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Old 08-08-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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There here... I have taken 6 chinooks in the past 3 days.
great fishing...Best part I did not have to drive my boat
all the way out to the 300 ft line and fight with all the rest of the guys .
There right off the beach in 37 to 58 feet of water,
No one fishing in close......Nice and quiet...
I lost a big one this morning, I was fishing by myself today,
waiting for others to come down.So went out solo today.
That's a first for me on this boat...
I let the pole down a little, reaching for the net
And he swam a way.........Can you say dummy me..

green med flasher and green and white hoochie with a anchovie.
has been the hot item....

I left the cord for the camera at home so no pictures. Sorry....

The big one was 31 lbs and down from there...So far....
I'm here for the rest of the week. The ocean is nice....

Fish count.
1 halibut
15 tuna
6 chinooks.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great few days you've had
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I'm fishing shallow at times. Was able to get a few. Were you fishing north or south of the CR? I tend to go North between 20 to 50ft. Tried last evening but it didn't produce. Lots of bait and birds. Was able to salvage the evening with a nook at 250'.

Heard the spark plug was good on Sunday but not today, from a reliable source. I guess thats why they call it fishing.

Congrads on the 6 nooks in a row.
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North and out in front of the hotels and down 25 to 30 ft. on d/r.
try Running a lttle faster. about 4 nmh


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I'm fishing shallow at times. Was able to get a few. Were you fishing north or south of the CR? I tend to go North between 20 to 50ft. Tried last evening but it didn't produce. Lots of bait and birds. Was able to salvage the evening with a nook at 250'.

Heard the spark plug was good on Sunday but not today, from a reliable source. I guess thats why they call it fishing.

Congrads on the 6 nooks in a row.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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North and out in front of the hotels and down 25 to 30 ft.
try Running a lttle faster. about 4 nmh
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Fantastic trip so far...You're going to need more ice chests before the weeks over.

Thanks for the detailed info...If you don't mind me asking, were you using a dowrigger to fish down about 30 or divers or lead?

Keep it going!

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Sounds like a great past few days! Can't wait to hear how the rest of the week unfolds. Hae to work Tues-Thurs but will be at coast for the weekend.
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Nice report and way to go.... With that said please quit torturing me, I can't get back out until the 19th. Sucks big time.

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North and out in front of the hotels and down 25 to 30 ft. on d/r.
try Running a lttle faster. about 4 nmh
Same place. Only difference is I'm trolling at 2.5mph. Not by choice, my driver doesn't want to go faster. Beggers can't be choosers.
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COULD you tell me what type of salt to or should I ask the proper salt for toughen up anchovies PLEASE.
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COULD you tell me what type of salt to or should I ask the proper salt for toughen up anchovies PLEASE.
Rock or canning salt. Add a good heap of bright and brine or good with straight bright and brine.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:41 AM   #11
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We caught 6 Coho yesterday west of the cr in 350+ feet & were done by 10:30. They didn't seem to like the small anchovies I had. I think all of our fish were on plugged herring. There is my report.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:24 AM   #12
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Sat & Sun they liked chovies or herring. Sun we had soooo many biters that didn't stick we almost ran out of bait before we limited out. Yes my hooks were sharp and I did take the plastic covers off. Just one of those days when the fish were lucky.
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Fished Sun. & Mon. all around the CR Buoy. limited both days 11 coho [one ten lber] one nook. chovies and herring. 10 to 14 pulls worked best.
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Tuesday update.

left the dock about 6:45 and was back by 9:30.

Same same, But there were a lot of birds diving and lots
of fish on the F/F today,,,So the silvers are coming in closer.

fish count both clipped.
1 silver
1 nook.
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HighMark are you North of the mouth i.e. Longbeach or just north of the CR bouy? How deep of water. Were heading out in the am.
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Dude Read the thread. Everything you ask has been said.


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Old 08-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #17
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Good job man It was sure nice meeting you have fun and keep the great reports coming.

