or it's all over...
  73. EJ Swanny

    Redondo Ramp

    Anyone know if the Redondo docks will be in place soon (Mr. Doodles)? I know one of the base docks got hammered hard by that winter storm. They also took the small break-water barrier out. I noticed a few boats down there today trying to launch and retrieve with just the ramp. Hope they get...
  74. EJ Swanny

    Discount Tackle Web-Site

    Hi All - The Hosers from up North pointed me to this website.... http://www.wholesalecentral.com/maulsa0001/store.cfm?event=showcatalog&catid=18635 There is alot of "stuff" to sort through, in addition, there is a $100 minimum buy. It took me about an hour or two to look through all of...
  75. EJ Swanny

    Vikings

    This is one cool mofo show on A&E...if you have not watched it, I would recommend it. Most of us fish because we have salt in our blood...alot of us are from Scandavia (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland)....no offense to others from sea-bearing regions and epic fishing brothers... Something...
  76. EJ Swanny

    LED Fishing Lures

    Hey Guys - In checking out the brothers from up North's forum (sportfishingbc.com) I found that some are using, with great success, these LED hootchies and cuddlefish. From what I have read they work the best right before sun-up and at dusk. That makes sense since it's the darkest in the water...
  77. EJ Swanny

    Incredible Video

    Holy Shit......Check this video out of an Osprey hunting. This is truly an incredible video. I can't believe this Osprey got 5-6 fish at a time, then got a flounder under 3' of water, and then made off with what looks to be a 5+ lb. steelhead. I've never seen a bird shake water off like a...
  78. EJ Swanny

    Gopro downrigger cam

    Here is a U-Tube video of a guy attaching a GoPro cam to his downrigger weight... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mmg9HSNoGE&feature=youtu.be here is the thread where he explains how he rigged it....from our Brothas up North...
  79. EJ Swanny

    Historical Fishing Info

    Hey All - It's time to start to make some serious plans for the upcoming salmon season. I put together some graphs and info on Sekiu/PA and Neah Bay historical salmon catches (types and fish per Angler) from 2011. I used the WA St. Creel reports. I chose 2011 because that (obviously) was the...
  80. EJ Swanny

    Fishing Pliers

    Hi All - I'm getting kinda fed up with constantly spraying down the old needle-nose pliers with WD. I have done some research on the new fishing pliers out there.....but what do you all recommend? There are all aluminum pliers, there are aluminum and titanium, and mostly titanium. Obviously...
  81. EJ Swanny

    Where can I find an honest gun restorer

    Hi All - I would like to surprise my Dad and get his 270 Weatherby Mag restored. It has ivory inlays and I need to make sure they do not get swapped out for fake or other materials. I cannot tell the difference between real and fake ivory, and it is now illegal so it is important that I...
  82. EJ Swanny

    Scotty 1099 Depthpower

    Hi All, Still trying to re-configure the family roadster into a viable fishing platform......you all have been a tremendous resource and I really appreciate all the input. I'm thinking about replacing the old hand-cranked Cannons for something a bit easier.....with all the salad I fished...
  83. EJ Swanny

    Port Hardy 2013

    Hi All - I'm a Yank from down south and it was a decent season down here, and I'm already starting to to plan for next year. My Dad is not getting any younger and I would like to take him on an EPIC trip. Yes budget is an issue. That being said, I was thinking about trailering the boat up to...
  84. EJ Swanny

    Next Year Options

    Hi All - Was a decent season, and I'm already starting to to plan for next year. My Dad is not getting any younger and I would like to take him on an EPIC trip. Yes budget is an issue. That being said, I was thinking about trailering the boat up to Port Hardy. I have read a great write up on...
  85. EJ Swanny

    Restless Natives at it again in MA11

    After a VERY subpar :shithappens: season for crabbing in MA11, ending over a week ago. I was driving by the Redondo ramp on the way home (about 3:30pm) today and saw a Native work skiff with about 30 crab pots lashed to it just launching. Looks as though they have another season on their...
  86. EJ Swanny

    MA11 Flotsom & Jetsom

    Good-Grief, there seems to be a shit-pot full of seaweed/salad/flotsom/crap covering Area 11 the last few weeks. Can't keep my gear clean for more then 5-10 minutes. Seen it all through MA11. Think I will convert to jigging unitl this shit subsides. I don't remember it ever being this bad...
  87. EJ Swanny

    Down Riggers vs. Divers

    Hi All - Another question......and I appreciate your responses. Over the last couple months there has been alot of discussion on divers/planers (Delta Diver vs. Deep Six, etc.). In the past I fished Deep Six's out in the Ocean, before I had DR's, and we did fairly well. However, I have only...
  88. EJ Swanny

    SVRS IS A JOKE!!!

