Silver numbers remained solid for the final two weeks of the season and the size noticeably increased. Coho in the low to upper teens became increasingly common by the last few days of August and persisted until the bitter end on September 12. Silvers of this size are impressive, displaying long runs, wild jumps, and sudden changes of direction that have anglers running all around the boat trying to keep up. Our silver catches mostly hit the limit until about the second week of September when numbers began to drop. Bear in mind our limit is six per day – a lofty target. For an angler to land three or four of these big late-season silvers along with halibut, rockfish, and lingcod makes for quite a day.
Speaking of which, fishing for all the above remained strong as did blackcod fishing offshore. The weather was particularly challenging with a howling easterly on September 6, but otherwise, we were free to roam the ocean. The end of our season is always bittersweet. The AU team appreciates time to rest and to do all the things a 7 day a week fishing schedule doesn’t allow. Still, we love this work and it’s hard to kiss it goodbye until next May.