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