June marks the beginning of summer salmon season, the anticipation has built up since the end of April when blackmouth(winter Chinook) came to a close. May was full of great lingcod fishing in the Puget Sound but now we’re in the swing of salmon season and boy has it gotten off to a HOT start! Fishing in marine area 11(vashon island/Tacoma) took off with a bang for king(chinook) salmon, limits were the norm most days. Like most of us who have participated in the June king fishery over the years stated “Fishing in June has not been this good in years” June 2018 was a memorable June with very good and consistent fishing for chinook salmon. Mooching up these salmon with light tackle made for some brawling fights with these spunky fresh from the ocean fish! These kings made for a great start to the season.
On the marine area 10(Seattle area) front; resident coho(silver) salmon has been really good as well. When that resident coho bite comes on it is as good as it gets for salmon fishing! The bite has been lights out at times! These coho are in the Puget Sound feeding to get bigger. Making them aggressive feeders, their stomachs are full on krill and herring making our cut Plug herring the go-to bait! Fishing coho is a fan favorite with a lot of our guests because of the aggressive top water action from these coho. Many of our bites have been surface bites; weight out of the water, just smashing aggressive bites with a mix of many “slack lines”. Once you get a slack line you will be hooked on mooching for salmon, it is one of a kind! With most fishing you feel the fish pull when biting, on a slack line(the bite on the drop) it will be instant slack where you will not feel any weight as the fish has picked the bait up and is swimming to the surface. Nothing beats the adrenaline of catching up to a slack line feeling your rod load up as you tighten and catch up to the fish!