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ELLIOTT BAY DREAM CATCH! (THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY KATHY & NELSON)
Kathy's Elliott Bay 41#R
The Dream Come True
Idream of catching fish like counting sheep. But I never dreamed of catching a fish like this in Puget Sound. We woke up a bit late on Saturday morning, but as we were already moored in Elliott Bay Marina the trip to the Seattle Waterfront was a few minutes away. By 6:30 we had our lines in the water and were trolling in 120 feet of water with the gear spaced in the water column. The sun could not break through the overcast skyline of the city so we kept one of the riggers at a shallow 25 feet. Five minutes into the troll the shallow rod goes off and my buddy Doug Hayes puts a nice 13-pound king on the boat. Great start! We are barely awake and already have conquered Elliott Bay. We immediately get the Coho Killer back in play. As the tide was outgoing all morning and I noticed so much bait present at the Marina, we kept the Fishtale 2 away from the crowds and fished near the grain towers. As the sun squeezed its way through the overcast, I decided to act like a fish and go to the deeper cooler water. Lowering our riggers to 60,70,80,and 90 in 325 feet of water we enjoyed the fantastic scenery of Seattle. Then it happened……..the right deep rod went off and buried its 10.6 tip almost to the water. In a flash, my wife Kathy had the rod out of the Scotty and the fight was on. FREIGHT TRAIN…..I could hear the whistle of the Burlington Northern in the background as the beast peeled line from the Shimano. Oh, I new this was big…maybe a 20……
We begin a wide circle to keep the fish in back of the boat. Kathy gains line. Fish gains line. It is a brute. After 3 major runs I notice three or four boats around us just watching the battle. Then it surfaces. Oh my, I see the telltale dorsal and the tailfin break the surface about 50 feet away. It's a hog, I tell myself….maybe 30. Will my knots hold in front of all the spectators I whisper only to myself. Kathy is wearing out but keeps the rod tip up and the line tight. After the fourth power dive the King surfaces and starts a tight circle only 15 feet from the boat. We go round and around as Kathy slowly eases it toward the awaiting net. At 5 feet, I see the fish is a giant and I lower the net around it as it rolls on its side. We hoist the bright king onto the deck in jubilation. The Silver Horde Purple UV Sonic edge falls from its mouth. Elation…..total elation….we are all shaking and high-fiving after the 60-minute battle. 41 inches with a 28 inch girth….a whopping 41 pounds. The dream of a lifetime just came true.
(As submitted by Nelson & Kathy Goodsell Mar 2008)