CH Report: A Few Tyee Rolling Through! ~ July 21, 2016
July 21, 2016 | 2048 Views
A foggy night in here, a chill in the air, fireplace stoked up. Just in from fishing so here is the update as of WED night.
Some very large fish rolled through the last couple days in here. Dave McGlothlin started out the recent surge grabbing a 33 lber out at Lacy with myself, fishing shallow with the stern weight rods. Below is the picture of a very nice Tyee before she was released back to swim home. Way to go Dave, the only Tyee of the trip.
The following trip was the highway fishery for three days, below is a pic of George and the gang with typical highway Chinook caught off the down rigger at 150 feet. Oodles of Coho around and plenty Chinook in the high teen low twenties. Two Tyee were taken on this trip, largest 35, on Jarred’s boat.
This brings us to the current trip, July 17 to 21. The 19th saw crazy pink numbers and loads of work, pinks for miles could be seen on the calm seas. Yes you could walk on they’re backs I am sure. In the afternoon, some monsters appeared on the WEST BANK, and at 4 pm we grabbed a 42 lb Chinook, Bob Gallagher the angler. This fish was a jumper, and boiled behind the boat 250 feet out on a single run. Plenty nerves and a dry throat for sure, but safely into the Hippa aquarium he went, to be revived and given medical clearance to continue on his way home. We took some great pictures, a few are posted below.
Bud and his gang were surprised with a 33 up at NONAME, angled at 160 feet.
So this am we were all thinking big Chinook, and sure enough, another monster was hit. Boat 7, Brent grabbed a 58 on the WEST BANK, which was also returned quickly back after a few pics I do not have. I am sure Deepwater Don will have the guest anglers name and a few details. Korey snuck a 32 lb fish into the net to be measured and released, so well done guys. The boats poured in and it was overly busy for awhile. Once that kelp shows up and the tide runs look out, ugly at times haha. A few blown gaskets with the humpies showing in massive numbers at times.
Late this afternoon a 55 was hit by NIL, so DEEPWATER will have a story to tell next update. Some pictures too I am sure.
So the large Chinooks do still exist, but these fish are not in numbers seen decades ago, so we all have to do our part and release these giants. When you are the lucky angler and get the monster, no better rush or feeling. It is what keeps most of us actively sitting on kelp beds and reefs, grinding away hoping it is our turn next. We are lucky to land these monsters, and carefully set them free, now that is a perfect day.
I hope the trend continues, and the size hangs around. Not huge numbers, but any day two over 50 are angled, excitement and a buzz among the guides runs rampant. Enjoy the pics and see you all soon on the local kelp beds.
Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer.