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Tue., July 19, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Humpies hammer hooks on Washington Coast

Pink salmon, also known as a humpy. (Associated Press)
Pink salmon, also known as a humpy. (Associated Press)

SALMON FISHING -- While the fish have just begun entering the Puget Sound area, this year's big crop of pink salmon is already making itself known to anglers along the north Olylmpic Peninsula.

From LaPush all the way to the western edges of Port Angeles, plethoras of pink salmon are flooding into the area, according to local reports.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Randy Lato of All-Ways Fishing (360-374-2052) in LaPush. “[Thursday] wasn’t too bad but [Wednesday] . . . I know I released over 50 of the damn things. It was just nonstop.

“It got to the point where I just said, ‘Guys, I’ve got to take a break.’ I said, ‘I gotta eat my sandwich.’

“By the time I got done with my sandwich, I had three fish waiting to get released.”

Indeed, the smaller pinks are starting to be a nuisance to the king- and coho-focused anglers.

But they’re providing anglers a virtual guarantee of hooking at least one salmon on a trip to Peninsula saltwater




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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