There’s still Chinook and coho salmon to be caught at Westport and tuna anglers are filling boats with albacore.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife hadn’t published counts for the week of Sept. 9-15 Wednesday. The latest numbers available show the Chinook area quota at 18% and the coho quota at 33%, with the salmon season slated to close Sept. 30. Quotas set prior to the season were 12,700 Chinook and 59,050 for coho.
Tuna fishing remains solid. The charterboat Predator had 10 anglers fill the boat on a Sept. 13 trip. Bottomfishing is also going strong; the charterboat Slammer took 22 anglers out Sept. 16 and returned with 46 lingcod and 154 yellowtail rockfish.
The Westport Charterboat Association derby rolls on. Jared Boyd of Tacoma won the daily salmon derby Sept. 15 with a 16.35-pound Chinook. The weekly lingcod winner was a 31.35-pound ling caught by Keith Scott from Auburn. Bonnie Stinson of Kuna, Idaho, took the weekly tuna derby with a 25.05-pound albacore.
Derby tickets are $5 available at charter boat offices. Prizes for the largest fish of the season include $10,000 for the largest Chinook, $1,000 for the largest halibut and tuna, and $1,500 for the largest lingcod and coho. Masaru Tahara of Seattle made the investment in a derby ticket last season on a July 25 trip on the Gold Rush and pocketed $10,000 for his 26.35-pound Chinook.
Here are the seasonal leaders listed on the Westport Charterboat Association website as of Sept. 18.
26.2 pounds, Dennis Klain of Port Ludlow aboard the Stardust July 22
23.6 pounds, Mike James of Glasgow Montana aboard the Hula Girl Aug. 7
22.8 pounds, Walter Nakatsukasa of Seattle aboard the Cormorant Aug. 5
22.5 pounds, Mark Worchester of Kennewick aboard the Fury June 22
22.5 pounds, Jeff Chapman of Graham aboard the Advantage July 1
11.2 pounds, Ronald Brulotte of Zillah, caught aboard the Stardust Aug. 27
11.05 pounds, Murray Campbell of Yakima, caught aboard the Gold Rush Aug. 24
10.6 pounds, Taylan Herbrand of Puyallup, caught aboard the Stardust Sept. 8
10.35 pounds, Robert Fronia of Puyallup aboard the Monte Carlo Aug. 5
10.35 pounds, Wayne McCartney of Montesano aboard the Blue Eyes Aug. 4
32.95 pounds, Rusty Pixton of Richland, caught aboard the Ms. Magoo Sept. 8
30.35 pounds, Derek Smith, Laramie, Wyoming, caught aboard the Ms. Magoo Sept. 1
29.65 pounds, Steve Naval of Bonney Lake aboard the Ms. Magoo July 28
27 pounds, Mike Gornick of Missoula, Montana aboard the Fury Aug. 18
25.85 pounds, Mark Bartness of Spanaway aboard the Fury Aug. 11
33.7 pounds, Todd Lakin of Sumner aboard the Tornado June 21
31.95 pounds, Ron Jennerjohn of Yakima aboard the Hula Girl May 12
31.15 pounds, Keith Scott of Auburn aboard the Hula Girl Sept. 15
30.5 pounds, Lauren Hayes of Bonney Lake aboard the Tornado June 14
29.25 pounds, Joe Haney of Olympia aboard the Predator June 26
60.55 pounds, Jeromy Jording of Olympia aboard the Ultimate May 12
56.4 pounds, Mat Walton of Fife aboard the Fury June 6
53.5 pounds, Barbara Isbell of Tacoma aboard the Fury June 29
52.8 pounds, James Riley of Imperial, Missouri aboard the Stardust June 28
51.25 pounds, Lane Glasoe of Burien aboard the Advantage June 20