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Name: jrodell27 Date: October 13, 2016 Rating:
 
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Got up this morning after seeing some - from what I think - OK tides to fish before work. Got to the hole a couple hours before peak low tide and only got to fish for less than an hour before work. It was raining but not too bad. Wind was negligible. Arrived before light and got my rigging ready and picked up some trash and extra line nearby until it got light enough to see my line and rigging. The river wasn't extremely high taken the tidal timing but it was flowing.

My drift fishing rig was some pencil lead on a snap (about 1/4 oz or so) and a 14"-16" leader with an orange tipped brass dick nite. Hit up some seams for the 30 or so minutes I was actually fishing and had quite a few snags in the grass and maybe a nibble or two I missed. Not quite sure but if I was a betting man I'd bet on the seaweed. Luckily I was able to pull out of most of these snags and didn't lose a rig today. I dialed in my pencil weight a little better but didn't feel much of anything as so far bites or action. I would bounce along quite a few times in my drift close to a target zone where I saw some rolling but nothing seemed to take. I saw a few smaller jacks roll a few times after wards and 2 other guys started to fish the other side of the foot bridge about 10 minutes before I left.

After a dozen or so drifts I checked the clock and it was time to leave to go punch in at the office. Nothing doing - again - on the Duwamish river but I will stay persistent. I'm not exactly sure if it's the motion of my drift, the lures and rigging I'm using, or the time of day and spots I'm choosing but I hope to get this dialed up and actually catch something on this system. Good luck to all and stay dry in the storm!

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Name: jrodell27 Date: October 09, 2016 Rating:
 
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Had some free time yesterday and this afternoon and thought I'd hit the river for a couple hours. I hit up the power line at low tide Saturday and there was no action. Spent a good 2 hours throwing everything I had and ended up running out of eggs.

Today I ventured out on the second low tide and was out there about an hour before.

I hit up the hole at first with some top water lures - taken I saw some boots and others rolling and fully jumping out of the air. Figured if they are up top might as well try it. Fished a Blue Fox gold/orange 1/4 oz spoon with a bit of sand shrimp scent and slowly cast and retrieved it. Worked the water for a good 30 minutes with nothing to show finally casting out just to mid river and almost free drifting while retrieving the last few.

With a few more rollers I opted to swap out the spoon for a jig and a float. I was surprised to see I left all my pre-tied jigs at home. Doh! So after 5 minutes of rigging up my tackle I was finally able to cast. BOOM. Bird nest. Forgot to set my brakes for the new rig. Another minute or two in getting that figured out and I was well on my way to catching nothing much at all. After about a dozen casts drifting the jig at various levels I opted to move down the river a bit to some other fish holding. I casted out and presented to where I thought they would be out and hit nothing but silence. After another dozen or so casts I figured I call it a day.

Might move further up river the next trip out as I'm striking out hard on the lower sections. Although I have yet to catch any fish on the system I feel I'm learning more and more through practice and through the great members sharing their techniques and experiences here. I will be getting some more eggs and trying to float and drift those to get some strikes on my next trip as I feel that was getting the most attention from these fish. Getting nothing but bottom taps and snags my past few trips so hopefully I can get some coho before the next run comes in.

Good luck all!

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Name: jrodell27 Date: October 07, 2016 Rating:
 
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My buddy and I decided to try and fish the high tide this morning at the Boeing hole before work. We arrived at the spot before sunlight and had lines in the water a few hours before peak high tide this morning at around 7am (peak high tide was around 1045am). We attempted to drift some store bought eggs (Ted's) and corkies. We're both fairly new to fishing the Duwamish and are relying on fairly popular and well known spots. We are also still learning how to read the tidally influenced areas of the Duwamish and decided to check out this spot we've fished on low tide, during the incoming high tide. We still have a lot to learn.

We were using about 28" of leader on medium sized corkies tied to a size 1 hook and half clumps of salmon roe. We tried to drift these at first light throwing them as you should but the water was doing very crazy things. My drifts were going all over the place and the water was almost "swirling" in front of us at the spot we settled at. We only had an hour to fish so we decided to just suck it up and see what happens.

After a few casts and having no luck at getting a good natural drift I opted to swap out my slinky weight with a 3/4oz bank sinker to try and "plunk" with my eggs sort of. I had a few nibbles (probably bait fish) but nothing that warranted setting the hook. After about a dozen or so casts, the alarm rang and it was time to hit the office.

High tide this morning wasn't what I hoped for (hoping to land a fish of course) but it was a good learning experience at the spot I've seen in low tide. I'm not sure if a lot of fish have moved down river at this point or if I was fishing simply at the hardest/worst time you could, but I will be back down on the Duwamish this afternoon after work to try my luck again. If anyone knows of some decent spots fish hold at, PM me and I'd be grateful. If anyone has any advice please drop me a line as I need as much as I can get.

good luck and hope other people have better luck than I did this morning. Go get em.

