Sunday, August 21, 2005

Second entry into my Washington state fishing Blog! WooHoo!!!!!! It should be my third but man am I getting lazy! Not good.

Well last weekend I went out and tried some more surf fishing. Took the camera but being drenched in saltwater, I decided against using the camera. I caught a total of 7 keeper surfperch in about 3 hours. Not bad. Caught a bunch more undersized dungeness crab and a few more smaller perch. I opted to use a lighter rod which limited my casting range.

The bite is definitely the best about 2 hours after low tide. The perch appeared to be in range of my lighter tackle for only about an hour but it was a lot more fun than using a rod that I would consider overkill for even the King Salmon in Alaska. I used clam necks on a size 4 gamakatsu hook. I also caught a few using a red and white crappie jig with a piece of Berkely Gulp artificial crab. I just tore off a chunk of the crab and sweetened the jig and it seemed to work well.

Well the story today is that I caught my first "real" large mouth bass. It was 18 inches and I guess it was 3 pounds or better. Nothing huge but it was pretty cool. It came on a 4 inch motor oil colored worm rigged texas style. I pulled it out of a bunch of lily pads. Snapped a few pictures then released it.
The other "cool" thing was that minutes earlier using the same worm, I caught a really nice perch.
The perch was nothing huge but the thing that allows it to make my fishing highlights is that it's the first fish I have ever caught on a rubber worm. Now that may not seem like a big deal but ever since I was a kid, I read about how everyone catches fish using the plastic worms. It took me forever to figure out how to rig the worm weedless style.

Until you catch a few fish on any new lure or rig, you just don't have the confidence in it. So now I can say I have confidence in the worm rig. It worked pretty much as advertised. Snaked through the lily pads without hanging up and when a fish hit, they pretty much engulfed it and held on for a few seconds allowing me to set the hook. I was amazed that my super ultralight rod had enough backbone to bury the hook, but it seemed to work okay especially since I had berkley fireline and gamkatsu hooks. Just goes to show you that even an old dog like me can learn new tricks!!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Well gang, I did something I said I would never do....I moved out of Alaska. I can't believe it myself. With the chores of a new job, I haven't fished at all for the past 6 months. Now I am back again thanks to my buddy Ryo who visited from Japan to get me kicked started again.

I now live in Grays Harbor County in Western Washington State. The fishing opportunities are tremendous here. Almost as good as Alaska. You can still visit my website at but I am going to try this format for a while to see how it works.

My first fishing was actually several months ago when I took a charter out of Westport to try my hand at some bottom fishing. We hammered black rockfish and ling cod all day long. Unfortunately we were using halibut rods, mono, fishing 150 feet down catching mainly 2 pound rockfish. While the hits were fun, it was cranking up dead weight as far as the fishing part went.

Thanks to my buddy Ryo from Japan visiting for the past week, I managed to catch a variety of new species. This time of year is relatively dead for fishing. But we still manageed to try a few different things.

First we head out and try our luck at the Quinault River. Summer Steelhead and cutthroat were the targets. We only saw one steelhead that followed the lure but didn't strike. We did manage to catch several dozen cutthroat trout. While they weren't big at around 12 inches, after 30 years of fishing I was still able to catch a new species so it made my day.

Over the next week we hit several different locations. We fished Duck Lake out of a canoe on several days. The best we could manage was a pound and a half large mouth bass. We also caught crappies and perch. While nothing was huge, they were new species for me and Ryo so it was worth the trip. We caught them on assorted rapala, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and top water poppers.

The best fishing was at Roosevelt Beach for redtail surfperch. The first day out, we managed 20 surfperch with the biggest going 2 pounds. Another new species! We caught them surfcasting using clam necks for bait. We also caught a ton of undersized dungeness crabs. All of them on a single hook and clams for bait. Makes you wonder how many of them are out there when we catch more crabs than perch.

The final fishing trip was on the Westport Jetty where Ryo caught a 17 inch cabezon and I caught several small black rockfish and one small greenling. The most amazing sight were the massive schools of small baitfish (someone said anchovies) and the seal and porposes they attracted. The rockfish were caught on small single tail white plastic grubs and Ryo's cabezon came on a small lead jigging spoon. I may have to head back with a few sabiki rigs to see if I can't jig up a few of the anchovies if the schools are still there.

Well let's see if I can't do a bit more fishing now. The big fish don't start until late August but that's just around the corner. The fishing looks like it could be as every bit as good as Alaska. I'd say this area of the state is more rural than most of Alaska on the road system. I can't wait!!!!