August Pink Reports

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
Anyone know what the netters do with their fish? Cat food or fertilizer? They sure don't properly care for the Pinks they net to make good table fare.
Give it a sexy name like Silver Bright or Keta like they do with chum. Promote it as being better then Sockeye due to its mild taste. Some poor soul at Safeway will buy it.
How about Muckleshoot Pride Pink Delicious? Is that sexy enough to sell a sunburned humpy?
 

JayB

Active Member
people are such whiners I hesitate to say anything but the nets are out of inner elliott bay. I think the mush mouthed muckleshoot hotline (very hard to understand what he's saying) says they they went to an emergency closure at noon today.

Please note that the fishery is also still closed thru Aug for weekday recreational fishing.

Must have been something fairly significant to warrant such a drastic action. Kudos to them for acting on whatever info prompted them to pull the nets.
 

JayB

Active Member
Good report from Dash Point via a gear forum, e.g. limit in an hour. Sounds like fishing was pretty decent there over the weekend as well.
 

DennisE

Topwater and tying.
Had a school come through at BP this evening in the hour or so before the high slack. Lots of fish. Saw one limit. I had 3 hookups with one on the beach. One broke off the tippit (wind knot?), one spit the hook when it hit the gravel. The last one I managed to land. Now for my first smoker experience!
 
I fished Dash Point at the pier from around 1:30 to 5. Nothing for me. Gear guys did okay, but not great. Didn't seem like a whole lot of fish were coming through...

Matthew
 
0 for 13.... 0 for fucking 13!

Plus I dropped my friend's still living, but bleeding fish in the water when I was going to clean it... And it swam off.

I'd like to say I've had trips where I dropped more f bombs... I'd like to say I didn't throw my rod at full force.... But that would make me dishonest.
 
Anyone know what the netters do with their fish?
The money is in the roe, which is predominantly sold overseas to the Asian market. By law the fish from which roe is extracted is required to be kept and sold or otherwise used, but is generally not profitable to do so, so a token amount of fish is left in the hold to arguably show compliance with the law, but the bulk of the fish carcasses are disposed of by dumping.

The pink salmon run has been historically left off the list of species to be slaughtered until extinction because of their poor table fare. That is now changing. Ditto for Chum.
 
0 for 13.... 0 for fucking 13!

Plus I dropped my friend's still living, but bleeding fish in the water when I was going to clean it... And it swam off.

I'd like to say I've had trips where I dropped more f bombs... I'd like to say I didn't throw my rod at full force.... But that would make me dishonest.
Hey, it's better than going 0 for 0. Or is it? At least you were out fishing!! Better than sitting in a cubicle, I can't catch anything from here...

I guess we better enjoy these fish while they are still here and not netted to near extinction yet. Maybe we can raise enough stink before they go the route of the chum?
 
The money is in the roe, which is predominantly sold overseas to the Asian market. By law the fish from which roe is extracted is required to be kept and sold or otherwise used, but is generally not profitable to do so, so a token amount of fish is left in the hold to arguably show compliance with the law, but the bulk of the fish carcasses are disposed of by dumping.

The pink salmon run has been historically left off the list of species to be slaughtered until extinction because of their poor table fare. That is now changing. Ditto for Chum.
No pinks are being dumped by any tribe!
Bottom line, they get a decent price for the Pinks so why would they dump.
Not sure who your sources are , but they are incorrect.
 
I have no doubt that if the present market price makes it cost effective that the fish carcasses will be sold instead of dumped, but this has not historically been the case. My source is a captain/owner of a commerical fishing boat with 25+ years experience in Alaska, WA and OR; BTW, please note that neither I nor my source made a distinction between tribal and non-tribal commercial fishermen, just that this was the practice followed by West Coast commercial salmon fishermen. This was as of 2-3 years ago.
 
MY fault, I was not only referring to Indians but the cowboys as well.

I have been in the seafood business for 22 years and never heard of anyone dumping salmon because there was no value other than the Skokomish tribe back in the early 2000 and that was chum.
Everyone who is in the business knows the value of salmon. I have historicals on the ground and market prices for PNW salmon for the past 8 years and if they were commercially fishing, they would know the prices and would never even consider to dump; yes I am still talking about pinks.





The only moron who would even think that would be one local Captain and he is pretty much a drunk sleez ball and I hope he is not the friend you are referring to.
 

DennisE

Topwater and tying.
2 weeks ago Saar's Marketplace on Pearl in Tacoma had Pink's at $1.59 a pound and they had been well treated. Worked out to about $5 for a whole fish sans head. My sister grabbed a couple which we cooked and ate with appreciation. Unfortunately when I tried to go and get some for the smoker the only thing still there was the sign! Tells me there can be a market for these fish! I just hope they don't become TOO popular!