Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Nick Clayton, Apr 30, 2014.
May good karma be with you!
Well it was another....interesting day. Day started off by blowing a tire out on the boat trailer on my way to go meet Bagman. Luckily that was just a 2 1/2 set back, since he came and met me with his vehicle that we had to use to go get the new tire.
Once we finally got rolling we put in at Kingston and did more exploring than anything. We put quite a few miles on the boat, and the new prop handled great. No hiccups once the tire fiasco was fixed. We ran across to the Edmonds side, fished a nice looking jetty/breakwater for a while, then headed north. We cruised around the south end of Whidbey, stopping at one point to throw out a jig rod. Then we cruised back to the other side, past PnP, and up towards Foulweather bluff. We fished some spots in there, then cruised our way back down to Kingston and called it a day.
Not so much as a grab, but it was both of our first times doing this sort of thing. I'd really like to hook up with someone who has a little more experience and can point me in the right direction.... So if anyone is boatless.... hint hint..... lol
It was a fun time on the water though, and it was nice to get flies wet. The first spot we fished looked pretty fishy, and may bear further efforts. I was surprised at how 30' of T-17 cast. It wasn't the prettiest thing in the world, but it wasn't awful either. It took a bit for us to get the hang of it, but we were both casting pretty decent by the end.
I'd say it was a success, all things considered. Now we just need to figure out how to get a tug or two next time!
Sounds like you hit some good locations for lings. I'm guessing those area's were pounded for the opener and fishing might be tougher now. Were the tides ripping or was it pretty calm?
If I was putting in at Kingston I would fish the Edmonds Jetty or Possession when there is no tide change. You might find this video helpful, if you can't figure out the name of this jetty PM me:
Thanks CLO. I've watched that vid a few times, but I must admit I don't know where it's at.
I know where we started was a solid enough location. I think I need to practice on my boat control to help get my line down. Today's tides were pretty mild, which made things a bit easier.
It was a feeler trip for sure. Next time I'll be more prepared, and will focus my efforts more. Today was as much about exploring and putting the boat to the test as much as anything. I learned quite a bit that I will apply to next time. I learned that fly fishing 2 guys out of my boat is very doable. We were a bit apprehensive at first due to the huge flies and heavy lines we weren't used to, but once we got into the swing of things it was very manageable. Good to know for this summer as two guys will be a snap with lighter gear chasing silvers.
I can't wait to get back out there and try it again!
My two cents: get a drift sock just small enough you can safely tie it to mid ships and boat control is done. Your boat will move with the current and just like fishing from a drift boat on the river, drag is almost completely cancelled so your line will sink as deep as you want to mend it. Replace your running line with 120 ft of T-7 behind the heavier head (get 2 friends and order a 500ft spool of non stretch core) and you'll be snagging bottom in 80 ft of water... Large stripping basket recommended
Great point mbowers!
Drift socks are a wonderful addition to control drift. Before getting my autopilot electric motor I always had one (or two) rigged and ready to go. If you opt for a drift sock you are may want to have a couple rigging options. While mid-ship is the most handy tie off site it will put the boat broad side to the wind. That may be what you want but at times (depending on the wind direction and wave size) a hanging one from the bow can be handy.
A drift sock or two is definitely something I plan to add to my arsenal. I've been reading more and more about them, and it sounds like it will be well worth my effort to learn to use them. I have a hard time picturing in my head how the concept works at all times, so I'm thinking if I just go out and play around with one and actually see the results I'll be able to figure it out ok.
Green and white herring flies landed two keepers in the San Juans this past weekend. Those flies will fish! Good luck.
Also a setup note: I used a 12 wt and RIO 450 grain coldwater striper line with 10' of T-17 at the end. And I was super impressed with the ease of getting it down to 50 and 60 feet or more, and for casting against kelp beds and rocks at a good distance. All and all this setup seemed nearly as effective as my buddies fishing leadheads. Though unfortunately nowhere near as effective as bait.
That last picture has every element of a great fishing photo!
Look at the bend in that 12 wt!
Well no fish on being screamed but I sure had an enjoyable time on the water with Nick. I got to see a lot of the Sound that I had not seen before and fish with a nice guy in a nice boat. We had a few bumps and a false start but it was all worth the wait. If you get a chance to fish with Nick I would suggest you go for it.
Thanks for the kind words!
I'm thinking of heading out again tomorrow. I think I'll head out in the morning to the spot we first fished, and work that area pretty hard through the tide change. Won't stay all day, as I have some doctors appointments later on, but I'm itching to do a little more serious fishing in that area.
If you, or anyone else is free and wants to join just hit me up. My cell is pretty spotty right now so probably easiest to catch me through the forum.
Wish I could make it but I have a Dr. Appt in the morning, but please keep me in mind for future outings.
Just hang it over on the side you want to be upwind and turn the motor so the boat wants to turn into the wind as well. The wind drift will be cut way down and you will sail a little in the direction the boat is pointing. For example with a N wind, put the sock on the left / port side and turn the wheel hard to the left. Make short to medium casts to the upwind side (same side as the sock) and mend your line down. The boat will drift mostly S with a little E. If you would rather have a little W to your drift, put the sock out on the right/starboard side and turn the wheel hard to the right. After a while you can do some fancy drifts by moving the sock forward or backwards, adding another sock or changing the angle of the wheel. Try it, you'll love it. The drift sock for fishing deep is like waders for fishing the river. You can catch fish without them but you'll just be flailing around in the shallows for the most part..
Even with a fancy Ipilot electric trolling motor I still use the sock when I want to get deep. I use the TM to anchor or patrol the shallows of a shoreline, not to plumb the depths. You could spend a lot of time manipulating the TM to get a good drift or just throw out the sock and automatically get an awesome drift. Each tool serves a different function.
Hope to see you out there on Saturday, you know where I'll be. Good luck if you go.