Chinook Salmon Fishing in the San Juan Islands

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Ever wonder why Chinook Salmon are so hard to catch in the San Juan Islands? The population numbers of this legendary fish have been declining steadily for the last several decades. I just ran across this revealing study on Chinook Salmon populations in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. This was the best nugget of information I found in the report: Puget Sound Chinook salmon have shown a pattern of declines in survival since the 1980s. At least half of Puget Sound Chinook populations…

Drift Fishing For Salmon, Lingcod, and Kelp Greenling

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Ok, it is early February in the Pacific Northwest. Weather is variable with wind, rain and clouds expected more often than not. Still, a day on a boat out on the water is better than any day I’ve spent at work. We took off Saturday morning at about 9:00 am. My crew consisted of my wife Sherrie and 3 good friends. Our target was for about 8:00 but reality and a few trips to the store left us departing by 9:00. On this excursion, we…

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Gunkholing in the Salish Sea

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From Wikipedia: Gunkholing is a boating and sea kayaking term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go…

San Juan Islands, 7 S. Dungeness Crab – Week 2

Week two of the 2012 Dungeness Crab season and we are talking about pots, traps and all the different crab fishing equipment there is available! Crab pots and crab traps: Sherrie & I took care of some yard work on Saturday morning and then decided to hop on the boat and take a short cruise. Now there is a surprise! We left at around 2:30 PM with fairly strong tides against us, so it took about 3 hours to reach our planned destination. Upon arriving,…

Puget Sound Dungeness Crab, Opening Day, the San Juan Islands – 2012

Crab season in the San Juan Islands opened up yesterday. Its been open for a couple of weeks in the rest of Puget Sound but for some reason, in the San Juan Islands, area 7 South, we are always a couple of weeks later. With Cap Sante Marina as our home Anacortes port, we are ideally situated for pursuit of these delectable denizens of the sea. Having a boat in the water also translates into having a lot of friends, with and without boats. Sherrie…

Northwest Coast Clothing

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One of the hardest things about trying to enjoy any recreational activity around the Northwest Coast is the inconsistency of weather that we have. While rain is extremely common, so is wind, cold, heat, sun, snow, and fog. Sometimes many of these conditions occur at the same time. It’s not uncommon to be standing in warm sunshine in the middle of a downpour, or hiking in a clear, sunny, but totally freezing January day. Along the Northwest Coast, fog is a common companion throughout the…

Fishing for Lingcod, Cypress Island Washington

Heading out to Cypress Island in Washington to one of our favorite Lingcod fishing holes. Fishing from a sailboat is challenge, but bottom fishing for Lingcod can be especially difficult. Ken and I have spent several years perfecting our style and have learned the best times and tides for us to fish for this wonderful fish. One of the places we make a point of visiting during the Lingcod fishing season, is at Cypress Island. There are several very productive holes around the Cone Islands…

Cruising the San Juan Islands: Eliza, Vendovi, Cypress, and Jack Islands.

We really packed some travel in for my Mother’s Day cruise. Mother’s Day weekend and we headed out with no particular plan in mind other than to fish for some Ling Cod, sail when the wind blew, and forage for some cattails, nettles, and hopefully some mushrooms. My favorite kind of trip, trusting to our own capabilities to provide us with our food and no particular place to go in mind. We got started on Friday evening, tide was out with the water calm and…

Sea Cucumbers, Oysters, Cattails & other Wild Foods

Last weekend, Sherrie & I took off with no particular destination nor itinerary in mind. It was mid-May, Mother’s Day weekend and the weather was great. Multiple fishing and harvesting opportunities were present, with Ling Cod, Halibut, Shrimp, Clams & Oysters (check the red-tide hotline: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm ), Cabezon, and other seafoods available for the catching. Ok, our fishing luck was pretty poor, with a total of one nice rock cod (not allowable and thus released unharmed), and a few sea cumbers. Winds and tides were…

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