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General Tso’s Ling Cod


I don’t think of myself as being a superstitious person.  I know fishermen are renowned for being so, but I consider myself a bit more reasoned. Take the famous superstition of bananas being bad luck on a boat as an example.  I have always considered that to be complete hogwash.  The fact that I have never brought, or allowed anyone else…

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Calamari Party


Squidding this season has been REE-diculous.  They showed up earlier than usual, in crazy numbers, and they appear to this angler to be of larger average size than we’ve seen in recent years. They are everywhere right now.  My personal favorite spot has been the Seacrest pier in West Seattle, but that’s primarily because it’s so convenient to my work kitchen.…

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Albacore Tuna


  Yeah, I spared you a picture of me this time.  That’s Captain Mark holding that albacore in the photo above.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or following my FaceBook page, you’ve doubtlessly heard me talking about fishing with him. I first met him after I asked on a local online angling forum for guide recommendations.  I got a…

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Into the Pink


  Once every two years, a remarkable angling event happens here in the Pacific Northwest. Pink, or “humpie” salmon make their bi-annual return to our waters, in numbers between 6 and 8 million.  You heard me right, that’s million with an “illion”.  It’s like a freakin’ Egyptian biblical plague of pink salmon around here.  Only these plague beasts taste great smoked,…

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10 tactics to help prevent losing that fish


It’s always going to happen.  It’s part of fishing. There’s always going to be the ones that get away. Around here, conversations with other fishermen we encounter often go like this. “How did you do today?” “Not bad, we went six for ten.”    Or, “6/10” if we’re texting, emailing, or whatever. That gives a quick picture of how the day went.…

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Pan Seared Salmon


They say that one of the keys to being a good blogger is consistency.  Well, I’ve got that part dialed in.  Every summer, I consistently stop writing posts.  That counts, right? Hey, when the salmon are running through our area, my days consist of getting up early and hitting the water for a few hours.  Then it’s off to work,…

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Ling Cod: Foreplay & Fish Sandwiches


As I’m writing this, I’m just polishing off the last of my ling cod from the 2014 catch.  I shall not comment as to whether or not there is a single tear running down my cheek. Damn, that six week season goes by quickly.  I miss fishing for them already.  Not only are these fearsome looking beasts filled with delicious white meat,…

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Buttering up the shrimp


Today was one of only two scheduled days we can catch spot prawns here in the Seattle area this year.   As it turns out, the weather decided to make it challenging, with wind and rain making pulling shrimp pots a chore.  But it wasn’t enough of a challenge for me.  That’s why I “decided” to neglect to hook the…

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Silver Bullets


It’s just a little shy of two years since I started this blog, and I finally had my first chance since then to bend a rod outside the borders of the United States.  It wasn’t a dedicated fishing trip.  I piggy-backed myself onto a friend’s vacation, when one of the guys slotted for a room in their Grand Cayman rental…

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Squid Jigging in Seattle


Seattle has the potential to spoil a fisherman rotten, and I’m not even talking about how good the fishing is around here. I mean that fishing here can be just so damned convenient. There are so many angling opportunities available a literal stone’s throw from the shores of this city. Salmon run just outside the marina, ling cod can be…

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