Back To The Coast
Now that the Buoy 10 chinook fishery is over, it is time to head back to the Oregon coast for some coho and bottom fishing. For me I had a week delay as a couple of the gears in the lower unit of my big motor were chipped and my normally quiet motor had turned into a growler.
I ended up helping my mechanic assembly the lower unit one night until eleven thirty so I could get back on the water at six in the morning. There was one little problem when I launch my boat the next morning, I hit forward, I went backwards! Then when I hit reverse, I went forward. Oh well, at least I could go fishing, I just had to remember to go backward to go forward.
This year we can coho fish off the Oregon coast on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in September or until we reach the quota. What is unique about this fishery is that we can keep both native and hatchery coho.
What really excites me is the size and fight of the coho this time of the year. They are in their final push to get bigger and stronger and they are generally three or four pounds bigger than they were during our season in July.
So far I have been out twice, one trip with success and other trip in up turning into a bottom fish trip. The ocean has been unusually warm this fall after being cool all summer and the trouble has been finding the coho. Are they in the deeper water, closer to bays, or in the shallower cooler water?
On my first trip, after several phone calls, we finally located the coho in a hundred and seventy-five feet of water. Why they were there, I have no idea; I know that the coho my friend Ken and I caught were awesome fish. Ken’s fish was over twelve pounds and mine was over fourteen.
On my next trip two days later I went to the same area and in two hours I only had one strike. I had the same results when I south and closer to the coast, a strike right away and then nothing. Finally I would switch to bottom fishing, as the crew wanted something for dinner.
The coho so far this fall have been real finicky. I normally fish the ocean with a series of spoon and have yet to get a bite on one. All the strikes so far have been on herring, either cut plug or whole. They have also been deeper than normal with most of the strikes coming around forty feet.
There is also a native coho fishery in a few selective bays and rivers on the coast for those of you who prefer the calmer waters or have a smaller boat. They have a fair small quota and often times the season only last a week or two.
I have my best fishing the bays with either a small red and white or pink and white spinners. The key is to troll fairly shallow, as the coho tend to be top half of the water column where as the chinook prefer the bottom half and if you happen to hook a chinook, you better have a bigger net.Back To Reports