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Old 05-18-2017, 09:44 AM   #1
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White hot everywhere. Awesome ocean. If you want to catch fish head west.

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Old 05-18-2017, 10:26 AM   #2
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Your killing me! Can't even get off early today
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ARRRRRRG !
Had thursday off last week But......
Will be there tomorrow and saturday
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White hot everywhere. Awesome ocean. If you want to catch fish head west.
Great news! Thanks for the early report.
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Sweet. Wish last weekend was nicer. I am working through this weekend. 🙄 Getm!!
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Awesome.
More reports with pics would be great. Stuck here at my desk all weekend so should be excellent fishing and a beautiful ocean.
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43" fish for me today on the ski out at the rock pile, great ocean. I ran in at 40mph average and even got it up to 50mph a few times.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:13 PM   #9
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Not a single bite today. The water was really calm. The boats were all around me and many of them had fish. If it were not for work today, I would have untied from the dock. Good fishing guys and gals, Be safe out there!
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I spent the whole day getting the hardtop bolted down, still have about another dozen to put on it
Then I get to start with the wiring

I hope to get the boat ready and back to the beach by Sunday for a week of watching the sheep 🐑🐑🐑 graze while I'm 😡😤😷 stuck on shore waiting for that wind machine to turn off 🍃🍃 at least I won't be sittin n sweatin in 90° heat 🌞🌞 in the valley
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FYI my butt was full of octopus about 10" long, might be a good bait......
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Butt fishing was so short we went back out and caught some little fish
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FYI my butt was full of octopus about 10" long, might be a good bait......
Did they use their suckers to keep from coming out?
Does it tickle when they squirm around ?
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Out early, SE corner of the rockpile, 4 pob, 2 hali in the boat, one really nice, one nice, started back about 2. Drift changed every time we reset. Yes, the ocean was nice, esp for a halibut day in May, but I didn't run over about 18 knots at any time. Had to hold on early this morning while fishing, but the ocean did get nicer as the day progressed.
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Did they use their suckers to keep from coming out?
Does it tickle when they squirm around ?
I had a boss lady once with a beak like an octopus. I think it's still in there.
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We went deep looking for Black Cod today, boated 13 but only 1 Halibut. First time I have intentionally targeted Black Cod. Fished a couple spots around the Pile on the way in, put one more Halibut in the boat. Very nice ocean
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:44 AM   #19
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We went South to the thumb. One drift one throw-back. Next drift 3 fish. Biggest around 43". Next drift one more and off we went. Measley 6 crab.

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Out early, SE corner of the rockpile, 4 pob, 2 hali in the boat, one really nice, one nice, started back about 2. .
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We tried for Halibut and released 2 tiny ones but other than that nothing. Great time and would love to go agin as it was my first time Halibut fishing. Did hammer some bottom fish though.


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Great fishing again today. Filled the tags for 9 anglers.
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Out early, SE corner of the rockpile, 4 pob, 2 hali in the boat, one really nice, one nice, started back about 2. Drift changed every time we reset. Yes, the ocean was nice, esp for a halibut day in May, but I didn't run over about 18 knots at any time. Had to hold on early this morning while fishing, but the ocean did get nicer as the day progressed.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:39 PM   #24
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My dad and I fished thursday and today(friday)

Thursday got to the thumb and boated a nice 42" fish right away then a small 30" fish we kicked back then nothing the rest of the day tried different spots and nothing.

Friday back to the same spot caught a ling right away back he went, then had a small something on left it down for about two minutes then my little tug turned into a line pulling tug so I started reeling it up and it started pulling back now, it ended up being one small 30" butt with a nice 42" butt that must have jumped on after the small one (thanks Mark for the double rig idea and saying to leave it down until one pulls back) Put the small one back and kept fishing looking for a bigger one.
Ended up catching another 30" butt and called it a day before the wind came up.

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Nice work fellas. Glad the ocean played nice.

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We managed a 50" and a 49" and lost a 40-42" at the boat and threw back 2 little ones
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Thursday was our Black Cod day; interesting and successful, but not particularly exciting. Fishing 900' for 4 - 8# fish that aren't really very strong to begin with, well... Friday we fished our usual Halibut spots for some nice line-tugging action

Amy started the morning early with a 43" butt on her Pink Hali Pole; don't laugh it works!

