Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Granite Falls Adventure: Stillaguamish and Pilchuck

 Went on an adventure and checked out some fishing spots on the Stillaguamish and Pilchuck Rivers on Dec 2nd, 2020. Didn't catch anything but saw why to use barbless hooks and got some free gear. It was a beautiful icy day and I had to at least upload the video I shot of the areas! 

I first went to Riverscene County Park and fished for a bit, then drove 5 minutes to the Granite Falls Access Site and found some gear I could retrieve from a log and did so. After that, I fished a bit but could see no fish coming through and went back to Riverscene. I arrived at around 9am and left at about 1:30pm.

I was using an 8ft ultralight rod with 8lb test line. First running a sliding bobber with a crimp weight below it and a size 6 hook with sand shrimp. Later I used a piece of metal as a weight and 2ft leader with two orange foam eggs before a size 6 hook with a piece of sand shrimp and letting the 'weight' slide along the bottom.  

Although I didn't catch anything, I got some practice in and the weather was great. It was a bit cold (the ground was actually frozen) but it warmed up and got warmer toward noon. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

First Surfperch video from October

 After 3 days up to my chest in 50-degree water in cargo pants and flip flops, I finally caught my first surfperch on vacation in Pacific Beach, Wa October 2020.

I used a 7-ft medium action rod with 8lb clear monofilament. 3/4 ounce weight at the end of the line, a foot above the weight was a size 8 hook with a 6-inch leader, and a foot above that was another size 8 hook with a 6-inch leader. I used small sand shrimp that I bought uncooked, I boiled them for a few minutes to toughen them up and then broke them in half and put each half on a hook.

I went to the beach and fished every morning from about 10:00am to 2:00pm and kept getting bites. On the third day, I started to vary my strategy more and retrieve slowly sometimes and fast other times, it was when I retrieved fast that I was able to hook this one. It wasn't uncommon for them to hit the line or steal my bait, and I think that success was achieved because I varied my retrieve and reeled fast through the breaking waves.

All videos on this site and on PNW Fishing Adventures are filmed and edited by me.