The Clubhouse Report: June 4, 2012
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What a pleasant surprise this am, flat calm seas and sunshine…yes, a warm morning and no wind and rain….was I still in bed dreaming? The nicest day of the season so far, off to a good start today.
I started my day in Pillar Bay at the crack of 7 am. Arrived on scene to witness a sea lion devouring a king of about 18 lbs, hmmm, dropped the gear anyways. Bait around, looked good, tide slowing, but the lions arrived in force, so had to pull the plug. Off to Gunia, a fair number of boats mooching, but word was three chinook hooked, two swiped by the lions.
Now 9:30 am Kory had a tip and talked me into Coho Point, Conman had a fish hit deep off the rigger. I arrived on scene and saw a parade of lions, no fish on. I sunk my gear to 93 feet and thump thump, could this be my first fish of the day? A screaming chicken on the line, rod buckled, hmmm, oh there it is…a lion had my chicken, did retrieve the head, way to go screamer!
Next I saw Scott with a chicken, and yes it wrapped up on his cannon ball, and seconds later an explosion, the rock dog almost jumped aboard and swiped his chicken, Scott squeaked out a high pitch yelp, scared him!
Now what to do? Headed out to 300 feet and sank the gear to 150 feet, back rod mooching at 15 pulls, had it covered and poured a tea, time for a troll. Not ten minutes in, the back rod buckles, a King on the line. My guest sets the hook and after a 15 min. battle we have a 19 lber aboard.
Not a lot of fish on the dock this am, but the weather was awesome, so half the crew headed off for hali in the afternoon, leaving the diehard chinook fishers with lots of room. Kory, Brent, Bud, and a few others joined me out west and wow, a few springs showed up. We all had a few chances, Kory landing a high teener, we had three to the boat, Buckshot had a twenty, Hans had a fish, lost one, Bud had a thump in Mutton Bay, yes some fish showing. The wind was howling Northwest, but we could fish it, and had some fun for three hours. Most of us rushed in about 5:30 to see the Kings thump the Devils and take the three game lead in the series, all cheering Willie Mitchell on, our lodge patron and number 33 on your program. What a great run Willie, we want the cup!
The hali was good, everyone had fish to 60 lbs or so, Todd is on a hali roll! The water was a tad rough, and some good humor took place between Conman and the fleet, as he left the grounds. Lesson learned today,when pulling your anchor, drag your float or anchor lift well away from the fleet before retrieving your anchor line, it can get ugly in a hurry ha ha!
So a few more chinook are arriving now, top fish today was a 27 lber. Out west the fish have been a bit larger, and less lions on patrol, so that is a positive. Whales feeding are now here, so we have some bait showing as well, all good signs the run is about to blow into Dixon Entrance for a some food, rest and relaxation. The weather is in our favour now, so we will be looking around out in the deep as well, should have a tyee to report on tomorrow. Thanks for checking in and will have a full out west report tomorrow night if we score, goodnight from the Clubhouse, Mike Tonnesen, Head Guide, Screamer