Strong Early Showing Of Pinks In Strait

Tip of the cap to blog reader Matt who this morning drew my attention to the latest creel counts in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

He’d read my piece about an early showing of good numbers of pinks out of Westport and other coastal ports and  commented, “… The number of pinks caught out of Sekiu far exceed the number of pinks checked during the same week in 2009. Check them out, could mean nothing….could mean everything!”

So, indeed, I checked them out.

Between July 1 and 3, a total of 260 were brought back to the Olson’s and Van Riper’s ramps in Sekiu and the Ediz Hook at PA.

And how does that compare? I ran the numbers from similar early timeframes all the way back to when the New Pink Era began again in earnest, and came up with catches of:

46 over five days in 2009
74 over eight days in 2007
63 over three days in 2005
12 over six days in 2003
71 over six days in 2001

Who knows, maybe Larry Bennett and the boys are checking catches more fervently this year, maybe with higher gas prices there are fewer boats and they can get to everyone coming back to the dock, maybe the fish are here early, or, heck, maybe the forecast of 6 million to Puget Sound will be trashed.

Again, who knows. As Matt says, “Could mean nothing….could mean everything!”

BRITTANY AND BRIANNA NELSON WITH LIMITS OF PINKS CAUGHT AT SEKIU DURING THE 2009 SEASON, WHEN 9 MIL RETURNED TO PUGETROPOLIS. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

But for now, there be pinks biting in the Straits — along with coho as well as Chinook, M. Yuasa at the SeaTimes adds.

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