Reel Deal: Tuna joining the ocean fishing party

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate July 28, 2012 10:19 am

Scott Sorensen of Crescent City caught two nice chinook salmon Wednesday on board the Tally Ho charter boat.
Scott Sorensen of Crescent City caught two nice chinook salmon Wednesday on board the Tally Ho charter boat.
Rough seas cause trouble for area guides

 

Albacore tuna are joining the mix for ocean fishing possibilities, according to reports from Eureka and Shelter Cove, and salmon fishing out of Crescent City remains strong. 

Crescent City ocean fishing

After a stop in Crescent City Englund Marine, Dave Delmue and Steve Jackson, visiting from Guerneville, heard that the place to be was on the sea towing salmon gear.

They scheduled a Wednesday trip with Tally Ho Sportfishing and got their limit of salmon in short order.

It was Delmue’s first time fishing and he planned on getting out again — soon.

“It was really fun today. It was unbelievable,” Jackson said.

Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips, got quick limits of salmon Thursday through Sunday, coming out of Crescent City, and they weren’t too deep either.

Using anchovies and hoochie skirts, Mitchell caught loads of chinook salmon trailing only 15 to 18 feet of line.



Brookings-Harbor Ocean

Rough seas kept the Tidewind Sportfishing charter boat off the water for a few days, but now that conditions are clearing up, the crew expects to get back to catching.

Tidewind has been easily getting limits of snappers and lingcod, and it hopes to shoot for some albacore tuna soon as well.

Reports indicate that tuna have been trickling into the area, but they are still low in numbers.

Eureka ocean fishing

Windy ocean conditions also kept Reel Steel Sportfishing docked over the weekend, but last week the boat was successful in catching salmon and rockfish in the same trip.

Lower Klamath River 

Reports for summer steelhead on the lower Klamath River have been looking up, and guides are getting in place to take a shot at the wily fish. More information on this year’s Klamath steelhead next week.

Lower Rogue River

“Warmer water in the river has slowed the movement of chinook up the river and should improve the bite in the estuary. Boat anglers trolling from the mouth up to Highway 101 have been doing the best. If the ocean is flat, anglers may want to troll off the mouth targeting chinook staging to come into the Rogue. Anglers will want to check regulations before heading out, as hook and size restrictions differ between the ocean and the river,” according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishing Guide contacts:

Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925; Tidewind Sportfishing at 541-469-0337.