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Lots of birds n bait
3 rods, 3 nooks, 3 ho's, all except one were clipped
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Lots of birds n bait
3 rods, 3 nooks, 3 ho's, all except one were clipped
Thanks for the report! Where were you at? Downriggers or divers\lead?

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:32 AM   #20
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Thursday update.

Left the dock at about 7:00 am.
Ran out the peacock spit turned right got the pole set up
and dropped in at the light house.
32 ft of water. bang first one hit abot 5 min later.
nice 28 inch nook.
reset and continued up the coast.
Next one hit and an hr later. done........
i was in and cleaned up by 9

My wife was thinking i fargot something... NOT..
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3 rods, 3 nooks (2 small, 1 medium), 2 ho's, 1 steelhead. First stlhd I have ever seen caught in the ocean.

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #22
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Nice reports guys. Good to hear that things are picking up with the Salmon.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:37 PM   #23
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Thanks for the reports. Green Giant were you north as well or is the CR buoy also producing?

The marine forecast looks so good on Sunday that I think we will give it go!
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:49 PM   #24
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Good job on the fishing; err ah catching that is! Sounds good for those who like treading into and past the Peacock spit. I'm not ready to venture through that area. I had a very unpleasant run just cutting between 5 and 7. Waves are confused and refract in there so I just stay away all together. Maybe it's just me but I'll take the long way around (past 5 at least) to get there.

That said; I have fished out in front of Long Beach however and did real well getting Nooks in that "shallow" water. (Pots are a challenge if you haven't ever been through there.) Mile for mile I wonder how far that is compared to heading out to the CR. Seems longer. What's your experience?

I am curious however.... you called this "CR salmon report". Now come on... that ain't the CR and you know it! :redface :
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CR is an acronym for Columbia river (not the CR Bouy).

Fishing at the CR bouy has been good, if thats your game.
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the North side on the ebb can get rough with a northwest swell of any size. The rough water may extend out past 1 and extend a ways up. Last few days with the flat ocean hasn't been a concern but if the swell builds need to realize that things will rough up


CcQUOTE=fishin"G"man;3778505]Good job on the fishing; err ah catching that is! Sounds good for those who like treading into and past the Peacock spit. I'm not ready to venture through that area. I had a very unpleasant run just cutting between 5 and 7. Waves are confused and refract in there so I just stay away all together. Maybe it's just me but I'll take the long way around (past 5 at least) to get there.

That said; I have fished out in front of Long Beach however and did real well getting Nooks in that "shallow" water. (Pots are a challenge if you haven't ever been through there.) Mile for mile I wonder how far that is compared to heading out to the CR. Seems longer. What's your experience?

I am curious however.... you called this "CR salmon report". Now come on... that ain't the CR and you know it! :redface :[/QUOTE]
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:45 AM   #27
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Fished Wed 8/10 on my boat Ajax, Trophy 2509, ran to buoy 5, turned north, had to fuel up so not fishing until 8 am. 2 rods, got a quick coho with diver at 20 pulls, then a nice 20 pd. nook on downrigger just off the bottom in 40 ft. water, then another coho, had intermittent bites after that, stripped bait, three native coho released, fished until 4 and couldn't fill that last tag. We even joined guide Bob Rees by the lighthouse where he'd been getting doubles but to no avail, he's better at fishing the bottom than we are. Conditions were Glassy and hot, no wind, 1 ft. swell. Tons of boats out, lots of complaints of fish stripping bait and no hook up, are they getting smarter? Headed back out Tuesday. Best fishing in 30 to 70 ft. water from the lighthouse north past the condo's. Chinook are by the bottom, coho's on top, but it really slows down after 11 am.
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8-12, bar was closed early this morning to 40' and under, 6-8'. About an hour after the tide turned it laid down and they opened it up. A bit sloppy outside but not bad by any means. There was a decent exchange on the tide, which I am sure worsened the bar conditions, if I remember right it was a 1.4 low with a 7.4 high. Anyways, ran out about 7:30 am to the CR Bouy, headed west to 220' and dropped lines. 3 of us in the boat. Hit fish immeadiately. End result, went through 3 dozen fresh herring, turned lose a dozen wild coho, went to cutting up the tore up herring we saved towards the end. Chartruse hoochies and chunkies got the last 2 fish we needed and back at the dock by 11:00. Trolled between 220' and 280' and ended up about 4 miles south of the CR by the time it was done.
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8/11 fished North along Long Beach at about 85 ft, 1 fish, moved out to 200+ and no more fish. Slow day for us. Bar was smooth, ocean not rough at all.

