We made our way out this morning to blue skies and flat seas. We got to about the half way point, near Bainbridge passage and the wind started to pick up. At Montague Island was 25 knots of wind and about 6′ waves. It was definitely an uncomfortable sit on anchor but we fished hard through the rocking and rolling of the waves. Large Halibut was the target species but we couldn’t get any to bite. We caught a large Lingcod and a few small Halibut at the first spot.
This afternoon we slid to the western edge of the island and got into a great halibut bite. The fish weren’t huge but there sure were a lot of them. We caught a limit of Halibut soon after arriving and we switched the gear over to lightweight tackle to target some Silver Salmon. There were quite a few of them and some guys on the boat managed to limit out with 3 each. By 3:30 it was time to head for the barn and the wind was gusting 30 knots with the seas building continuously. We took a lot of spray on the way home but luckily the wind and waves were hitting us on our starboard quarter so we weren’t slamming too bad. Again, the weather flattened out when we reached that halfway point and it was all smooth sailing back to the dock.
It was a fun day of fishing despite the slow morning and the sloppy seas and rain. We made the best of it and came home with a decent load of meat. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is calling for 15 knots out of the NE, coming down to a variable 10 knots and 5′ by the afternoon. Great tide tomorrow for one of my favorite spots. Hopefully she produces, check-in tomorrow to find out. FISH ON!