Star Fishing Report:
9/15/2015 10:04:32 AM
With rough ocean conditions and Mark up in Port Orford on survey work we only had two days of bottom fishing. One was fair the other was really good on Lings and just good enough for rock fish. Jeff trolled the bay for good to excellent catches. I went upriver one day fly fishing and had a lot of fun on half pounders and Jacks. Due to low, low water - the lowest since 1973, the first year I ran the canyon in a wood drift boat - and a forecasted weather front it's day to day on what we will do and where. Film at 11:00 and report next week. We were upriver camping Saturday night with the grandkids and also taking the Rogue out for survey work at Port Orford (which didn't happen because the dredge was in the way working under the crane) is why the report is late.
9/7/2015 11:35:52 AM
The storm blew through by Sunday afternoon and the bay salmon were on the peck. Jeff had six fish for a half day bay troll. Wow!!! A big swell kept us off the ocean until Thursday so it was bay trolling and upriver for good fishing and catching. We were back on the ocean Thursday for the slowest bit ever. Three Lings on the first drift and nothing for the next three and a half hours. We ran from 10fathom rock to Nesika to NW Rock and in between. Finally they started biting and we finished up with rock fish limits and Lings for those fishing their gear. Friday it was a good bite on the ocean right off the bat and we had a nice mix for full limits. Saturday it was both Jeff and I on the bay for eight Jacks and one adult between us. Sunday I went back to the ocean and targeted Vermillion with long time customers from Reno. They ended up getting seven up to 12lbs. and Ling limits and a mixed bag for the finish. Jeff trolled the bay for one Silver. The fish left during the night a very few fish were caught at all. This week is a mix of ODF&W survey up in Port Orford, Gold Beach ocean fishing and upriver fishing. Some of everything.
8/31/2015 10:46:03 AM
We got to the ocean on Sunday and fished through the week. Early in the week both Lings and rock fish were biting good to the point we were done way early several times. Thursday it came to a screeching halt when I went back our on a commercial trip to load up for Woggies (the fish and chips trailer next door). I went back to where both boats had them on six at a time the day before. After an hour we only had seven Black Rock Fish. Quite a difference. We went all decided to go in at 11:00 with not even enough to cover fuel, etc. The only good thing was at least it wasn't a charter for such a bust. Friday it was a wide open Ling bite as we threw back eight Lings over 20lbs. while we were trying to finish with rock fish. We didn't quite get them all on the trip with Ralph and Cole and the guys from the Middle Rogue Steelheaders in Grants Pass but had a good time. Saturday it was the Annual Sea Lion Patrol salmon derby. The wind was a steady 10-15 and gusting to 25 with rain but people stuck it out for slow fishing. Al and Bev Erickson fished with Jeff as in the past ten years and Al ended up winning and got 1st Place with a 25lb. fish. A little over 20 fish were weighed in for 85 entries. So not red hot but all for a good cause. A great chicken BBQ dinner and auction raffle in the evening finished the day off thanks to the Gold Beach Rotary and Gloria Eide and crew. The storm on Saturday jacked the ocean for Sunday and through early this week. We hope to get going again on Wednesday. We may have to go to Port Orford to get it done. Jeff will start upriver mid week after it drops and the moss cleans up. Fall/September is here for sure. We're having cool mornings and later start times.