~ Its been a cooler summer so far here in Western Washington but the ocean wind and swell has been laying down more days so Tuesday we headed off to the Coast ( La Push ) for a Coastal charter with some visiting folks from Iowa. Luckily we kept the Twilight vampires off long enough to score quick limits of nice black seabass and quality lingcod all around. Plenty of fresh fish for future fish tacos and fish and chips.
The summer crab season kicked off in force with a stupendous July 4th holiday weekend opener. Limits were the rule in Port Townsend Bay and many of the crab are very big this year w/ 8-9 inch bucks commonplace. Nothing like some fresh Dungies cooked right off the boat. The Cabin lodging folk and day charters have been enjoying some really good crab dinners !
Spotted something a little out of the ordinary on the marina breakwall today. Mixed in with the plethora of Glaucous-winged and Western Gulls X was this anomaly – possibly a leucistic ( partial albino) phase gull. Seems a second year bird judging from the markings on its bill. Continue reading →
All around the property here at the Treefrog Woods the wild Pacific Rhododendrons Rhododendron macrophyllum have been busting loose with their elegant pink blooms. It has been a particularly cool and wet spring and this seems to have contributed to their splendor. Continue reading →
Many of our favorite local clam beaches have seen their seasons extended this year. Oak Bay and Indian Island will both remain open additional months this year with seasons extending until July 31. Digging for littleneck/ manila steamers and butter clams on the low tides has been excellent this spring. Continue reading →
Mr. Finkle has been a fixture around the property since he arrived some 10 years ago. Over that time roosting high in the safety of a fir tree every night has kept him out of the grasps of many a hungry raccoon, bobcat or coyote. Tame and curious as a housecat we sometimes forget he’s even a bird. Continue reading →
Lingcod season is now in full swing. Fishing has been very good locally on these toothy, hard fighting and delicious eating fish. The slot limit is between 26 and 36 inches this year and we have had some 30-50 fish days releasing the smaller fun fighting “schoolies” to find some of the bigger keeper fish. Most of these fish have been averaging 30-35” inches and @ 10-15 lbs are the perfect eating size. Fishing 30-80 feet of water with Big Hammer swimbaits, Braid thumpers and B2’s has been very effective.
Spring days in May always make me think of time on the water after one of our most favorite things to catch and eat—shrimp ! In Washington fishing days are very limited for these delicious critters so we try to get after them as much as possible. Northern Hood Canal and Discovery Bay are great local places to shrimp.
Shrimp traps/pots are typically put down in 150-300 feet of water baited with what we affectionately call – the stinkbait. Bright orange with spots and stripes and sometimes exceeding 8-10 inches in length spot prawns are attracted to the most oily and smelly of baits. The secret composition of this bait is a closely guarded secret of many shrimp boat captains including myself. This smelly concoction is always a memorable experience—often on the boat and clothes long after. Continue reading →
Saturday we hosted a charter Fishing/ Shrimping trip with Dan Drust , sales manager for the Filson Company in Seattle. Dan and his family were enjoying the cabins for the weekend. The weather and water was great and with shrimp limits in the boat and tide now running strong we decided to head a bit offshore of Port Townsend for some halibut fishing. Large B2 squids and an assortment of baits were sent to the bottom in 200 feet of water. Continue reading →