Saltwater Westport Tuna/Salmon

chuck crosby

Newbie
Sep 18, 2010
33
8
Mulilteo WA USA
Name
Chuck Crosby
Boat
DETERMINED
We headed to Westport trying to catch a little weather window Tuesday afternoon. The forcast was for 5 to 15 on Wednesday going to 10 to 20 in the evening. We baited up Wednesday morning and she was blowing 15 but the Sirus weather showed only one bar where we we headed so we headed out hoping the wind would give us the 5 to 15 we were promised. We were headed right into the wind and swells going out but it did finally settle down and we fished the 43.53 over 125.04 Ziging and Zaging to the north. It took most of an hour before we hooked up our first troller and got a short bait stop. The 2nd and third bait stops turned out to be a little better and the 2 of us managed 7 tuna off that 3rd bait stop. We had 15 by then and should have headed in due to the wind but decided to troll just a few minutes longer. We hooked up again and managed only one additional from the bait stop. The wind was blowing us right off our fish at probably 20 knots. With 17 nice tuna [largest 32#] we headed on back. The wind and swell on the port stern it was a long bumpy ride home but at least it was partially running with us.

Thursday was all about finding some King salmon. The wind was blowing pretty good in the morning so we started on the South Beach. There were a couple netted but not for us and not for most of the boats. Later in the morning we headed down to Willipa Bay for a try on those beaches. Same sorry story down there. We got nothing for our efforts but did see one small fish netted. I don't like these kind of days.

Friday was another try on the South Beach. It was just getting light enough to see when my buddy Hawkeye [Bruce] says "hey where did my pole go?" Some how the top keeper on the pole holder was missing and the pole just fell out into the ocean. Luckily we were in shallow water at the beach and we were able to bring the down rigger up easy and the pole was still hooked up. This is not the way I want to start my fishing day. 10 minutes later I hook up a crab pot that's bouy is just under the surface so you can't see it. I managed to save that set up also but was totally out of patience by then. We decided to try up north and see if we could get something going. We headed all the way up to the Copalis River heading straight into the wind and swells. It was worth it though. We dropped into about 100' of water and not even 5 minutes untill we hooked up the first fish. From there it was just constant fish on. We pretty much kept the 1st 4 so we could get going. We still had a lot of driveng and fish work to do before our day was going to finish up. The Native Silvers we running up to around 15# and the hatchery Silvers we found were smaller and returned unharmed to the Ocean. It is really nice to be able to keep a few of those Native fish now!!

You will want some of what I've been smok'in
 

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wdlfbio

Once you go Cat, you never go back
Sep 15, 2008
9,549
9,450
Olympia, WA
Name
laurence
Boat
2021 Allied WildCat 30
nice!
 

Salmon'slair

Newbie
Jul 9, 2011
49
6
La Conner,wa
Name
Barney Loucks
Boat
Salmon'slair
We headed all the way up to the Copalis River heading straight into the wind and swells. It was worth it though. We dropped into about 100' of water and not even 5 minutes untill we hooked up the first fish. From there it was just constant fish on. We pretty much kept the 1st 4 so we could get going. We still had a lot of driveng and fish work to do before our day was going to finish up. The Native Silvers we running up to around 15# and the hatchery Silvers we found were smaller and returned unharmed to the Ocean. It is really nice to be able to keep a few of those Native fish now!!

You will want some of what I've been smok'in

We were there Friday, also. Tried South with no luck...tried North...from the Casino tried to go out to deeper water, at 100 FOW the swells were just too big, we turned back...headed back to the harbor mouth, and almost immediately hooked up. Picked up 3 from 9 to about 14...the latter being a big hook nosed hatchery...
Also found a submerged crab pot buoy...got every thing back, only lost about 20 feet of cable...
Tackle of choice seemed to be whole herring behind flasher, and strawberry and cream tailwagger.