Inner Elliott Bay is the hot spot for king salmon
The inner bay, open Fridays to Mondays, has produced some of the best catches in Puget Sound, and this past Friday it was close to one king for every two boats.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Inner Elliott Bay continues to be the highlight of summer king fishing in Puget Sound, and a good number of fish landed have been of notable size.
Take OClaire J. Enstad of Edmonds, who was one of the lucky anglers to recently land a big king.
He and co-worker Daniel Gorun took the afternoon off from work on July 31 to watch the Blue Angels practice over Elliott Bay while taking in some time to go king fishing as well.
Around 3 p.m. Enstad landed an 11-pound hatchery king, and the hot, sunny day was off to a good start.
Both anglers decided to take a dinner break, and then headed back out to fish the evening low tide.
Around 8 p.m., Enstad's pole with a Hot Spot Flasher and hootchie took a nose dive, and after the ensuing battle he landed a 39-pound king. The big king measured out at 40 inches long and had a girth of 28 inches.
"My wife has caught some really nice fish in Elliott Bay, [and] I'm usually just the guy netting fish and taking pictures," Enstad said. "This was a nice change of pace, although she looks much better in the pictures.
"Daniel did a great job netting the fish, especially considering the fish was bigger than the net. Sunshine in Seattle, Blue Angels flying and big fish in the bay. We live in a special place."
State Fish and Wildlife checker Pete Sergeef who samples boats out of the Don Armeni boat ramp in West Seattle has seen numerous kings in the 20- to 30-pound category coming out of the bay this summer.
To top it off, the inner-bay, open Fridays to Mondays, has produced some of the best catches in Puget Sound, and this past Friday it was close to one king for every two boats [50 chinook landed for 100 boats].
"There have been some pretty big kings caught in the bay, and I saw two over 30 pounds [on Friday]," Sergeef said. "In the tribal gill-net fishery [last Wednesday] there was some bigger fish caught, and there was nothing over 30 pounds but very close to it. There was also a rumor of a 44 pounder taken last week."
Cast your line at perch derby
The Summer Beach Perch Fishing Derby at Westport is Aug. 15, and is hosted by the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce.
"This year's perch run has been very good, and now is a great time to fish for them," said derby spokesman Jim Jackson of Angler Charters in Westport. "You don't need special equipment to land a hefty catch, and the relaxed surf fishing makes it easy to visit with old friends and meet new ones."
Red-tail surf perch are the largest and most abundant species caught along the coast, and average 1 to 3 pounds.
The more popular spots are Grayland Beach, south of the South Jetty in Westport and near the jetty in North Cove.
Cost is $20 (80 percent of ticket sales go toward cash prizes), and must be purchased by 9 a.m. on day of the derby. Tickets are available at Angler Charters, Westport Chamber of Commerce, The Local Store in Grayland, and the Hungry Whale Gas & Grocery in Westport. Details: 800-422-0425 or 800-345-6223.
• The Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour is 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the REI Store, 222 Yale Ave. N. in Seattle. Hosts Sheri and Randy Propster will share their outdoor experience and expertise with hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts. They will also provide tips and advice on how to gear up for the outdoors, highlighting PrimaLoft-insulated products and sleeping bags. Details: www.getoutmore2009.com or www.rei.com.
• The Edmonds Coho Derby is Sept. 12 at the Edmonds Marina, and is the grand finale of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Tickets are on sale. Details: www.edmondscohoderby.com.
Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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