I read recent posts on some of the other boards and overheard some talk about the large number commercial boats netting in Area 8. I was disappointed to see that first hand yesterday afternoon. I took the boat out after work in area 8-2 and there were literally more commercial boats out than recreational boats. It was frustrating to see nets in all virtually all the bays on the east side of Port Susan north of Tulalip and even more frustrating seeing them netting on the west side of Port Susan from Camano head to points north. I also saw a commercial boat on the west side of Camano in Saratoga passage. And, yeah, and the fishing was disappointing too. I was in Ted’s the other day picking up a new fly line and I overheard Mike taking about this. He said that we (rec fisherman) “traded for some of our king quota with the commercial guys in exchange for pinks and we like that”. I felt like yelling… ”Not Me!” Apparently this “trade” was part of the North of Falcon process? Is that really the case? In exchange for a 6 week (or whatever it was) kill sport fishery on 1 wild Chinook, we’re now going to start allowing commercial fleets to clobber the hell out of the local pink runs in August? How can “we” (rec fisherman) agree to that? The pink run is the last remaining decent local salmon fishery left and now that’s going to be opened up to the possibility of it being commercially pounded into oblivion like the chum fishery and we like that? I guess now I know why I was so uneasy with all the glory shots of gear fisherman displaying their wild Chinook catch this year. Personally, I think it sucks and will be participating in the NOF process in the future if this is what it really is about (guys trolling around in their $50K boats burning up $50 in gas so they can bonk one wild Chinook 5 times a year).