Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 19th General Meeting

Our next General Meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm at the Edmonds Senior Center south of the Edmonds Ferry Dock in Edmonds, WA.

Our speaker will be Mike Jablinski of All Season Charters who will captain the Annie A for our blackmouth fishing trip in December. (See more information below.) Mike will explain where we will be fishing, what type of gear you will need if you bring your own gear and general fishing tips for fishing blackmouth. Even if you are not going on the trip but plan on doing some fishing on your own this winter, you will find his talk informative.

In addition, this will serve as our annual meeting for election of board members. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Gary McConaghy at (206) 354-0877 to get your name on the ballot. The requirement is you must be a member for at least a year and willing to commit to monthly board meetings. We encourage you to step forward to serve on the board.

Blackmouth Fishing Trip

We have arranged for a full charter fishing trip on Sunday, December 14th at 6:30 am on the Annie A from All Season Charters in Edmonds. The charge for the day of fishing will be $50/member - this is a discounted fee thanks to an offset from the Board of Directors. This includes gear, if you need it, bait and coffee. We are limited to the first 23 that sign-up and pay their money at the General Meeting on November 19th at 7:00 pm. There will also be a $5 entry fee each for the two contests: First Fish and Biggest Fish. You are welcome to bring a lunch as well as beer or wine to enjoy on the water.

You will need a fishing license and we encourage you to pick one up ahead of time at either the All Season Charters’ office by Arnies restaurant or any other license retailer. We will meet at the charter office at 6:30 am. The boat will leave promptly at 7:00 am and return around noon.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter Posted under Newsletters

Members should receive a newsletter by the end of this week. It is also posted under Newsletters on this page. Please remember to attend the General Meeting next Wednesday June 25th for the presentation by Leland Miyawaki

Monday, June 16, 2014

General Meeting, June 25th at 7pm

Come join us at the Edmonds Senior Center as we welcome back Leland Miyawaki on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm.When he isn’t working part-time at Orvis in Bellevue, you can find Leland fishing and guiding on the local Puget Sound and British Columbia beaches. As Leland says, “fishermen usually focus only on salmon and steelhead when they think about fishing in the saltwater of Western Washington, but you can fish for native trout all-year round with a fly rod. It’s a great opportunity and a uniquely Northwest experience.”
He’ll discuss his surface fly the “Miyawaki Beach Popper” that he uses to catch those wild coastal cutthroat trout and he’ll even tie flies. Hope to see as many as possible show up for this special presentation. We will have a fly rod raffle to participate in as well.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Willlow Creek Hatchery Open House and June 25th General Meeting

We will again be hosting our Annual Open House in conjunction with the Edmond's Waterfront Festival May 31 and June 1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have our kids fishing pond ready for your young anglers to try their luck, hatchery tours and feeding the young salmon in the rearing pond. We will also have a raffle for kids fishing gear and maybe even a nice fly rod for the more experienced. Please plan to attend with your kids and grandkids and if you are so inclined we also could use some volunteers to work each day with helping the kids fish, cleaning, setup and take down. If interested in volunteering let Gary McConaghy know at 206-354-0877.
For our June 25th General Meeting we are very excited to have back Leland Miyawaki from Orvis in Bellevue to talk about beach fly fishing in the Puget Sound. Leland always gives a great presentation and has a lot of wonderful information about being able to fish in the sound even if you don't have a boat. More about his presentation latter but wanted you to be aware and mark your calendars to attend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Update

2014 Program update and meeting schedule. The fish have been moved into the pond and are thriving, thanks to the volunteer feeders and the expertise of Walter, Ray and crew. The same can be said for the Coho currently residing in the net pen at the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
We will have a revised schedule for our General Meetings this year with the next one being on Wednesday April 23rd at the Edmonds Senior Center. Our speaker will be Ron Gardner, who has given us this information about his expertise and experience:
My name is Ron Garner and I've always loved to fish. The waters in Washington have more opportunity than hardly anyone realizes. In our beautiful state, I have landed many, many kings from 30-50 pound kings, High teen to 20+ pound Coho, Lingcod to 50 pounds, and several mid hundred pound halibut. Most think you have to go to Alaska or BC to catch this quality of fish. Not so.
After years of fishing and watching our fisheries shorten, I rolled up my sleeves. I got involved with WDFW in the studies of our fish and shellfish to understand how they all interact as well as how many we can take effectively without harming the resource. I worked with many WDFW staff in decision making. Today most of those staff are running the agency. What I have found is that there is never a real clear one size fits all answer for our fisheries. That includes managing the same fisheries year after year.
My love for the sport and wanting to see our fisheries come back to historical levels is my driver. Future generations need to have what we have.
But to excel you need to learn that each type of fish is different and lives different. This is where the challenge comes in. After studying their habits and what they eat you can start to piece together a game plan on how to manage them and most of all, Catch Them!
Not many know that 5 of us met in Port Angeles in 2003 and hammered out the strait halibut fishery proposal that we enjoy today. We had it moved it forward from June to April when the fish are in. Understanding these fish come in and leave at certain times of the year, helps to understand how to catch them. This has been the driver of having great results.
I am a structure studying nut. I have thousands of hours of studying marine charts. I paid attention to what we were catching on what type of structure and its layout.  In the beginning fishing the ocean, I paid attention of where our hot spots were, their shape, depth, forage, kelp, and what the bottom is made of. In finding certain fish you can figure out where halibut, lingcod, rockfish, cabezon, and even shrimp and crab are.  From this I have discovered many halibut fishing holes that no one knows about in the ocean and even inside. There are techniques that will put you on more fish that I will be showing you. You will go away with a better understanding of where to find halibut and why. 

In addition to Ron's talk, we will also have a raffle. 
As for the schedule for the balance of the year, we will have general meeting on 6/25, 9/24 & 11/19. We will also be holding our Open House in conjunction with the Edmonds Waterfront Festival 5/30 & 6/1 and we hope to see a lot of your attend and or volunteer to help out. We will hold our summer BBQ and auction at the Hatchery on Wednesday August 6th.