Spring and Summer Fun- 2013

Diane and I have had a busy spring/summer this year, and as we move into the monsoon season in the Northwest, we thought we would recap what we’ve been up to.  We continued fishing for kokanee during the months of April and into May with good success.. We are still learning this fishery, next spring will be better…

Kokanee- Lake Merwin

Kokanee- Lake Merwin

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In the cooler it went!

We also did a little sturgeon fishing, this was the last year for keeping sturgeon, so we made the best of it…

Abby waiting for the bite

Abby waiting for the bite

It didn't take long!

It didn’t take long!

Let's get another one Mama!

Let’s get another one Mama!

A great fish for Diane

A great fish for Diane

Wow!

Wow!

And another!

And another!

Annalysa gets in the game

Annalysa gets in the game

Tannyr's first sturgeon.  This was a proud moment for us!

Tannyr’s first sturgeon. This was a proud moment for us!

Even got Darrin in the game!  His first sturgeon as well

Darin with his very first sturgeon

Thanks Mama for taking me fishing today!

Thanks Mama for taking me fishing today!

I'll guard the fish!

I’ll guard the fish!

Next up, a great trip to the San Juan’s with our best friends Darin and Karin for ling cod and shrimp… Some of the best times of our lives are spent here.

Home away from home

Home away from home

Like no place on earth

Like no place on earth

Diane's first ling

Diane’s first ling

one for the grill

one for the grill

teeth anyone?

teeth anyone?

Darin gets in the act

Darin with his best ever ling

nothing like a little Jack to get the day going

nothing like a little Jack to get the day going

keep your hands away from that mouth..

keep your hands away from that mouth..

great eats!

best eating fish bar none!

a fish of a lifetime!

a fish of a lifetime!

where's Waldo?

my best Kilroy imitation

setting the shrimp pots

setting the shrimp pots

pulling the pots- there's 600 foot of line to coil

pulling the pots- there’s 600 foot of line to coil

a full pot, time to grade them out

a full pot, time to grade them out

they're everywhere!

they’re everywhere!

what a great smile

what a great smile and a job well done!

nice fish, Erik!

nice fish, Erik!

let's go already

let’s go already

at the top of Henry

at the top of Henry

best friends, best of times..

best friends, best of times..

a great day

a great day

Wescott Bay

Wescott Bay

spring flowers on Henry Island

spring flowers on Henry Island

shrimp and ling cod- nothing finer!shrimp and ling cod- nothing finer!

And of course, we caught a LOT of salmon!

early March in the San Juan's

early March in the San Juan’s

Jay got us started with this nice blackmouth

Jay got us started with this nice blackmouth

fish scales are always a sign fishing is good

fish scales are always a sign fishing is good

fish on!

fish on!

one for the table

one for the table

Darin with a really nice blackmouth

Darin with a really nice blackmouth

day's catch

day’s catch

stack em up Jay!

stack em up Jay!

we love silvers!

we love silvers!

another silver for the cooler

another silver for the cooler

let's have some kings too..

let’s have some kings too..

plugging the boat

plugging the boat

A great day's fishing!

A great day’s fishing!

As we move into the fall and winter season, there are always more to do and catch.  Winter kings, steelhead, and silvers to name a few.  It has been a wonderful year so far, filled with love, adventure, and great times fishing. ….

Tight Lines!

Kokanee

Trolling for Kokanee

Trolling for Kokanee

Last Sunday, Diane and I took our little boat up to Lake Merwin to try our hand at kokanee fishing.  We had never fished for them before, but after reading a couple of blog posts and watching a fishing show on Saturday night, we decided to give it a try.  I put the boat on the hitch and we enjoyed the scenery on the 30 minute drive up the Lewis River on the way to our destination.  Once there, we got the boat in the water and headed out across the smooth surface.

calm day on the water

calm day on the water

I got the poles rigged and into the depths. To both of our surprise,  it was only about 10 minutes till we had the first one on and into the boat.  Great start to a great day!  From there however, not another nibble was seen and I spent a lot of time untangling lines.

Our first and only kokanee today...

