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September 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

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Northwest Wanderings: Surf fishing


Don Channell fishes for perch in the Pacific at North Cove, 12-miles south of Westport with a synthetic lure. The beach is at the end of Warrenton Cannery Road.

In the hierarchy of fish, trout are at the top, caught either in lakes or streams.

Second is Petrale sole, a deepwater flat fish.

Then come lingcod, ugly and unique to the West Coast. Then salmon.

But on this overcast day, Don Channell surf fishes for perch, fifth on his list.

Channell is a lifetime resident of Westport in Grays Harbor County which actually takes its name from an 18th century captain and fur trader, not the weather.

Calf-deep in the surf at North Cove 12-miles south of Westport he watches how the water breaks.

"Find the calmest spot just inside the waves and something will be trying to find its dinner there," including Channell.

He baits his line with a small, rubber salmon-colored centipede.

A tiny sculpin takes the lure. It's quickly returned to the Pacific by the retired commercial fisherman.

His first catch as a youngster was using a hand line around the dock for little shiners. He studied fisheries at the community college and once ran a small hatchery. Crabbing led to an appearance on the "Deadliest Catch" and Channell worked on draggers bringing in pollock and cod.

But on this gray day he takes three red-tail perch casting 50-yards out.

They'll be filleted, breaded and pan-fried for dinner.

Channell loves his coastal home. "This is one of the best places in the world."


The three red-tail perch Channell caught will be filleted, breaded and pan-fried.


Channell fishes for perch with a long pole and 20-pound test line at North Cove on the Pacific Ocean.

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