MA11 Pink run analysis

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  1. Steve Saville

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    Same analysis. They seem to be deeper this year and away from the beach. That's a shame because I like to catch them from the beach but I have noticed that as they have become more difficult to find, the crowds have dwindled. Heck, I even found a parking spot at the pier in Dash Pt the other day. I was snooping for Coho and saw a lot of blood on the dock so that tells me the Pinks are still around though more difficult to find and catch. Wierd year. I like the hot summer theory and the last two rain storm thoughts. The Puyallup river is thick with them.
     
  2. Robbi K

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    This pink year has been different, no question. The fish are moving, and have moved, through marine areas 11 and 13 differently than in the last 3 pink years. These 4 pink runs are the only ones that I have fished, so I have no on the water observations from other years.

    Yesterday I fished and I saw thousands of fish. They are still moving through.
    Speculating on why the fish are not behaving like I have observed them in previous years is an exercise that I go through, kind of like chewing gum.

    Things that I wonder about....I have not caught any males with a pronounced hump, all the fish that I have caught have had much more sea lice that in previous years, they have all tended to be bright, and the buggers are not jumping as much making the locating even harder.

    The worst part is that my sister is out fishing me a gazillion to one and she is fishing out of Anacortes. They are jumping there.

    I have not caught the numbers this year, but I am enjoying the fishing more. It is more like flats fishing in that you have to be super observant, stealthy and have lots of time on your hands.

    I'm not hanging up the rod just yet, in fact I'm hitting the water in a few. Just need to buy some more chewing gum.
     
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  3. PT

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    We were catching pinks the end of July 120' on the downriggers scraping bottom while fishing for kings. I've been out pretty much 5 days a week for the past 2 months fishing for fish I actually enjoy eating. But, I've seen more pinks finning the surface this year than I ever have in area 9. Not so much in close but out in deeper water.

    Salmon runs don't do the same thing every year. You won't find them in the same places every year. Guessing why they are where they are from year to year is pure speculation. They'll do what it is they are going to do. Last years silver run inside Puget Sound was the best I've ever seen (since the early 80's). That doesn't mean there were more fish, just that they were better biters. The previous year supposedly had better numbers but the fish were not great biters. We still caught a lot of fish, but nowhere near the numbers we got last year. A lot of the fish we caught in 2011 were down 130+ feet whereas last year we could fish them in the more normal 65-95' range.
     
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  4. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    There was also a lot of humidity in the end of August and into early September, really atypical for this part of the country. You could also speculate about arctic oscillations and all kinds of stuff that disrupt normal jet stream flows with diminished sea ice over the pole. Either way, still looks like an enormous amount of biomass is coming into Puget Sound and if that means all the fishing picks up, well terrific.

    I have been having a spectacular flounder season. My fishing has become floundering in just about every sense.
     
  5. PT

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    I'm still catching dime bright kings out in the shipping lanes at depths we don't usually get them at. Almost every trip. If I were to target them right now, the catching would be really good.
     
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    I'm glad that it wasn't just me failing to find them running along the beach this year. I thought it might be a north sound / south sound difference, but perhaps it was just the year. I did find some schools on the surface way out from the shore doing what they usually do close in, the problem with that was that there's so much space, they are hard to intercept.
     
  7. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    No wonder I'm not catching any from the beach, you keep hooking all my kings :mad:!

     
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  8. Robbi K

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    OK, returned to same place, same time(all day) yesterday and did not see one pink! Lost one nice coho at the boat. I must learn to check for dull hooks before the fact.
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    Did catch a beautiful squid.
     
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    That is a nice Squid-ward!
     
  10. Roger Stephens

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    Robbi:

    Agree and have observed the same experiences as you! The Marine Area 11 bay which I saw you and Tom Elliot at two years ago has always held a lot of pink salmon. This year I only had one outstanding day of fishing there. I never saw any pink salmon there the other times which I checked out the area. The shallow delta/shelf in Marine Area 13 which I saw you at in early Sept. two years ago was sure full of pink salmon and boats. This year I landed some fish there when anchored on the delta and blind casting. In the numerous times which I fished there I only saw the occasional fish swirl or school of finning fish.

    I started fishing for pink salmon in Marine Areas 11 and 13 the last part of July through the first part of last week. I rarely saw fish jump which happened often in the 3 past runs. I would sometimes see pink salmon swirl. It sure seemed that the pink salmon were acting differently than past runs.

    Most years I would anchor in 7 to 8 ft. of water and have good success but this year the fish seemed to be in deeper water(+ 12 ft.). I did a lot of blind casting at past runs "hot spots" and hooking up fish. At least for me it was hit and miss in comparison to previous runs.

    Roger