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The Late Shift: Last 5 Days Of Wash. Rifle Mule Deer Season Yields Big, Meaningful Buck

By Dave Anderson

I’ve always wanted to hunt the end of Washington’s general rifle season for mule deer, so we made it happen this year and decided to hunt the final five days. Weather can be hit and miss this time of year, but after looking at the forecast a few days before taking off, I knew we made the right call.

We hooked up the trailer Thursday afternoon and headed east. After getting set up we came up with the game plan for Friday. We decided to hunt up high at my usual starting point. That morning we saw a few tracks in the 5,600-foot range, but never laid eyes on any legal bucks.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Therefore, we decided to come down midday and hunted low for the afternoon and early evening hunt. The deer were far more plentiful in the lower elevations versus up high.

We covered a lot of miles over the next few days, seeing a lot of does and several small, nonlegal bucks. This was a promising sign for future seasons, especially if we have a mild winter and no major fires.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

The excitement came on Monday. I heard a shot come from a location where I knew my father-in-law Maury was. Several minutes after I heard the shot, I received a text that said “Buck Down!”

The text that immediately followed read, “The biggest deer I’ve ever shot!”

MAURY KINCANNON BAGGED THIS NICE MULE DEER ON THE SECOND TO LAST DAY OF SEASON WHILE HUNTING WITH SON-IN-LAW DAVE ANDERSON. (DAVE ANDERSON)

My father-in-law introduced me to this area about six years ago and we go back every year. He drew the Pearrygin Quality Buck tag last season and was able to harvest a smaller four-point deer using that tag.

While it wasn’t the typical deer you would consider harvesting during a quality hunt, he was still pleased that he was able to at least fill the tag and put meat on the table.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

So when I laid eyes on the buck he got on Monday, the first thing I said was, “You just filled your tag with a buck that deserves that quality tag you had last year!”

There was a lot of celebrating and high fives, then we caped out the buck to get it ready for the taxidermist and packed it off the hill.

My father-in-law harvested this deer in a drainage that meant a lot to him. It was the exact same location his father and he had missed a large 4×4 years and years ago.

I was so happy for him and loved being a part of this special moment.

The last day of the season, my friend Kiley and I put our boots back on the ground and covered lots of ground and drainages looking for deer. I came across a total of 12 small, nonlegal bucks (all 2x2s and spikes) and a pile of does, but never anything I could legally harvest.

I covered more ground than I ever have and found lots of tracks and good sign. I cannot wait to get back over to hunt next year. Although my tag was not notched this year on our Eastern Washington hunt, my heart is completely full seeing Maury take his largest buck to date.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Pelagic Magic: Bluefin, Yellowtail Join Albacore Off Washington Coast

By Dave Anderson

This past weekend (Aug. 17-18) I had the opportunity to get out on the ocean and help out my friend Patrick Walker, owner of TailWalker Charters.

We headed south outside the Grays Harbor bar and we were greeted by some great ocean conditions. We were in the trough the whole way out.

AUTHOR DAVE ANDERSON SHOWS OFF A NICE CHINOOK CAUGHT ON THE WASHINGTON COAST. (DAVE ANDERSON)

We got about 10 miles from our planned coordinates and slowed down for a few minutes to get all our gear ready and go over instructions with our clients.

We decided to throw out troll gear and track southwest since both Pat and I were seeing marks on the Raymarine display. Not even five minutes went by and the troll rod went off and we were on!

(DAVE ANDERSON)

We picked up a dozen nice albacore on our first bait stop before we lost the school. We ended up going back on the troll and after about 20 minutes we were back on.

About two or three fish into this bait stop we ended up picking up a nice yellowtail and there were high fives all around. We kept the bait stop going for another 20 minutes.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

After cleaning up the boat, we went back to trolling. About a half hour later, bingo, another fish on the troll. However, this time as we converted to a bait stop I heard Pat yell, “Bluefin!”

This was probably one of the most exciting days I’ve had in quite some time on the tuna grounds. Tuna fishing is on fire right now and some of the best that I’ve seen in the past few years. There have also been numerous catches of bluefin tuna and yellowtail, which makes this fishery so fun right now.

WHO’S READY FOR SOME SUPER-FRESH SUSHI?!? (DAVE ANDERSON)

I would highly recommend getting out to the coast to take part in some world-class fishing!

Tight lines!

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Buoy 10 Serves Up Plenty Of Chinook, Derby Winner

Editor’s note: The following blog was written and submitted by Dave Anderson

by Dave Anderson

We all have a handful of fishing trips in our lives that will be etched in our memories forever and this past weekend proved to be one of those trips.

KRISTINA AND DAVE ANDERSON SHOW OFF ONE OF SEVERAL CHINOOK CAUGHT AT BUOY 10, THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER, THIS PAST WEEKEND. (DAVE ANDERSON)

I first started fishing Buoy 10 with my wife and family 10 years ago and since then I have met a lot of really good people and had the pleasure to fish and become friends with a lot of people in the fishing community.

This year was the second time I was invited to fish the NSIA Buoy 10 Challenge with Team Raymarine. Fishing with Dave Lee of Three Rivers Marine is always a blast, so I was really looking forward to the trip. Dave knows the Columbia River very well and he makes sure we are all well prepared while fishing aboard his Alumaweld, which is equipped with the top-of-the-line Raymarine electronics, G.Loomis rods and Shimano reels.

DAVE ANDERSON AND HIS NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION BUOY 10 CHALLENGE-WINNING CHINOOK. (DAVE ANDERSON)

We had non-stop action all day as we moved from spot to spot chasing fish during each part of the tide. I ended up catching a toad Chinook (one of my biggest of all time) during the morning bite.

I was chatting with one of my buddies on the phone when I heard my friends point out on the Raymarine Axiom, “Look at that fish coming up!” Immediately line started peeling and I threw down my phone, grabbed the rod and had one of the best fights with a Chinook that I’ve had in years.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

High fives, hooting and hollering could be heard up and down the river when we got the Chinook netted and in the boat. It ended up being just shy of 29 pounds.

The rest of the day was spent catching five other Chinook, which we added to our total boat bag limit. As the day came to an end we dressed our fish and took them to the weigh-in just 15 minutes shy of the cut-off time.

TEAM RAYMARINE POSES WITH THEIR CATCH OF CHINOOK. (DAVE ANDERSON)

After weighing in, we learned that Team Raymarine was in first place and the fish I caught ended up securing the biggest fish pot. The camaraderie and fun we all had was priceless and best of all we decided to donate all of our winnings back to the NSIA for everything that they do for us. I had such a great time participating in the event and I can’t wait for next year!

The next day was my wife Kristina’s birthday and we ended up fishing with our friend Tyler. We got to the ramp at 4:45 am to launch the boat and putted around the marina in Hammond waiting for the sun to rise. Once it got to be daylight we ran upriver and started trolling down.

KRISTINA ANDERSON WITH A CHINOOK. (DAVE ANDERSON)

It did not take long before we had our first Chinook burying the rod and peeling line. And soon we had a couple great fish in the box.

As the tide started to turn and the wind kicked up we ended up switching from lead droppers to Delta Divers. We also switched from anchovies to whole herring which proved to be a great change and we were able to finish out our limits in under an hour right next to Buoy 22!

(DAVE ANDERSON)

All in all it was a fantastic weekend on the Columbia River. This is by far one of my favorite fisheries we have in the Pacific Northwest. I’m already looking forward to celebrating my wife’s birthday and participating in the Buoy 10 Challenge in 2019!

Tight lines!