Ling Cod May 8th 2017

Just about every day is a GREAT day!  But some days, ---- some days, are EVEN BETTER!  Still in the marina as we are leaving a harbor seal bids us goodbye.  Next stop is some old pilings to fish for our bait as a Bald Eagle hangs out with us on a nearby piling.  Then we head to the fishing grounds near the south tip of Whidbey Island and a pair of large Gray Whales escort us for the first couple hours of fishing as we drift on calm waters and warm temperatures.  Later a group of Dall's porpoises swings by to say hello. 

OH- and we landed 4 Quill Back Rock Fish (protected so we quickly returned them to the sea) and 3 Ling Cod.  One was too small and had to go back, one was well above minimum legal size and the other was the largest Ling Cod anyone can keep in Puget Sound.  We started with the yard stick so if he was too big we could get him back in the water quickly.  He looked extremely close and likely legal.   So we hoisted him on the table to get an exact measurement.  Having to check his tail and lip at least 3 times, HE"S OURS!  legal by an 1/8 of an inch, just under the top limit of 36 inches.

Doc from the mid-west

 
 

Mild mannered, all around nice guy, Richard, physician from the mid-west.  We have a short 4 hour combination Flounder and Salmon trip, not a lot of time to fish either.  As we get underway I am thinking "this guy is no fisherman".  Between the 3 of them they pulled in over 30 flounder and then we set off for a short period of salmon fishing (catch and release only).  Richard brings three nice Kings to the boat and loses one, a real fighter.  Val hooks a nice one but got away just before the boat.  Susan lands her share of Flounder but sits out salmon with a bum wrist. Great day on beautiful Puget Sound!