The past week was a lesson in the fickleness of Chinook feeding habits! We fished Entrance/Orlebar on August 29th and September 1st on the high tide change, and although I do think there were lots of Chinook there, we only came away with one quality Chinook each trip. The low tide change was fishing very well during this same time period. We fished Thrasher on the low on September 2nd, and had fish after fish on the lines. We ended up at the Flat Tops due to high winds on September 2nd, and the fish were reasonably cooperative on the low. Ironically, Steve and Clyde had been fishing the low tide change at Orlebar, and having great success, but switched to the morning high, and had poor results. In the old days, I’d frequently do two charters in a day. The bite would be strong on the low tide change three days in a row, then flip flop and be stronger on the high for a couple of days for no apparent reason. The other factor confusing the fishery is the wonderfully high amount of bait present in most locales. The fish are just gorging, their tummies are stuffed with herring. And, I think this affects the bite, also. A dessert herring, honey? Nah, I don’t think so, I’m stuffed! The best jigging lure lately has been the Herring Aid Half Jig, or the blue/white Perkins (if you have old school tackle in your box). Plugs in silver/blue fished at 85 feet have been hot at times, also.
Guy Parcher caught a 10 pound hatchery Coho at Entrance this week. Which is like winning the fishing lottery.
Prawning is still excellent at the Flat Tops.