October is for Sea-run cutts

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Chester Allen, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Great info from the Coastal Cutt crowd.
    I'm not a biologist but I do play one on TV.
    In the 14 years of living on Case Inlet, which is
    then furthest you can go on Puget Sound, I have
    found more cutts and bigger cutts on average. Biggest
    here was just over 20 inches with a handfull in the 18
    range. The fishing usually is good through Turkey Day.
    The reports from the East side of the Canal have been even
    better than here. I would not be suprised to see the State
    Record (photos only) broken on Hoods Canal in the next few years.

  2. Here's a nice 14 incher I got last week in my local South Sound creek. Next cast I got one that pushed 18 but didn't take a pic. All in all got 4 on a simple unweighted brown and grizzly woolly bugger. I agree every year in the last 6 or so has seen more and larger fish. This creek implemented catch and release last year and that's helped as well.

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  3. Love the spotting on that fish--all the way up to the tip of the lower jaw!

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  4. That is one serious looking Sea Run.
  5. Sweet looking fish
    All the spots!
  6. Nice thread with some great pics! Inspired me to get out last weekend and walk the beach for a couple of hours. Landed a couple of small ones, and lost a few others. Definitely a good time!

  7. All this on a Puget Sound creek -- in the middle of a LOT of people. Good news -- and great fish.
  8. Chester;
    if I buy your book will you take me fishing???
  9. It sounds like most of you fish the south sound for Cutts. I made a decision in August to stop spending so much time lurking on this site and to go out and explore my local river. I fished at least three times a week until we had a our first rains. I had some great times and am now hooked on SRC. Tomorrow I'm going to venture out to fish the salt for the first time. The nearest local beach is Kayak point, so I guess I'll start there. I've got an assortment of clousers, and other salt baitfish patterns. I've heard of using poppers before, which sounds like a lot of fun. If I have anything to report I'll be sure to fill everyone in!
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  10. Bradley,

    If you read my book, you will be fishing with me -- at least in some way. I'll always happily answer any questions, although I won't reveal my beaches. I hope my book gives you the tools to find and learn great beaches on your own, which is just as fun as actually catching fish.

    I know that I'm going to be part of Doug Rose's terrific Cutts and Chum weekend in Port Townsend sometime early next year -- I think it's going to be in late February or early March. Lots of great anglers there -- Leland, Doug, Jeff Delia and more, and it's a great time for not a ton of money. Check out Doug Rose's website. Fly shops also have great sea-run cutt classes and seminars.

    And who knows? We may find ourselves fishing together someday....
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  11. We fish the south sound this time of year for searuns for a reason. The fish are still on the beach and not in the rivers.

  12. yep, that tis the problem in the north sound. we get rain, and the cutts shoot upstream. too much rain and they are off to the creeks and small streams.
  13. Chester:

    You are, of course, absolutely right. I've always loved being on any beach, and angling for cutthroat is just one more reason why. I found myself fishing a low, incoming tide this week, in the South Sound. The water was still as light, and it was drizzling. Water was pouring slowly off of my fishing hat. I was casting with my new Echo rod. Streamers and poppers failed to produce anything that had fins to photograph - but you know what? The herons and the fog and the October color were all reflected in that quiet salt water and I couldn't imagine a better place to be.

  14. October is worm season. Look for 4'-6' deep, fast water, the more like steelhead runs the better. Use a 1 1/2"-2" worm pattern, color doesn't seem to matter, rabbit strips are ok. Fast sinking integrated shooting head or full sinking lines. Be alert during the hang and while stripping in
  15. For the past three weeks I have been on vacation so today was the first day which I have fished for sea-run cutthroat this month. It was pretty good fishing but not red hot as I landed 7 fish in the 12 to 14 inch range with no large ones hooked up. Sea-run cutthroat were landed on Jeff's squid skater pattern and chartreuse/white clouser minnow. Most fish were found near estuary areas. The biggest problem seemed to be some chum salmon were jumping/splashing around which appeared to scatter/spook the sea-run cutthroat.

  16. Went out today in Area 13 and went 1/3. Not a whole lot going on except for getting wet and cold. Although there was zero wind which was nice as this location has issues when the wind is even 5 knots.

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