Whidbey Island Coho
While we are still a while from seeing the peak of the Coho season at least we are seeing better numbers of fish being landed from Whidbey beaches over the past week. At the present time the better numbers of Coho are still in the western Straits with good numbers of fish being landed at Sekiu. In talking with a number of freinds at Port Angeles and Sequim over the past number of days they are not seeing any great numbers of fish yet! There are a few fish to be caught, but not in good numbers by any means. I would have to say by next weekend we should see the first real push of good numbers of silvers and with that better fishing.
The western beaches of Whidbey have all been turning out at least a few fish this past week and if you have a hankering to do some beach fishing you at least have a reasonable chance of catching one at any of the popular ones on the western portion of the island. The most popular are Bush Point, Lagoon Point and Fort Casey though there a a great number of other places to fish with a little looking on your part.
The most popular beach lures tend to be Rotators in chartreuse, pink, pearl or chrome colors with various mylar stickers as well as Buzz Bombs in the 2 1/2 or 3L sizes in a variety of finishes. One thing that many angles do to enhance their lures is to add a small 1 1/2 or 2 inch hoochie over their hook. Yamashita (Gold Star) offers a great variety of colors of these smaller hoochies that lend themselves to this lure enhancement. Olympic tackle also builds some small flies that also makes a geat addition to you Rotator or Buzz Bomb.
Float fishing with a small herring under a float with a 1/2 to 1 ounce lead drifted with the tide also is a great way to target these coho.
Stop by if you have any interest in this popular fishery and we'll be happy to help you out in not only showing you how to rig up but also when and where to go.
Here's a photo from Eric this week with a smaller beach caught Coho from the Island. This is one of a number that he has recently landed.