2014 week-46 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (11/12/2014)

November 14th, 2014

Week 46 was the final week of test fishing for South Sound fall chum at Apple Cove Point. We caught 778 chum (plus 2 coho and 4 immature Chinook in 6 sets):

Set 1: 149 chum (and 2 Chinook)
Set 2: 46 chum
Set 3: 168 chum
Set 4: 165 chum (plus 1 coho and 1 Chinook)
Set 5: 126 chum
Set 6: 124 chum (plus 1 coho and 1 Chinook)

The age distribution and sex ratio of the sample:

Week #46
Ages Male Female Total
3 15.6% 9.2% 24.8%
4 34.4% 36.7% 71.1%
5 1.8% 1.8% 3.6%
6 0.0% 0.5% 0.5%
Sex Ratio 52.2% 47.7%
Avg Length (cm) 71.1 68.3

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

2014 week-45 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (11/4/2014)

November 5th, 2014

South Sound chum test fishery catches at Apple Cove Point were lower this week. A total of 470 chum (plus 3 coho and 3 Chinook) were caught in six sets. The tide was flooding shorting after daybreak, so that all of the sets were fished on the incoming tide. The breakdown of the catches were as follows:

Set 1: 102 chum, 1 coho and 1 immature Chinook

Set 2: 2 chum

Set 3: 32 chum, 1 coho and 2 immature Chinook

Set 4: 0 chum

Set 5: 157 chum

Set 6: 177 chum and 1 coho

The age distribution and sex ratio:

Week #45
Ages Male Female Total
3 11.6% 7.1% 18.7%
4 40.9% 29.3% 70.2%
5 8.6% 2.5% 11.1%
Sex Ratio 60.8% 39.2%
Avg Length (cm) 72.8 68.1

Next week’s test fishery will take place on Wednesday, November 12th.

Questions may be directed to Bill Patton at the NWIFC: 360-528-4383.

2014 week-44 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/29/2014)

October 30th, 2014

Test fishing for South Sound chum took place again yesterday (10/29) at Apple Cove Point, with moderately decent results. A total of 1,325 chum (plus 17 coho and 4 blackmouth chinook) were caught in six sets. The tide was already flooding at dawn and slack high was around 10:30 AM. There was a nuisance sea lion around during the first couple sets, but it was apparently gone after that. The subsample, weighted by the size of each set, gave a sex-ratio estimate of 51% females. The age distribution of the sample was:

 

Week #44
Ages Male Female Total
3 10.1% 4.5% 14.6%
4 34.8% 47.0% 81.8%
5 3.0% 0.5% 3.5%
Sex Ratio 48.5% 51.5%
Avg Length (cm) 71.3 68.3

 

2014 week-43 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/22/2014)

October 22nd, 2014

The third week of test fishing for South Sound chum at Apple Cove Point occurred on Oct 21. The tide was ebbing at daybreak until around 11:00 AM. A total of 1,866 chum (plus  21 coho) were caught in six purse seine sets. The sex ratio of the catch, based on subsamples weighted by the size of each set, was estimated to be 48% females. The age distribution will be posted when it becomes available. The breakdown by set was:

Set 1: 77 chum (plus 4 coho)
Set 2: 132 chum (plus 5 coho)
Set 3: 93 chum (plus 3 coho)
Set 4: 223 chum (plus 3 coho)
Set 5: 693 chum (plus 2 coho)
Set 6: 648 chum (plus 4 coho)

Age distribution and sex ratio:

Week #43
Ages Male Female Total
3 5.5% 1.8% 7.3%
4 45.0% 40.8% 85.8%
5 4.6% 2.3% 6.9%
Sex Ratio 55.5% 44.5%
Avg Length (cm) 71.9 68.0

 

The week-44 test fishery will occur on Wednesday, Oct 28.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

2014 week-42 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/15/2014)

October 20th, 2014

Oct 15th was the second 2014 test fishing day for South Sound chum at Apple Cove Point. The weather was not pleasant, but despite the chop, fishing was quite decent on the morning incoming tide. We caught a total of 2,450 chum (plus 92 coho) in five sets. Once the tide started ebbing, catches dropped off and our last set was a “water haul”. Based on our subsamples (weighted by size of each set), we estimate the catch was just 22% females, slightly lower than we observed last week. The fish were again large, averaging about 9.6 pounds.

