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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2021, 08:16:51 AM »
Cornet Bay is a pretty consistent/good place to go. Typically the surf smelt show first, which should start in a few weeks. Fire cracker herring will follow and the horse (black label) towards the end of March. The end of the flood can be better. It seems when the bay is toilet bowling they get a little more consistent.

Iíve found a 10í6 noodle rod works best. It tends to be much easier to manage the rig when thereís six fish on it. Iíve got a retired friend who tends to be a regular down there. Iíll post when it starts picking up.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2021, 01:56:09 PM »
Cornet Bay is a pretty consistent/good place to go. Typically the surf smelt show first, which should start in a few weeks. Fire cracker herring will follow and the horse (black label) towards the end of March. The end of the flood can be better. It seems when the bay is toilet bowling they get a little more consistent.

Iíve found a 10í6 noodle rod works best. It tends to be much easier to manage the rig when thereís six fish on it. Iíve got a retired friend who tends to be a regular down there. Iíll post when it starts picking up.

Any idea if/ how the timing changes based on various areas?

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2021, 07:18:25 PM »
Iíve been thinking about trying that smelt run for years but have never made it happen. Have heard there are fewer than there used to be, still enough to target them?
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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2021, 07:51:08 PM »
Some years when it opens there are plenty and some years you net for an hour and get one.  Plus, you have to store a huge net the rest of the year.  I did it for several years when I lived in Vancouver, but it's much easier to just buy them frozen from a bait shop unless you are planning on eating them.  After looking in the bucket at the end of the night of dipping, I was never too tempted to eat them.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2021, 08:02:53 AM »
Anyone dip surf smelt?

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2021, 08:49:47 AM »
Anyone dip surf smelt?

You can dip net surf smelt but itís limited, I think four days a week. Best check regs. Iíve never seen anyone dip netting in the Cornet Bay area but I donít see why you canít try. North of the ramp thereís a lot of public beach, although at high tide the water is right up to the vegetation line.

Iím not sure on herring timing in other marine areas but to my understanding there are resident and migrating herring. I think spawn timing is summer/fall so you are most likely to find larger densities then. The Cornet/Deception Pass area seems to be most consistent since itís a bottle neck. All the herring/smelt entering 8-2 north have to pass through that area. When the kids were young we would take them down there and theyíd have a hoot of a time.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2021, 11:53:42 AM »
Yeah, super slick and pays for itself by not throwing Sabiki rigs away due to tangles every time I use one.

I have this one, but should have bought an 8' as I usually have to cut the rigs down a bit so they fit.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M03PR4Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I have that same rod, it stains the Sabiki rigs a dark brown; basically ruins them.  White rigs catch herring but brown ones don't catch anything.

Just checked mine and the feathers had fallen off, only beads left.  Maybe I should start there.   :bash:

It's pretty much something to keep my son happy when he gets bored trolling although with the price of herring I might get more serious about it as one outing could get me set up for a season of bait strips.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2021, 12:36:20 PM »
It can be a decent way to make bait sometimes.  I've fished B10 when the anchovies are thick and added some fresh bait (which really matched the hatch) without even stopping my troll.  Just watch the screen as you troll along and tell the kiddos when to drop.  Put a hook in the very fresh anchovy and feed it to the fishes.

I'd be interested to see how people prepare them to eat? 

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2021, 12:45:51 PM »
Very popular tapas in Spain. I'm excited to find some and give it a whirl.

https://visitsouthernspain.com/fried-anchovies-boquerones-fritos-recipe/

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2021, 12:52:18 PM »
OMG those are good.  I found a little tapas place in Copenhagen that had those.  I ate them (sometimes 2 orders) every time I was there.  That is one of those foods that is in the "best things I ate in my life" category.
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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2021, 12:55:11 PM »
Huh, never had those but they look good.  I was only in Spain once and pretty much just crushed the jamon the whole time.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2021, 12:55:43 PM »
OMG those are good.  I found a little tapas place in Copenhagen that had those.  I ate them (sometimes 2 orders) every time I was there.  That is one of those foods that is in the "best things I ate in my life" category.

Well that's encouraging!

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2021, 12:56:59 PM »
Also known as "Fries with eyes".

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2021, 01:01:24 PM »
Weird to remove the head and spine but not guts.  Maybe I'll save some bait from tuna fishing this summer.  It seems I often end up with dozens of left over baits that I freeze for chum.

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Re: Anyone catch herring?
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2021, 01:02:59 PM »
The article was a bit vague.  It said to "clean" them then pull off the head and spine.  I assumed cleaning meant guts.  I guess the rest of the bones just soften when cooked.

 


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