Tips on Observing Chum Fry

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by miyawaki, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    I visited two Southsound beaches this morning. They both had chum fry. One had feeding searuns. Here's a few tips on finding chum fry:

    1. Be a heron. Go at the turn of the highest tide. Walk the beach slowly and crouch low. Stand in one spot at the waters edge and scan the beach beginning with your feet. Put your poloroids to work as they are very small and tough to see.

    2. The fry at one beach were within three feet of the waters edge. At the second shallower beach, they were schooled up in six inches of water.

    The feeding searuns in the video were small. I caught on on Bob Triggs' Chum Baby. It was only 10 inches and fat.


  2. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    Well that's what I've been LOOKING FOR!!!!!!!
  3. Steve Knapp

    Steve Knapp Beach Bum

    Me too! I found some rezzies slashing them, but no cutts yet.... soon!
  4. Paul Potter

    Paul Potter Member

  5. Dipnet

    Dipnet aka Tim Hartman

    I also saw this in Hood Canal on Tuesday. The several small schools of fry that I noticed were within a few feet of the waterline.
  6. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    thanks, Leland!
  7. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Great little video, thanks for taking the time to do that Leland.
  8. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong Active Member

    I've not seen very many yet. But small schools of maybe 12 - 15 baby chums at a time at a couple beaches, and none at others.
    All have been within inches of the shore - probably for good reason!
    In years past there were a few occasions where I'd see cutthroats (and Bulls, on one particular beach) slashing at the fry right next to shore - at my feet. This would happen at one beach I used to fish regularly that had a deep hole at one end, and a shoal that the fry would wash up over with the current. Usually happened just before dark. It was one of those "PBS nature show moments" when I'd stop fishing just to observe and witness Mom Nature doing her thing.
  9. Richard Torres

    Richard Torres Active Member

    Time for a road trip Larry!
  10. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    I'll give you a "jingle" when I find something substantial Richard. A friend is taking me out tomorrow in his little boat on the Hood Canal. We will be searching for my elusive Spring cutthroats!
  11. daveypetey

    daveypetey Active Member

    How far north/south will the fry schools make it? Can I expect to see them in a popular West Seattle Beach?
  12. Dipnet

    Dipnet aka Tim Hartman

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  13. Chester Allen

    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

    Leland's advice here is MONEY.
    The best way to find chum fry is to go to the beach, look around, be sneaky -- and fish. Check out your beaches as often as you can.