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

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.