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Name: schu7498 Date: September 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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Danny and I had a rare 2 days off in a row. So we decided to take a small trip to ilwaco and fish for coho off of the north jetty. North jetty is located in Cape Disappointment state park so you will need a discover pass. We got to spend friday and saturday trying to figure out the ins and outs of the fishery. I highly suggest giving it a try before the coho stop running. Fish action can be fast and furious! Anywhere along the jetty will produce fish. The fish move along the jetty in schools so when you see people down the jetty hooking up you know your turn is coming. Most folks are casting spinners. A mepps flying-C 7/8 in pink or chartreuse to be exact. Pink seemed to be the preferred color by the fish. A slow retrieve seemed to produce the most strikes for me. Many other fishermen are using floats and herring or anchovy. Fish your bait 5 to 8 feet down. This method would sometimes out produce the spinners. Coho schools would come through most consistently hour before and after high and low slack. Use a longer rod 9+ medium or medium heavy. These fish will jump constantly and with a more limber rod you will lose a lot less. Unfortunately I learned this the hard way and ended up losing far to many beautiful fish! Not to mention you want to be able to get these fish in fairly fast as you usually have a sealion or two waiting just outside casting distance. Watch out for the park rangers there are far too many of them and they love writing tickets. We saw many angry anglers leaving with tickets. They were writing tickets to people parking in certain areas even though they had no signs or cones out that say no parking they were also writing speeding tickets. We got a warning for our discover pass being faded, and even though it expires on the 18th we have to get a replacement and send them proof of a replacement card or else get fined 99$ Its the first time I have ever seen park rangers enjoying ruining peoples vacations.
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Name: stryker17 Date: September 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Much slower today........at least for us,,,,,,,,,wind chop 2 ft to 4 ft......really hard to keep the boat going where you want it to..........released 4 finned, no kings all coho,,,,,,,,lost 3 on the way in,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ended the day at 2;30,,,,,,,,,,,,just tired of fighting the wind,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we ended the day with 2 nice coho,,,,,,,,,,,16 lbs and 18 lbs plus a small one....nice time, except for spending more time on the floor of the boat than in the seat.........
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Name: stryker17 Date: September 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Left the dock at 8;00 AM and had the first fish in the boat 15 minutes later, caught on anchovies, next 2 fish on cut plug, than another one on anchovies, found out as we were going in that it was a 3 fish limit, so we headed back out, the wife caught her 3rd fish again on anchovies, I finally got a hit which took about 100ft of line, under some boats and behind others, long story short got it to the boat expecting to see a King,.no 22 lb clipped fin coho, the largest that I have ever caught. Back into the dock after about 4 hrs on the water with 6 fish........We are staying at Hammond Oregon and we fish just about 100 yards after we leave the boat basin......Will try again tomorrow.............
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Name: 4n6fisher Date: August 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Day 2 of the supposed buoy 10 fishing that turned into ocean fishing. We got out of the marina about the same time as yesterday (7:30) and motored across the bar, pretty easy crossing, but we did catch some nice air one time.
Since my rod with the green flasher being hot yesterday we all changed up to similar set-ups. Today we used both anchovies and herring (herring only yesterday) with about equal success.
The day started a little slow with no action for the first 45 minutes, then the bite began to pick up. There were nets flying on all the boats at one time or another. Our boat was having good action, the hot rod in the boat had a larger green flasher than mine yesterday. The coho were pretty nice size, about 6-8 lbs, we had 8 in the boat and were hoping for two more to fill our limits, preferably a king, before we have to head across the bar.
High tide was noon and it was getting to be 11:30, then my rod starts bouncing and line begins to peel off. I grab the rod and feel the strong tug on the other end, I tighten the drag so I can make some headway. I am not gaining much ground until the fish turns around and heads back our way, I thought I lost it for a minute, but I reel faster and feel the tug. He makes several dives as he get close to the boat and we confirm it is a king and finally bring him aboard, bonk my second king ever. This one had more size 12.25 lbs after cleaning.
We get one more coho into the boat before we have to get back across the bar giving us our 10 fish limit with one king and 9 coho.
Reports from the river were slow, the fish checker did say if someone caught one in the river it was a good size fish, but most were not catching anything. I was glad we were able to get across the bar, out there it looked like everyone was catching a lot of fish, mostly coho with kings sprinkled in.
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Name: 4n6fisher Date: August 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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I went down to Long Beach to join my father in-law for some buoy 10 action. He had been there with a group from Sunday the 3rd, the initial reports were not good, they got skunked Sun-Mon. They could not get across the bar (too rough/foggy for a 21" jet boat) and they could not get a bite in the river.
Things picked up for them on Wednesday when they could get across the bar for what they thought was quick limits (1 king and 5 coho for 3 guys), but they decided to donate of two coho (with extra fins) and $150 to WDFW after they got to the dock. Even experienced fishermen can get too excited after three days of skunking and forget to check the fin count!
I joined them Thursday with one other guy so we had 5 people fishing out of the boat, a little crowded, but it made for good adventures with fish on. We headed across the bar at the beginning of the flood tide and headed north off Long Beach. We were out in about 35-45' of water fishing about 20-25' down.
I had the hot rod for the day, a green flasher with herring in the little green hood and a 3' leader. I ended up going 4/8 losing the first three, releasing two wild coho. I caught my first king salmon only about 6.5 lbs. after cleaning. We ended the day (had to get across the bar before ebb tide) with three nice coho and the king, all were about the same size.
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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!

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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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