Wanted to give Samish a 2nd try after last weekend and just missing by a day the new statewide kokanee limits. To put it mildly, I've never had as much action kokanee fishing as I did this morning. I landed my 10, and after counting on the GoPro video, I had another 14 fish not make it to net. Lots of short biters I think. Most times both pieces of corn were still on after the fish got off, and I was able to just drop the line back down without changing the corn (it still got bit). Took a little less than 2 hours to do all of this. Incredible morning. I don't think but maybe once or twice did I go longer than 2 minutes without having a fish on. I had 2 doubles and landed them both. 3-4 other boats out there with me this morning. One guy got off the water same time as me, but unfortunately wasn't as fortunate as I was this morning. Gave him a few ideas that will hopefully help out the next time.
I started fishing about 6:30 after inspection, launching, and getting everything geared and baited. I was fishing 1 line at 43 feet on the downrigger. It had an Elgin Fishing God's Tooth spoon in 50/50 blue, kokanee rig with 12 inches of leader to a prototype Elgin Fishing Dodger. The other line was at 53 feet on the downrigger. It had a 50/50 brass God's Tooth, also kokanee rig, 12 inches of leader to a Mack's Double D dodger. Speed was tough this morning and it was really windy, but between 1 - 1.2mph seemed best. I ended the morning running 30 foot setbacks as opposed to the 50 foot I started with. That seemed to help a bit with the % of fish I was losing on the way in.
Slight breeze to start the morning that slowly increased it seemed minute by minute, until when I finished where it was an easy 15mph steady wind with higher gusts. Soon as I got off the water though it seemed like it had started to calm down. The Hobie really hung in the for me this morning though.
Video shows the action from this morning, minus the ridiculous number of fish that popped off my line.