    SMALL VESSEL REPORTING SYSTEM (SVRS) Background: Every year family and friends go up to Orcas Island in the July/August timeframe for fishing/crabbing/R&R. For the last couple years we would make a run just over the border to Saturna/Tumbo islands and load up on Lings/Rocks. Lot's of...
  89. EJ Swanny

    Native Crabbing

    Hi All - Just wanted to know how wide spread the Natives are crabbing. I just saw a couple skiff's with crab davits on the Redondo ramp (MA11). The water was rough, so from the road I believe I spotted what I saw last year about this time..... A crab-buoy every fifty feet, stretching for...
  90. EJ Swanny

    DownRigger Pole Line

    Hi All - June is getting upon us and I'm re-spooling the down-rigger reels/rods for (hopefully) a successful season. I typically use 15-20lb mono. The smaller lb test cut through the water better for less drag, however, they will twist more and are more likely to give headaches...... The...
  91. EJ Swanny

    Area 10 Blake

    Due to weddings and other crap I don't want to attend (only because it's a one month season) I am relegated to day trips out of Des Moines. Hit the south end of Blake looking for a couple big mouth ugly bastards on Saturday. Rolled up and found a few other boats....found what the currents...
  92. EJ Swanny

    Lings/Butts MA10

    Good possibility I will not be able to hit the Straights or MA7 again thanks to PHUCKIN WEDDINGS.....have to hammer out some day trips out of Des Moines Marina. Curious about the typical MA10 spots and any production this year??? Anyone hit the Narrows yet for Lings???? Posts or PM's would...
  93. EJ Swanny

    MA7 Lings/Butts

    Went up and stayed at Friday Harbor a few days and went out to do some fishing at Hein and Salmon for Butts......Nothing at all... Radio chatter was the same...a couple chickens caught that's about it Tried some Lings on this inside of the islands and had some success, but mostly undersized...
  94. EJ Swanny

    Hein 5/11

    Reached Hein at 7am......saw the majority of boats down at the southend of the bank.....decided to try the North part of the western side. NADA... Went down to the fleet on the south end..tried all types of presentations...NADA.. Did not see or hear of one hook-up on Hein while there. Got a...
  95. EJ Swanny

    Gale Warning in Effect

    Just a heads-up. Gale warning in effect for the Straights...Tuesday night into Wednesday.."W WIND 30 TO 40 KT...EASING TO 25 TO 35 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 7 FT." Looks like Thursday will be snaughty as well....Friday/Saturday are looking good though. Along with the winds we got...
  96. EJ Swanny

    Channel Banks Activity

    Hi All - Curious to know how many boats were out at the banks opening weekend (Mid, Hein, East, Salmon, etc)??? I'm guessing maybe 10-20 at peak times (tide changes & sunrise/sunset) per bank???????? I'll be going out to the banks next weekend for the first time and I'm wondering how much...
  97. EJ Swanny

    Great Deals - South Sound

    Just wanted to let all to know there are some good deals at Auburn Sports & Marine. I absolutely have no affiliation with this outfit, just wanted to let everyone know since you'all have helped me out on alot of things. I just took home a Lamiglas Downrigger Rod CG 86MHC for $59, usually $100+...
  98. EJ Swanny

    Two poles - One Angler

    I have scoured the fishing regs and they seem to only address freshwater fishing. My question is.... is a saltwater Angler allowed to fish with two seperate lines in the water with that person being the only license holder. I'm mostly wondering about trolling for salmon (i.e. two downriggers...
  99. EJ Swanny

    I've got a Bleeder!!

    I just read a post from Digits about releasing fish that reminds me of an age old question: If the fish (typically salmon) is bleeding from the gills when it is released will it survive. I try and be as gentle as possible and the barbless hooks help alot, but unfortunately it happens. I've...
  100. EJ Swanny

    Dual Battery Thoughts

    Hi Guys - Any tips on a dual battery set-up. I run a single I/O. While trolling or bottom fishing I run a FF/GPS combo and a stereo (w/o an alternator on the kicker). I thought running duals would just be safer, more reliable, and a better clean power source to the FF. I was going to run...
  101. EJ Swanny

    Best Scent/Oil for Summer Kings

    Hi All - Just wondering what everyone's favorite stank to put on their gear is? And where they like to apply it? (this could be a loaded question).......... Currently I'm using Pro-Cure Herring, and I'm not sure if it's worth a shit or not. I smear it on my spoons and when I use hoochies I...
  102. EJ Swanny

    Best FF/GPS Combo for fishing Salmon/Halibut

    Hi Guys - I know this topic comes up alot, but I have been researching online for months and I am still unsure. I trust the expertise on this forum and would really appreciate some input on the following: I have a budget of 500-750. I fish the MA11 for salmon with depths 100'-250' (Robinson, 3...
  103. EJ Swanny

    Help Please - BC BottomFishing

    Hi Guys - Been lurking for awhile, this site is a wealth of knowledge and good laughs. The family has been going up to Orcas for years (20 yrs now) for vacation and it sickens me the decline of the fishery for both salmon and bottomfish :shithappens:. This year we are heading up again July...