Hmm Sept 18 Snoqulmie Clean up or Fishing derby. Funny how this fishing derby keeps ending up on dates that there is more then one event going on from this board. Even stranger that I am so far the only one who has noticed. Guess it will let each one on this board decide if they have more salt in their blood or more river. Myself I am much more salt.
More then likely I will already be fishing the salt that day anyways being the last weekend of my vacation so the 18th or 19th works for me either way.
looks like I picked a good day because was looking at a dudes fishing and hunting magazine at work and september 18 in the everet coho derby and there expecting over 1500 entries so we should have the area to ourselves because I think most people would be fishing whidbey island and such and not make the long run south, but nobody fisheds it for silvers anyway but a few locals, purse seiners, and indian gillnetters at night so we should have a goos time.
It sounds like you're doing everything right. Getting out there early, fishing the tide rips.
I'd be willing to guess you may just be fishing somewhere where there aren't many fish about (even if a floating line isn't optimum you should be getting some bumps or shakers, and you can always extend your leader to get get it down deeper, or let it sink a bit before starting the retrieve).
I've been fishing a spot off bainbridge, and I'm almost guaranteed to get a shaker there, and I know there's bigger fish around because a buddy got a 10 pound hatchery coho there a few days ago, and I've seen a few nice jumpers. I'll keep hitting this spot, because I've caught nice fish there before and I know it holds fish.
The biggest challenge of fishing the salt IMO is finding out where the fish are. If you're not hitting them in your spot, move to a different one. If you know of anyone that fishes Vashon and knows the spots, try to hook up with them and hope that they will dial you in to where the fish might be holding.
I've fished many spots in the sound, where all the conditions indicate good fishing, but no fish. It's not like Neah Bay
be careful about making it an official event (i.e. weigh in and medal ceremony) - I recall that you are supposed to do some planning with the WDFW when hosting a "derby"....I cannot make it, but hope you all have a blast!