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MA-9 Beach Stalker
#46
I paid good money for SciGuy to guide me on his secret MA-9 beach. That was a quick but fun trip. 1/1 on silvers with one other good bite. DryFlyLarry was fishing hard as I left and I'm sure he hooked one before the morning was over.
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#53
Hey fellas,

Quick question for you all, since you seem to be SLAYING these things:

When fishing for coho, are you trying to get the fly deep?
Floating line? Intermediate? Sinking?

I've always kind of had the sense that you would want to look for them in the same kind of water as you would for SRC. Is that correct?

As for flies--it looks like sparsely tied chartreuse or light green does the job. Will clousers do the job? I don't have any tube fly stuff.

I'm definitely getting out to look for some in the next few days.

Jason
 
#54
I tend to fish either a float or an intermediate from the beach, depending on the current/depth. Lately all I've been throwing is an Airflo 40+ intermediete 7 wt on a 10' 6 wt Helios. I like the intermediate for keeping a little tighter line to the fly in a chop.

Most of the fish I've hooked this week have come on chatreuse/white clousers on a moderate retrieve. This makes me think maybe they are hitting it a bit deeper in the water column, but I've also hooked up using flies with less weight stripped faster, so IMO it's a matter of experimenting and figuring out what they are in the mood for. Fly doesn't seem to make much of a difference, finding hungry fish is the key. Clousers will definitely work.
 
#55
I tend to fish either a float or an intermediate from the beach, depending on the current/depth. Lately all I've been throwing is an Airflo 40+ intermediete 7 wt on a 10' 6 wt Helios. I like the intermediate for keeping a little tighter line to the fly in a chop.

Most of the fish I've hooked this week have come on chatreuse/white clousers on a moderate retrieve. This makes me think maybe they are hitting it a bit deeper in the water column, but I've also hooked up using flies with less weight stripped faster, so IMO it's a matter of experimenting and figuring out what they are in the mood for. Fly doesn't seem to make much of a difference, finding hungry fish is the key. Clousers will definitely work.
Thanks Nick. Much appreciated.

My girlfriend is always bothering me about bringing home fish, and I'm always having to tell her that where I fish it's catch and release.

Maybe for once I'll be able to bring something home!

J
 
#56
Hah I hear ya. Mine gives me a hard time as well. She's been coming out after work and hanging at the beach with me some evenings, and happened to be there for a productive night on Wed. when I went 1-4. She was pretty thrilled.
 
#57
Hey everyone,

Some questions for you all regarding etiquette when fishing the beaches for Coho.

Let's say I'm lucky enough to catch one that I want to keep.

1. Is there a certain size I should be looking for to keep? Min. or max.?
2. Are they all keepable? Or should I be looking for clipped fins?
3. What's the easiest way of killing them? Grab a big rock and bonk?
4. Cleaning: Do I do it there at the beach and toss the entrails back for birds/fish? Or should I take it home and clean it?

Any other etiquette tips that people might be willing to share for someone who is new to salmon in the salt?

Thanks. I'm hoping to do as many things right as possible if I'm lucky enough to hook into one of these guys.

Jason
 
#58
Jason,

Check here for the regs: http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01384/wdfw01384.pdf as to size and keepers. This may vary depending on where you are fishing.

Personally I bleed them by cutting the gills and like to clean them there. Makes me feel better to leave some of fish for other critters to eat, but you could certainly take it home and clean it too, that's your preference.

Not that I've caught a silver from the beach, but that's what I would do if I did catch one.

Cheers,

Matthew
 
#59
Thanks Matthew.

I did check the regs--I guess I was more wondering if there are any sort of "unwritten" rules that folks generally like to follow. Kind of in the sense that on a lot of rivers we can technically keep fish, but most of us choose not to do so.

I appreciate your suggestions.

Jaosn
 
#60
It's all personal preference, and I'm sure there are other opinions but this is my take:
1. Check the regs for size restrictions in your area. Generally there is no min for coho. I would likely release anything under ~20". I did keep two earlier this year at 18 and 19. It was in July and they were cookie cutter hatchery fish. Right now I would possibly release those same fish. Your likely to find stuff 3-4+ lbs or <15" right now. I haven't seen much in between.
2. Again check the regs, but usually you can keep hatchery or wild silvers. It's your preference if you feel like releasing a big wild silver. Nothing wrong with keeping it though.
3. I bleed them (cut the gills) then give them a bunk with my knife, stick, rock, etc.
4. I have done both. Recently (after making my home trash can insanely stinky for weeks) I have cleaned at the beach. I keep out of peoples way and chuck the scraps out in the current, away from the crowds. I figure that's nutrients that goes back in to the ecosystem rather than in to a trash can in a plastic bag.

Many beaches get crowded. You will likely have to fish close to people, but be courteous and try to keep reasonable distances and not overcrowd anyone. If someone hooks up next to you and you're close, pull your line in and give them room to land their fish.

Other than that, just have fun out there!