High winds and seas, including gales, have put ocean fishing on hold since Tuesday, but last weekend through Monday, while the ocean was still inviting, salmon fishing was "wide open" in Crescent City and Brookings.
Bottom fishing has been very good as well, but anglers are pulling in halibut very infrequently.
Crescent City ocean fishing
If you were fishing out of Crescent City Harbor this past weekend anywhere from three to nine miles out, the salmon were "all over" and "everywhere," according to Loren Taylor, of Englund Marine Supply in Crescent City Harbor.
Salmon everywhere included a lot of silver, or coho, salmon that anglers had to carefully avoid catching or promptly release if they did.
The king salmon caught during the opening week of the season last week came in a lot heavier, with many above 20 pounds while salmon caught over the weekend were running a more average 10andndash;12 pounds, Taylor said.
Tally Ho II Sportfishing landed six salmon for clients on Sunday and hooked quite a few more that spit the hook, according to Bonnie Strickhouser of Tally Ho.
While surfperch fishing, some anglers have been finding a good striper bite at the south end of Crescent Beach, basically below the overlook.
A Crescent City fish tail
Rick Borges, David Dyke, and Joe Gregorio, all of Del Norte, were getting ready to call it a day after acquiring an impressive haul of salmon, rockfish and lingcod when they drifted off the rocks into sandy territory.
Right as they were pulling up their rods to get back on the rockfish territory, Gregorio hooked into something big that took him more than 20 minutes to reel in: an 86-pound halibut.
"He was in a football stance; the rod was cracking; his thumb was really hurting him," Dyke said, adding that when the fish got close to the boat, it twisted hard, almost pulling Gregorio over the edge of the boat.
"We thought he had a lot smaller fish on so we were giving him a bad time," Dyke said, adding that they thought it was maybe a 40-pound lingcod at most. Turned out to be twice that size.
Brookings ocean fishing
During last week's opening days of the ocean salmon season, anglers out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor were envious of the strong salmon bite down in Crescent City, but now both ports are rolling in the salmon.
Brookings salmon fishing was "wide open" over the weekend, according to Scott Stewart of Chetco Outdoor Store.
On Saturday, 192 salmon were caught by three commercial boats alone, while sport salmon anglers "caught more fish than ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) could count," Stewart said.
Most of the salmon were caught five to seven miles out on the 42 (latitude) line between 100 and 150 feet down, Stewart said.
Bottom fishing has stayed strong out of Brookings, but the halibut landings have been a rare affair.
Eureka salmon fishing
Before high seas pushed fishermen off the ocean earlier this week, the salmon bite out of Eureka was great when anglers found the fish, but schools were scattered, often filled with smaller fish and many coho and shakers took the bait before anglers could get limits of kings.
Fishing Contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Englund Marine Supply Co. at 707-464-3230; Chetco Outdoor Store 541-469-9151; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.
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