Written by Jen Finn
October 30 to November 1 — This week was a bit of a goat-roper show. The call was to fish Hood Canal, since the gillnetters had first start (before the purse seiners), there were good canal tides, and there were more fish than on the Seattle side. But I self-restricted to fish only Seattle, since it was Halloween the next day and I have three daughters of trick-or-treating age (well, only ONE really, but the others just go for the candy) and I wouldn't miss that for ANYTHING!
I started out fishing in Seattle at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 30. After only 20 fish for my first two sets, I coaxed my friend and relief skipper, Fawn John, to run her over to Hood Canal in the wee hours of the morning to capitalize on the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. opening. Like a fishing-addicted zombie, he did as instructed. With Linda staying on to serve as John's crew, they wound up fishing Hood Canal with a strong start, but a piddley finish, with a beautiful slack-water/change-of-light set at the bridge for only five fish. RATS!
I came back with guns ablazin' on the evening of Tuesday, November 1, leaving San Juan Island to run the boat over to Hood Canal. Linda spent Tuesday riding the boat bike around Ballard, and had a great time of it. My canal effort would have been the same as John's, if it weren't for a lucky evening set that brought me more than 50 fish.
After a quick delivery I ran the boat around to the Seattle side for a one-hour set the caught us about 30 fish before it closed in Seattle's Area 10 at midnight.
The part that made all this goat-roping feasible was an outstanding $1.40 per pound that we were paid for chums, but there was a buyer paying $1.50! We haven't seen prices like these since 1989, and the chum price has NEVER gone up as the season gets later. I guess changing the name to KETA did some good after all!
TO BE CONTINUED…
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