Fishing

Arizona angler puts a 27-pound blue shark into the state record book

Zachary Johnson holds the 27.63-pound blue shark that establishes the state sports fish record for that species. He caught the shark July 30 57 miles off Westport while fishing for albacore tuna.
Zachary Johnson holds the 27.63-pound blue shark that establishes the state sports fish record for that species. He caught the shark July 30 57 miles off Westport while fishing for albacore tuna. Courtesy

An Arizona man fishing for tuna in the Pacific Ocean off Westport set the sport fish record for the largest blue shark caught in Washington waters, state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Friday. Zachary Jackson, from Show Low, Arizona, caught a 27.63-pound, 55 3/4-inch blue shark July 30.

He was 57 miles out of Westport, fishing for albacore tuna with anchovies when the shark took his bait. His fish was the first blue shark submitted for a record in the state.

LAKES

Baker: Puget Sound Energy employees have transferred more than 8,000 sockeye salmon to the lake. Still, the fishing has been on the slow side. That should change later in the month as the fish start to prepare for spawning.

Mineral: Despite the heat, some nice fish are being caught. An angler landed a 5-pound rainbow fishing with a green Power Egg on a 4-foot leader, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. The fishing has been best at the north end, and action off the dock is best in the morning.

RIVERS

Carbon: The state has clarified the daily limit for adult salmon is four fish. The effective dates are Sept. 1-Nov. 30, and covers the river from the mouth to Voight Creek. The daily limit is not listed in the pamphlet.

Puyallup: Fishing on the river, from the 11th Street Bridge to the Carbon River, is scheduled to open Tuesday. From then until Aug. 31, the river will be closed on Sundays. From Sept. 1-Oct 31, that stretch will be closed Sundays-Tuesdays. Check the rules pamphlet for limits and other restrictions.

Olympic Coast: The trout fishing has been very good in the Sol Duc, according to staff at Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters. Green drake flies in sizes 8-10 are working well.

Yakima: The full moon has slowed the trout fishing, according to staff at Ellensburg Angler. Fishing early or late in the day remains the best time. Fishing with dry flies in sizes 10-14 has been effective.

SALT WATER

North Sound: Beach anglers are starting to hook pink salmon on the west side of Whidbey Island. Bush Point is a good option right now, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center.

Ocean: The coho fishing has been very good off Westport and Ilwaco, based on state reports. From July 31-Aug. 6, for example, Westport anglers brought in 4,114 coho and just 789 chinook. Neah Bay had the best catch rate, 1.35 salmon per person, during that time frame.

South Sound: Salmon fishing has been fair in the Tacoma area, and slow around Olympia, according to state creel reports. Anglers in the Tacoma area are catching a mix of chinook and pinks.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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