Longtime AU anglers Greg Pepin and Bart Nelson returned for another amazing late June trip with family and friends. The two groups fished with Captain Bo and Bryan and couldn’t have started their trip with better fishing.
The first day of their trip was also the first day of the year we saw limits of silvers. Schools of kings and cohos were in full force at the Cape. The ocean was flat, but the captain’s opted to anchor for a multi-species approach. They caught silvers above 60 feet, kings around 150 feet, and their halibut near the bottom. Bryan’s group quickly got their salmon limit before catching any halibut, so they chose to run offshore. They not only caught their halibut, but also caught their limit of big yellow eye rockfish. Day two of their trip was the same program from the day before. Most boats returned to the dock with their limit of kings and 20-plus cohos. Bryan recalls those days being full of multiple hook-ups at a time. Schools of salmon swam under the boat and everyone would hook into a fish. He remembers one time where everyone hooked a king, fought it, did the chinook shuffle around the boat to avoid each other, and then landed every one!
The last day of the trip, the wind increased and switched direction making the Cape a difficult spot to fish. So, the fleet pushed north for more comfortable and less crowded waters. Many boats fished the Shark Hole, while others fished Point Amelia. Each place was successful for kings and many of the fish were above the average size that’s coming out of the Cape. Val caught the largest king on the last day of their trip in the Shark Hole – a 30-pounder. They also caught their halibut and rockfish. But, silvers were nearly nonexistent in the north spots.
This small storm is expected to blow through quickly. There’s still rain in the forecast, but the ocean looks to return to a flatter state by the beginning of next week, which should allow us to return to the Cape and enjoy the arrival of the coho salmon.