APRIL 1-3, 2016

    6th Annual ALL PSA Chapter Members and Guests Only

    Blackmouth Derby - April 1st to 3rd  - Port Townsend, WA

    Tickets will be $25/each (Cash only, please).  100% of the proceeds will be re-distributed as prize money!

    1st Prize: 40% of total tickets sales
    2nd Prize: 25% of total ticket sales 
    3rd Prize: 15% of total ticket sales
    4th Prize: 10% of total ticket sales

    Mystery Weight Fish: 10% of total ticket sales

    More info to come!

    Please reach out to Eastside PSA for derby tickets or questions: psachaptereastside@gmail.com


  • May 2, 2013 Halibut Outing REPORT

    May 2nd was the Halibut “opener” for our inland waters and I joined my friends Paul and Karl from the Eastside Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers (PSA) for 3 days of fishing.  We got to Port Townsend early last Thursday morning and motored out to Dallas Bank.  The weather was awesome and the tides were favorable to drift the eastern end of the Bank.

    On the very first drift, Karl hooked-up nearly right away and the fight was on!  He had managed to hook a halibut of about 40 pounds.  When the critter got close to the boat, Paul gaffed him, and brought the “Butt” into the boat.  Then the fight was on in earnest to subdue the toothy beast!

    Paul gets the gaff in position!

    Karl was using a halibut cord rig with a 2-pound dropper weight and a white squid with octopus for bait.  Plus he had put on a couple of different scents for added enticement.

    Karl and the first “Hali” of the trip!

    As soon as we had bleed and “punched” Karl’s Halibut, we dropped down again.   And this time it was my turn as I hooked up shortly after we dropped.  This was a nice sized fish that made a couple of short runs and the line went slack.  Much to my dismay, I reeled in to find my line frayed where the halibut teeth had sawed through the 80-pound braid.  I had been using a glow white inverted pipe jig with the treble hook at the top that had a teaser hoochie on it that I had tipped with salmon belly. 

    Note to self:  Next time I should use an inverted jig, use a heavy leader to protect the connection point from the “Hali’s” razor sharp teeth!
    After losing that fish, I switched over to a halibut rig similar to what Karl and Paul were using.   The advantage of all of us using the same style of rig and same 2-pound dropper weights, is that it minimizes the possibility of tangles.  This was because all the rigs had the same amount of drag; they all drifted the same and had the same amount of “blow-back”.  Besides, I did not have a pipe jig like the one the halibut just stole from me!

    Halibut cord rig with a two-pound dropper weight.

    As we repositioned ourselves for one of the many drifts, we encountered Fred, another Chapter member who was employing a different fishing method, Anchoring.  The anchoring method allows you to stay in once place and let the halibut come to you.  This can be a very effective method and some successful anglers even employ downriggers when anchoring.  A word of caution if you consider anchoring in the Strait.  The tidal flows and winds can be very strong, so it is extremely important that you have enough “scope” on your anchor line to avoid capsizing.  Therefore, I would not recommend this method for the novice angler.

    We had several more bites on Thursday that failed to connect.  So we headed in to clean fish and swap fish stories. 

    On Friday, the awesome weather continued and we headed back to Dallas bank.  We got several good bites that day but failed to capitalize on them.

    Fred and his friend at anchor under very placid conditions.

    On Saturday, we decided to fish closer to the ramp because we were going to leave in the afternoon.  The flat water allowed us to “fly” out to the yellow buoy north of McCurdy Point.  

    Karl struck early in the first drift and hooked into a fine halibut of around 30 pounds.  We repeated the “fire drill” with yours truly doing the honors with the gaff.  This was while Paul was trying to hook a “Butt” that was teasing him by grabbing his bait and then dropping it.  Unfortunately, that fish was not to be.  

    However, by this time we were starting to see some trends develop that we used for the rest of the trip and will use on future trips.  First, we were getting all most all our bites at the beginning of our drifts, so we started our drifts higher on the bank.  Secondly, white or glow white were the only colors producing.  So we all switched to those.  Lastly, we needed to move around as the tide changed to stay in current that was fishable.

    Karl with his 30-pounder!

    While we were learning this, let me tell you about Martin and Dale, two other Eastside Chapter members who fished the same three-day period.  They tried for the Trifecta and accomplished it!  They were
    skunked on Thursday for halibut but got one Friday.  Then on Saturday, they put shrimp pots out in Discovery Bay and then went out and got a nice lingcod.   Then they came back to the Bay and retrieved a fine catch of shrimp.  Way to go guys!  That is thinking outside the Box!

    Back to our boat, we fished until about 2:00 pm with several more bites but no more hook-up’s.  So we ended our trip having a great time and getting two very nice halibut!

    The sun sets on our wonderful trip!

    Submitted by Mark Gavin, member of several PSA Chapters