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

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