Great fishing for us over the three days. Certainly not what I expected with fish locations but we made it work. More than satisfied with the total catch
and lots of action for all those in the boat including a buddy whose only fished a handful of times.
July 31-started at Turtle Head but hit nothing but small springs and coho.
-Moved a couple miles toward "rabbit" at an area I know as "adipose", picked up a fifteen pound spring on a glow needle fish at 120' on the riggers.
Lots of action with coho and various cods or lings being close to the bottom.
August 1-Ran out to SouthWest corner and immediately had action on the same glow needle fish from the day before. After a few feisty smaller springs
one got smarter and took the line through the prop. Losing the go to lure led to trying a tiger prawn hootch....well believe it or not that thing just started slaying the springs at 110 to 130' in 160' of water and we had our limits within a few hours. Never would have guessed a tiger prawn
would work so well offshore, I've had better luck with this hootchy dragging near kelp inshore. Biggest was 18 lbs and a couple more in the high
teens, not the biggest but very hard fighting fish.
-After getting limits on Springs and 1 nice hatch coho we tried a hole near SouthWest and picked up a nice chicken to round out the day.
August 2-Started the day by fishing the same technique at SouthWest but just kept running into hoards of Wild Coho, whereas the day before we didn't
hit a single Wild Coho. Tried a number of different depths and gear but only hit one very small spring and probably released 20+ wild ho. Ended up with three nice hatch ho before moving on.
- Moved over to the North end of Starfish and didn't have a single hit of any kind for two hours of trolling various gear and depth. We tried larger Pilchard spoons and plugs since finding a few inside the springs from the day before but no luck. Some needle fish inside those springs as well.
-Decided to try for Hali near Starfish and after an hour drift jigging and setting a scent trail we pulled up a 4 foot dog fish and I thought game
over, time to switch to power bait. Well about 10 minutes later still fishing salmon belly, my bro hooked into a large fish that didn't run much but
tugged like a beast. Turns out it was a 67lb hali, surprised we got it in the boat as easy as we did, good harpooning and hog tying to keep it safe
Can't wait for a couple weeks when we get another chance at some bigger springs and more hard fighting Hali.