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Name: Fish Dawg Date: July 08, 2013 Rating:
 
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Combined report for Monday, 7/8 through Wednesday, 7/10

We were eager to test the salmon fishing out of Ilwaco, so got up at the crack of dawn on Monday, jumped into my buddy’s boat and headed out toward the bar. Unfortunately, this put us out in harm’s way at the bar crossing just about the worst part of an outgoing minus tide and waves were breaking all across the bar. Buddy’s boat is very seaworthy Reinell but only 18’ and we were taking a pretty good pounding just getting close enough to figure out it was a no-go situation. So we went back to the truck, retrieved crab pots and headed back out to launch them inside the north jetty where we had good luck last August. We left the crab bait back at camp because we thought we’d be salmon fishing so we soaked the salmon bait in the pink crab attractant stuff and divided it among the pots. Spent a little time bottom fishing along the north jetty and rocks at the base of the south head lighthouse with no bites. On the first pull we had a couple of blanks several females one nice big male in soft-shell condition and just one keeper so we stacked the pots back on the boat and took them farther out toward mid-river and out toward the salt. About the time we launched the third of our pots we discovered the river current was pulling our flags/buoys under so we retrieved the pots and formed plan B. By this time, the current had slowed enough where we could sneak out over the bar just about ¼ mile off the end of the north jetty and out onto the sand flats off the state park beach. There were a number of commercial and private pots out here so we gave it a go. Soaked the pots for a good hour+ while we sat and enjoyed calm seas and warm weather and our lunches. This move proved more successful with 3 keepers on the next round but we were still sorting out lots of females, softies, and smallies. Headed back to camp with tally for the day at 4 keeper Dungeness crab.

While crabbing on Monday, we noticed several private boats heading out later in the morning to avoid the worst part of the tide so we decided to get after the salmon Tuesday by going out after breakfast. I had gone into town Monday evening to get more bait and the guy at the bait shop said silvers were being caught with good regularity just a couple miles off the north head light so we made a plan to go that direction in search of salmon. Not having fished the area before, we did not realize how large the sand flats are off the north end of the river, nor how shallow the water was out there. Started fishing about a mile off the beach and thought the fish finder was on the fritz as it said water depth was only 12’. We were using delta divers and herring/anchovies and it didn’t take long to figure out the fish finder was accurate. About 5 minutes into the troll the first rod went down. Dave grabbed it and it was game on! After a short fight he brought in about a 3 pound flounder. Not what we were looking for, but booted the skunk out of the boat and gave us some meat to take back to camp. Moved out to deeper water off the northwest edge of the sand bar and started up our troll again fighting a growing wind out of the northwest that wanted to constantly push us back onto the sand. We did get one good take down on the diver set-up with a plug cut herring and it turned out to be about a 10 pound king, a thule I believe based on its gold hue. I played this fish and got it just to the edge of netting range. Dave swung at it and missed and unfortunately nicked the leader just above the hooks which snapped the leader and sent the fish away with my hooks still in its mouth. With weather chasing us back onto the sand we gave it up and headed back in with tally for the day at one flounder boated and what would turn out to be our only salmon of the trip lost. On the bright side, Dave’s brother-in-law Patrick is a chef and he turned our flounder into an very tasty treat by poaching it with soy, ginger, and garlic we all enjoyed a few bites before our dinner!

Wednesday we did the crab and bottom fish drill again. This time we went straight outside to the sand bar and launched our pots out there, a bit farther outside this time. We had better bait in some turkey wings and legs and the flounder carcass but forgot to soak them in the pheromone concoction first. Went back inside the jetty to figure out the bottom fish program as I had found a gentleman cleaning fish at the table near the boat ramp the previous afternoon and he said he caught his whole pile of fish using anchovies on the bottom fishing on the jetty. It took us some experimenting to figure out the drift and how close to the jetty we had to be to get where there were fish but not so close we were just donating gear to the rocks. Lost a few leaders and one of those twin-squid ling rigs and managed just one smallish rock fish for our effort. Went back out and pulled the pots and had 3 blanks and one pot with one keeper and a couple of throw backs. Went back in with total tally for the day at one rock fish and one keeper Dungie.

All-in not the success we had hoped for, but we learned a lot on this trip.

Tight lines and good luck out there!

