Seems like it was just yesterday that I stepped on David’s boat and we slid out under the phantom morning sky with the smell of the salt in our faces with the lights of the marina to our backs. This is the best time of the day, first light. The anticipation, the heartbeat of a fisherman. As a full crew aboard the newly re-powered Olympic made its way beyond the Edmonds breakwater we all were happy to be alive.
How can you not, living in a the best part of the country during salmon season. With summer behind us, we looked to cooler temps, less smoke in the air and feisty silver salmon. We pushed out to about 400 FOW and sent one downrigger down about 60′ and the other below that. I had rigged up a purple haze flasher with hootchie and salted herring strip on the newly built Skulk custom rod that my friend Dov built for trolling.
The time before the sun crests is the best time for coho, they seem to be less weary and most feisty in the sound. This coupled with fishing around the tide change is usually good indication that you might be able to put some blood on the deck.
While we only planned to fish a short time, which we did at less than 3 hours, we were able to put 4 fish into the cooler. Two fish were average cookie cutters, with the other two slightly larger than average.
The only person that didn’t get to land a fish was Ryan, but as we neared our curfew as we all had to get going to work. At 08:30 came, the breakfast bell must have rung as my rod was again bouncing and we had a fish to send everyone home with, great times on the Puget Sound!