‘Boom, Boom, Boom’ On Pinks In Straits

Not that we’re trying to drive you into more of a lure-buying frenzy or anything, but perusing through the freshest fishing reports, two things stand out:

1) Pink salmon catches last week in the Strait of Juan de Fuca were well above the same period for 2009.

2) And a baker’s dozen were even landed down in Hood Canal Sunday.

According to data from WDFW, a total of 1,173 were brought back to docks in Sekiu and Port Angeles last week (July 18-24) while 875 were between July 20-26, 2009 and 617 from July 13-19, 2009.

When I called up Larry Bennett, the state’s catch sampler for the northern Peninsula, I found out two odd things.

“If anything, I think the effort is down,” he says, then adds later, “A lot of people are throwing the pinks back to concentrate on Chinook.”

He feels the pink run has started early, and says some he’s seeing are larger.

“My old boss is going out and getting them boom, boom, boom,” he says.

Add one more boom to that as the daily limit is as many as four pinks in the Straits.

“They hit just about everything,” Bennett says, “they really do.”

He says that Sekiu and PA are typically silly with pinkos throughout August before the run tapers there in September.

It can be really good as early as mid-August in Puget Sound.

Thirteen pinks were counted at Tacoma Power’s Saltwater Park Ramp in Hood Canal, state stats show.

Nine were also tallied at Central Sound ramps, 34 in the Bellingham area and North Sound docks. That’s fewer than in 2009 for the former, more in the latter.

WON'T BE LONG TILL THE PINKS ARE IN THE DUWAMISH SYSTEM, WHERE NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN AD DEPARTMENT MANAGER BRIAN LULL LANDED THIS PAIR DURING 2009'S HELLA MONSTER RUN. (GINA LULL)

Editor’s note: This report previously stated 13 pinks had been landed as far south as Des Moines, where Saltwater State Park is located. However, there’s also a Saltwater ramp in Hood Canal, which WDFW stats actually refer to. Our apologies for the poor reporting.

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