Fish Dawg
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Name: Ganno Date: August 29, 2012 Rating:
 
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Left port at 4.30AM. were on the grounds with jigs in the water by 7.30. Not five minutes into the troll fish on one of the hand lines. Circled and tried for a bait stop. Cleared hand lines and jig rods and bait rods into the water. By the time i got baited up there were three fish on and the circus was on. More fish on and tangled lines and lost fish to follow. By the time they quit biting we had put three fish in the boat and lost maybe ten.A good ass chewing by the captin and one more time on how to follow your fish and how to avoid tangles over under as they are trying to fight their fish and watch your lines and pay attention to what is happening around you. Back on the troll fish on a jig rod two more on the hand lines. Fish and jig lines are cleared and bait is in the water six out of ten have fish on and a wide open bite that lasts for two hours with who knows how many fish in the boat. Fish being iced down bled and then transfered to holding areas on ice. On to one more troll and our final bait stop. At 12.30 the captain said he has no more room for any more fish and we head back to port wiser in the ways of charter fishing for Tuna with sore muscles and smiles on everybodys faces.Back at Port we finally ended up wih a total count 74 Tuna .What a great day. I will have to do this again.
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Name: NimmunDay Date: August 18, 2012 Rating:
 
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Targeted rockfish but I at least got a crab.
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Name: Darren Chandos Date: August 21, 2011 Rating:
 
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Had a great time over the barge. We initially targeted Chinook Salmon, though realy had no luck. Had luck with a mixture of native and hatchery Silvers. Started fishing around 7AM. Had my limit of 2 nice Silvers by 11AM. Great time! Thanks Mitch!
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Name: procaster Date: August 07, 2011 Rating:
 
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I went out on a charter for my buddies bachelor party. It was my first time on one, usually we would go on personal boats but it was just easier with 12 people. We left marina at about 530 and ran for about 1.5 hours. Fishin was steady all day, but most fish were short(kings) and native on the silvers. I caught 11 kings in the 23 in. range before finally getting one about 8lbs. Biggest fish cauhgt was a 22lb. king. all silvers were about 6 to 7 lbs. We kept 17 for 12 people. The bachelor is holding his two next to me. We ran divers with whole sardines about 36 inches behind. We finished fishing at 130.
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Name: cneames Date: August 05, 2011 Rating:
 
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9 of us did a tuna charter. Fishing was hit and miss but our captain did an excellent job keeping us in fish. We ended up with 34 nice albacore. Fishing may improve over the next few weeks.
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Name: JM73 Date: August 05, 2011 Rating:
 
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Myself and three freinds fished off Ilwaco on Friday 8/5/11 After crossing the bar and heading NW for around 20 miles (roughly), we dropped the gear. Varying colors of divers followed with an anchovie around 40" back. Before our second angler even had his gear in the water, we hooked up with our first fish. Undersized chinook, had to be released. The morning progressed with many bites and hook ups. I would say we had around 40 bites with 30-35 fish to the boat. Most of the fish were undersized chinook with two notable exceptions. We had to release three native coho, two of which were well into double digits with pronounced hook noses. The action was fast and furious at times with our limits in the cooler by 10:30am. Totals for the four of us: 3 chinook and 5 coho. The only reason I didn't give the day a 5 star rating was due to the size of the chinook. Nothing of size all day (our largest fish was around 14lbs) but lots of them. Great day and lots of fun.
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Name: RC Date: April 23, 2011 Rating:
 
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Went Razor claming on Long beacg near Ocean Park and got easy limits. Cleaned the clams and went surf fishing for the first time. Used 4oz pyramid sinker with double hook set up and clam necks for bait. It seem to me the further out you cast the better. I now know why guys use those long rods with large capacity reels. Fished most of the day Saturday after claming and got 8 perch. A few were 18" Great eating. Great time on the ocean any pointers would be appreciated such as best tides and areas to fish.
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Name: Good To Go Date: August 20, 2010 Rating:
 
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Hit Ilwaco Wed-Thur-Fri in private boat. Wed was slow, a couple of silvers that we could keep. I had three hook ups within the first couple of hours, bringing in two nice wilds which got cut loose before I landed my hatcher. We were inside the CR buoy this time.

Thurs, we tried the river, hearing it was 'hot'. Hmmmm, compared to?? We landed a silver and one king. I got skunked. And the fight from the silver was just about boring. Enough of that.

Friday, we headed out past the CR buoy. We were past it a few miles by the end of the morning. We landed 5 total, 3 silvers and two kings.

Crabbing is ok, not as hot as last year (yet). Had great weather, no complaints.

All three days, we used cut herring for the most part, some whole. Tried Brad's new plug which I did catch one king on. Color's for the flashers ran about even between orange and green for success.

Charters weren't killing them by any means. We all felft pretty good in comparison.
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Name: bionic_one Date: July 24, 2010 Rating:
 
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Went to a kayaking crab derby Saturday and tried for bottomfish while my trap was soaking. Got one hit the entire day.

Crabbing was decent though. I had 7 keepers, but being new to crabbing I thought it was a good idea to put the trap back down and keep the crab fresher by leaving them in there. BAD idea. Next time I pulled the trap I was left with three and one was female. Learned my lesson on that one.

My buddy pulled in 10 keeper crabs. The place is LOADED with crab, which explains the smaller size requirements and limit of 15 in that area.

The scenery was fantastic but a bit windy as noon hit.

Good day on the water, bad day for fishing.
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