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PNP Double Kings!

July 27, 2008

Point No Point, Washington 07-27-08 05:30 AM ( about 2 hours )

My wife's parents and her aunt are in town this week. We asked them if they wanted to fish early morning or noon. They wanted to fish early AM, so we push off at 5AM, and started fishing by 5:30 at PNP. They never fished before, but I didn't expect a ton of action either.

Around 6AM, the deep rod goes off, and I grab the rod. It feels small, so I crank it up and see it surface about 100 ft back. Then it went crazy and started peeling line. I tell Tina to turn port, and out of the corner of my eye, the high rod gets absolutely buried. Tina runs out and grabs that rod. At that point, my other 3 passengers (never fished) are stunned, and the boat is spinning in circles and the lines are all off to port.

I had to be the deckhand, so I hand it off to Tina's Aunt, and tell her "keep cranking hard". I straighten the boat and put it in neutral (something I rarely do), then I started barking instructions to prevent the two fish from tangling. A crowd is watching now :). Finally, Tina's Aunt standing on the port side has the fish to the boat, but its on the starboard side. The line is drooping over the motors and almost got tangled in a scotty rod holder. I hold the line up with my arm and yell at her to get on this side of the boat. The line narrowly clears the props and the downrigger ball - I didn't have time to get that out of the water. I grab the net, and Tina's dad is trying to help, getting in my way, and holding the net by the hoop, and gets it tangled in the rod holder. Oh dear, I should have told all of them to stay in the cabin. A few terrifying moments later (fish is going crazy near the motors), I have the net free, the fish happens to be on the surface by me, a fast dip, and up comes the fish!!!

All this time Tina's screaming when her fish ran hard, and had the fish close to the boat by now. It is going crazy as well, so I don't have time to clear the fish out of the net. So I grab my backup coho net, Tina makes a good lead on the fish, and it goes straight into a net that's barely big enough! Wow, never had so much chaos on board. Lesson learned to give instructions to people on board ahead of time.

Right on, the two hens measured in at 12 and 15. We take like 20 minutes to take photos, before I can get the lines back in. Saw a couple of fish caught around us, and then nothing. We quit fishing at 8, and head back to Edmonds.


1 Kept Hatchery Chinook salmon 12lb 30.0
1 Kept Hatchery Chinook salmon 15lb 32.0


snotty wrote: (over 12 years ago)
Nice trip, earlybird! Sounds chaotic.
Murphy wrote: (over 12 years ago)
Sounds like adrenaline-pumping fun....but never yell at your in-laws, Paul ;-)
earlybird wrote: (over 12 years ago)
Maybe yelling wasn't the right word :). It was "MOVE OVER HERE!", "NO NOT THE ROD, MOVE YOUR PERSON!".
Stumpy wrote: (over 12 years ago)
From Captain to Deckhand in 30 seconds! Sounds like a blast! Are they ready to go fishing again or was the yelling too much? That will be the true test.
earlybird wrote: (over 12 years ago)
Oh, they certainly are. In fact, they want to come back to visit every July now. So it was a little too good for me...
Firstmate wrote: (over 12 years ago)
I think considering it is their first time, everyone did a great job! But I have to agree with Murphy, never yell at your in-laws.
Fishin' Luhrs wrote: (over 12 years ago)
We just can't picture Tina screaming LOL!!! Nice job to all


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