Summertime On The Oregon Coast: Coho, Halibut And Albacore
It has been a windy summer up and down the Oregon coast and that is bad news if you like fishing. Finally the winds started to lay down the end of July which was a good thing as I had a couple from Alabama who wanted to catch a salmon on their trip to Oregon.
It took me an hour to find water warmer than fifty-two degrees and only fifteen minutes to get a hatchery coho on board. Then fifteen minutes later we were headed back to port as the wife was turning colors and in desperate need of land.
With the wife back on land, her husband and I took off for a nearby rocky reef where we caught a few bottom fish and they had a fresh seafood dinner to look forward to.
The next day I when out coho fishing again with three friends and only one of them got sick, but he toughed it out. We landed four hatchery coho in a half day of fishing and once again it was a long boat ride to find warm enough water to fish. Unfortunately that was the last day for coho fishing on the central Oregon coast.
Fortunately, summertime also means tuna time. So to make up for lost time and to take advantage of a calm ocean, I was back the next day heading out to the tuna grounds. Once again it was a long ride to find warm enough water before we finally got into the tuna.
I had two tuna rookies on board they got the thrill of a lifetime fighting tuna. All they could do is shake their head when they thought they had the albacore to the boat and off it would go on another run. Fortunately the ocean stayed fairly calm for the next two day, as now it was time for the summer halibut season.
Our first day was slow with only one halibut to the boat. The next day was a little better, as I was fishing with my friend Jim Martin and a lady from Gold Beach. It was her first halibut trip and she was a real trooper.
In fact, she caught the first halibut, a nice twenty-five pounder. It was a couple of hours before our next halibut, but Jim finally hooked into a thirty pounder on a piece of shad.
I was hoping to get in on the action, but no such luck, fortunately there was plenty of halibut for everybody, and I can report it was delicious.
It was a week before I aventured out on the ocean again, as I needed one more round of tuna fishing to finish up my canning for year. This time I had a couple of season tuna veterans and once again it was long journey before we got into tuna.
I finally put out the lines when we got to fifty eight degree water and we were forty-two miles off shore. The good news is that the tuna like the colder water and we started off the day with a nice double.
After that it was only singles, but we kept grinding away and we ended up catching a couple more tuna than we needed. Not a bad few days, but boy did my boat need a bath.Back To Reports