Oh Boy…. We Did It Again

July 25th & 26th, 2009

Oh boy, we did it again….

The weather reports had predicted adverse seas and high winds for the central coast all week.  With that in mind, we had some doubts that we would be able to leave port Saturday morning because of rumors that the bar was closed to all sport boats.

Our guests for the day came down to the boat full of anticipation, and were understandably disappointed to hear the trip may be canceled.  We waited for the Coastguard boat to cross the bar and access the situation, then gave them a call, and got the go ahead that we could leave port.  We did receive a little surprise leaving…. just as we were crossing the bar, a very large wave rolled into the mouth to lift the boat high into the air, to fall back down the other side, what a way to start the day!

Because of the high seas, we had decided to stay close and look for some Salmon.  We trolled around a bit… nothing.  Listening to the radio’s, it appeared from reports from the few other boats fishing, that the Salmon were not in the area.  Hmmm, what to do now….  The sea conditions are really not THAT bad…. so with a quick change of gear, out we went to prospect for some Tuna!  After a decent run out about 35 miles, we dropped our gear and started fishing.

Although the fishing was never red hot, we did manage to get everyone into arm wrestling contests with some big fat Tuna!  Then something REALLY exciting happened…. no more than 25′ in out front of the boat, a gray whale surfaced and slid under the boat and our lures!  Whew… now THAT was something to see!

Driving back to port, we heard reports from all of the central coast ports that sea conditions were deteriorating, and that bar restrictions were being put into place.  At about 12 miles out, we heard that Depoe Bay had closed the bar to all sport boats.  We called the Coastguard on the phone and after giving them a fishing report, were told to come on across and they would station a man on the North Point to watch us come in.  We had no problems, and slipped into port to process our catch and say goodbye to our great crew.  Everyone left tired, with lots of stories and smiles!

Our thanks to Doug, Mike, Pablo & Dave for the great dinner Friday night and all the fun we had Saturday, you were a great bunch as usual!

Sunday dawned to reports of more of the same weather and water as Saturday.  To our surprise, the ocean was very much calmer, and to eliminate the temptation, we locked the Tuna rods in the pickup, as Salmon was what our Sunday crew were after!  With Mike, Mindy, Kristina, and twins Zach & Josh on board, we crossed the bar with no repeats of Saturday, and headed off-shore a couple of miles to drop our gear into the water.  “FISH ON!”  The first fish in the boat was the largest we have caught this year!

We had fairly steady action through the morning, and with a fish box full of big shiny Coho Salmon into port we went.  We found out that none of the 3 kids had ever caught a fish before…. what a way to catch a “first fish!”

After processing our fish, we sat around and snacked and chatted until our guests headed out to enjoy the rest of their day, and we put the boat to bed for the week.  What a beautiful day, with good company!

Another great weekend spent with great people…. thanks again everyone!

Doug
Doug
Dave
Dave
Mike
Mike
Pablo
Pablo
A visitor on the fishing grounds
A visitor on the fishing grounds
Mike, Dave, Doug & Pablo
Mike, Dave, Doug & Pablo
Josh/Zach
Josh or Zach... who really knows??
Kristina
Kristina
Early morning makes for... enthusiastic & alert crew!
Early morning makes for an enthusiastic & alert crew?
Local Wildlife
Local Wildlife
Zach, Josh, Kristina, Mike, Mindy.... & Dave hiding in the back
Zach, Josh, (or Josh & Zach) Kristina, Mike, Mindy.... & Dave hiding in the back

Finger Lick’n Good!

July 23, 2009

Finger Lick’n Good Time

No one at Parkin Electric could say they were hungry after Doug Dickson, from Crescent Electric Supply prepared his Famous Pork Ribs for our gang.   They were dee-licious.  It is now a tradition for Doug to come to Parkin Electric once a year, set up his barbecues and prepare a huge mess of ribs.  He also brings several jars of his famous salsa.  This in our opinion is the best salsa we have ever tasted.  This year some of our neighbors on Fir Street dropped by for a plate full of goodies too!   The meal was supplemented by homemade salads and deserts prepared by our very own Tonya and Amanda.  Great employees and good cooks too!   All of us at Parkin Electric want to thank Doug for taking time out of his busy schedule to treat us to his famous ribs. 

Thank you Doug!

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The Master at Work!
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Doug "The Rib Man" Dickson


Fish Salmon & Caught Tuna?

July 19th, 2009

Went Salmon fishing…. and caught Tuna??

The day started with the decision to abandon a run to the Tuna grounds because of rough water and high winds, and instead concentrate on catching a few Salmon in-shore.  The North winds have been blowing down our way through the week, bringing some very cold water with it.  With our intrepid crew, we headed out to find some 52 degree water, and began moving farther and farther West in our search.  We dropped the gear a couple of times without success, but the siren call of the Tuna began calling us.  We were resisting quite well, until we reasoned that…. “gosh we are already almost 1/2 way out to Tuna water… and the water is not THAT bad!”.  We quickly pulled the Salmon gear, stowed it away, deployed the Tuna rods, and off we went!  Rough water made for a slow ride out to about 40 miles off-shore, where we stopped for a trial troll.  Bang… FISH ON!  High winds managed to tangle all of our gear together…. but Tuna in the boat!  We moved a couple of times until we found a pocket of hungry fat Tuna, and stayed just long enough to put 6 of them in the fish box in short order.  The wind was increasing throughout the morning, with the Coastguard closing the bars in Depoe Bay, Newport and Tillamook to small boats due to deteriorating conditions, so back we headed to port with a bumpy and wet ride back, where we also saw porpoises and a LARGE whale.

