Sadly, very few opportunities to fish the next month. With yesturday's fantastic weather, decided to tell The Man to ram it; left work at 10:00 AM, hooked up the boat, and headed east.
Left the Manty harbor ~ 1:30 PM, took an approximate 90 degree heading until we hit 300 and then set up. Surface temps were ~ 59 on the surface until we hit about 220 FOW, from 220 to 260 it dropped a degree or two.
Started setting up ~ 2:15 PM with a NNE troll. Probe had 56 degrees down ~ 40', started marking a decent amount of fish from 40 to 60 foot down. Had a mixed spread with 5 color LC the highest, two riggers spread from 35 to 80 down, 200 coppers, 300 coppers. Later tried 3 color leadcore.
Worked in as shallow as 280, as deep as 380 trolling different directions but ultimately ended up pushing north (ended up probably close to the point). Marked a good number of fish, most between the 320 and 350 depth range. A few small bait pods. Most of the marked fish were between 40 and 70 foot down.
We ended with 4 in the box; 10 pound bow on 5 color spoon, two ~ 6 pound bows also on 5 color spoons. 4 pound stocked king on 40' black/purple spoon. Tossed back smaller king and two bows (one on 40' rigger, other two on 5 color). All hits on spoons, no flasher/fly bites.
Pretty fogy on way out until we broke beyond 3-4 miles off-shore, then visibility was good but very overcast. Probably around 4:00 PM the sun broke through the fog/clouds, I'd say we had most hits while the sun was shining. We trolled until the sun was hitting the horizon.
Fabulous afternoon on the water, would love to do it again soon but not going to happen for me. Was encouraged with the number of fish we marked, and bites we got. No really big bows or three-year old kings, but nice action.
First picture is what we found in the bellies of the fish we cleaned. Second picture was taken as we pulled out last rod; marked three different pods like that in a very small area. What are those fish down deep? Whitefish??
Go get 'em!