"A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work." --Unknown

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Name: Adam_ant Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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This report actually covers the 1st and 2nd.. On both days, I was 1 for 2 fishing the same spot around the same time, the only difference was the lures I used. So, instead of repeating myself I'll just run through one of the days and comment the difference..

Headed to Allentown around 6:30AM and found the parking lot full (tried to get there at 6AM the next day and it was also full), so I drove off to Cecil Moses. Saw about 1/2 dozen guys floating/fly fishing the opposite bank with no luck during the hour I was there. I saw an occasional fish surface, but the tide was still high, but dropping. I threw a few spinners (pink and purple) with no luck.

I decided to hop in my car and work down river to the Boeing walking bridge. I was surprised to see only one bank fisherman as far as I could see while a dozen boats puttered through. I settled on a bank and started throwing a pink/white jig. About an hour in (2hrs before low tide), I got a hit. She went through the usual progression of running/rolling/jumping a couple times. I had her close to the bank and I started to bend over for the net and "snap", she was gone :( I upped my leader from 8lbs to 10lbs and quickly tied a hot pink jig and 15 min later, fish on! This one put up a hell of a fight running/rolling/jumping, but I was patient and I was a little more confident having up the leader line. She finally tired out and I had no problem netting her. She turned out to be close to 5lbs!

On the second day (same location around the same time), I had lost my first fish along with my last pink jig. Yes, I'm still a newbie and it was the same leader and jig I had tied on the previous day. I decided to be creative and put on a weighted float with a 4ft leader and a pink fly and what do you know, fish on! This one was much smaller, a little over 2lbs, and I was able to power her in..

Overall, this turned out to be an awesome weekend; caught fish and both the Huskies and Seahawks won!

Oh, one rant I want to make, It was really rude that one of the boats decided to anchor right in front of me when they saw me get my first hit. I could literally cast right into their boat with my 1/8 oz jig. I like to think I got the last laugh because I was able to bring a fish in on my second hit while they were skunked for the next hour and decided to move on...

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Name: Sheltered Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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I've been hitting the Duwamish for the last couple of weeks with no luck to show.

I went Sunday around 8:00 and was figuring on plunking some eggs I had from last season. I didn't have much of a supply left, but thought I'd have enough for a few hours. I got a few tugs, but I'm a bit of a newby at this and not great at anticipating when to give my line a good pull. Anyway, I had one pretty good nibble, actually while I was retrieving my cast. I didn't have quite enough lead to really "plunk", it was more like drifting since the current was fairly strong. After a couple of hours I ran out of eggs.

I was considering going home but decided to cast a few things and see what would happen. Last Tuesday I was at the same spot and had a guy in a boat go by who said he got one on a pink spinner. The closest thing I had was a pink Buzzbomb, which I tried and got a little nudge and splash. So I decided to try the same lure on Sunday. First cast, there was a nudge, second cast was fish on! The coho took 3-4 runs and put on quite the aerial show. I tried to keep it away from a log that was nearby, but it managed to go under it. I couldn't tell what was happening as I could see the lure but not the fish. There was still some tension on the line, so I eased off, and the fish came loose for a few more runs. I maneuvered the fish to shore and when I got it 5 or so feet up the bank it thrashed violently and was gone. I could see it swim off with my Buzzbomb in tow.

Dejected, I restrung another pink Buzzbomb jig on my line. It was a bigger version than the one a lost so I was skeptical that it would work. First cast while I was reeling it in I could see the lure in the water, and from about 20 feet away a bulge/ripple appears in the surface of the water charging at it. Bang, fish on! This one was even more fun than the first. Probably 5-6 runs with jumps all over the place. I got it close to shore, only to have it take off for a few more. Having learned my lesson a few moments before I worked the fish to shore and had a better plan to land it in the "too far to wiggle back into the water zone". I managed to do that and dispatch it right away. I removed the hook and as I stood up and looked back over the river, I peered down, there was my lost Buzzbomb from the first fish that I lost a few feet from shore!

It took a half hour or so for the tide to go out far enough for me to retrieve it safely. So here is the mystery: I rig my line with a snap swivel, and then typically have each lure or jig pre-tied on a leader with a swivel as well. After I lost the first fish, my line had no swivel, so I assumed it had snapped there, but since I was able to get the Buzzbomb back, without the hook or leader, the swivel on the leader had to be gone as well, so the leader snapped also. Two line breaks on a fish out of water? I know that those Buzzbombs can fatigue connections, but two breaks is perplexing.

