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Reel Deal: Fishing picks up during brief respite from wind

Alex Kwan, of Gasquet, is treated to a rainbow early Friday morning while looking for clams on South Beach. Del Norte Triplicate / Adam Spencer
 Ocean anglers get back to sea for two calm days before wind returned on Friday 

After almost two weeks of windy weather and high seas shut down most ocean fishing on the North Coast, there was finally a break in the weather this week, allowing ocean anglers to get back out on the rockcod and salmon.

That lasted all of two days — at most.

The wind picked back up and whipped the Pacific back to its raging self on Friday, inspiring many a groan from ocean anglers whose boats have been spending too much time at dock.

Ocean fishing was good during that short window of favorable weather from Thursday to Friday, and a long string of minus tides have kept anglers busy in the interim.

Ocean forecast

The National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory for winds from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, and a small craft advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 5 a.m. Monday.  

A hazardous seas warning is in effect from 5 a.m. through 11 p.m. today. 

Seas are expected to build to 10 feet today, and gusts up to 30 knots are predicted for this 
afternoon.

Clam tides

A long round of minus tides brought dozens of shovel-wielding clam lovers out to South Beach this week, with many folks finding fairly easy limits of razor clams.

Twenty razor clams per person can be harvested.

This round of minus tides will last through Wednesday. 

New Crescent City charter

Another ocean fishing charter boat has started operations in Crescent City this summer, giving locals and tourists more options to take advantage of the prime fishing grounds off of the Crescent City coast.

Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service is offering trips for salmon, bottom fish, halibut, and albacore tuna, depending on the time of year and what’s biting.

Capt. Keith Richcreek has more than 15 years of experience as a commercial fisherman, and since retiring from the state he has enjoyed turning his passion for fishing into a business.

Crescent City ocean fishing

There was a good salmon bite during the short window of ocean fishing out of Crescent City this week, although boats had to go out quite a distance to get on the fish.

Richcreek, of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service, found the salmon in about 180 feet of water about eight miles offshore. On Thursday, Richcreek’s boat had to release a lot of silvers before going home with three king salmon, but on Friday they had no silvers and early limits of king salmon.

Bottom fishing was also great during the short span of favorable weather, according to Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho II Sportfishing, who got his clients limits of lingcod and black rockcod on Thursday and near limits on Friday before, “the wind came back and everything shut down,” he said.

Brookings ocean fishing

Salmon fishing is non-existent out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor due to the drop in water temps, according to Scott Stewart of Chetco Outdoor Store, but rockcod and lingcod has been pretty good.

Fishing Contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236 and tally-ho-sportfishing.com;  Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service at 707-218-5573 and www.pwcofishingguide.com; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 707-464-3230; Chetco Outdoor Store 541-469-9151.

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