Every winter a great blackmouth opportunity comes around, Fishing the northern Puget Sound. North of the east-west line drawn from Edmonds to Kingston. Area 9 is home to places like Possession bar, Point no Point, Mid Channel Bank, Double Bluff to name a few. Many of these areas are great places for blackmouth to go searching for food. Most places in Area 9 have strong currents that can make mooching for salmon intimidating. However, with the right use of your electronics and timing you can successfully mooch all of these areas. Mooching for salmon is great fun as the gear is minimal, there is no flasher to fight. It is you, a small sinker and the fish.
Possession Bar is a staple in Area 9, it’s a convergence zone with fishermen/women coming from Everett, Edmonds, Kingston, and the Seattle area. This centrally located shelf that comes off the south end of Whidbey Island can be very fishy at times. The shelf and ledges in this area make great ambush places for these feisty blackmouth. Likewise, with Jefferson Head in area 10, finding bait will in return find fish. When trying to decipher a big area, looking for baitfish with your electronics and fishing where bait is present can make a world of difference in your success rate. Mooching is different from trolling where you can cover miles of water in a day of fishing. When mooching you won’t be covering water laterally, you will be picking areas to concentrate on and fishing the water column within that small area(drift). Mooch Possession Bar when the weather allows because there will be many days’ mother nature won’t allow you to as this is a very exposed area that is subject to all directions of wind. Point no Point is another good option when fishing Area 9 however this place is an outgoing tide fishery, on the outgoing tide baitfish congregate on the north side of the point, creating yet another ambush place for winter chinook to feed. Point no Point can have strong currents as well, so be prepared to put on some lead to get down to the fish.
There are plenty of places in area 9 that fish well for blackmouth besides the ones mentioned. This fishery normally stays open until mid-April, which allows for a chance at some larger Spring chinook as well. These early spring fish are some of the best pound for pound fighting fish in the Puget Sound. When the weather allows, get out and chase some of these tasty king salmon. Here at Cut Plug Charter we are running a winter special right now, this is a great opportunity to get out and learn how to mooch for winter chinook. Please give us a call to reserve your spot.