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10/11/2015
Downriggers
Coho Salmon
Flasher/Lure
Morning
10/16/2015
3
903

A little late on this post.
Got a late launch start, about 0900 from Shilshole. Fished between the cans mostly, but there were far too many sail boats, and we covered some ground out in front of North Beach/Carkeek.
There were less than 5 boats fishing. We used the usual white or Green splatter-back hootchies. Gibbs flasher.
Fished 50-60' on the wire in 200' of water.
Could not keep the shakers off both rods. One after the other. A few were about 16"
We did catch one fish that I would call a smaller winter blackmouth, prob 2lb. released.
Lost one fish that may have been a keeper, and the same line immediatly became entangled in the other rod.
I have found when both rods are fished at same depth, I seem to pick up more tangled lines on the turns.. (Note to self)

The highlight of the day was getting boarded by the Police boat.
They were very nice. Checked hooks, licenses, made some small talk, and on their way. It felt good to know that I had my stuff all legit, as well as air horns, PFD's etc. I truly always do fish barbless, but you never know, sometimes in a hurry with a boat being thrown around in the waves, it's easy to forget. Exchaged pleasantries and off they went.
So, yeah, I think the majority of Coho are off to the rivers.

I am a bit confused by the whole understanding of the "Winter Puget Sound Blackmouth fishery"
So, I get it.. A Blackmouth is a King.. The 8-10" shakers caught are usually Chinook as well. So... When a blackmouth shaker gets to like 16" , does it suddenly call itself a blackmouth?
And when does a Blackmouth get to a point/size where it says, "Hey, I'm a King now"
Is there some subtle genetic difference.
Why not just refer to all Kings/Chinook as either sublegal size shakers, or legal size Kings?


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18ftTrophy
10/16/2015 10:57:00 AM
Thanks for the report. As for your question, Blackmouth are resident Chinook that don't migrate and live primarily in Puget Sound year round there hole life. So in winter they are called Blackmouth. I hopes that helps..
Sheltered
10/16/2015 11:07:00 AM
Good point on the barbless. Going from fresh to salt can confuse you it can be easy to miss in the heat of the moment. I was thinking of doing some salt water beach fishing and would have probably forgot to pinch/file the barbs.
Toni
10/17/2015 8:06:00 AM
This might help you understand the idea of winter blackmouth
http://www.leeroysramblings.com/PS_Blackmouth_history.htm
The Quadfather
10/17/2015 9:19:00 AM
Toni, Thanks! That was a very interesting article. It kind of sums it up.
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