Editor’s note: We’ve got a pair o’ salmon fishing reports for Westport anglers, the first from the Westport Charterboat Association on the summerlong Chinook derby, the second from SaltPatrol
by Bob Codiga, Westport Charterboat Association
One of the many beautiful chinook caught during the past week netted angler Richard “Wink” Winkelman of Olympia a daily derby prize of $500. Fishing Saturday with Captain Kevin Vasereno on the Charterboat Gold Rush “Wink” managed to haul in this 27 pound 15 ounce chinook winning the derby prize with ease.
There are a lot of these chinook to be caught before the salmon season ends at the end of September. Effective Monday, August 18 the daily limit will change to the point that you may retain two chinook as your daily limit or one plus a coho (hatchery) or two coho.
Our current monthly chinook leader is still Mindee Rawson of Bonney Lake with a chinook weighing 29 pounds 13 ounces and our coho leader is Paul Koehl of Seattle at 10 pounds 10 ounces. The current tuna leader is Ted Schultz of Palo Cedro, California at 34 pounds 6 ounces and on the ling cod front Jeremy Hageness of Libby, Montana remains on top with a ling weighing 42 pounds.
by John Keizer, SaltPatrol.com
Fished Westport this past weekend with Jerry Henderson and Roger Chapman. Saturday the ocean was like a mill pond, a little AM thick fog but a great day. We fished north up by Ocean Shores in 40ft of water. We had all but one salmon in the box by 8 AM and ran out and did some bottom fishing. Took a few limits of sea bass and ling cod. We ran back up on the beach and fish for our last king. They were there, we hooked up two and but both came unhooked. We then landed a nice hatchery coho and ended the day.
The charters have been running south off the Willapa in 300ft of water about 27 miles down and having good success.
Sunday weather changed and we had a little lump and wind chop with thick fog. Fished the same area and took a couple of kings and some coho. You really had to fish the little pockets of bait and stay on them to hookup on any salmon. The Lowrance Structure Scan set on 50ft Side Scan help a lot locating the bait. Still a great fishing day.
Most of our action was on a whole herring behind a Fish Flash. The herring were brined in Pro-Cure Brine N Bite Complete in green. The other setup was a green Silver Horde Gold Star squid behind a flasher. The squid was scented with Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna Jell scent.
For you tuna guys lots of great tuna action happening the fish are starting to move in closer in again.