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Old 11-10-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Thinking of trying Astoria this weekend for crab. Any suggestions? There is s 1pm low tide. Since we are coming from Portland and not able to spend the night so hitting a 6am or 6pm high probably not doable this trip. Plus not wanting to start or finish in the dark the first time into the area.

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last week my buddys did ok crabbing right outside of hammond the crabbing is pretty good down in astoria
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We were done long before high tide last saturday.
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It's been very good
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It's been very good

I have a question regadring timing. I understand that high slack is the best time, and that least amount of tidal change between tides is best.

SO I am thinking that low slack should be okay as far as tidal movement goes but isn't the river flow at it's peak then and least saline?

So would it be best to shoot for the usual hour or so below the tide through the hour or so after the tide like you would when high tide? OR... when hitting the low tide would it be better to wait a little longer so the new flood tide can start slowing the river and adding salinity again.
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If you look at the tides, there is a small exchange of water from high to low, so get there a couple hours prior to low, soak your gear till 1.5 hrs after low slack, and you should be loaded up. As suggested, Hammond is the spot.

Good luck and be safe, let us know how you did.
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Any reports from Astoria this evenign(Sat 11/13)? Heading there in the morning.
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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we crabed today between 20 and 22 we got our limits. not much on outgoing, one a pot. low slack picked up and done in a hour and a half. not a great day on the water. good luck
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we crabed today between 20 and 22 we got our limits. not much on outgoing, one a pot. low slack picked up and done in a hour and a half. not a great day on the water. good luck
soaker pots or flat/slip rings? you got limits, was there a big swell?
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soaker pots or flat/slip rings? you got limits, was there a big swell?

Crabbed yesterday with good results. Did not get a boat limit but was fishing 6 people and didn't want 72 crab to take care of. We fished the Washington side and there was some wind chop from the south wind and a swell up by Chinook. All in all a great day with good friends and family.
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we crabed today between 20 and 22 we got our limits. not much on outgoing, one a pot. low slack picked up and done in a hour and a half. not a great day on the water. good luck

Just got back from Astoria. fished low slack from about 11:45 to about 2:30
Got 14.

Had advice on better places to go but it was pretty seriously foggy and we had never been there before so we basically went down stream from Hammonds until we saw others out there and just joined the crowd.
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you got 14 fish or crab?
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Didn't crab this weekend as it was grey, rain, cold. Spent time rebuilding reels for next tuna season.
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Went crabbing again today 5 people 60 keepers 2:00 to 4:30 around B22
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you got 14 fish or crab?
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14 crab.. and now I have found that about half were kinda soft so not all that much crab. Oh well live and learn. I now know about soft crabs... they diddn't seem terribly soft at the time but as soon as we started to clean them you could tell right away the shells were easy to break/tear and not a lot of meat.

Hey we putted around out on the water for a few hours and got some crab... how bad can that be ?
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nice job bob!
good thinkin stickin close for your first time in the estuary and in the fog to boot. 14 is respectable, enough for dinner. Don't worry about those 'easy crackers' this time, when you get into some quantity of crab you'll be able to pick through to get the quality crab.
we launched from Ilwaco about 11:30ish, got turned around by the coasties just past #11 headed toward the NJ. apparently the bar was closed to 40' & under but the recorded bar report mssg was from 8am! they made the announcement shortly after our discussion.
we set our pots between the Ilwaco gate & the first wing dam upriver, took most the afternoon to get our 4 limits but ended up throwing back at least another limit of keepers by the time we were done. started real slow but picked up later. outgoing tide went a loooong time for a 3' exchange!
very happy to get our limits & have fresh cooked crab tonight. thanks cliff!!
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:45 PM   #17
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Also thanks Cliff for a day of crabbing! Next time there won't be a problem with not enuf bait. Was great crabbing with you guys!
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:29 AM   #18
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Went out Saturday. Didn't do nearly as well as the reports. I was around all the boats and floats around the Hammond area. I was fishing around 20 to 25 feet, low slack to dark. I was fishing 1 pot and 4 rings, 13 crab. Bait was a mixture of chicken, razor clams, and old anchovies form salmon season. I didn't move around much.

Best guess, was it my bait or location? recommendations.....
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Went Sunday, launched around 11:30 off the water at 1:30 with 27 keepers. Some fairly large ones, but most were still not too full of meat. Lots of undersized!! We were between Buoy 20 and 22. Little ones by B22 and nice keepers at B22 in 30 ft water.
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Late report for last weekend. We went Sunday morning 11/14. Launched just before 7 am and back to the launch just after 9 am with 4 limits. We had a few monsters. The weather wasn't as bad as I expected, just some light fog and mist, not much wind.

The one my daughter is holding is close to 8-inches!

Nothing more fun than watching my kids have fun doing the things i enjoy doing.

