Well here is another report from what feels like the tropics of the North. The weather has been flat and hot and the boats have been in every direction enjoying bottom fishing, salmon fishing and adventuring. The past few days had some great Chinook and Coho fishing, although there was only one Tyee caught the amount of high teens and twenties brought in were daunting. About mid trip the fishing went flat but miraculously the water temp dropped 7 degrees and the action was back on in full force. Nob Hill to Number 5, Preacher Rock and Arnies Hole, Sailor Rock and Kettle Inlet all gave up some great angling. The Coho remain at the top end of Aristazabal Island and they are growing, biggest for the trip so far and season was 13 pounds, with most others keeping 6-9 pounders. White and Black Flashers with anchovies and big Tomic spoons have remained the best tactic for all sizes.
With the flat conditions, this group laid waste to the ground fish in particular the ling cod. Our cutting was filled for two days with those big brown snakes that just kept coming in. Halibut fishing has improved offshore and boats are still hitting Russel Banks pretty hard with great catches. Biggest of the trip was over 100 pounds, or what we call a paddle “Hali”, If its longer then that she is over. Heavy meat trip to say the least , look forward to the days to come as it seems it is just getting going again with a new run of salmon in the area.
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