8/12 Crossed bar at around 730, not too bad, but once we got to the peacock spit it was gnarly. We almost turned around, but stuck it out and the conditions improved once we got a bit deeper. Ran North a couple of miles and dropped in at 77 ft of water trolling North. Coho, Chinook, Coho in the first hour. Got turned around and trolled back into a rough and crowded rip. Released a few unclipped coho and decided to move 1/2 mile North to calmer water. Bonked our last 3 coho in half an hour and packed it in. Back in Ilwaco around 11am.

It seemed that almost all bites happened while trolling North. 2 fish came at 12 pulls, 4 at 15 pulls. Brine n Brite soaked cut plug and whole.

Released 3 coho/2 baby chinook, also had about 10 hit n runs.
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[QUOTE=Highmark;3774145]There here... I have taken 6 chinooks in the past 3 days.


So your the reason the daily limit was cut down to 1 chinook a day starting soon? Thinning the chinook population aren't ya! Good luck to ya
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To all. Be careful around Peacock! Especially when running back in from the Northwest. The breakers can happen miles from the jetty tip and be hard to spot as you run in.


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There here... I have taken 6 chinooks in the past 3 days.
great fishing...Best part I did not have to drive my boat
all the way out to the 300 ft line and fight with all the rest of the guys .
There right off the beach in 37 to 58 feet of water,
No one fishing in close......Nice and quiet...
I lost a big one this morning, I was fishing by myself today,
waiting for others to come down.So went out solo today.
That's a first for me on this boat...
I let the pole down a little, reaching for the net
And he swam a way.........Can you say dummy me..

green med flasher and green and white hoochie with a anchovie.
has been the hot item....

I left the cord for the camera at home so no pictures. Sorry....

The big one was 31 lbs and down from there...So far....
I'm here for the rest of the week. The ocean is nice....

Fish count.
2 halibut
15 tuna
6 chinooks.
What is CR?
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Columbia River, so this generally pertains to ocean fishing out of the Columbia. The "CR Bouy" is the last (going seaward) in a series of buoys that marks the entrance to the river. Before that you have 2,4,6, & 8 and then B-10 is inside the "jaw". You cannot fish between B-10 and B-8 (maybe even B-6, I can't quite recall). It is generally a good fishing spot.

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8-12, bar was closed early this morning to 40' and under, 6-8'. About an hour after the tide turned it laid down and they opened it up. A bit sloppy outside but not bad by any means. There was a decent exchange on the tide, which I am sure worsened the bar conditions, if I remember right it was a 1.4 low with a 7.4 high. Anyways, ran out about 7:30 am to the CR Bouy, headed west to 220' and dropped lines. 3 of us in the boat. Hit fish immeadiately. End result, went through 3 dozen fresh herring, turned lose a dozen wild coho, went to cutting up the tore up herring we saved towards the end. Chartruse hoochies and chunkies got the last 2 fish we needed and back at the dock by 11:00. Trolled between 220' and 280' and ended up about 4 miles south of the CR by the time it was done.
That's what I'm talking 'bout! Hope to be there Sunday, weather still looking "pretty good". I would go to GB but sounds like fishing is better up north and there's the option of B-10 fishing if you can't get out. Thanks for the report.

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Live report. Crossed the bar around 8:30, fishing around the CR buoy, 1 in the box 6 chances.
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Finished around 1:00, all coho, no keeper chinook.
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Thanks cutt plug. We will be out there tomorrow.
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Fished near the CR Buoy on Friday. We finished with 11 coho and a nice chinook.

