Want to know where and how to fish Puget Sound? The Saltwater Fishing Journal by John Martinis is a fairly comprehensive book on how and where to fish for salmon, crabs, bottom fish and halibut in Puget Sound. Loads of maps and instructions make it particularly useful.
Saltwater Fishing Journal
Summary of the Saltwater Fishing Journal
The Saltwater Fishing Journal is a compilation of maps and articles that cover all the basics for fishing Puget Sound. It covers Blackmouth/Chinook fishing, Coho fishing, Pink/Humpy fishing, Halibut fishing, crabbing and even shrimping. If you are new to fishing Puget Sound, this book covers at least to a cursory degree, everything you need to know to catch fish (or crabs).
Essentially this book is a compilation of articles covering different aspects of where and when to fish for different species of salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab in Puget Sound.
What I like about the Saltwater Fishing Journal
The Saltwater Fishing Journal does an adequate job of covering all the basic info a new fisherman needs to get started on Puget Sound. The maps showing where to fish for what is quite helpful. There are plenty of tips on what rigging to use and how to use it. Lastly, the spiral binding is also a real plus because you can open the whole book up and leave it sitting where you want it for reference.
What I don’t like about the Saltwater Fishing Journal
My only real complaint with the Saltwater Fishing Journal is that it is a compilation of lots of articles written over the years. The information is useful, but there isn’t much of a cohesive flow from one chunk to the next and there is some repetition. This is not enough though to warrant not picking up a copy in my opinion.
Last thoughts on this book
We have been kicking our copy of the Saltwater Fishing Journal around for a few years now since we first reviewed it. Since then it has been on many outings, gotten wet several times and even been loaned out for a while and then brought back. You can take that as a testament to how useful it has been!