I continued to cast for a while longer with no results. There were probably 7-8 people fishing within view, with no one else getting any action. So I finished 1 for 2 . So it appears for a brief moment I had the right combo for those conditions. Tide was right, current right, temp etc. Kinda baffling.

At 57 years old I am a newby at a lot of this. So if you saw an older guy just a little too excited over losing and catching a coho cut me some slack. It has been better that 40 years since I caught a coho, and this is the first on the Duwamish. Probably was a 2 on the rating scale, but I gave it a 3 for the occasion.

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Name: Sheltered Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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After a fruitless couple of weeks finally some success. I got to the river around 8 or so and started with some eggs. I had a number of nibbles and lost a lot of eggs with no strikes. I tried drifting a number of colors for a while and then started to cast a pink buzz bomb of all things.

First cast a pretty good nudge, second cast the same and then fish on! After a couple of pretty good runs and jumps it headed towards a log I tired to keep it away from, but no luck. I thought the fish had snagged my line on it, as I could see my lure and was making no progress. I took a little pressure off the line and there it was still on the line. It took another run and I finally got it near shore. I pulled it onto the bank and as I reached for it, the leader snapped and it wiggled back into the water taking my buzzbomb with it!

Disappointed I put another Buzzbomb on and bang! First cast, fish on! I could see my lure in the water and a ripple zing over to take it. This one was even more lively and took three or four runs and had quite the aerial show before coming close to shore, then it took even a few more runs before I could get it back. Having just learned my lesson I was patient and methodically worked the fish to the bank and quickly placed it far from the "wiggle back to the water" zone. Happily I dispatched it and removed the hook. Much to my surprise, when I stood up and looked back at the river, I saw my lost Buzzbomb from the first fish. I had to wait for the tide to go out a little farther before I could retrieve it.

I cast the Buzzbomb another 1/2 hour or so with no other strikes before leaving.

Today was probably a 2, but I gave it a 3 for being my first coho in probably 40 years, as I just got back into salmon fishing last year, and got a number of pinks but no cohos. So if you saw me I was the 57 year old guy acting just a little too excited about losing one coho and catching the another today. I probably need to invest in a good net.

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Name: FishingArtisan Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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Report #21:

This report is a little late, but I was able to land 2 fish last weekend on a spinner, including 1 jack and a nice 25" hen. Not only did my friend catch exactly the same, but we both caught our jacks around the same time (~7:30) and we also hooked up on our hens at the same time about an hour later! That was surely a moment I won't soon forget. Fished the 112th st hole, and will give it one more go tomorrow morning, though I am not sure how much longer this section of river will be worth fishing. Good luck all and Tight Lines!

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Name: Củ Chi Sushi Date: October 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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I meet my friend down on the river. He is having alot of good luck this year. We fished down in Tukwilla where I was twitchting jig last year for pink. alot of fish jumping but no one hooking anything. We try spinner and dicnite spoon but loosing to many. A seal came by so we left.

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Name: ONCOfisher Date: October 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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With the much anticipated news that the Snoho had opened a few days ago - I assumed that it'd be a good bet for smaller crowds down on the Duwamish instead.

Made it to the hole at about 6:20 with plenty of time before sunrise to sit in the car, listen to the radio and stay warm for a bit. I swear those were some of the longest 30 minutes I have ever had to sit and wait!

The bank was completely empty as I climbed down the hillside - the darkness just beginning to gain color and light as the sun started to peek over the horizon line.

It was just past high-tide and there was zero water activity. The fish didn't start rolling until at least around 7:45 or so and even then it was much fewer than I had been seeing in the evenings during the previous week.

My only hit of the day came at around 8:40 - a very chrome 6 pound hen violently grabbed my spinner and a lengthy fight ensued. She threw it into death roll mode just as I was bringing her up near shore and stripped some line off. I managed to play it back in and before I knew it I was bleeding out a very fresh COHO. Boy was that fun!

The rest of the morning consisted of more fish rolling, zero bites, and some snagged gear that was lost to the cause. By 10:30 the bite had really slowed and the outgoing tide was getting stronger, so I called it a day.

Two other bankies arrived near me throughout the morning. One guy was drifting with zero luck and the other was tossing spinners - also with zero luck.

I'm hoping that the SNOHO picks up by next weekend - I like the town and there's an awesome bakery out a few blocks from the boat launch.

tight lines!

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Name: AlaskanMan Date: October 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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Got to the river at 5:30 am and the tide was in full. i saw a few rollers so I grabbed my hoochie spinner and began my attack. Within minutes I was getting hit and then BAM fish on!!! After a few minutes I managed to land my first Coho of the season. Nice bright 4lb hen. I fished for a few more hours without a single bite. I guess the say early bird gets the worm. Left the river around 10am. Over all was a nice day probably try again tomorrow.

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