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Sekiu, WA fishing trip
|Author||Topic: Sekiu, WA fishing trip|
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-12-2003 08:24 PM ET (US)
We have what may be the beginning of a mini-rendezvous in the making for next weekend, September 19-21.
I am heading up there with a brother and a nephew to fish with Russ Hubbard (Russ) aboard his Revenge 22. As it turns out, Al Ulbrickson (Einar) will be there fishing the same weekend with his neighbor. I just talked with Taylor Clark (Taylor) and he may well bring his Montauk up there too.
I just wanted some of the locals to think about joining us. Sekiu at this time of the year is a sure thing for large ocean run Coho salmon (Silvers). It is an easy program with fish just about everywhere and water and weather conditions that typically are superb and mild. It's really beautiful out on the Straights of Juan de Fuca at this time of year.
For more info on lodging/camping and fishing reports, you can visit the local chamber of commerce site: www.sekiu.com
posted 09-15-2003 12:00 AM ET (US)
Sounds like a great trip. I would think about dragging the Katama over that way but I think I am going in for rotator cuff surgery sometime next week. I told you it was not good when we went to Blake. Catch lots of fish.
posted 09-16-2003 07:31 PM ET (US)
Tom has been doing quite a sales pitch - cold calling me on Friday as I fought rush hour northbound on I-5 through Everett... and he has absolutely guaranteed we will catch coho. At least I think that's what was guaranteed. It was hard to hear on the cellular. He has also assured me that the 'leaping whaler' photo was not taken at Sekui, but around the corner at Neah Bay. Yeah, right.
I think the sales pitch is working, though.
posted 09-17-2003 12:54 AM ET (US)
Taylor, My neighbor has been going to Sekiu every weekend since July. He says the fishing has never been better. You'll be setting a lot of wild coho's free of course but he assures me there will be limits of hatchery fish. They run from 7 - 16 lbs or so.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-17-2003 11:12 AM ET (US)
I guess you've got to deal with your rotator cuff, but I can assure you fishing in Sekiu is more fun than surgery. We'll miss you.
Yes, I guarantee you will catch salmon and bring some home. It's that good up there now.
Our timing is very good. Fish checks form the Washington State Department of Fisheries indicates that the dinky Pink Salmon have largely moved on and that the catch ratio of hatchery (and thus keepable) Coho to wild Coho has gone up considerably in the last week or two. At this time of year the fish are putting on a lot of weight too.
I just checked the NOAA weather forecast and even the weather is cooperating. High pressure will build over the region Saturday bringing sunny, clear and warm weather to the area. Winds are predicted to be variable at 10 knots or less. These are ideal conditions.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-17-2003 03:39 PM ET (US)
It now looks like the following continuousWave Forum members will be fishing there this weekend:
Myself (Tom W Clark) with my brother and nephew.
Russ Hubbard (Russ), my host with his Revenge 22.
Al Ulbrickson (Einar) fishing with his neighbor.
Taylor Clark (Taylor) fishing from his Montauk.
Jeff Creasey (jcreasey) fishing with a buddy out of his beautifully restored Sakonnet.
Anybody else interested in joining us?
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posted 09-18-2003 03:26 PM ET (US)
Sorry I just caught this post. Would have really liked to have joined you guys out at Seiku this weekend but have to finish cleaning up my rental house in Greenlake. Renters just left and can't afford another month of mortgage payments. But if I do I'll sure look for you!
Just got back from Bouy 10 over the labor day weekend and had a blast. 4 kings, 12 coho and another 5 wild coho that we released. Coho fishing is just starting up north around Whidbey (caught 8 last weekend) with the pinks already running up the rivers (hurray!).
Good luck and I'll be looking forward to a follow up report!
posted 09-18-2003 04:11 PM ET (US)
Tom - thanks for the information. Sounds fun and I would love to join you guys - but I have a previous and firm committment for the 19th. But, if I can pry a son or a son-in-law off, I might go up next week or the next.
How long does this coho run last?
What are the possession limits? I see from the regs that you are allowed two per day.
I assume that since someone is using a Montauk that the water is not all that bad at Sekiu. I have a 17 Outrage and guess that I would be alright. My son and I have been off the west coast of Vancouver Island in a 31 footer - but the 17 is about 1/2 that length.
