By John Keizer
Mid-Channel Bank, located just outside Port Townsend Bay at the entrance of Puget Sound, is the gathering place for some fantastic late winter/early spring blackmouth fishing.
Top fishing takes place not on Mid-Channel Bank itself, which is located between Marrowstone Point and Fort Worden Lighthouse, where the water here is only 50-60 ft. deep. The prime water is on the outside of the bank, where you’re looking for an average depth of 120 ft. Most of the fish will be in 90 to 140 feet of water. You won’t find many fish suspended this time of the year. Most of them will taken within a couple of cranks right on the bottom.
This place is known for some spectacular jigging, especially if the fish are concentrated on the Bank feeding on candlefish. Pt. Wilson Darts are the top producing jigs here. Mooching small cut plug herring red label size with smaller hooks or a candlefish, if you can get some, will score on large winter blackmouth here too. Top jig and mooching fisheries take place but you need to keep your eyes on the sonar and move back on the bait piles when you drift off. Top jigging happens on the tide change.
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