Pink Recon

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by hawaiianflyfisher, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. 8/1 Dash Point 5:30 - 8:00 AM - Tide was UP

    Dock was 1/2 full

    About 15 gear guys wading

    Really slow - 5 fish taken by gear guys over the duration of time I was there.

    No jumpers

    Might be a few more days before they arrive.

    NOTE - If you plan to release a fish please be kind to the fish. This morning a gear guy released a 12-15 inch pink that he didn't want to keep, but he was not too careful about it. It was really sad to see this fish flopping around for the last 10 minutes of it's life about 30 feet off the beach in front of all of us. It probably made a good snack for a sea lion.....

    A good, visual reminder for me ... thought I would pass it along.

    I keep some, and release some: For those that I release, I will be extra careful about it after seeing that.
  2. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Hey, and we saw some puffins too. That's pretty damn cool in my book.
  3. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Hey, I hooked up! Just decided to LDR.

    And yeah, seeing puffins was enough to make the trip worth it.
  4. knotabassturd

    knotabassturd New Member

    Excellent! I know some find pinks near the bottom of the salmon taste scale (they aren't quite as good as many fresh salmon species but even near the bottom are still way ahead of many other fish species in my book) and everyone's entitled to their opinion. But personally I love them when they are basically what you caught- fresh from the salt, on ice and BBQd in less than 24 hours! Not fresh coho or chinook but still not bad. The bright ones smoke up well too IMO.

    Maybe some of the bad rap/disdain for pinks is more tied to pinks bringing out hordes of people with very little clue about fishing or some with very little moral standard in the fishing sense (intentionally illegal snag and keep, exceed limit, etc). I know my 8 year old has little clue but am hoping for her to get her first pink this year.
  5. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    we saw puffins at neah bay a few weeks ago
    cool birds
    i don't think i have ever seen them in the puget sound south of pt
  6. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Totally correct, that is extremely cool. I had not seen them in the sound, nor did I know they were from here. I thought they were a colder environment bird.

    Agree on the puffins. Disagree on the LDR. One in four attending claims to have seen you hook up. The other three...not so sure!
  7. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

  8. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    thanks for the info
    i am better birder or "twitcher"(in england) than fisherman any day

    i still remember the mountain blue bird i saw at johns creek and not the stinky chum i flossed
  9. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    to bring it back to pinks
    i am taking the nephews to dumas bay this eve
    good luck out there
  10. 8/2 Dash Point 5:30 - 8:00 AM - Tide was UP

    Dock was 1/2 full

    About 12 gear guys wading

    9 fish taken by gear guys on the beach plus 5 on the pier over the duration of time I was there.

    Quite a bit of salad in the water = annoying.

    No jumpers

    Still on the slow side .... maybe a few more days.
  11. Salty Fly

    Salty Fly Member

    I don't post on here very often because once you have been through a season the threads are all the same. Topwater you have it exactly right, I also agree with Ibn. Part of the fun for me is standing on the deck with my friends all casting to, lets say Tuna, fly lines all over the place, and three or four of us hook up, the chaos is so much fun. Just for the record GT you are a dick.
  12. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

    Adding to the puffin tangent. When I used to spend summers in the San Juans, we would see puffins frequently at Iceberg Point at the south end of Lopez Island. Rarely, you could find them in Cattle Pass.

  13. Ben Guss

    Ben Guss Member

    Went fishing with a friend from our kayaks around Port Townsend and down in the Canal, due to the shitty weather on the straits. Lots of guys out, not too many fish. A few pinks where rolling by the mealhole on the Canal, but no hook ups from the plethora of fisherman. We had a great time regardless, got some nice crab and oysters!
  14. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

    Each return year we seem to hit the Pink Salmon right about 4th of July weekend while we are out Sea Run Coastal Cutthroat Trout flyfishing, up here in the Port Townsend area, south down to the upper Hood Canal etc. And from then on it's just about every trip, every week thereafter through the run that we catch them. Not every trip, but most trips.

    Without doing anything extra special; nine foot six weight rods, floating lines, nine foot tapered leaders, 3X to 4X tippets, with trout flies like Muddlers, Sculpin, Miyawaki Beach Poppers, Gartside Gurglers, Stimulators, Bill McMillan's Steelhead Caddis, Baitfish Clousers, Chum Babys and Beach Babys. We catch them using our usual and unusual trout presentations; mostly an old school wet fly swing or greased line drift, but all with a little more action to the fly, especially on the retrieve. So many of these fish hit our flies on the "hang" or "dangle", at the end of a drift or swing. Pink Salmon are very fun and hard hitting, fighting fish.
  15. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Hit the water with Steve Saville this morning. Steve hooked up within a few mins of arriving, but the ldr came too soon. I hooked up as we were contemplating calling it a day. Nice, big, bright pink. Got it up to the boat, missed the net, and broke him off as he made a mad dash straight to the anchor rope.
  16. Phil Fravel

    Phil Fravel Friendly

    Evan Was that you in the Whaler this morning??
  17. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

    had to make an early morning run to sea-tac this morning so i thought i would check out a couple places both north and south. i only saw a few boils in the distance and no fish hooked or landed by the few fishermen i saw before driving home.

    but the sunrise sure was nice.

  18. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    After 3 days of skunk in MA 9, 10, and 11, this morning I caught 2, had a bigger one break off, and had a few other pecks that I missed. MA 10 this morning.

    I haven't seen that many yet of course, but all the ones I have seen caught are quite big, these 2 were both chunky, and the one I lost was definitely bigger. Here's to hoping that pattern holds and we have lots of 6-10 lb humpies this year.
  19. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Yup that was us. Were you in the other whaler? If so, sorry about our lack of talkativeness. Steve and I both lack hearing capabilities.
  20. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Nice fish Eric!


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