We used a combination of shad and chicken for bait.
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Congrats on a nice haul. Those are some monster crabs! Were the big ones full?
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Thinking of trying Astoria this weekend for crab. Any suggestions? There is s 1pm low tide. Since we are coming from Portland and not able to spend the night so hitting a 6am or 6pm high probably not doable this trip. Plus not wanting to start or finish in the dark the first time into the area.
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Congrats on a nice haul. Those are some monster crabs! Were the big ones full?


Most of the big ones had some serious weight to them. We did have a few that were not totally full but they are getting close.

On our trip last month, most of the big ones we threw back because they were still soft.
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Late report for last weekend. We went Sunday morning 11/14. Launched just before 7 am and back to the launch just after 9 am with 4 limits. We had a few monsters. The weather wasn't as bad as I expected, just some light fog and mist, not much wind.

The one my daughter is holding is close to 8-inches!

Nothing more fun than watching my kids have fun doing the things i enjoy doing.

We used a combination of shad and chicken for bait.

Great look of excitement on your daughter's face priceless!
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Congrats on a nice haul. Those are some monster crabs! Were the big ones full?
fuller by the day! we went again yesterday out of Ilwaco and got 6 limits, kept 4. culled out the small keepers and those missing appendages, big bad ocean boys have full bodies, legs are 85-95% full and TASTY! thanks for another awesome day on the water Cliff!!
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Chris, those damn things were all over Oysterville in the sand last night! I kept thinking they were clams near the surface. Imagine my surprise when I got down on my knees to dig and encountered claws.
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HI ALL,

A good day crabbing out of Ilwaco today ! Long day on the water, on the water at 10:30 today and driving down the road at 4:00 with 4 limits! Fun day with all my boys at home together! It got a little sloppy at the end but well worth the effort!
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Crabbing was good here, also out of Ilwaco. Three limits in under 2 hours. Water was a little rough.
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Hi CR Dog it was good talking to you yesterday! You got your crab nice and quick!

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Hi CR Dog it was good talking to you yesterday! You got your crab nice and quick!

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Yea I pulled a couple of test pots after you went over to yours, only two had made it in the pot. By that point I figured it was better to head back for lunch and red beers. After lunch pots were good. The newbies were having a field day trying to bring the pots in. They figured chumming on the surface would bring the critters in. My son and I we laughing. Who in the heck chums in the bay? For perspective my son just turned 12 two days ago and goes quite often tuna fishing with salty dogs. He is quite the fisherman for his size.
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Crabbing was good here, also out of Ilwaco. Three limits in under 2 hours. Water was a little rough.
we crabbed Hammond today with plenty of company. crabbed slip/flat rings through the tide change. pulled 4 limits for 3 guys through hail/rain squalls. thought it might be a little big under the lighthouse. or were you in baker bay??

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going in the moring probably make the last pull at 11 and head in before the ten foot tide exchange starts. I'll Post a report tomorrow night.
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It was ugly today. We pulled up at Hammond and watched a boat or two fighting the waves and knew it wasn't safe there.

Went across the river in the calmer water and stacked em pretty good, came home with 2 limits and threw back a third limit.

Also was some sort of rescue on the N. Jetty...heard conflicting reports. Talked with a coast guardsman who said a guy got banged up good by a wave...another spectator said it was a boat that lost power and ended up on the N. Jetty.

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It was very angry out there today. Launched from Hammond at 9 am with a buddy boat and was able to cruise pretty easy heading west. Did great at crabbing then we had to head east back to port. Oh boy! There was a couple times I was able to speed up to 8 MPH but for the most part it was 6 or less. I'd rather have 8 foot swells at 8 seconds than the razor backs we were dropping off of today.
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thanks for the reports.

we're the commercial pots in?
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Crabbing was decent on Friday. We sent plenty 'O limits of keepers back down. If you have to think about measuring them, throw 'em back!



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Not yet as of Saturday (yesterday)
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It was very angry out there today. Launched from Hammond at 9 am with a buddy boat and was able to cruise pretty easy heading west. Did great at crabbing then we had to head east back to port. Oh boy! There was a couple times I was able to speed up to 8 MPH but for the most part it was 6 or less. I'd rather have 8 foot swells at 8 seconds than the razor backs we were dropping off of today.
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We took one over the bow between the gates and the CG station Friday! Alot of people probably wouldn't have fished the South Jetty that day!

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Yes we did, one after another came over the windshield. I'm sure if the bow wasn't filled to the brim with crab it would have been a drier ride
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It was very angry out there today. Launched from Hammond at 9 am with a buddy boat and was able to cruise pretty easy heading west. Oh boy! There was a couple times I was able to speed up to 8 MPH but for the most part it was 6 or less. I'd rather have 8 foot swells at 8 seconds than the razor backs we were dropping off of today.
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What were the sea conditions exactly? I'm just trying to compare wx channel reports to live on the water reports.
What size/type boats are most of you local guys running in this area?
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I would say that the average wave height was about 4 foot with some bigger ones thrown in. The problem wasn't the height but how close together and how steep they were. As soon as the wiper would clear the splash another was landing. As for the boats, everything gets ran out there. Seen two guys in a 20' or so sled with an open top, the boat with me was a 32' SeaWolf with all the goodies. We also seen a cat out there getting crab. I have a 1976 23' Sabrecraft. What was the radio saying about the conditions?
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We were on the S. Jetty and watched the boat on the Jetty drama. A sport boat got real close to the jetty, blown there by the wind.