Released 20 natives and at least that many feeders.

Lot of birds and good fishing around the rips.

A little rough on the ride in.
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Columbia River, so this generally pertains to ocean fishing out of the Columbia. The "CR Bouy" is the last (going seaward) in a series of buoys that marks the entrance to the river. Before that you have 2,4,6, & 8 and then B-10 is inside the "jaw". You cannot fish between B-10 and B-8 (maybe even B-6, I can't quite recall). It is generally a good fishing spot.

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We fished out of Ilwaco yesterday. Fishing outside the CR Buoy in 300+ feet of water. We ended the day with 8/8 on hatchery coho in the 5-8 lb range with a handful of natives released as well.
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A little late. Friday report.

The bar was closed to any thing under 22 ft.
Went to honey hole. I used 3 chovies for the day.
One fair nook about 29 inch er an a nice silver.
It was a little longer today due to water being so
sloppy out there... But I was in by 11:45.

My wife said that's it... the freezer is full.
So we loaded the boat and headed home...

On the way home the right front tire on the trailer
popped. Big time, It ripped to plastic fender off the trailer.
I carry two spares.Good thing about 10 miles down the road
the left tire does the same thing...Like I said I carry 2 spares.
Good thing today...Now I need a new fender for the trailer..and marker light
I still have the fender. But it has a 6 inch hole in the front.
I will work. But I will replace it.

Does any one know where to find these plastic grey finders in Portland ?
It"s A RF Or LR Large in grey color for the 14 inch wheels,, ez loader trailer

Be safe out there guys...
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3-rods, 4-nooks (10,20,22,30), 2 ho's

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Old 08-14-2011, 05:21 PM   #45
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for shure i would call six robblees.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:49 PM   #46
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we fished friday and had no luck inside, so we went over a nice flat bar and headed about 1 mile north of the lighthouse. 55' of water. A few drive-bys, a small feeder nook or two, and then in the last few minutes of the day, a nice DOUBLE pound down with a 24, and 28lb nooks!
plug cut with chart. fish flash close to the bottom.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:38 AM   #47
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Sounds like Herman needs to go back to work just to give us a reprieve on the fish never mind all the repairs to make... Man you cleaned up nicely!

Sorry Herman; the Just Ducky boat wasn't as lucky as you were on that trip. I'm on his side cause he was responsible for ruining my tuna virginity on our August 5th escapade to the blue. I think you were the only one with a butt that day... all those boats and all that chumming.... oh well. You even had a few more tuna as I recall. Our next day we nailed the salmon; 10 in the boat and MANY more drive releases. CG opened the bar just as we picked up pots (about 1215).

Sorry to hear about your misfortune on the way home! As far as that trailer fender goes; that tractor outfit on I5 (around Richfield I think) used to sell EZ load trailers. I wonder if they still do and would have one.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:45 AM   #48
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Saturday was good for us south of the CR, in 150 ft. of water. Sunday wasn't as good, but both days the ocean was tame as a kitten.

My son asked, "Can we stay another day". If he didn't have football practice and I didn't have to work we would have been out there today as well.

Good luck and tight lines.

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Old 08-15-2011, 09:12 AM   #49
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I little update on the trailer tire thingie...
2 tires ,1 fender That was not a fun afternoon.

But there was a silver lining. Green Giant PM'm me with a Number and
address for EZ loader NW. Great Guys there....

Any way I called them this morning told them my problem.
They said stop by. They had a replacement fender and new marker light
waiting for me at a Very Good Price. PM me I will tell how good......

I can not say enough good thing's about them...
Bob if you read this, Many Thanks....

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Old 08-15-2011, 09:19 AM   #50
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So did Mike make you eat the beating Hart >>>>

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Sorry Herman; the Just Ducky boat wasn't as lucky as you were on that trip. I'm on his side cause he was responsible for ruining my tuna virginity on our August 5th escapade to the blue. I think you were the only one with a butt that day... all those boats and all that chumming.... oh well. You even had a few more tuna as I recall. Our next day we nailed the salmon; 10 in the boat and MANY more drive releases. CG opened the bar just as we picked up pots (about 1215).

