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Puget sound Lingcod

Puget sound Lingcod

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A nice Puget Sound King

A nice Puget Sound King


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Seattle King Salmon

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A little catching up to do on posts!  It’s been a great season with Lings, Kings, Silvers and lots of wildlife.  Were still catching Kings, and silvers are just making a showing.  It’s been a lot of deep fishing with warmer waters in the Sound.

It’s been a interesting winter here in the Great NorthWest. Dry and mild temps have been conducive to outdoor activities. My fruit trees think its spring, and damn Peck Peck is starting to patrol his drumming stations. Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula has been good for Wild Steelhead. Hopefully we get some more rain soon to keep the rivers in fishing shape. Chinook (blackmouth) fishing has been fair to good in marine areas 9 and 10.


This wheel seems to be spinning faster with each year that goes by. Happy New Year to all! 2013 was a big year. We lost some great people, and gained many more. It was a great year of fishing in the Pacific North West! I had the pleasure of meeting great folks from as far away as New Zealand, China, India, Japan, New Foundland, Ireland and all over North America. Picked up some good stories, and a few funny jokes. What is best is meeting on common ground, sharing the passion for the outdoors. Looking forward to 2014! So far it’s been a great year. We welcomed it in, fishing in a favorite spot on the Sound. A glorious sun rise and calm water, a few good fish, and many laughs and stories with good people.

Capt. Matt







I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We have had much to be thankful for, and for one your support and company is at top of Tyee Charters list. We have had a great showing of resident and transient Orcas over the past few weeks. Some of the shows have left us slack jawed and breathless. Winter Blackmouth fishing has been very good for us. Mostly fishing in the central parts of MA 10, but some good days as well in MA 9. Flashers and 3.5″ Kingfisher spoons have produced best.

Capt. Matt




It is with pleasure to announce the publishing of my Aunt LLyn’s book.

Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay
LLyn De Danaan
University of Nebraska Press
October 1, 2013

The story of Katie Gale is a look back into a time of rich culture and life in the early days of Washington history, specifically the Oyster Bay area of Puget Sound. I highly recommend for any and all interested in finding more clues and insight into the early days of life on Puget Sound.

About the Book:

A gravestone, a mention in local archives, stories still handed down around Oyster Bay: the outline of a woman begins to emerge and with her the world she inhabited, so rich in tradition, so shaken by violent change. Katie Kettle Gale was born into a Salish community in Puget Sound in the 1850s, just as settlers were migrating into what would become Washington State. With her people forced out of their accustomed hunting and fishing grounds into ill-provisioned island camps and reservations, Katie Gale sought her fortune in Oyster Bay. In that early outpost of multiculturalism—where Native Americans and immigrants from the eastern United States, Europe, and Asia vied for economic, social, political, and legal power—a woman like Gale could make her way.

As LLyn De Danaan mines the historical record, we begin to see Gale, a strong-willed Native woman who cofounded a successful oyster business, then wrested it away from her Euro-American husband, a man with whom she raised children and who ultimately made her life unbearable. Steeped in sadness—with a lost home and a broken marriage, children dying in their teens, and tuberculosis claiming her at forty-three—Katie Gale’s story is also one of remarkable pluck, a tale of hard work and ingenuity, gritty initiative and bad luck that is, ultimately, essentially American.

LLyn De Danaan is a writer and an anthropologist. She contributed to the book Vashon Island Archaeology: A View from Burton Acres Shell Midden, and her articles have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.

“Katie Gale’s story is unique in its scale; few accounts of the nineteenth-century Northwest focus on the life of a single Native woman and her family. LLyn De Danaan’s writing is big history made deeply human, offering insights not just into Native American history but also into the arrival of industrial capitalism on Puget Sound, the politics of statehood and race in Washington, and the profound transformation of local landscapes.”—Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place

“I have followed LLyn De Danaan’s writing path for years now. She is talented and bold, and this new book puts her firmly where she belongs—at the heart of the American voice. Good stuff, highly recommended.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway and Into the Beautiful North

Wild weather over the past few days had whipped the Sound with 30-40kt winds. Rain in excess of 8″ has brought the rivers up to record levels for September. Prior to the storm, fishing for Silvers had been great in the central parts of Puget Sound. Hootchies and flashers fished 30-90′ have produced best.


Silver Salmon and Pinks have been steady lately in the central parts of MA 10. Fish 30-55′ with flashers and hootchies. Pinks like a slow troll, and a pink mini Hootchie, or coho killer spoon. Herring behind a diver or 3oz lead have produced some great fish.

I go through a lot of sunglasses. Working on the water 300+ days a year. I have had all brands of shades and some are better than others, not relevant to price. I need glasses for low light condition, as well as glaring overhead sun. Fishermans Eyewear has sent me the Marlin line of glasses to try out. I was very pleased with the product. Stylish, scratch resistant and durable. They quickly became my go to pair. At $25.00 a pair these glasses are great to have on hand for those days when your buddies forget to bring shades. I was impressed with the durability. My glasses don’t last long, and the Marlins lasted as long as any top brand I have used. A few specs.

Description: A comfortable favorite, the Marlin features a cut-back wrap design offering tremendous coverage. The Marlin is a high-performance piece fitting a large majority of head shapes.

Frame Style: A modified square wrap style frame constructed from a light weight and durable Polycarbonate.

Features: Polarized, durable and 100% UV A and B ray protective TAC lens with a thickness of 1.0 mm. The blue mirror lens color is ideal for offshore fishing, general boating and most water-sport activities. Includes a draw string closing, cotton storage bag festooned with the Fisherman Eyewear logo.

Fitting: Best for small to large size faces.

I have found them in most local tackle stores.

Capt. Matt



Big hook nose Silvers have been attacking lately. I’m going to have to check my hull, as I think we were ambushed by a swarm of Africanized Coho last week. Hootchies and white double glow flashers, fished at 25-90′ have produced very good Coho and Pinks. Pinks like a slow, slow troll. White flasher and a pink mini squid (Hootchie) 28″ leader. Deep Six divers and 3-4oz leads with cut plug herring have produced lots of strikes.







Salmon fishing has been great over the past few weeks in Puget Sound. Chinook fishing has been good with some very nice fish landed lately. Pinks and Silvers continue to build in numbers. We have stayed exclusively in MA 10 this season. Shilshole bay has produced well lately. Try a flasher and Hootchie at 50′ for chinook and coho.









Salmon fishing has been great on Puget Sound this year. We are catching limits of Salmon daily. Hootchies and Flashers fished at 50′ has been good for Kings. The Pink Salmon are starting to show in good numbers.