Thanks for the information ------ Jerry/Idaho
posted 09-18-2003 05:00 PM ET (US)
Don't forget to take pics, and post if you can!
Sounds like a great trip!
posted 09-18-2003 06:15 PM ET (US)
OK I will bite. How far out is the fishing? Will my 13 cut it? I have been planning on being on the Snohomish all weekend but this sounds like more fun.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-18-2003 08:12 PM ET (US)
Jerry & Jerry,
Sekiu is very easy to fish. It is MUCH more protected than Neah Bay. When the weather is fair as it predicted to be this weekend, you can fish it with a "car topper".
We just head out into the Straight. I find the best fish are out in the shipping lanes two or three miles out but the U.S. side of the "transition zone" is even better. This is about five or six miles out. It's not as bad as it sounds. You're not on the open ocean.
It'll be easy and comfortable to fish in a 13 footer so long as the wind does not blow. Predicted winds for Saturday are still variable, 10 knots or less, wind waves 1 ft. though Sunday has it as E wind 5 to 15 knots, wind waves 1 or 2 ft.
Worst case scenario, you fish closer to shore. I suspect you will still catch salmon.
posted 09-19-2003 10:28 PM ET (US)
I just sent you an e-mail.
There will be more than one Whaler picture if all works as I have planned. I'll post the URL when it goes on line.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-23-2003 06:09 PM ET (US)
Man! was the fishing good! Weather conditions were near ideal with only a little fog in the mornings. What beautiful country up there.
We had a good time in Russ's boat and I spent Saturday fishing with Taylor out of his Montauk which was fun too. I haven't fished from a Montauk up there since 1989 and I had forgotten what a great little rig it is.
I saw Al Ulbrickson up there as well as Jeff Creasey in addition to Russ and Taylor. I believe everybody caught fish.
There are some big Coho up there now. Amongst those I know, I think Taylor's 12 pounder was the largest. We released some wild fish on Sunday that were significantly larger than that. Saturday's Derby winner was just over 17 pounds (17.10 lbs.) and second place was just under (16.84 lbs.)
Area 5 which includes the Sekiu area remains open through the end of the month and is a worthy and easy weekend excursion for anybody with a small trailerable boat.
posted 09-23-2003 06:25 PM ET (US)
I agree with TWC. It was an ideal weekend in Sekiu. I can't imagine not going back next year. Our largest hatchery salmon was just over 15 lbs. and we had two wild salmon bigger than that.
Taylor, your boat looked great. Did the engine repairs solve your problems?
|Tom W Clark||
posted 09-23-2003 06:38 PM ET (US)
Did you enter the Derby? Third place was only 15 pounds and something.
Taylor's boat ran flawlessly. Whatever needed fixing apparently got fixed.
posted 09-23-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)
Yes I entered the Derby. I caught the big one on Sunday (the day after the derby). On Saturday the best we could do was 3 about 6-8 lbs. each.
posted 09-24-2003 07:29 PM ET (US)
It was the stator, and it appears to be fixed. Tom is right, the engine ran perfectly, and I'm gaining back some of the confidence lost during the Mutiny Bay marooning incident.
Tom was an excellent guide and instructor - with his help I've finally caught a salmon - my first ever. The 12 pounder was my first fish of the day. When it broke the surface, Tom said "that's a different class of fish" by which he meant it was clearly larger than the Standard Issue (or "SI" in Clark fishing lingo.)
We fished alongside Russ's Revenge 22 much of the morning. Russ's boat is notable for the large American flag flying from the top of the radar arch. Plus the radar arch actually has a radar on it.
Russ kindly hosted Tom's brother Bruce, and Bruce's 9 year old son Graham. Tom and Bruce appear to have their own language for describing fishing events, and they were in constant cell phone contact. The uncanny part was that every time Tom's phone rang we seemed to get another strike.
Quote of the day: "I gotta go, we have another fish".
So, while the camping accommodations I found sucked due to the all night arrival of more trailer boats, and even though I drove out Friday and back Saturday (mostly because the camping accommodations I found were so bad) the trip on the whole was WELL WORTH IT!
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