WHY YOU SHOULD WINTERIZE YOUR BOAT AND ENGINE
Beat the rush. Beat the freeze!
Boaters tend to wait too long to properly winterize their boat and engine and before we know it winter sneaks up on us bringing freezing temperatures and a rush to get in for service resulting in a longer wait than anticipated. The following are the most important issues to prepare for.
Freeze damage to inboard motors and lower units are a disaster. Cracked blocks and split metal is not a good thing and to make matters worse insurance companies will not cover damage due to neglect of maintenance! Flushing and backfilling your cooling system with marine anti-freeze will eliminate this type of damage.
Fuel issues can lead to nightmares! With today’s ethanol enhanced gasoline mixture cold weather will cause separation from the gasoline ethanol-water attracting combination and settle at the bottom of your tank corroding welded seams and stripping anodizing. Come fishing season these particles will get into your fuel injectors and carbureted engines will suffer the same problems. The same issues will also happen inside the motor. Believe me on this one! Try tearing into a kicker engine in the dark with a flashlight trying to get your motor running good for the next morning of fishing after the jets get clogged of from bad fuel contaminates!
Internal corrosion is one of the most often overlooked causes of engine failure. This silent motor killer builds up over time due to not properly fogging internal bearing, seals and rotating surfaces with a thin coat of protective lubricant.
Protective storage is one of the best preventative maintenance items you can do. We all would love to have a heated enclosed storage facility to protect our boats from the winter elements but if that is not an option a great alternative is to have your boat shrink wrapped.
Three Rivers Marine offers these winterization services for all types of boats and motors to keep your boat running worry free and ready for next season. Call or stop by to talk to our expert service advisors and get your boat ready for winter.
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Crab fishing is set to open July 4th in Marine Areas 4,5,6,8-1,8-2,9,10 and 12 with Marine Area 7 South San Juan Islands opening July 11th and Area 7 Gulf of Georgia opening August 15th.
We have a full supply of different style traps, and crabbing accessories in store! Come in and get all your crabbing essentials today!
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The Snohomish and Skykomish and Wallace rivers are set to open for silver salmon this coming Sunday September 16th. The anticipation is high as fish have been seen rolling all the way from the lower Snohomish River up to the mouth of the Sultan River. The fishing should be great for the first few days of the opener with all the proven tactics. Those fishing the lower Snohomish River should troll wiggle warts in colors such as firetiger, cerise, red and orange. Also make sure to have a supply of Mag Lips in both the 3 and 3.5” size in the same colors listed for the wiggle warts.
For those anglers that want to cast or that are fishing up on the Skykomish river make sure to have a supply of dick nites, twitching jigs, and spinners. When it comes to dick nites most anglers cast and retrieve them on a dropper weight style setup. The two most popular dick nite colors are 50/50 and any of the Frog patterns in a size 1. For anglers looking to use spinners look no further than either a Blue Fox in a size 4 and size 5 or an R&B torpedo spinner in a size 4 or size 5 as well. Popular spinner colors consist of blue, pink, orange, and purple. Twitching jigs have become increasingly popular over the last few years to tempt aggressive coho in slower moving frog water. Popular twitching jig colors consist of black/purple, black/blue and chartreuse in 3/8 and 1/2oz sizes.
As the season gets farther along those fishing bait can find great success whether drift or float fishing. Fishing freshly cured eggs or sand shrimp can tempt even the most stubborn of lockjaw silvers into biting.
Make sure to get out early in the opening of the rivers to capitalize on the best fishing opportunity and the best bite.
Puget Sound has been experiencing a great season for Silver Salmon so far and its sure to continue up to the close of the season. With an abundance of salmon still making their way down into Puget Sound from Sekiu there should be enough fish to keep us busy through the end of September and into October in Area 10.
Anglers chasing the silvers in the salt have been finding their best success trolling spoons and or hoochies of some sort behind a flasher. The most productive spoons have been silver horde kingfishers in the 2,3 and 3.5” size. The most popular colors have been herring aide, cookies and cream, and white lightning.
The most productive hoochie colors have been either purple haze or red racer with glow beads and a herring strip for added attraction. Anglers have been finding success in all the areas with Area 10 seeming to be the best area as of late. The silvers are nice size this year with a lot of fishing running in the 8-10# range with reports of silvers up to 16# being caught as well.
The Skykomish river has remained great for summer run steelhead those looking to target summer run steelhead should focus their attention up river starting at the Wallace flats and working up river towards the Reiter ponds area. Those looking to target steelhead should be prepared with a supply of jigs, beads, spoons and bait as all those techniques have resulted in plenty of fish making it to the bank.
Popular jig sizes have been both 1/16th and 1/8th oz sizes. The best colors in jigs have been nightmare, peach, orange, white and all black. Most anglers have been using floats in the 1/2oz size to target these fish in the lower clearer water. If floating a jig isn’t your cup of tea think about either drift fishing or float fishing a bead. Popular beads have been the bnr softbeads as well as steelhead beads in both the 10mm and 12mm size. Popular colors have been the more natural red and translucent colors especially as the water starts to drop and clear up over the summer.
Looking for a heart stopping steelhead bite?? Try tossing spoons in some of the tail outs on the upper part of the river and prepare to get your arm ripped off. Spoons are a great way to trigger the aggressive nature of a summer run steelhead after you have finished fishing through an area with slower moving presentations. Popular spoon colors this time of year include 50/50 brass/silver, hammered brass, hammered nickel. Popular brands consist of Pen Tac and R&B spoons.
Fishing for kings on the Skykomish has remained fair as the fishing should pick up during the next rise in water. Those looking to chase the kings in the Sky should focus their attention around the Wallace flats as well as the lower river around Lewis Street Bridge and around the prison hole. The best ways to target the kings has been using eggs and sand shrimp in some variety. Float fishing, side drifting and pulling bait behind a diver are all good ways to catch some Skykomish River Kings!
Halibut Fishing will have one more day of being open on this Saturday the 23rd. Anglers can target the halibut in Marine Areas 3-10. Fishing has remained steady and anglers looking to target the halibut should come with a supply of bait such as black or blue label herring, squid and octopus. Anglers should fish their presentations on a spreader bar and a 7-9” glow hoochie. Take advantage of the last day of halibut fishing Washington will offer this season!
Anglers should take advantage of the bass and panfishing that Washington state has to offer over the summer as it is a great way to get the family involved! Almost all lakes in Western Washington have some sort of panfish and bass population so it’s a great activity to get kids involved.
When it comes to catching panfish nothing beats a bobber and a worm around any sort of structure such as docks, trees, weeds and lily pads. If you don’t want to use live bait, then fishing a small jig under a float is a great way to catch all panfish species including crappie.
Bass fishing should remain strong throughout the summer on a variety of techniques from soft plastics and jigs to top water. Summer time is a great time to throw top water lures for bass such as frogs and walking style baits. There is nothing quite like seeing a big bass break the surface of the water to eat a lure in the summer! Fishing during the heat of the day anglers should look to fish around any sort of shade as the bass will hunker down during the sunny days to ambush prey and protect their eyes. When fishing around cover anglers should look to fish with slower moving presentations such as a Yamamoto Senko or a Dirty Jigs Pitching Jig with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer. When it comes to lakes most lakes all around western Washington will be able to provide some sort of bass fishing opportunity.