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topped that one with a double-trouble 44"/35" Hali double header using a modified Mark Mc rig. The smaller fish was returned to the depths...

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Three more modest Halibut that went back, then Rod added a 39" fish to the kill bag.

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George (Crusader) finished off the morning with a 46" fish on..... Amy's Pink Pole! A large white Gulp Glow Grub with a Tuna Belly stinger was our top producer today. Really fun morning, love that steady north wind for stirring up a strong Halibut bite. We caught all our fish Friday in 310-330 FOW south of the South Rock Pile.
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Very good couple days of fishing on a nice ocean (for May) with some great people. Doesn't get much better than that! Thanks again for the invitation.
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Great fishing reminded me of the old days.
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We fished hard all day and never landed a halibut. We started at the south end of the rock pile made four or five long drifts hooked two lost both. Getting desperate I reached out to sundog and he sent me the numbers where he was but the bite was over when we got there. Finished the day on some bottom fish and 8 crab.
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:54 AM   #32
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Slow start again for us, Thurs 5 POB, we started on the N pile, 3 long drifts produced nada, didn't see any caught while up their either, heard a few were caught earlier tho, but we were a little late with the dead battery problem at the Boat ramp, moved to the SW Pile around 11 am, a few drifts produced nada, bud did get a couple good take downs that didn't stick by 1pm, so off to the Ranch, 1 44" on the first drift, settled for a 32" late, & that was it for us, Grim stuck it out for another drift for his Boat limit, maybe we should of stayed for 1 more drift too? 9 Crab was all we manage N in 60'
Fri 5 POB, tried the mid east pile to start, as we heard they did good there Thurs, lost a big one on the first drift, second drift produced a 36", right after we landed it, the CG boarded our Boat to do a inspection, took about 1/2 hour, & we were able to continue to fish with 3 rods on one side, & made another drift, but not a bite after that, so off to the Ranch again, managed 37", 38",39" & settled for a 33" late at the end for a Boat limit, only small baits were working(1 Shad fillet), whole, or 2/3 Shad was dead, freezer burnt Tuna bellies did not produce either, perhaps we should of sized down our bait much sooner? timing seems off again for us this year...thus far, 5 Crab N in the over night soak, moved the traps S in 40', 10 Crab in the all day soak ended our opener, decided to not go Sat, we'll be back at it again on the next opener.
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We did stay out on the Hill a bit longer and managed to round up our final fish - but our day didn't finish quite like I expected. Back at the ramp I jumped down from the boat and landed wrong on my left foot. Damn - that didn't feel right (significant pain just above my left heel). Fortunately for me, Kevin and Michole took over cleaning up, driving home, and staying late to stow the gear. It took a trip to the emergency room in Salem (lasting until 3:30 am) to get a diagnosis for what was pretty apparent from just looking - a completely ruptured Achilles. Did I say Damn! Now I'm trying to figure how quickly I can get back into the boat for tuna. I should be fine for fall Chinook. Hunting in November is an open question. Definitely not the ending to the day I expected.

If you see someone hobbling to his boat with a garbage bag duct taped over a walking boot in about six weeks, that will be me. Did I say Damn?

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We did stay out on the Hill a bit longer and managed to round up our final fish - but our day didn't finish quite like I expected. Back at the ramp I jumped down from the boat and landed wrong on my left foot. Damn - that didn't feel right (significant pain just above my left heel). Fortunately for me, Kevin and Michole took over cleaning up, driving home, and staying late to stow the gear. It took a trip to the emergency room in Salem (lasting until 3:30 am) to get a diagnosis for what was pretty apparent from just looking - a completely ruptured Achilles. Did I say Damn! Now I'm trying to figure how quickly I can get back into the boat for tuna. I should be fine for fall Chinook. Hunting in November is an open question. Definitely not the ending to the day I expected.

If you see someone hobbling to his boat with a garbage bag duct taped over a walking boot in about six weeks, that will be me. Did I say Damn?

I wouldn't prepay for anything hunting related in November. Achilles ruptures can take a long time to heal. Happy thoughts your way.




