twitching jigs

Fall Salmon 2017 Sportco Ladies Night

For anyone that missed my presentation or wanted notes, I’ve FINALLY put my slides up. And for everyone else, I promise I’ve been fishing and doing fun things, but I’m STILL studying all of my free time away so blogging hasn’t been happening very much. Plus, I don’t fish much in the summer anyways but get ready for lots of fun this fall and winter!

Also, there is another Ladies Night at Outdoor Emporium on Thursday 10/12 from 5:30-7:30 with Ashley Nicole Lewis doing a presentation on fall salmon. Be sure to check that out and learn about different techniques and tricks from an amazing lady angler! There will also be tons of giveaways and SALES!

 

Making memories with family

With the announcement of the Gray’s Harbor fishing closure, we were left on Friday scrambling to put together a fishing trip for one last outing to our favorite fall fishery.

We ended up heading out into the bay in hopes to find some coho or even chum hens. We were a little surprised to only see 2 other trailers at the boat launch and knew there was some nasty weather in the morning before the 11 AM high slack tide, but thought we’d try it out anyways. Once we got into the bay, we turned around right towards the launch because it wasn’t going to be possible to successfully troll with the rough water and strong winds going against the tide. We waited until about 10 AM hoping the wind would die down and the tide slack out, but it was still a very rough troll.

We called it quits  after making just one pass and headed to the Chehalis! We clearly can’t fish out in the bay, so might as well try to the river! We didn’t get the boat in the water until about 11:30 am and Jeff hooked and lost a coho on his first cast twitching jigs! We hadn’t heard very good reports for the river lately (which is why they closed it and why we fished the bay in the morning), so we were super excited to have the opportunity to hook a fish! LOL. It was a slam dunk from there and we ended up with all 9 coho (and a bonus jack) by 3 pm, all on jigs.

The next day we had a full boat and only hooked 2 coho, 3 chum, and 3 kings. Something drastically changed and the last day the river was open was a sure indication as to why they closed the fishery, although I’m hoping that once escapement is met, it is opened back up for sport fishing.

Fishing was good on Saturday, but it was so much more than a box full of fish. We fished with a good family friend Peter. Peter and Jeff met over 10 years ago on the river where Peter took young Jeffrey under his wing. Jeff taught himself how to fish for the most part, but Peter saw a desire for fishing within Jeff and they became fishing buddies immediately. After several years of fishing trips, Christmas cards, and family dinners, Peter and his beautiful wife Mona were part of Jeff’s family. They are invited to every family event and Peter is like Jeff’s second dad. It was rare and a true pleasure to be able to fish with just the 3 of us.

The first time I met Peter happened to be my first drift boat trip. A trip I’ll never forget, Peter is partially responsible for the success of Jeff and mine’s relationship. It was a blizzard outside, I literally thought my feet were going to fall off, I cried all day, and Jeff yelled at me because I wasn’t fishing. Peter gave Jeff some advice about being patient with me and Jeff listened.

We got to create a very special bond with Peter this weekend and got some great advice about successful relationships, life, and being happy. He has fought from the bottom to build a wonderful family with 3 very successful children, a wonderful wife and life partner, and will soon get to retire and enjoy his life just the way he’s planned. Oh, and he’s apparently the master at twitching jigs. He out fished us by immeasurable numbers LOL.

Rainy fall fishing

Well, Saturday we got out with some new friends which is always great! We’ve had quite a bit of rain and most of the rivers were blown so we hopped in the sled and fished big, high, dirty water. The weather was awesome for us and the fishing was even better! We pulled plugs most of the day, but did a little spinner and jig fishing. It’s always a favorite time of year to pull plugs because you get so many take downs and the rivers are loaded with chum after a storm like we’ve had and chum are pretty aggressive with a big old sardine wrapped plug stuck to their face :)

 

We were just a few fish shy from a limited boat and called it a day. Sunday, we went out with the “A-Team” which means buddies that fish with us often so they know the drill, lol. The river was on the drop so we brought out the eggs and started with some float fishing and what a good decision! I lost count of all the kings we landed, lost, missed bites, and we got a few bonus coho in the box too! We had a pretty good bite for the first couple of hours and when it died down, we headed in search for some more keepers.

We got to fish all sorts of methods and got more kings, chum, and coho. The rain came back and we were off the water by 2. Not a limited boat, but I limited and we were soaked ;) And of course, when the fishing is good, we never take enough photos because it’s a race to get back in the water!

Back to the weekly grind with a whole lot of eggs to cure up and fish to fillet! We’re expecting another batch of rain so hopefully I’ll at least be able to get out one day next weekend! It’s not looking to optimistic for our weather forecast this winter!

Fall fishing at it’s finest

After just a few hours of sleep, we headed out to the coast for some more fall fishing. We started the day off right with a nice king on a spinners and got a few more on spinners and jigs. No silvers landed for us, but we Clarissa lost a couple coho on eggs, the boys landed a couple more kings, and we decided this rain was getting the best of us.

We headed down river moving as fast as we could without going so fast that we couldn’t fish and plucked another king and coho out. We released quite a few, lost even more, and ended up with a body count of 3 kings and 1 coho and a whole lotta EGGS to cure up.

Other than celebrating my mom’s birthday today, I couldn’t ask for a better weekend! Jason Aldean concert, fishing for huge fish, and spending the day with my family and curing eggs! Back to the grind tomorrow and I’m at it again next weekend! Now if only it would stop raining a little ;)