Spent the weekend chasing Silvers out at Cheval Narrows and Pony Cove. We marked LOTS of fish but the bite wasn't very fast. As usual for this time of year, we caught our fair share of Pinks but we had to spend a little more time and effort on the Silvers this time.
When we catch fish, I typically hang them off the side of the boat to let them bleed and wash some of the slime off. We do this for Halibut as well as Silvers. The fish don't come into the boat until it's time to go. On Friday evening out at Pony, we pulled up not too far from some rocks and started fishing. My wife caught a good Silver and I hung it of the side of the boat as usuall. Then all of a sudden, a Sea Lion appeared at the back of the boat and took the fish off the stringer. A few minutes later, I was trying to net a fish and a Sea Lion grabbed it and ran. Before it completely spooled the line off the reel, I was able to lock down the drag and break off.
I've never lost fish to Sea Lions before and to lose two within a few minutes of each other was interesting to say the least. Now I suppose I'll have to add Sea Lions to my list of stuff to look out for while fishing.