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08/04/2013
71° - 75°
Downriggers
Pink Salmon
Herring Strips
Pink
Sunny
Flasher/Lure
Morning
51° - 55°
08/06/2013
4
2158

Fished last weekend in the San Juans. Focused our efforts on kings Saturday, inside, and only landed a "prince" about 4-5 pounds. I let it go. Other than that, couldn't keep the dogfish off my gear. So we decided to burn the gas and head outside of San Juan. Sunday morning we caught likely 20+ fish, a good mix of sockeye and humpies. Ended up bringing home 2 sockeye and 6 pinks, and 6 rock crab. Great time fishing the light gear, but sadly no kings for us :( I will mention though that when we arrived in the morning, it was us and one other boat. We saw a guy fight a king for about 30 minutes solid and sure enough, it ended up being his dream fish of 45 pounds. Yes, we saw it netted, heard the screams, and this guy didn't look like he wanted to tell fish tales. This was a fish of a lifetime! But I'm pretty sure his fish ate all the other kings we were supposed to catch... Regardless, fishing is pretty hot outside of San Juan - very fun to go out and get some good action.


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oneshot
8/6/2013 9:33:00 AM
excellent time!
romanfishing
8/6/2013 10:37:00 AM
What setup did you use to catch Sockeye?
jpjames14
8/6/2013 10:44:00 AM
Same as the humpies. I run a small green flasher (green rim with the silver on the sides) and short leash (20-25 inches) a 2inch or so pink hoochie with 4-5 green beads from the head of the hoochie to the hook, so you keep your hook off the tail. I ran the gear 20-30 feet down and about 75+ feet back (make SURE you run them way behind your ball if you are shallow trolling), from morning to around noon. The fish out there stick to the surface, or so it seems... There are always jumpers, especially on the big tides. I never had to drop the gear lower to find the fish, and the depth sounder confirmed it. Although, use one to find them, because they will inevitably be at other depths on different days.
jpjames14
8/6/2013 10:45:00 AM
Not a bad idea to run a small chartreuse hoochie in the same set up to target sockeye... I'm not too familiar with them though, so perhaps they like pink all the same!
Mike Carey
8/6/2013 6:26:00 PM
wow, sockeye in the salt. Good for you. Those fish require sunglasses!
N E 1 FISSION
8/6/2013 9:17:00 PM
WOW!! I hope the guy that caught the "KING" blogs on this websites,...but congratulations are in order,...nice going!!
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