Talk about a humbling day.
SOG 2.3-2.9 mph.
Headed out of the Manty pier heads at 3:45 am and started setting lines in 55 fow at 4:00 am.
Had all 6 lines set by 4:30. Kept working 60-100 fow, until 7:00 am without as much as a sniff. I was marking quite a few solid marks as well as the occasional bait pod.
At 7 decided to lick my wounds, gave up on the kings and began trolling straight east to deeper water with the hope of coaxing some steelheads on the surface.
At 7:30am in 120fow finally got a hit on the slide diver with white and gold flasher and a custom LBB glow fly. Small laker!
Shortly after got a steelhead to hit a 3 color with Moonshine Magnum RV Bloodnose spoon, shook loose after several acrobatic leaps.
Continued to work 130-250 fow until pulling lines at 10 am. Ended up getting 2 more hits and 2 fish, both small steelhead on 3 color lead with orange and red pro king spoon.
Overall ended up 3 for 4.
Talked to a couple fellow fishermen at the launch; one boat said they ended up with one king, the other had 3 steelhead.
Seems like slow fishing across the ports right now. Nothing like it was 2 weeks ago when they were snapping. They're out there but the bite is fickle to say the least.
My hypothesis, well 2 weeks ago as I was motoring out of harbors I was having Alewives splashing all around my boat, spawning. At that time when I was out in deeper water I was struggling to mark any bait pods and finding hungry fish that were willing to bite wasn't much of a challenge. Since then I've been marking more bait than I have in a long time. Taking into consideration that the reports have been slow across all ports (besides charters finding some steelhead out deep) I have the feeling that the kings are content with live forage for the time being. Perhaps we are already seeing the effects of the stocking reduction. By that I mean the combination of less salmon stocked in the last 3 years,and a poor natural reproduction in 2013 and 2014 could be tilting the balance of predator and prey out there. Will be interesting to see if the action picks up moving forward.
-Skippy Lou for two