August Pink Reports

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by jwg, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. I took a drive at lunch today & saw 9 commercial fishing boats working between Redondo and Des Moines. I wonder if the lull in the South Sound run is due to commercial fishing? Any thoughts? Is there a way to determine the commercial fishing schedule?
  2. what i was seeing early on had me wondering as well.
    but i think that the temp of the rivers and amount of water still coming down IS moving these fish more quickly.
    fished the snoho on monday. action was strong for about and hour and a half. then it just died fast.
    fish just were not there. they move out quick as soon as the tide came up.
    so thats my 2 cents on this year.
    gonna be very interesting to see how the coho do this year. i think they will follow what the pinks are doing and move up quick.
  3. Bubba's right, KDL, I have been landing for shit in the "red zone." Looking forward to a solid second half, though. Go Cougs!!! :)
  4. I dont think they are netting for pinks. I was around them in my boat last week and they were diving. I think either getting clams or ducs, didn't see any nets deployed.
  5. Been having a lot of fun on an area 11 Beach. There have been ups and downs the past two weeks, but it's close enough to home to hit it for an hour or two every other day or so.

    This is my biggest so far:

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  6. After most of 2 weeks at BP I've had 5 hookups with 2 on the beach. 4 of the hookups were in the first 3 days. Drove down to check on 8/9 in the evening and there must have been a school going through because shouts of "fish on" were coming fast a furious up and down the north side beach. Since then it's been s-l-o-o-w. A good day is more than 6 fish in 2-3 hours up and down the (visible) beach.
    Lot's of Game Warden appearances checking for licenses and barbs though. After getting the "fish-eye" because my barb on a stainless had snapped when crimped I went home and spent some time with a file.
    Last couple of mornings I've watched the commercials heading out from Tacoma northbound and I haven't seen nets on deck. Just dive flags on the mast.
  7. I literally had bleeding knuckles this morning. I know I've said it a few times already.... But the fish this year must be on roids or something. The females are typically easy to dominate and horse in... But those bigger males are just tearin it up.

    I went 4 for 9, Matt Smith went like... 1 for 5, and Constructeur went 1 for 8. Didn't see much of anything else caught by the others who were around.
  8. You have it figured out!
  9. Sure, I guess so. I haven't been skunked on a single trip yet, salt or river (actually, my first trip on the salt this season left me with one lost at the boat, none landed).

    I don't follow reports. I go find my own spots and fish. 90% of my catching this season has been in off the radar spots. If I was standing nut to butt with everyone else in the combat lines, you'd probably be getting similar (similar as in "they're all gone!") reports from me. I'm definitely no jedi... I just fish a lot, so it may have the illusion that I am good at this.
  10. I have been out looking in MA 8 several times in the last week and things have been very slow for me. Last night the fish activity was the best I've seen so far, but still a far cry from what I would usually see for this time of the year in a pink year. I've enjoyed good fishing in the area through labor day so we'll see if things pick up but I think there is something to the argument that the fish are not staging as much as usual this year.
  11. man, another epic morning in area 11 with non stop action. Saw at least 4 BIG schools in 4-15' of water, fished from 6-1030am. Fought a BIG chrome buck for 10 minutes that was at least 8-10 lbs, had it 2' from the boat then it spit my fly out, darn! Pink fishing is getting better by the day! Waahoo!

  12. The lesson here is that the fish are on the move, and if you're bank bound you probably should be too. When people come back from the south sound, with reports of heaps of slime around, and tannin stained water with very few fish/no fish hooked, they really shouldn't expect much to be different the very next day when there is going to be the same small tide change.

    I think the lowely pink is handing out quite a few ass kickings this time around.
  13. Seems like all of the anecdotal and empirical data from this years run suggest that the problem in MA11 has been a shortage of fish, rather than an overabundance of fishermen. Just about all of the reports back from the Puyallup combat fishery suggests that the folks fishing there are doing reasonably well.

    I've shifted away from MA11 for the most part, but when I was in the Redondo area last Saturday it was just my father in law and I, and maybe 5-6 other boats working a good mile of water by the shore. Even if someone had private access to a secret spot the odds that they would have gotten into lots of fish are pretty low.

    Anyhow - you've got to be where the fish are, and you seem to have that pretty well dialed. Thanks for posting your reports and giving the those of us in the head-scratching crew reason to keep after it.
  14. My last trip to MA11, on the beach, was a 20+ fish day for three of us. This was last week on a day when everyone complained of the place being absolutely dead.

    They're out there, they're just not following usual patterns. They're behaving differently overall than in 2009 in their travelling, fly preference, and even fighting ability.
  15. the fish are back on point, that rain brought alot in and the south sound water has cleared up. i recommend you get to a south sound beach, be there at hightide. yesterday was crazy starting at 230 pm. right now the crowds/gear is on the river, they will b back when the word gets out.
  16. My Favorite Fishing Poem:

    The Blind Men and The Elephant

    It was six men of Indostan,
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation Might satisfy the mind.

    The first approached the elephant,
    And, happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl;
    'God bless me! but the elephant Is very like a wall!'

    The second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried: 'Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an elephant
    Is very like a spear!'

    The third approached the animal,
    And,happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    'I see', quoth he,' the elephant Is very like a snake!'

    The fourth reached out his eager hand,
    And felt about the knee:
    ' What most this wondrous beast is like Is mighty plain,'quoth he;
    ' Tis clear enough the elephant Is very like a tree!'

    The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: 'E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an elephant Is very like a fan!'

    The sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Than, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    'I see', quoth he, 'the elephant
    Is very like a rope!'

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right
    And all were in the wrong

    —John Godfrey Saxe
  17. I finally landed one today at PNP - second cast of the day so I let it swim off so I could keep fishing. As usual, no more bites for me. I did see more fish caught today than on previous outings.
  18. Well played Paul. It would not take much to transform that poem so that it addressed 6 fly fishermen describing the "best" fly rod:
    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right
    And all were in the wrong.
  19. The only things I can say about this years run that are objectively true are that I didn't *actually* need to stock up on mega amounts of brown sugar, kosher salt, and garlic in early August and that it was quite a bit easier to log lots of time on the water when I was unemployed back in '09.
  20. Relax folks. The bulk of the fish are still coming. I spent only a short amount of time on the beach this morning before an SOS from my wife forced me to quit and while there I had two LDR, saw another dozen or so from the beach and at least a dozen from the dock. The tides have shifted in the past week so they are going out early and then coming in mid-day. The rain definitely helped though there wasn't really much of it here and the water clarity in the morning is really excellent. Later on in the morning it clouds up and the warm weather brings the North winds resulting in a lot of debris and sea weed being pushed into the North facing beaches at Des Moines, Redondo, Dumas, Dash Point, and Browns Point. All this changes the fishing patterns but they are nothing I haven't seen in the past three runs. I'd say everything seems pretty normal other than the runs might be delayed by high water and runoff as suggested earlier in the post. It makes sense to me so I'm not panicking. I still have four days left to fish before school starts and then the evenings so I expect to get a few more before it's all said and done for the run.

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