Westport opening day salmon 6/22/19

Discussion in 'Washington Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by Mazu, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. Mazu

    Mazu Member

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    Leif Jackson
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    I saw several commies trolling the north bowl area a week ago, so that was my Plan A for opening day. But the ocean was a little lumpy in the morning, so I talked myself into hunting June hawgs on the N beach by the casino. Wasn't really feeling it after a half hour, so I had the crew reel in and we motored an hour west, to 260 fow. No promising echoes on the sounder, but we started trolling anyway.

    30 minutes later, my new knuckle buster starts screaming and dancing. Nice fish. After an unsuccessful attempt or two, 20 pound nook in the box! All of the radio chatter to that point was people comparing notes about where they weren't catching fish, so I believe this chinook may be the very first sport caught salmon of the 2019 Westport salmon season! We'll never know, I suppose.

    First day, nobody really knows where fish are, we're all hunting pretty much blind, so I inform the ch 68 listening audience of my catch. I included in my report the general area, the water depth, how much cable I had out, and what great was successful.

    Before long, we aren't the only boat in the area, and other radio reports seem to indicate that there is a reasonable bite going on. Information is being shared, friends are being called in to the bite, and we see several nice fish boated around us. And more and more boats arriving. Charters too. All good. I don't believe there are or should be zipper lip spots on the ocean.

    We keep doing what we do, and get another strong takedown, which we lose, then another with the same result. Then another fish to the net, this one 17 lbs. A couple hours pass with no action. Then, right in the same area, we hook another fish. After a brief fight, we landed our limit king, and a very nice fish of 24 pounds.

    The deets: where? North bowl, about 270 magnetic from the jetty tips. Gear? QCove flashers with Ace Hi or similar (hootchie with twinkle skirt), 37" leaders. Trollng about 3.2 knots on the gps. 90 to 125 feet of cable. No scent, no bait.

    We never saw a coho, and only heard of a couple wild coho released. Tomorrow we are definitely not fucking around on the beach in the morning.

    Thanks to Bob ducky and Melanie for joining me. We battled tangles and sea sickness, but accomplished what we hoped!

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  2. FiremanSam

    FiremanSam Newbie

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    Nice work! That’s the way things should be out there! I’m teaching my sons to also give as freely as they received and it will always pay dividends at some point down the road. Great catch!! Nice Boat too!
     
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  3. aznnite

    aznnite Newbie

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    Thanks for the report and encouragement!
     
  4. TimeZoned

    TimeZoned 24’ Hewes Alaskan

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    Nice report!!! Beautiful fish
     
  5. sgwill122

    sgwill122 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice fish and great report!
     
  6. hawksfan75

    hawksfan75 More questions than answers

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    Those are fatties! Awesome
     
  7. Waterdog~

    Waterdog~ Just one more

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    Nice write up and even better fish way to make them pay.....
     
  8. critterkiller

    critterkiller AKA Cohobankie

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    Good Karma to you.
     
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  9. easydoesit86

    easydoesit86 nubbie

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    Good job buddy, thanks for sharing
     
  10. dragonballs

    dragonballs I'm off probation

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    Very nice salmon. Good for you sharing the area and success with others. Good karma for sure
     
  11. mrfish11

    mrfish11 "Ice Melter"

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    Great job! Damn nice fish.
     
  12. AllanPalmerson

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    Great work nice fish!
     
  13. zzz

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    Nice! Thanks for the report Leif.
     
  14. 2spreads

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    Great attitude and nice fish
     
  15. YellowJet

    YellowJet Learning to fish 7,9, 8-1,8-2, and the Skagit

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    Fantastic sir. Thanks for posting. Planning an early July trip, will boat from Cornett to Neah and sleep on boat until success is achieved. Appreciate the fix via pics! Well done and great report.
     
  16. DaKanati

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    Nice report, I can't wait to get out!
     
  17. Salmon King

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

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    Wow, fantastic grade of fish. I hope this bodes well for the weeks to come.
     
  18. Mo

    Mo #1 OG, part time Secret Moderator

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    Great way to start the season !
     
  19. StickySharp

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    Excellent report. Congrats and thanks for the info. I agree, no need for secrets. It's a big ocean.
     
  20. Mazu

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    Sunday we fished the same area. Only one takedown, one mid 20's chinook! Netted expertly by Dan. Talked to a charter friend after and he said many WP salmon charters came in blank or switched to bottom fish to save the day. Others got one fish, 3 fish, and so on. The fish checker at the launch at 3 PM said ours was the first fish she had seen out of 8 boats.

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