Set 1 – 208 chum

Set 2- 595 chum

Set 3 – 1,400 chum

Set 4 – 247 chum

Set 5- zero chum

Week #42
Ages Male Female Total
3 2.8% 1.1% 3.9%
4 68.0% 19.7% 87.6%
5 6.2% 2.2% 8.4%
Sex Ratio 77.2% 22.8%
Avg Length (cm) 75.3 69.6

 

2014 week-41 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/8/2014)

October 20th, 2014

Wednesday, Oct 8 was the first day of test fishing for South Sound chum at Apple Cove Point. While the timing of the tides wasn’t ideal (it was ebbing during the morning), they were big tides, which usually seems to make for good seining at ACP. We caught a total of 817 chum (plus 65 coho and 1 immature chinook) in six sets with more than half of those (430) being caught in the last set of the day. The chum were 70.5% males, and they were very big fish, with an average weight estimated at 10.4 pounds. Here are the catches by set, and the age distribution:

Set 1 – 26 chum

Set 2- 24 chum

Set 3 – 136 chum

Set 4 – 154 chum

Set 5- 47 chum

Set 6- 430 chum

Ages Male Female Total
3 3.1% 1.0% 4.1%
4 59.2% 26.0% 85.2%
5 8.2% 2.6% 10.7%
Sex Ratio 70.4% 29.6%
Avg. Length (cm) 76.0 72.1

 

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

 

2013 week-44 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/31/2013)

October 31st, 2013

Today was the fourth week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston.

We caught a total of 2,327 chum in six purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 1,251 chum (and 2 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 2- 211 chum (and 1 coho)

Set 3 – 39 chum

Set 4 – 16 chum

Set 5- 55 chum (and 1 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 6- 755 chum (and 1 coho)

The age distribution will be posted when it becomes available.

Our sample was 55% females.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6.

2013 week-43 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/23/2013)

October 24th, 2013

Today was the third week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Despite severe fog and less than ideal tides, catches improved significantly over the past two weeks.

We caught a total of 3,456 chum in five purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 214 chum (and 4 coho)

Set 2- 565 chum (and 12 coho and 4 immature Chinook)

Set 3 – 528 chum (and 12 coho and 5 immature Chinook)

Set 4 – 425 chum (and 15 coho and 4 immature Chinook)

Set 5- 1,724 chum (and 8 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

The age distribution of our 200 fish sample was 20% age-3s, 71% age-4s, 8% age-5s and 1% age-6s.

Our sample was 56% females.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31.

 

Quick recap of weeks 41 and 42:

During the week-41 South Sound chum test fishery, a total of 464 chum were caught in six sets. The catch was 34% females. And age breakdown was 4.5% age-3s, 86.5% age-4s, 8.5% age-5s and 0.5% age-6s.

During the week-42 South Sound chum test fishery, a total of 494 chum were caught in six sets. The catch was 46% females. And age breakdown was 10.0% age-3s, 83.6% age-4s, and 6.4% age-5s.

 

2012 week-45 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (11/7/2012)

November 7th, 2012

Today was the fifth week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Catches were poor.

We caught a total of 121 chum in six purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 5 chum (and 2 coho and 3 immature Chinook)

Set 2- 1 chum (and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 3 – 3 chum

Set 4 – 30 chum (and 1 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 5- 30 chum (and 2 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 6 – 3 chum

The age breakdown will be posted here when it becomes available.

This week’s catch was 63% females.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery, if deemed necessary, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14.

2012 week-44 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/30/2012)

October 30th, 2012

Today was the fourth week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Catches were more consistent than last week.

We caught a total of 1,259 chum in six purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 273 chum (and 2 coho)

Set 2- 86 chum (and 1 coho)

Set 3 – 249 chum (and 6 coho and 2 Chinook)

Set 4 – 117 chum (and 4 coho)

Set 5- 240 chum (and 4 coho)

Set 6 – 294 chum (1 coho)

The age breakdown will be posted here when it becomes available.

This week’s sample (n=240) was 53% females, closer to to normal than last week’s highly skewed sex ratio.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7.