Cutts & Coho

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  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Hit the beach today with board member Dave (Go Fish) and Johnny P.
    Fun day on the water with the weather turning out better then expected.
    Lots of fish showing. It was just one of those days. Lots of hit, ldr's etc.

    Dave wasn't able to fish as long as John and I did. I think between John and I we went something like 4 for 16. Just couldn't keep them pinned but still fun regardless.

    On a side note, I heard the forecast is for nearly 900,000 Puget Sound coho this summer. If that holds true and the fish show up we could be looking at a fourth consecutive year of good coho fishing.
    SF
     
  2. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Heading out tomorrow for some beach action, thanks for the positive post and grats on a fun day!! Lets hope for a good run this summer!
     
  3. Nick Clayton

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    Nice report, Brian. sounds like a fun day. Warmer than my day im sure.

    Love to hear that coho forecast!!!!! God I cant wait till the summer.
     
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    What are the odds some of those coho, that will be biters, will be headed south of Tacoma?
     
  5. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    From what I heard South Sound coho numbers will be up.
    Whether they bite is another story.
    SF
     
  6. Alexander

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    Nice, at least someone's getting action! Good for you guys! The spots I've been hitting are flat out dead, no signs of life even. Spots I know normally hold fish but completely dead now. Seen boats milling around but word is they did poorly. I need to kill this skunk funk I've been on! :/
     
  7. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Things should pick up on the chum fry start dropping out of the creeks.
    My buddy who lives on the beach said he started seeing schools of small fish swimming by his place starting late last week.
    Seems a bit early for chum fry but I guess it is possible.
    I've been averaging 150-200 miles per day over the last month to find some action. If you are willing to be mobile it will help your chances.
    SF
     
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  8. Patrick Allen

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    Could be pink fry?
     
  9. Alexander

    Alexander Fishon

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    Yeah, I stepped out of my comfort zone (my usual fishing locations) to search for action. But nada. I agree and think we're on the verge of action since the seals are out and scouting as well. (their presence has been lacking prior to this weekend-at least visually) Maybe I should have noted that when the seal swam parallel to the beach and just moved on that I should have as well. :). I hit up 4 different spots yesterday by car and on foot and saw seals moving by two of them but not hanging around.

    Next time I'll be hitting the previously planned locations. I've had various people tell me that they've been seeing big schools of baitfish in the sound
     
  10. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Patrick,
    They could be but Hood Canal doesn't get many pinks. I think the run projection for the canal last year was only 55K.
    I've never seen pinks in the areas I've been fishing but I've caught a lot of chums there.
    My buddy said the fish he saw were silver gray in color with dark parr marks. He said there were about 50 fish each in the two schools he saw.
    SF
     
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    Parr marks would pretty much indicate chum fry. Pink fry are very silvery with a conspicuous lack of markings of any kind.
     
  12. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    OK, I'm blowin' the dust off of my fly rods. I need to have something to curse at, and March is known for its "breeziness." (Not saying the "W-word" per request of Jim Speaker).
     
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    I've been running into chum fry both in the bay and the canal, I was a little surprised cause it's a bit early for chum, but they're out there. Took this photo a few days ago in the canal...

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    It's definitly getting to be that time... I'm getting the itch. Sounds like a good coho report, thanks.
     
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    Could the mild/dry winter have something to do with their early departure? Seems like an obvious difference from an "average" year. This is the time of year I always get pulled in too many directions...fishing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, etc. :confused: Need to get out soon though!
     
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    I made it out yesterday for my first ever day chasing cuts on salt with a fly rod. Golfman44 took me out in exchange for steelhead (and then as it turned out stillwater information). I landed one in the first spot we stopped and missed three others. What I discovered was if a fish rose and you could land your fly quickly by it the fish would take. I witnessed four rises that I could cast to quick enough and on all the fish took my fly. I fished three different patterns, so I really don't think the pattern matters much. I did see some chum fry at our first spot, but not many.

    We moved to another area, and I did see a fish rise there but in an attempt to fish a deeper water slot with some current I had put on an indicator and a marine worm pattern. I still had it on when that fish rose. I casted hard and my indicator slipped down to my fly. Two strips later the fish came up and slammed my indicator. I looked to be a nice fish but I didn't have a hook attached to the indicator so I lost him.

    I'm looking forward to really chasing silvers this summer again.
     
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    One time I took the kids out and we fished one of those casting bobbers. So you fish a U l spinning rod with the casting bobber (partly water filled) and a fly underneath it. Upon retrieval an SRC slammed the bobber...the kids got excited and started cheering...it was fun. In my experience, if there are SRC and you cast (nearly) anything near them they'll ambush it. - fun fish no doubt when they're around and ready to play.

    No I need to get our move to a new home over with so I can get back at them. 2 more weeks! Hate moving! :)
     
  18. Stonefish

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    doublebluff Go Beavs

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    Great pic of the fry. Sure wish I could get up there more.
     
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    How do they come up with the numbers in this forecast?

    I think it would be appropriate to have the 2013 Forecast vs. Actual to see if they were even in the ballpark last year.
     
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