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Record reporter’s fishing experiment finally yields a catch

August 28th, 2013 at Wed, 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by benwatanabe

Salmon beware, I caught one of you, and now I’m coming for the rest. 

I finally caught a salmon, a beautiful, trophy-worthy silver about 100 yards offshore at Bush Point on South Whidbey Island. It was everything I hoped it would be: exciting, heartbreaking, focusing. In short, catching a salmon with fish leaping all about our small raft was magical.

Kevin Lungren, of Freeland, Ben Watanabe of Everett and James Daly of Everett hold their salmon catches, four silvers and two pinks, after a successful day at Bush Point on Aug. 24.

Kevin Lungren, of Freeland, Ben Watanabe of Everett and James Daly of Everett hold their salmon catches, four silvers and two pinks, after a successful day at Bush Point on Aug. 24.

Fishing remains a maddening hobby for me, and the most recent experience did little to dampen that attitude. We landed six salmon, including a 10-pound coho caught by Kevin Lungren, vice president of The Fishin’ Club. However, we lost eight – yes eight – salmon. A couple broke off the line, including a wise salmon that went around the buoy our raft was lashed to, and a couple that jumped off the hook as I tried to net them onto the boat.

Now, fishing is all I can think of, and all I want to do. I want more, and I want the mythical experience of “limiting,” that is catching my daily limit of four pinks or two silvers and two pinks.

I began the story to see if the sales pitch for pink salmon season was true, that ANYONE could land a humpy. That remains elusive, I have yet to catch a pink/humpy. But I no longer have a blank Department of Fish and Wildlife catch card.

See you all on the water. webkevin-fillets-silvers

Reporter for the South Whidbey Record. Currently I cover Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, Clinton and sports. On any given night or any given weekday, I'm likely watching a baseball, basketball or football game on TV while reading Mother Jones, Esquire, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Daily Herald or scrolling through Twitter. If I can go sailing, I do. Fishing is a recently discovered hobby, but there are few things as exciting as getting a fish on the line and the battle between urgency and patience to haul it in. I don't much care for pets, but probably want to pet your dog or hold your cat.

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