May 29th, first Silver, way early for us. We tucked into a bite off Perry after setting our shrimp pots; we wanted to do some hiking. My wife saw fish jumping and said, “I think they are salmon”, “no way” I said. So we went for a hike and decided to troll with the tender when we got back, the water was like 9 to 15 feet. I hadn’t brought my salmon trolling gear but had a couple of Coyote lures. So when we returned, sure enough salmon were jumping and they looked like silvers. So we took one of our Halibut rods and I tied on a Silver Coyote 5.0 with a couple of oz. or lead and off we went in the tender with the 2 hp Honda. Didn’t have a net, just a 4 gal bucket. The wife took the pole and I motored around, she let out about 150 feet of line and we trolled. About 15 minutes into this exercise she hooked into one, man was she excited. With the halibut rode it didn’t take much to bring it to the skiff, than up and over the side. I didn’t have anything but my Leatherman to bonk it on the head and that didn’t do much, blood everywhere. Finally shoved it head down into the bucked tell it lost some fight than ripped a gill. If we had the time I am sure we could have caught our limit but were happy just to catch an early Silver, a nice addition to our Sunday night dinner along with fresh butter clams and shrimp.
We did ok fishing the slack for rock fish also, and nice weekend.