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Old 05-18-2017, 09:22 PM   #1
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Up at 5:00 and just now finished filleting the day's catch. I know, that's only 17 hours, but I still need to eat and get a long, hot shower. I'm getting too old for this stuff and running out of pain pills.

No love at the Manzanita butt slick so headed back south. No love on the Dinner Reef so set sights on Three Arches. Finally found some really fine blacks and a couple Deacons, three keeper lings - one was a smurf! Back to Twin Rocks for the crab pots and was really disappointed. Three pots for a six hour soak and we only ended up with 6 hospital crabs. Nice and full, but most of the catch were female or smalls. Still, enough for one meal.

Ocean was a bit sporty crossing the bar at 9:00 but the day did get better.

Another boat with 3 on board was pulling out at the same time and reported limits of rock fish and lings. Didn't think to ask the fish checker for halibut counts so I don't know how folks did out on the Hill. Hope they had better luck with flatties than we did near shore.

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Old 05-19-2017, 05:45 AM   #2
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Nice way to make a day of it.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:07 AM   #3
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How was commercial crabbing pressure?

Last time I fished, there were just rows and rows of commercial pots, and we could barely find a spot to put our own pots in.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:22 AM   #4
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How was commercial crabbing pressure?

Last time I fished, there were just rows and rows of commercial pots, and we could barely find a spot to put our own pots in.
There were several strings of what appeared to be commercial pots between the north jetty and Twin Rocks about 50' ~ 80'. Not as bad as other years, but right in my target area. It struck me as rather shallow for commercials.

Surprisingly, there weren't many at all on the south side going down to Three Arches. That area is normally carpet bombed but I don't recall more than one or two commercial strings.

Pressure seemed pretty light in both directions but heavier north. Nehalem to Manzanita had what I thought was normal commercial pressure in the 100' ~ 120' area.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:37 AM   #5
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Don,

Just wanted to say thanks for the trip yesterday. The wife loved the crab for dinner last night and we are looking up the best ways to cook the Blackies.

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:08 PM   #6
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18 hours is a long day, but what a great day to kill some fish!
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:42 PM   #7
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Don,

Just wanted to say thanks for the trip yesterday. The wife loved the crab for dinner last night and we are looking up the best ways to cook the Blackies.

Jim
Those crab were hard and full. The old woman cracked them up and said those 4 had as much meat as a dozen of the summer softies. Sure wish we'd gotten more and I partially blame using rock fish carks instead of shad. No more rock fish carks for me; shad, herring or tuna belly or heads. Thank goodness shad are due in any day so I can refresh my supply.

Can't suggest anything on cooking up blackies. An old salt told me one time to soak them in buttermilk before cooking but never tried it. The wife just throws everything in a skillet and turns up the heat until she figures it's done.
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:38 PM   #8
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I love fresh rockfish lightly sprinkled with lemon pepper and pan fried with butter just hot enough to make the butter brown, then two to three minutes each side depending on the thickness of the fillet
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:45 PM   #9
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I love fresh rockfish lightly sprinkled with lemon pepper and pan fried with butter just hot enough to make the butter brown, then two to three minutes each side depending on the thickness of the fillet
And then you put the fish in a taco with fresh guacamole and cilantro. My favorite way to eat them.





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Old 05-19-2017, 04:23 PM   #10
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I love fresh rockfish lightly sprinkled with lemon pepper and pan fried with butter just hot enough to make the butter brown, then two to three minutes each side depending on the thickness of the fillet
Hank i still have a pretty good supply of shad.
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Hank i still have a pretty good supply of shad.
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Take chunks of shad and put in a pint jars about half full
Add vinegar to halfway with a pinch of salt add some sweet onion slices and top with sour cream
Put lid on it and put it in the canner
Cook for 100 minutes at 12-13 pounds

When ready to eat it boil some red spuds until they get soft,,,,, not mushy
Chop up the spuds put in a casserole dish and dump a jar of the shad over the spuds.

Cook in 400° oven for about 20 minutes

EAT and ENJOY
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I'm quite sure they taste better turned into crab.

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Old 05-19-2017, 09:34 PM   #13
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Don I crossed right behind you in an orange 22' aluminum offshore. We went straight south to 3 arches and drifted a more westward deeper reef and smacked em good!! It was really nice to come back without a head wind.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:58 PM   #14
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Don I crossed right behind you in an orange 22' aluminum offshore. We went straight south to 3 arches and drifted a more westward deeper reef and smacked em good!! It was really nice to come back without a head wind.
When we finally got down there we hit a couple spots and moved out to the 120' ~ 130' range to find some really nice, fat blackies and breakfast lings. Wish we hadn't wasted time off Manzanita prospecting butts and buddy boated with you south instead. Winds and currents were really funny. By the time we made the run south about noon I was pushing 28mph ~ 30mph. Coming back north it was more like 20mph but that was around 3PM. By then you were probably already home, kicked back, and enjoying a brew.

And it looks like I'm going to peel like a reptile. Didn't think the sun was that bad at the time. That's what thinking without being properly equipped gets ya.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:07 PM   #15
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I was 30mph both ways in about 2pm selective harvest for just about he bigger fish and descended the smaller fish was a gooooddddd day
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