Sorry to hear about your misfortune on the way home! As far as that trailer fender goes; that tractor outfit on I5 (around Richfield I think) used to sell EZ load trailers. I wonder if they still do and would have one.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:32 AM   #51
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8-13, headed out directly to the CR Bouy and past sw to 280'. 2 People fishing. Dropped lines, took about a half hour of trolling south before the first bite, wild one. Headed north, found rip. 1 dozen bait gone and only 2 up to the boat, both wild. So back to my old commercial tactics. Hoochie, and chunky. The day resulted in limit by 11:00am, 30, yes 30 released wild coho, and 2 small chinook. Had a blast, but had to go back to work that afternoon, that really sucked.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:58 AM   #52
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Sunday 8/14: started south of CR, trolled SW. Slow but steady action had 2 in the box with a few released by 11. Trolled a rip NW for a while where others were having success but we weren't. Picked up about noon and headed SE to about 280'. Trolled NE towards the weather buoy and picked up 3 more for 5/6. Released about 8 or so, lost a couple and a fair amount of drive bys. Fish overall were on the small side, 4-6 lb and maybe one 8 or so. Let go two nice high-finners. All caught on hoochies with either chunks, whole or anchovies.

Didn't do so good for crab, only 7 for 3 pots. We put in about 60' just SE of the south jetty. Any better places to drop the pots next time? This was the first time out for me this year.

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:02 PM   #53
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8/14 - Three of us headed out about over a nice bar and started fishing in about 280' of water west of the CR buoy. Trolled a rip with a bunch of boats out to 300' and then turned and trolled towards the buoy.

We ended up with 3 keeper silvers, released 6 either too small or unclipped, lost 3 or 4 and had about 10 other hits. Started with herring, coyote and a brads plug cut. Only 1 hit on the brads and a couple on the coyote. We all switched to herring because it was getting bit the most. Fishing about 20' on the line counter.

It was hard to quit because it was so nice out but we quit at 2 pm to cross the bar at high slack. My 20' thunder jet was able to go 25-30 mph in over the bar. Not much of a meat haul but a fun adventure for us.

After owning my boat for 5 years, I have only crossed the CR bar 3 times now and I have waited for the perfect weather so my experience is a little lacking. Obviously the weather for a particular day will affect the bar but for a day like yesterday and high tide at 2 pm, how long could I wait to cross the bar before the outgoing tide would make the bar rough or more rough?
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:33 PM   #54
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twoshottom- it depends on the amount of water exchange on the tide change. If it's a large amount on the exchange then it will pick up the crossing more
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:35 PM   #55
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8/13 we headed out to CR buoy & head NW fishing 3 lines all different setups(coyote spoon, cut herring on hootchie, and whole herring) and we had lots of action all morning on all of the rods. Let go ~10 wild coho or undersized and ended the day with a 25lb nook and 2 keeper coho in the box. It was a beautiful day on the big blue!
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:10 AM   #56
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After reading all the reports from the guys. It came to me.
Are you out for silvers or nooks ?

I read how you are releasing lots of nates. If so
You are fishing in the wrong location.
Go north for the Kings...Go out for the Silvers.
Go way out For the silvers. Like 360 to 400 ft.

The Kings are in close to shore in aprox 32 to 70 ft of water.
You may not have the action that you are getting out at the CR.
But I do not like to wast bait. And if possible use D/R Just off
the bottom....

I know it's fun to catch a lot of fish, But how may are bad releases.
If you catch lets say 15 nates. How many are going to die ???

I on the average, only hook 2 to 3 fish. per pole,
But all stay on the boat. I guess What I'm saying is.
If catching is more fun than keeping.

Then keep fishing out where the nates are.
Or go where the Keepers are. The charters are going to where they fill a boat.
Not release a lot of fish... Something to think about...
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:36 AM   #57
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8/14 - Three of us headed out about over a nice bar and started fishing in about 280' of water west of the CR buoy. Trolled a rip with a bunch of boats out to 300' and then turned and trolled towards the buoy.

