Fish & Feathers: Striped marlin, yellowtail tuna hooked off Washington coast!

<I>RON MALAST photo</I><BR>This 40.5 pound albacore is the second largest taken out of Westport this season, the largest being 43 pounds.

To conclude last week's article of a long-range tuna-fishing trip off the Washington coast, let's pick up the following morning on the Ranger, captained by Don Davenport with myself as the alternate.

About 5:45 a.m., at about 125° 31' 01" West and 46° 23' 45" North, Don is first on deck and tosses a hooked live anchovy over the side and wham! - fish on. The yell, wakes the rest of the crew and many half dressed, grab their rods and pitch anchovies into the ocean. As early dawn lightens the scene, albacore can be seen swimming all around the boat. Six and seven fish are hooked up at the same time as the two deckhands work feverishly to boat fish, repair lost leaders, throw bait and get poles back in the water - what a madhouse.

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