‘Average,’ ‘Fair’ So Far On Sound King Opener

As expected, Chinook are being caught on today’s Central Sound opener for hatchery fish, but early reports from the north, middle and southern sections of the fishery suggest that action’s so-so.

“I think when it’s all said and done that it will be an average opener,” said Gary Krein, president of the Charterboat Association of Puget Sound, around 10 a.m.

He’s working the waters off Jeff Head and has one king as well as two coho in the boat.

A friend of his reported a dozen fish netted on the west side of Possession Bar around 7:30 this morning, and that’s where angler Ryley Fee of Woodinville hit first thing.

He and a friend picked up a pair of kings trolling Ace Hi Flies from Silver Horde behind a green flasher on bottom, but when I called had just scooted over to Point No Point where Fee almost immediately hooked up after hanging up.

“We literally trolled 30 to 50 feet and nailed a 10-pounder,” Fee called in to report.

It bit the same setup, on bottom, he says.

Fee wrote a large feature in our July issue on fishing Areas 9 and 10 for summer kings (that’s his buddy with a President Point king on the inset cover), available on newsstands now.

At the northern end of the fishery, Brett Barkdull of Camano Island and two other anglers are in the midst of a huge fleet patrolling famed Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend. They had three kings from 12 to 17 pounds in the boat.

“We’re laughing about all the radio reports of 25-pounders — they’re probably just like the ones we’ve got,” he says.

Two of the three hit 31/2-inch green spatterback squids while the third bit a green-glo Coho Killer, all run right on the deck.

“Sandlance imitations,” Barkdull notes. “Chatter on the radio, other guys are using the same things.”

All the gear’s running behind green Hot Spot flashers, he says.

He says 95 percent of the fleet is trolling the bank, and that today’s hot spot is on the southern end, where there are also several moochers.

“It’s been fair,” Barkdull says. “It hasn’t been red-hot like past years.”

They plan on fishing another couple hours, taking a nap, and hitting a 3:30 p.m. tide change, but aren’t sure where they’ll fish.

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