Ocean hali/ling report

Discussion in 'Washington Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by sgwill122, May 5, 2019.

  1. sgwill122

    sgwill122 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Fished Thursday through Friday on the Ocean. We slept in Thursday morning and launched at 8:00 to avoid the launch lines which mostly worked except for the boat in front of us lost a trailer tire when he turned into the launch.
    Took us over 2 hours of running in lumpy water to get out to the corner which was as crowded as I have ever seen it. We apparently missed a morning bite as we heard folks had been on fish earlier. It took us two hours to hit our first fish. The water ended up laying down in the afternoon. Lings were a nice grade and came fairly easy all three days but hali's were slow both Thursday and Saturday. We kept a couple 10-15lb hali's to fill our 6 limits on Saturday as we wanted to get to rockfish and in early. This was my slowest and smallest hali's opener I have seen in 10 years. Would like to hear others experience. Not sure if it was the strong tides or maybe the long liners had been in the week before? Surprisingly Saturday seemed less crowded at the launch and retrieve than Thursday, maybe it was just my timing. Here is a pic of one of the bigger lings on the rockpile that took a rockfish which took a shrimp fly. The Ling hardly fought and stayed at the surface for several minutes while we took photos.

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  2. Rjh20dog

    Rjh20dog Newbie

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    Awesome pic!
     
  3. fishing fanatic

    fishing fanatic Well-Known "Member"

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    I can tell you the straights only gave me one Hali between Thursday and Saturday and lings were in high numbers at 23” or so.
    It was my worst opener in a lot of years.
     
  4. notellumcreek

    notellumcreek Newbie

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    Nice job! We were out there Thursday and Saturday- found a little bit deeper spot on Thursday that pumped out some nice Hali’s and went back on Saturday for a quick 7 man limit in about 45 min. Lings were a grind both days never got into them thick ended up with 7 on Thursday and 9 Saturday. Sea bass was lights out limits in about 15 min. Each day. Seemed like most of the fleet struggled with butt and ling limits out there or had to grind it out for most of the day.
     
  5. FishPimpII

    FishPimpII Dreaming about the next boat...

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    I don’t think it helped that again this year the native commercial opener was literally the 4 days directly before the sport opener. Seems like years in which there is a little break between the two of a couple weeks or more the fishing is much better.
    And the inner tribes like the tulalip bombed the western straights this year all the way to tatoosh... so a big chunk out of the biomass.
     
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  6. Corey G

    Corey G Boat ho extraordinaire

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    We caught a giant fucking Kracken! Biggest I’ve ever seen. Including aquariums...

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  7. Salmon King

    Salmon King I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Did you keep it? I love octopus. Sous vide then quick char in the grill, salt and pesto... oh man.
     
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  8. Corey G

    Corey G Boat ho extraordinaire

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    Nope. I’ll eat the hell out of some octopus too but it was fucking big!!! I’d say at least 8-10’ around. It could’ve wrapped around a full sized man easily. How do you kill a big ass octopus anyways? Lol! Plus they’re cool. Fuck it...
     
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  9. sgwill122

    sgwill122 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That is so cool, do you have video? That must have been a tough job getting the hooks out.
     
  10. Odin7

    Odin7 Odin7

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    You are lucky! That could have gone bad real quick! :eek:

     
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  11. EJ Swanny

    EJ Swanny I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    WOW, great job in letting it go. Those things are intelligent.
    What did you think you had on the line while reeling up? Did it try and make some runs, and give you a few shakes, or was it pure dead-weight?
     
  12. Walker Inc.

    Walker Inc. I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Hooks ripped right out when I lifted the pipe jig. Was to cool to kill.
     
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  13. xtshawytscha

    xtshawytscha Well-Known "Member"

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    We struggled for hali on Thursday. Actually the worst we've done in 20 years out of La Push. Went to a smaller spot with fewer boats and normally we're hooked up within a minute or two of hitting bottom. Lings were fine, but the halibut fishing was definitely concerning. Didn't fish Saturday.
     
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  14. LeeMajors

    LeeMajors Member

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    Left Tacoma on Thursday after work, overnighted in Port Angeles. Wife and I fished for maybe 3 or 4 hours Friday for a couple 30 inch Lings and a rockfish. Slept in Saturday, pulled the chain anchor line by hand and went after buts. Caught a ~38 incher around 9am, fished 3 more hours with nothing worth keeping and several large cabbies released. Headed back towards Tacoma with an overnight in PT.

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  15. fishbadger

    fishbadger Member

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    +1, too cool to kill,

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  16. dstinger

    dstinger Member

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    Good on you and good for the Octopus population..
     
  17. BugeaterInWa

    BugeaterInWa Fear the Corn

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    Nice sentiment however there is no issue with the octo population, period.
     
  18. Siv

    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    We caught 2 a number of years back on Swiftsure, back to back and never another one since. No fight, like reeling up a mattress or an upside down beach umbrella. The first one came off boatside but the second one was a biggie like this guy and when it started reaching the tentacles up and into the boat the line was cut and away she went. Cool freaky animals.
     
  19. Witty1

    Witty1 Newbie

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    Kudos on releasing the octopus.
    but remember... their legs/arms grow back. You could have taken home an arm and it probably will have survived.
    Some food for thought...
     
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  20. Salmon King

    Salmon King I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Sustainable fishery right there! They do it for stone crabs in the SE. You just need to make sure that you don’t kill the octopus in front of a crown of Seattlites at a beachfront park.

    We don’t know a ton about the pac giant octopus, but they grow super fast and have a short life cycle. I know they are super intelligent, but so are pigs and I love bacon too much for that to be a factor.
     
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