It was a fly bridge boat, 28 - 30 ft or so. They were maybe 1/4 mile west of our crabbin spot. Several boats including the Northern attempted to assist. We could not tell for sure but it looked like they were tangled in a line or cable. Every time they would get a tow hooked up the line would go tight, pull the bow out away from the rocks and then the line would snap and the boat spring back to the rocks.

Finally the CG got out there in two 47's with a helo circling and got them off. The boat seemed to be floating ok and was towed up river very slowly.

Scary seeing a boat right up against the jetty for almost an hour.
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What were the sea conditions exactly? I'm just trying to compare wx channel reports to live on the water reports.
What size/type boats are most of you local guys running in this area?
The main problem this weekend was the east wind. With the wind coming from directly upriver, it has miles of river to build those nasty 4-5 footers that seem like they are 4-5 feet apart. Combine that with a strong incoming current bucking against the wind and it can get dangerous for smaller boats very quickly.

Where Mike and I had some fun in front of the coast guard station, the outgoing current out of the Ilwaco channel runs SE, right into the wind. It was ten times rougher there than it was out on the bar itself. Last year I tried to run out into that same situation and ended up turning around, barely.

With a south or west wind, Hammond is a great place to crab. The wind blowing right off the beach can't build up that chop.
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We were out Saturday I have never seen it turn that bad that quick! We lost one pot... Keepers were small and light for us out in front of Sand island
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:37 AM   #46
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These recent reports sound to me like we may be risking our necks for these crab.
Please be mindfull of the conditions out there. I know that sometimes the lower CR weather conditions can change fast and a good forecast can be misleading. I've seen it turn into a nasty place in a hurry. I would hate to see more reports of boats and the boats occupants in trouble due to weather or due to getting tangled up in a rope or for any other reason for that matter. Several years ago I watched the local law enforcement and the Coast Guard rescue 4 sport crabbers from a disabled boat west of Hammond. Watching the Coast Guard helicopter rescue really brings home the fact that life or death situations happen out there just west of Hammond.

Use your head, stay safe, catch lots of crab and come home to family every time. Know the conditions, your boats capability and your experience as boat driver and/or boat crew.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:34 PM   #47
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These recent reports sound to me like we may be risking our necks for these crab.
Please be mindfull of the conditions out there. I know that sometimes the lower CR weather conditions can change fast and a good forecast can be misleading. I've seen it turn into a nasty place in a hurry. I would hate to see more reports of boats and the boats occupants in trouble due to weather or due to getting tangled up in a rope or for any other reason for that matter. Several years ago I watched the local law enforcement and the Coast Guard rescue 4 sport crabbers from a disabled boat west of Hammond. Watching the Coast Guard helicopter rescue really brings home the fact that life or death situations happen out there just west of Hammond.

Use your head, stay safe, catch lots of crab and come home to family every time. Know the conditions, your boats capability and your experience as boat driver and/or boat crew.
When we pulled up at Hammond it was obvious we weren't going to launch. 3-4' waves and a good stiff wind. There was a 20' open boat out there and we saw every inch of the bottom of that boat as it struggled to check pots.

After a revelation...we went to the other side. There isn't a crab worth dying over and in my little sled I knew I could tuck in around Sand Island and stay safe and get crab in the calmer water. It looked like this on the other side:


safe. no problem.

We dropped pots and as the waves built (it was marginal at 11 am) we continued loading up. Big, heavy crab and a limit of culls returned.



Crabs aren't worth dying over, but if I can move to the other side of the river instead of going home....that's what I'm gonna do.

gotta go crack some more crab...

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Old 07-11-2011, 07:51 PM   #48
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If you look at the tides, there is a small exchange of water from high to low, so get there a couple hours prior to low, soak your gear till 1.5 hrs after low slack, and you should be loaded up. As suggested, Hammond is the spot.

Good luck and be safe, let us know how you did.
I am new to the area... not sure Where is hammond. I have a small 12 foot boat. Will I be able to crab on some calm baker bay water? Should I put in at chinnock? Any Help would be appreciated . Never crabbed before.

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Old 07-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #49
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I am new to the area... not sure Where is hammond. I have a small 12 foot boat. Will I be able to crab on some calm baker bay water? Should I put in at chinnock? Any Help would be appreciated . Never crabbed before.

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I wouldn't recommend taking a 12' boat out in the columbia estuary. Sure it may be possible under ideal conditions but things can change fast down there and become way to much for a boat that size to withstand. If you want to go crabbing in that boat I'd suggest heading to Nehalem bay, it is much better suited for small boats.
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