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Grim I feel horrible for you, the thought of surgery, the healing time and the initial injury, wow.
I have torn both of my bicep tendons off and had to have them re-attached both years during fishing season but when isn't fishing season. 2 years ago spring and summer this year just spring so I only missed out on a couple halibut trips this year. I just took it slow but you just get to where you can't and you end up hurting it more. So after doing something to it I decided to slow way down and do it the way I was supposed to. Things are good now and I am ready to get back at it. Just my advice is take it slow, do it right and heal like you need to. I don't know you and I don't know your age but us old farts take a little longer to heal.From what I have read achilles tendon's take forever to heal and sometimes they never get it right but I am sure there are others out there that know more than I. Be careful and be safe.
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I believe that we won again today. Chass got us on the fish and we pulled in a 49 1/4". Then we had a 45, 43, and a couple of 41s to round out our 5 for the day.

Yesterday's high mark was bigger, but our average was higher today. Water started out a little sporty, but improved later on.
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Grim had that this can't be good look, & you can see he was in serious pain, I feel for you, wish you a speedy recovery.
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My 12 year old grandson got his first Halibut on Friday. It was 42". This is the first time he asked to go fishing which got me encouraged.

He even dressed up in the uniform.
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My 12 year old grandson got his first Halibut on Friday. It was 42". This is the first time he asked to go fishing which got me encouraged.

He even dressed up in the uniform.
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What a great weekend! Good to have you along Chad.

We prepped the good luck bananas for the weekend and headed out around 3 pm.

We got there early and dropped crab pots around 6 pm. Joe said we should check out the rockfish bit. Good thing because we had 4 limits of blacks in 15 minutes!

Next morning we headed out early and went to the South end of the rockpile. Nothing until 11 so we headed to the Ranch. Nothing so we headed to the hill. We filtered through 10 or so to keep 6 decent fish. 24 crab just sub commercial size but nice and full.

Friday was great. We headed straight to North Ranch. Immediately put that 53+" fish in the boat. Then it died. We headed back to the Hill and put 4 more for 6 of us in the boat. We kept throwing back little ones and I didn't want to tag a small fish so we opted to bring in just the 5 later in the day. THat 53" fish won the derby on Friday. ANother 16 crab that day and we pulled the pots because of the forecast on Saturday.

Saturday morning we headed out into some pretty steep wind waves early. We got a little beat up at first but it got better as reported. In fact, it got better all day. We started at the South pile and couldn't get bit so we kept moving South and ended up at the Thumb. We put a couple on the boat there including a 49" and then went a little west. We often see tidal rips in that area. As the rips came through, we hooked up . . . a lot! THrew back 40+ inch fish to keep 5 nice fish at 49, 45, 43, 42 and 41 inches. Another great day! The ride back was 23 to 30 mph from the Thumb which amazed me. Great, great ride!

We used the standard herring and tuna belly concoction. The squid worked good too. The entire weekend we only had one "missed" fish that tugged really well and wend away. Using the circle hooks and training the crew well meant every fish stuck. No jerking the bait out of their mouths!

Great crew, great to see all the regulars, great weather and great fishing! Couldn't ask for more from the weekend. Hoping for a repeat in two weeks!

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had a great 3 days on the ocean. Thursday ended up with 42, 37, 36 and two limits of sea bass and lings. Friday ended up with 44, 42, 40, 33. Saturday did not go for butts but stayed in close with 3 limits of sea bass. in all, we estimated close to 150 fish caught in 3 days.
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Is that really the alarm going off at 2am, on a Saturday??? Yup, got up and the crew shows up at 3, on the road. Get to the boat ramp at 5:30 am and what?? No line!!! Is this the right day, nobody his here?? Check the day again, yes it's the right day. Check the bar, unrestricted, sweet! Going across the bar and there's a convoy coming in with boats way bigger than my 17' Arima Sea Ranger. Follow them back in and regroup at the bar. Yup, bar unrestricted back over we go. After slugging through a westward breeze and swells get to the first stop. After 30 minutes nothing and time to move closer to some points at the rock pile. Get there and drop down, bam 43 lbs, get it up and drop down bam 45 lb, while reeling up I drop down bam 21 lb. let's get out of here, 8:50 am. Riding back in with the wind to our back we made it in 30-40 minutes. Not the smoothest trip going out but the gods were looking over us and telling us it's time to go back in.
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Default Re: Newport Halibut report 5/18

I love that Newport Picture and scale! They just must have put that up.
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