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Terrible year for my schedule. Only been out crabbing once. My boat's been sitting in the driveway. How's area 12 for coho this year? Beach casting, or off the boat? Quilcene Hatchery had a great return, with oversized fish. The Jack's that came in were way over sized and they predict an awesome year next year. Have you guys been doing?
 

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Yesterday I tried a bit of beach fishing for coho in MA12. Did bring a couple of 14-inch fish to hand. Saw some larger fish jumping but they were one to two hundred feet beyond my casting range!
 

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Yeah, in years past around my neck of the woods I've seen chum showing as early as the first of October. Although I haven't seen evidence of 'em this year yet!
 
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Anyone have luck with Coho on the canal this past weekend? Thinking I may head that way this Saturday and wondering if I should just target sea-runs or if I should bring a few pink clousers along too :)
 

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I would have some clousers with you, pink & white, chartreuse & white and chartreuse & pink.
Big cutts will eat them as well.
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There are a ton of fish around. I was forced to fish hood canal this season by the WDFW mess and found the fish to be in thick and larger than average. I think the initial push was Quilcene fish and we caught several around 11 pounds trolling for kings.
 

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A little late, but I fished the canal last Saturday from my kayak. I hit the incoming swing from about 7am to 11:30. The water seemed to be quite dirty (anyone know why?) but I saw quite a few fish around, many jumping within a few feet of the shoreline.

I landed several SRC, one Coho about 20 inches, and a crab (while f'ing around with my anchor). I hooked a very solid coho, probably 7-8# just as I was heading home but lost it right at the net, ugggh. Hoping to get out again this Saturday if I can swing it with the wife.

Funniest thing was how the handful of boats reacted when I hooked 3 src within 10 min. Those that were trolling out at a couple hundred feet from shore zeroed in on me and started cruising much closer to where I was anchored. Some even came within 15 feet of me while I was actively casting & had to pause for them to go by. They weren't causing a wake or anything but it still seemed pretty aggressive. I tried to explain that I hadn't been hooking coho but it didn't seem to matter...
 

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Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater....Know Grizzler
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Only fished there once recently but the water was clean.
Based on the photo of the bloom in the article, it seemed to be effecting the water clarity further north of where I was fishing.
With a bloom that heavy, it would likely take awhile for it to flush out and you'd think the water should continue to get cleaner the further we get into fall.
I'm no expert on this though, just my thoughts and observations.
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I remember reading that from a while back, have you experienced muddy looking water on your recent trips to the canal?
I ran in to dirty water on the canal last weekend as well.
 

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Fished the elbow of the canal from kayaks with ffb today, the water was off colour (think Pea soup) and frequently covered in what looked like a thin layer of vomit. He got a nice SRC and some good bumps, I lost a couple and did connect with a seagull whilst trolling back to the launch, retiring my fly as it has now fooled a seal and now a gull, way too realistic apparently for mammals.
We watched many jumpers, small to large and witnessed some gear folks getting some fish.
Beautiful day on the salt, but long between action. :(

 

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Fished the northern end of canal this morning from the kayak. No Coho but had one of my best days ever on SRC. Probably landed 10 over 16 inches, a couple around 18 and one was 20+.

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That is a fantastic day. Nice job on the searuns.
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