Doc's report 7/5/06

Djustham

Sculpin are gross.
#1
Finally got out to doc's this evening and fished the incomeing tide (6-8). Man, yall were right, there is a lot more action on the west side of the narrows, TONS of baitfish jumping, unfortunately I was not able to locate any sportfish, which made me wonder...do the baitfish only jump when being chased by larger fish, or were they just dicking around? I didnt see any large fish jump, and as much as a novice as I am, none of the other fellows seemed to be having much action either, any clues as to what would cause such activity?
 
#2
Bait fish live in a precarious world, and everything makes them jump. You can also have sculpins and flat fish coming up from the bottom working bait overhead, that never show themselves, but start a chain reaction of avoidance in the bait school, and even small sportfish will attack bait nearly half their size. I've seen bird shadows start a panic.
 

Raven

New Member
#3
Are you sure they are baitfish that are jumping? There has been an outmigration of salmon smolt along the Narrows for the past couple weeks. They do a lot of "happy Jumping" on their way out. Bait will flee from predators in "sprays" usually folowed by some sign of rushing fish.

Leland.
 

Djustham

Sculpin are gross.
#5
Thanks for the imput guys. It seemed to be a mixture then, as the size of the fish was quite variable 2-6 inches maybe...thanks