We ended up with 3 keeper silvers, released 6 either too small or unclipped, lost 3 or 4 and had about 10 other hits. Started with herring, coyote and a brads plug cut. Only 1 hit on the brads and a couple on the coyote. We all switched to herring because it was getting bit the most. Fishing about 20' on the line counter.

It was hard to quit because it was so nice out but we quit at 2 pm to cross the bar at high slack. My 20' thunder jet was able to go 25-30 mph in over the bar. Not much of a meat haul but a fun adventure for us.

After owning my boat for 5 years, I have only crossed the CR bar 3 times now and I have waited for the perfect weather so my experience is a little lacking. Obviously the weather for a particular day will affect the bar but for a day like yesterday and high tide at 2 pm, how long could I wait to cross the bar before the outgoing tide would make the bar rough or more rough?
More so than tide, incoming swell affects the bar. With a good flat ocean, the bar will stay rather calm. Get on the back of a swell and follow it in. Staying on the south side of the channel keeps you out of the main current and roughest water. Just be SURE to get to the NORTH side of Bouy 14 to avoid Clatsop Spit.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:30 AM   #58
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fished yesterday off Long Beach 50-80 ft. Charters were there. Released 16 + natives. Very few without fins. Last week was just the opposite. kings and few silvers with fins. Month ago fishing south almost all hatchery fish. Been curious last few years with high catch rate of natives almost seems like the hatchery fish are more endangered than the natives - or they aren't clipping the hatchery

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After reading all the reports from the guys. It came to me.
Are you out for silvers or nooks ?

I read how you are releasing lots of nates. If so
You are fishing in the wrong location.
Go north for the Kings...Go out for the Silvers.
Go way out For the silvers. Like 360 to 400 ft.

The Kings are in close to shore in aprox 32 to 70 ft of water.
You may not have the action that you are getting out at the CR.
But I do not like to wast bait. And if possible use D/R Just off
the bottom....

I know it's fun to catch a lot of fish, But how may are bad releases.
If you catch lets say 15 nates. How many are going to die ???

I on the average, only hook 2 to 3 fish. per pole,
But all stay on the boat. I guess What I'm saying is.
If catching is more fun than keeping.

Then keep fishing out where the nates are.
Or go where the Keepers are. The charters are going to where they fill a boat.
Not release a lot of fish... Something to think about...
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:41 AM   #59
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Headed out to fish the CR area tomorrow. Never been there. Pretty much fishing blind. We would like to target kings.

I fish the Puget Sound a ton for kings, so I have a lot of salmon gear. Was just wondering what some of the specifics were (colors, leader lengths for hootchies, spoon colors, etc).

For example, a "go to" Puget Sound setup is a speckled green UV Ace Hi (or speckled green hootchie), tied 25" behind a JellyCrush HotSpot flasher. No herring teasers on it.

Any help/hints/suggestions would be appreciated by PM's or email. I'm heading out of town tonight around 6.

Also, any location suggestions would also be appreciated. So far, I've gathered the kings might be North and shallow...or South and maybe deep?

I'm there for just one day this entire year. If I was there for just a few days, I'd figure it out by trial and error. Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. Fishing blind. Don't want your secret information - just enough to be in the right area using the right gear.

Much appreciated in advance for any help or advice!
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:47 AM   #60
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late report but anyways.

Fished 8/13 6 rods just south and sometimes west of Cr deepest water we were in was 240' 12 keepers 14 released. cut plug, whole herring, hootchies it all worked but whole herring seemed to be the top producer.

fished 8/14 6 rods same stuff lots of action until 930 then it was like somebody flipped a switch. 7 in the box 12 released and 10 lost!!! (had a bunch of crackers on the boat that were crackering fish left and right ) both days 10-22 pulls got one real nice silver at 45' on the counter.

BUT MAN THE OCEAN WAS NICE BOTH DAYS.
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