Sekiu Lingcod opener
~ Lingcod season opened West of the Sekiu river/ Area 4 this week and the guys from “Team Ling Hammer ” assembled for a couple days of camping and fishing on the West end. Most of the accommodations at Sekiu are still closed with the halibut opener yet a couple weeks away but Chris from Van Ripers Resort was gracious enough to let our team set our headquarters up in their great waterfront campground. Wind and weather cooperated enough to get out most of the day Monday and then again Tuesday morning and the fish did not disappoint. Many lingcod were caught and released during both days with the kept fish averaging 30″ and up . Cabezon, seabass and rockfish showed as well. Kasey took honors of the trip pot with three lingcod all over 30lbs and the biggest ling topping out at 40 lbs. Big Hammer swimbaits fished on 65# braid and shock leaders in 40-60 feet of water was the top bait– plus Braid thumper squid, live greenling and a variety of Chris Englehart custom lures took fish as well. It was a great Sekui opener and we’re all very excited for the prospects of the local lingcod and halibut openings in the rest of the Strait/ Sound that first week of May.