Another area 9 report but with a twist

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Tony, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Went to PNP this morning it was crowded as usual, started with a chartreuse over white tube fly that I've been having success with had no love at all for the first hour I was there and then suddenly as is so often the case I had a firm take could tell right away it was a good one, the fish gave a couple of hard head shakes and then blasted away at this point I'm thinking king or maybe a big hook nose when all of a sudden out of nowhere 2 orca surface right in front of me maybe 50' out,scary close, I feel a loss of tension thought I lost the fish then my line just started running out no stopping it not real fast but steady as hell, that's when I realized one of the orca got my fish and I was probably going to lose my line along with it, I pointed my rod at the orca and tried to break off and after a couple of good hard tugs managed to break free or so I thought upon retrieving my line and most of my backing I found I had managed to straighten the hook enough to pull it free, this was completely insane it's the weirdest thing I've ever experienced.
    Tony
     
  2. Other things that commonly eat hooked fish . . .Largemouth bass, Bull trout, Lingcod, Seals . . .Orca for the win!! Bet that's a once-in-a-lifetime day on the beach and a story to share for the rest of your life.
     
  3. That. Is. Awesome.

    Basically, you should just start telling people about the time you were fly fishing for Orca...
     
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  4. Nice ;) I've had bass and an Osprey steel hooked fish from my line but your Orca is WINNING..
     
  5. WOW....wish I'd seen that.

    dk
     
  6. That's cool. Worth the price of a fish.
     
  7. Orca season is closed in map area 9 :D
     
  8. I am pretty sure targeting orcas is against regulations

    Glad you didn't loose your line

    Great story to telling the great grand kids someday

    thanks for sharing it
    next time I hope the orcas eats the sea lion that took your fish and you get the fish back
     
  9. I made it out later in the day, windy as hell. I wish I had seen the orcas, but at least I took home a 6-7lb buck.
     
  10. Time to get a heavier rod... And a bigger BBQ!
     
  11. Wow that's nuts! Badass! Thanks for sharing the story!
     
  12. Read the regs. If clipped, it's still open I think?
     
  13. Isn't an orca part of a
    mass movement of people
    thing?

    Nice fish Rob.
     
  14. Time to retire and frame that fly....and then tie up some similar ones....Orca fly swap?
     
  15. dude, kinda like watching JAWS for the first time, took a while before I went back into the water! That is SCARY!
     
  16. Best. Story. Ever.
     
  17. I was three people away and saw them as well. I would say they were even closer, more like 30 feet than 50 away, and there were three of them. One of the most amazing sights I have seen on the water.
     
  18. That is exceptional. Crazier yet when considering most of the orcas that travel in small groups (1 or 2-3) are usually "transients" which feed mostly on marine mammals rather than salmon like the Southern resident pod orcas (larger groups) which are salmon feeders.

    Maybe a seal grabbed the fish and then the orca grabbed the seal while it was trying to snack. Or maybe that orca just decided that the struggling salmon looked tasty.

    Whatever the scenario that is an awesome experience.
     
  19. There were a number of gear guys talking about it this morning on the beach...you're famous! haha My morning wasn't as exciting, but I still managed to hook up (with salmon...not whales).
     
  20. That is crazy!! That will be one of those moments you'll remember for the rest of your life like it just happened. I've heard of that happening from a boat, with gear rods, but never from the shore and with a fly! Wow
     

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