Had an itch that only a black rockfish could scratch so the only thing I could do this weekend as go to Neah Bay. The rockfish posse consisted of me, Anil and Ed D. We crashed out in the cheapest motel we could find then launched early Sunday morning. Everything was going splendid until we got around the breakwater. My main outboard is a 90hp merc, only 2 years old. It sputters and dies. "No problem!" I'm thinking, it's happened before, go to start it back up and nada. We spent about 40 minutes horsing with it while puttering around with my 8hp backup. After much fiddling (I know nothing about motors) I was finally able to get it running by turning the key really fast. I suspect the culprit was a flooded engine or a gummy carb. The day was saved and off we went. As for the fishing, it started out pretty slow, a fish or two at each spot we usually check. Finally after 3 or so hours of moving around we got into a big school underneath a nice kelp patty. Then it was bananas for about 2 hours. I usually fish a 7wt crosscurrent GLX, as a backup I brought a 6wt Xi2, I also had a backup reel that I brought, it happened to be spooled up with my 8wt steelhead floating line. I ended up putting the xi2 together and rigging up a popper on my 8wt line. The end result was catching a handfull of rockfish each on poppers and raising countless others. Popper fishing in itself is fun, popper fishing for blackrockfish is crack. They dont mess around, they usually come tearing up from the bottom and explode all the way out of the water. I managed to get some video of one of the takes, I converted it into an animated .gif - it's too big to add as an attachment, you can load it by hitting the link below. Dialup users: it's 10 megs so you might wanna skip it http://fishing.surrealistic.net/waff/rockfish_poppin.gif I had intended to take more photos and try to do some more underwater video shots, but damm is it hard to stop fishing when the fishing is good! In the end I dont know how many fish we caught or lost, one of those days where you loose track after that first one. Now I'm stuck at work trying to figgure out when the next time I can get out there will be.