Neah Bay Kings

Sundodger

Fishing is fun
May 12, 2014
229
154
Name
James
Boat
Wooldridge SS Offshore
My old man and I took an extended trip to Neah bay with the goal of hooking into a lot of kings.


Fishing was tough, it should be the solid part of the run, but the kings were not there in numbers we had hoped for. Even the pro’s and the 10percenters were struggling. The upside is that there seemed to be tons of coho out there and they were really healthy looking. Also the weather and seas were great, felt like we were on a lake most of the time, not the Pacific Ocean.

No one area ever seemed hot and we ended up traveling all over to find our fish; Swiftsure, the prairie, the front porch, up and down the coast, and even MA3.

Since the fishing was tough, we just decided to put in more time each day. It was a numbers game at that point, many 12-14 hr days on the water.

The big three fish of the trip was a 19, 21.5, and 24lber. The top two caught by my father on his 1960’s vintage fiberglass rod, 30 year old reel, green spatterback hoochy, with a small chrome/mylar dodger. Other than the reel it’s like he was teleported right out of the 1968, and still outfished me.

I am little concerned about the health of the king run, I am worried it’s going to be worse than expected.




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All the nearshore fish we caught were gorged with very small herring and sandlance. So nearshore I was fishing things like coho killers and offshore bigger spoons, plugs, and hoochies.


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You know you are working the bottom when you catch one of these little fellas, he was a bastard to get off, squirted me a couple of times.


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Couple days in to the trip, I had a catastrophic reel failure while reeling in a small king, had to handline him in the rest of the way. Was able to get him in the boat, I am just happy this didn’t happen on one of the bigger kings.


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NWGuy

Kid's smiles are the best!
Jul 31, 2009
314
139
Lake Tapps
Name
Bryan Grant
Boat
16', ancient, money pit
WTH Did you do to that reel??
 

NWGuy

Kid's smiles are the best!
Jul 31, 2009
314
139
Lake Tapps
Name
Bryan Grant
Boat
16', ancient, money pit
Nice fish, by the way.
 

Sundodger

Fishing is fun
May 12, 2014
229
154
Name
James
Boat
Wooldridge SS Offshore
WTH Did you do to that reel??
Honestly nothing out of the ordinary.


The fish was only about 20 yards off the back of the boat, I was pumping him in and on the end of a pump I heard a loud snap. Sounded kind of like my line snapped, but there was still tension on my rod and the reel was totaly locked up (couldn’t reel or let out line.).


It’s a 1960’s vintage Penn 209 I rebuilt a few years ago, then little over a year ago I put new clutches in it. Everything was operating fine until it let go. I need to take a closer look at it and see what I can figure out.
 
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gloxx

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Aug 28, 2012
250
134
WA
Name
Erik
Boat
unnamed
Were you hitting lots of coho even down deep? I was usually able to get away from them offshore when I'm over 200' on the wire. If coho are going to be the reason the season closes down I want to try everything to avoid them.
 
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Sundodger

Fishing is fun
May 12, 2014
229
154
Name
James
Boat
Wooldridge SS Offshore
Were you hitting lots of coho even down deep? I was usually able to get away from them offshore when I'm over 200' on the wire. If coho are going to be the reason the season closes down I want to try everything to avoid them.
I think the deepest we were getting coho was 175 ft on the rigger.

When we were at Blue Dot there were suspended rockfish giving us troubles, especially near the canyon. So we were bounded top and bottom, making things even more challenging.

I caught most of the Coho reeling in or letting out. I pulled in probably half a dozen that hit my gear before I could even put the downrigger release clip on. Then when letting out it was the balance of trying to get your gear down and out of the coho zone as fast as possible, but slow enough that it doesn’t tangle.


It was a tricky balancing act I can promise you that.
 

EJ Swanny

Three Generations of Uff-Dah
Nov 30, 2010
2,723
1,510
Redondo/WA
Name
Erik
Boat
"Riley-J" 2006 21' Proline Tourney
Way to grind it out...did you try right in close? 50-60' of water with 30-40' on the wire...that was the ticket last year.....

I think you did well...just being out with dad is a dream trip in itself.....

Swanny
 

Idatuna

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jan 20, 2013
314
76
Idaho
Name
Jim
Boat
Bog Jumper
When were you there? I'm hearing the numbers in Sekiu and Sequim are just starting to pick up. Maybe a late run? Hopefully?
 

Nosecrets

Blackmouthers good side
Jul 6, 2012
1,773
3,148
North of seattle
Name
Blackmouther
Boat
9' bullfrog "mr big"
Great report. It was cool getting the updates, you guys covered some serious ground. Looks like it was epic either way being able to spend quality time with your pops. Right on James
 

Sundodger

Fishing is fun
May 12, 2014
229
154
Name
James
Boat
Wooldridge SS Offshore
Way to grind it out...did you try right in close? 50-60' of water with 30-40' on the wire...that was the ticket last year.....

I think you did well...just being out with dad is a dream trip in itself.....

Swanny
Thanks! The only place we tried that close was makah bay, and didn't get anything, but honestly we should have tried some of those depths at midway and mushroom.

When were you there? I'm hearing the numbers in Sekiu and Sequim are just starting to pick up. Maybe a late run? Hopefully?
7/16-7/24 I am crossing my fingers for a late run too, but I don't have a lot of hope.

Great report. It was cool getting the updates, you guys covered some serious ground. Looks like it was epic either way being able to spend quality time with your pops. Right on James
It was a great trip, and thanks for all your thoughts. It truly was a team effort to get the fish we did.
 
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Cap'n Poon

Our crew laid into them last weekend, some of the fastest action on the beach we've seen in years. some very nice fish too, the two on sunday morning were 29lbs and 25lbs on big salmons scale Didn't burn more the 15 gallons of gas for three days of fishing. Infact didn't even go past tatoosh there was so many fish at the green can.

Poon

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FishPimpII

Repowering the boat..
Jul 27, 2009
2,126
2,197
Seattle, Wa
Name
Jeff Nelson
Boat
255 conquest... needs a name
Our crew laid into them last weekend, some of the fastest action on the beach we've seen in years. some very nice fish too, the two on sunday morning were 29lbs and 25lbs on big salmons scale Didn't burn more the 15 gallons of gas for three days of fishing. Infact didn't even go past tatoosh there was so many fish at the green can.

Poon

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Wow! Great fish! If we weren't having every non motor gear failure you could ask for we would have been right with you on Sunday. Instead we were driving home. Looks like we should have stuck it out anyways!
 

Cwillis

Sometimes you're top boat...sometimes you're not.
Jul 15, 2009
1,004
893
Woodinville, WA
Name
Casey
Boat
23 Pacific
Our crew laid into them last weekend, some of the fastest action on the beach we've seen in years. some very nice fish too, the two on sunday morning were 29lbs and 25lbs on big salmons scale Didn't burn more the 15 gallons of gas for three days of fishing. Infact didn't even go past tatoosh there was so many fish at the green can.

Poon

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Awesome. You guys headed north soon?
 

mtotemeier

Captain Caaveman!
Mar 2, 2011
743
171
Poulsbo wa usa
Name
Marcus
Boat
World CAT 266 SC "The Big Butt"
that's some sweet carnage right there!!