Our first and only kokanee today…

We are new to this kind of fishing, and after further reading,  discovered that we need to purchase some different types of gear to become more effective catching fish and less effective getting tangled.  Even though we didn’t catch a lot of fish, it was an awesome day spent with  just the two of us on the water, fishing and laughing together!

lots of fish in the water

lots of fish in the water

 

reflections on a great day

reflections on a great day

 

 

 

Tight Lines………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Our little run about….

A little before the New Year, Diane and I found a cute little 13′ Bluewater runabout on Craig’s List and decided to pull the trigger.  For $500, the boat was really clean and had a nice running 18hp Mercury 2-stroke engine on it.  We had to do a small amount of fixing, but it has turned out to be quite a nice addition to our family for use in our local lakes.  It’s pretty crowded for any more than two when you want to fish, and certainly our pup Abby can’t come along, but other than that, it’s perfect for our intended use.  Our son Ryan made this video to celebrate the first launch and short run around the small lake near our home.  Please ignore the “no wake” buoy we fly by… 🙂

 

 

Tight Lines………

Sturgeon City

On Sunday, my two boys and I put the boat in the water and went hunting for sturgeon.   It is still catch and release,  but we have a great time anyways.  The chance to catch a very large fish is always a great time.

Must have gained a little weight since I put these on last… LOL!

We got the boat in the water and into position and anchored up.  The fish finder started marking fish right away and it wasn’t 10 minutes till we got our first fish, a nice 39″ fatty.

First fish of the day, only took 10 minutes!

The bites kept coming and we were able to put the hurt on a lot of fish.  The day ended with me catching a 41″ sturgeon.

Last fish of the day….

It was a great day, lots of bites and lots of fish.

Gear Used:

  • Shimano 9′ Talora rod,

  • Shimano Calcutta reel spooled with 80lb Power Pro braid

  • Gamakatsu 6/0 circle hooks

  • Pacific Herring

Looking forward to the next trip!

Tight Lines…..

Waiting for metalheads…

November is a transition time in the Northwest.  The fall runs of salmon are all but done, and it’s still early for the big runs of winter steelhead.  There are still some fish to be caught, although few and far between.  Last Saturday I gave it a go on one of my local rivers, the North Fork of the Lewis, hoping that I may be able to coax a fish out of the river.  All up and down the bank were scattered carcasses of spawned out salmon – chinook and silvers.  I spent a couple hours throwing just about everything I had in the tackle box at the water, but never got a sniff.   The last couple days have seen the rivers blowing out due to all of the rain we’ve had (4+inches in two days!), but I’m sure that when they start to come back to fishable levels, there will be a lot of fish in the water again.  I cannot wait!!

Beautiful fall water

 

Bobber and jig fishing

 

all ready for steelhead

 

Gear used:

  • Shimano Stradic CI4 reel spooled with 20lb power pro braid, 8ft ,mono leader
  • Shimano Claurus rod, 9 ft fast action
  • First bite jig, any color as long as it’s pink!

 

Tight Lines…..

 

 

Boot Shopping on the Lewis River

Boot shopping

On Sunday afternoon, Diane and I loaded up Abby and went down to a local river in search of a steelhead or salmon.  The Lewis River is about 15 minutes from home and has a couple of nice runs of fish every year.  The monsoon season has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and I was hoping that all of the fresh water in the river would serve as a catalyst to get the fall runs started.  As it turned out, there were fish in the water, however, they were what was left of the spring runs.  A salmon that has spent a lot of time in fresh water and has either just spawned or is about to turns a dark brown color and loses all dinner appeal.  Hence the word “boot.”  Not many people will eat one of these beasts, and for the most part they are not worth the effort to put on the smoker either.  As I was throwing a growing collection of spinners in the water, I noticed several of these “boots” rolling at the head of the pool.  After a couple of hours of watching them and looking for fresher alternatives, we called it a day.   Seeing salmon in a river makes any day great, hopefully in a couple of years I will hook into one of their progeny……

Gear Used:

-Shimano Stradic reel loaded with 12lb power pro

-Laminglass 9’6″ rod

-Blue Fox spinners, Hot Shots, various spoons in assorted colors

Tight Lines!