Our special thanks to Lisa, Matt, Caleb and Josh, for sharing another beautiful day on the ocean with us!

Lisa
Lisa
Matt
Matt
Josh
Josh
Calob
Caleb
A Damp Passenger
A Damp Passenger
Interesting & Unusual Wildlife!
Interesting & Unusual Wildlife!

Fish Everywhere!

July 11th & 12th, 2009

Fish Fish Everywhere!

Well…. 58 nice big fat Tuna went home with the lucky fishermen this weekend, and another stupendous weekend on the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday’s crew went out about 42 miles (in a fair ocean) with us to find the warm water and fish.  When we did find them, it was basically madness and mayhem for the next 3 1/2 hours, or about 1 fish in the boat every 7 minutes for 30 fish total!  Back to port we went, then a couple of hours of fish processing and packing on ice for the trips home.
Wow… what a day.  It does not get much better than this!

Sunday brought a beautiful flat ocean, and we raced out about 40 miles to find the water and fish.  We started out very slow with just a few fish caught here and there, and decided to pick up and try a few more spots, where we had a fairly good bite, then it went dead…..  We picked up again, and ran about 10 miles and set our gear…. all heck broke loose!  We VERY rapidly picked up another 13 fish (finishing with 4 on and in the boat a once) in about 1/2 hour, for a daily total of 28 fish!  Luck was sure with us, and we were one of the first boats into port.  Again we had a fish processing party (providing entertainment for the tourists driving by the fillet bench) and got everything cut and packed on ice.  The tired and happy fishermen then headed back home to spin their tails of the day.

A great weekend by all accounts!

Our thanks to John, Kevin and Brandon on Saturday,  and John, Jim, Don & Nick on Sunday, for their fine company and fish catching abilities.

Thank you all for joining us, we had a great time!

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Kevin
Brandon
Brandon

Maureen & Deckhand

Maureen & Deckhand

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Don, John, Nick & Jim

Halibut, Salmon, & Tuna

July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2009

Halibut, Salmon & Tuna, Yum Yum!

Wow, what another great weekend fishing out of Depoe Bay!  Great weather, great company….. and lots of tasty fish!

Friday we targeted Halibut, and ran about 15 miles off-shore to a spot called the “Rock Pile”.  We dropped the lines in, and had 3 fish on in the first 5 minutes!  One was a bit small, so we tossed him back and had another on almost immediately.  We put him in the boat and headed back to port (all in the space of about 30 minutes!).

Friday night we heard a rumor that Tuna were spotted in the area, so Saturday we decided to head out and try to find them.  This was our very first Tuna expedition of the season!  We ran about 42 miles (2 hours) in fairly bumpy seas to find the warm blue water.  Although we never really found exactly the water we were looking for, we sure found the fish!  It was a madhouse of doubles, triples and even 4 fish on at the same time!  Our intrepid fishermen learned the ropes quickly, and were soon piling fish on the deck fast and furiously.  After about 3 hours, we called it quits with our boat quota of 20 very nice tuna packed on ice, and turned back to port.  On the way back in, we collected the second batch of crabs from our traps and called it a day.

Sunday we took it easy, and made a short trip out to find some Salmon.  The water has been very cold, and the Salmon scarce, but we collected a very large Coho (one of the only caught in the harbor Sunday) and headed in for a relaxing breakfast before doing our end-of-weekend boat cleanup.

Thanks to Bob, Mark, Eldon and John for sharing the weekend with us.  We hope you guys had as good a time as we did, but we think the smiles in the pictures below, tell it all!

Halibut
John
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Bob
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Mark

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Salmon Open for Business!

June 27th, 28th, 2009

Salmon Time!

Wow….  another beautiful couple of days at Depoe Bay!  The weather was beautiful both days, but the wind was howling most of Sunday, which kicked up the ocean in the afternoon.

Fishing was a mixed bag, with Saturday seeing 18 nice fish caught but we had to release 12 wild fish.  Sunday was a little slower with only 3 fish kept and an early return to port because of the windy conditions.

A good time was had by all!

Christine
Christine
Chris
Chris
Christopher
Christopher
Daniel
Daniel
Tony
Tony

First Trip of the Year!

June 20th, 21st, 2009

First trips of the year a success!

We had a great weekend spent on the spectacular Pacific Ocean!
This weekend was the salmon opener, and we found ’em!  There seems to be plenty of nice fat fish, just waiting to be caught!
The projections are for a banner year for Coho salmon this summer, with a 100,000 fish quota, which is the largest in decades.

Ryan
Ryan

Our Home Port - Depoe Bay, Oregon
Our Home Port - Depoe Bay, Oregon